Ugliness inspires me

I consider ugliness a kind of malady, and illness and suffering always inspire me with revulsion.

—Oscar Wilde

Camille Paglia comments:

“In prison, he retreated from this anti-Christian position. But Wilde became humane only when he was already ruined as an artist and thinker. Decadent aestheticism is a visionary idealism, asserting the primacy of beauty over all modes of experience.”

(Sexual Personae, p. 515.)

(Yes I had a reason to pick up the Bible again.)

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