Oscar Wilde quote about life from The Soul of Man under Socialism - To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
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To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
 Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man under Socialism (1891). copy citation

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Author Oscar Wilde
Source The Soul of Man under Socialism
Topic life existence living
Date 1891
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1017/1017-0.txt

Context

“What is outside of him should be a matter of no importance.
With the abolition of private property, then, we shall have true, beautiful, healthy Individualism. Nobody will waste his life in accumulating things, and the symbols for things. One will live. To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
It is a question whether we have ever seen the full expression of a personality, except on the imaginative plane of art. In action, we never have. Cæsar, says Mommsen, was the complete and perfect man.” source

Meaning and analysis

Kwize Master Oscar Wilde criticizes here the materialism of society, with people spending all their energy accumulating wealth that gives access to the most desirable social status. He proposes to abolish private property, which will make it possible for a healthy individualism to flourish, allowing everyone to develop their inner life rather than a shallow existence.
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