Quote of the Day: Life

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was an Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and essayist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is best known for his comedic plays, such as “The Importance of Being Earnest,” as well as for his novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” He was known for his wit and flamboyant personality, and his work often deals with themes of aestheticism, homosexuality, and social class.

Wilde was an important figure in the aesthetic movement of the late 19th century, which emphasized art for art’s sake and the pursuit of beauty. He was also an important figure in the early homosexual rights movement, although he was not openly gay during his lifetime. He was put on trial for homosexuality in 1895 and was sentenced to two years of hard labor. The experience shattered him both physically and mentally, and after his release, he lived in poverty and obscurity until his death in 1900 at the age of 46. Despite the scandal at the end of his life, Wilde was celebrated as one of the greatest wits of his time and his legacy continues. His works are still widely read and performed today, and he is considered an important figure in the history of literature.

This quote is often attributed to Oscar Wilde and it suggests that many people simply go through the motions of life without truly experiencing it or living fully. To “exist” in this context means to go through the motions of life, to simply be alive, without truly engaging with the world around you. On the other hand, “to live” means to actively participate in life, to experience it fully, and to make the most of the time that you have. In short, this quote is suggesting that many people aren’t truly living and experiencing life to the fullest, but are just getting by.

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