6 Lessons You Can Learn From Poet, Playwright & Novelist Oscar Wilde

“A poet can survive everything but a misprint.”

Brock Swinson
2 min readMar 18, 2024


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Oscar Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet, and author known for his wit and sharp social commentary.

His notable works include “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” which challenged societal norms and hypocrisy.

Here are a few things writers can learn from Oscar Wilde…


True art is born from genuine emotion, not a strict attachment to rules. “All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.”


Don’t stick to what is ‘safe’ try something new. “An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.”


The only way to truly learn how to create good art is by creating art in the first place. “Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”


Think outside the box. “A writer is someone who has taught his mind to misbehave.”


Don’t judge a story through your morals. “There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.”


When opportunity knocks, answer the door. “A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.”




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