Oscar Wilde quote about life from The Picture of Dorian Gray - It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
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It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
 Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). copy citation

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Author Oscar Wilde
Source The Picture of Dorian Gray
Topic life art spectator
Date 1890
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/174/174-h/174-h.htm

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“From the point of view of feeling, the actor's craft is the type. All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself. We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it.” source

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