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THE BEST QUOTES FROM

Oscar Wilde

ON WRITING AND
CREATIVITY
As one of the most
celebrated writers of
the 19th century, Oscar Wilde
knew a thing or two about
writing and creativity.
As Wilde once said,
“The only thing to do
with good advice is
pass it on. It is never
any use to oneself.”
So, we’re passing on his advice about advice.

ADVICE THIS WAY

Keep clicking to get Wilde’s most
famous quotes about writ...
1

IT’S OKAY TO BEND THE
RULES.
“A writer is
someone who
has taught
his mind to
misbehave.”
2

BE CONCISE.
“I am so clever
that sometimes I
don't understand
a single word of
what I am saying.”
3

IMPROVE YOUR WRITING
BY READING THE WORK
OF PEOPLE YOU ADMIRE.
“It is what you read
when you don't have
to that determines
what you will be when
you can't help it.”
4

QUALITY CONTENT IS
SUBJECTIVE.
GOOD WRITING IS
CONSTANT.
“There is no such
thing as a moral or an
immoral book. Books are
well written, or badly
written. That is all.”
5

DON’T BE AFRAID TO
STEP OUTSIDE YOUR
CONTENT COMFORT
ZONE.
“An idea that is
not dangerous is
unworthy of being
called an idea at all.”
6

DON’T LET THE FEAR OF
FAILURE PREVENT YOU
FROM PUBLISHING.
EVERYONE FAILS.
“Experience is
merely the name
men gave to their
mistakes.”
7

WRITING CAN BE
PAINFUL, BUT
INCREDIBLY REWARDING.
“Words! Mere words! How
terrible they were! How clear, and
vivid, and cruel! One could not escape
from them. And yet what ...
8

BEING CRITICAL OF YOUR
WORK MAKES IT EVEN
BETTER.
“The imagination
imitates. It is the
critical spirit that
creates.”
9

DON’T OBSESS OVER
PERFECTION.
AT A CERTAIN POINT
YOU’RE WASTING TIME.
“I was working on
the proof of one of my
poems all the morning,
and took out a comma.
In the afternoon I put it
back again...
10 DON’T GET STUCK

CREATING THE SAME
THING OVER AND OVER
AGAIN.
“Consistency is the
last refuge of the
unimaginative.”
11 DON’T MIMIC OTHER

PEOPLE’S WRITING STYLE.
“They are always
asking a writer why he does
not write like somebody else,
or a painter why he does not
paint like somebod...
12

DON’T THINK YOU HAVE
NOTHING TO SAY.
YOUR POINT OF VIEW IS
UNIQUE.
“Be yourself;
everyone else is
already taken.”
Get more writing
inspiration by
downloading
The Marketer’s
Pocket Guide to
Writing Good.
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  1. 1. THE BEST QUOTES FROM Oscar Wilde ON WRITING AND CREATIVITY
  2. 2. As one of the most celebrated writers of the 19th century, Oscar Wilde knew a thing or two about writing and creativity.
  3. 3. As Wilde once said, “The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.”
  4. 4. So, we’re passing on his advice about advice. ADVICE THIS WAY Keep clicking to get Wilde’s most famous quotes about writing and creativity.
  5. 5. 1 IT’S OKAY TO BEND THE RULES.
  6. 6. “A writer is someone who has taught his mind to misbehave.”
  7. 7. 2 BE CONCISE.
  8. 8. “I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.”
  9. 9. 3 IMPROVE YOUR WRITING BY READING THE WORK OF PEOPLE YOU ADMIRE.
  10. 10. “It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”
  11. 11. 4 QUALITY CONTENT IS SUBJECTIVE. GOOD WRITING IS CONSTANT.
  12. 12. “There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”
  13. 13. 5 DON’T BE AFRAID TO STEP OUTSIDE YOUR CONTENT COMFORT ZONE.
  14. 14. “An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.”
  15. 15. 6 DON’T LET THE FEAR OF FAILURE PREVENT YOU FROM PUBLISHING. EVERYONE FAILS.
  16. 16. “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”
  17. 17. 7 WRITING CAN BE PAINFUL, BUT INCREDIBLY REWARDING.
  18. 18. “Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?”
  19. 19. 8 BEING CRITICAL OF YOUR WORK MAKES IT EVEN BETTER.
  20. 20. “The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates.”
  21. 21. 9 DON’T OBSESS OVER PERFECTION. AT A CERTAIN POINT YOU’RE WASTING TIME.
  22. 22. “I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.”
  23. 23. 10 DON’T GET STUCK CREATING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
  24. 24. “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”
  25. 25. 11 DON’T MIMIC OTHER PEOPLE’S WRITING STYLE.
  26. 26. “They are always asking a writer why he does not write like somebody else, or a painter why he does not paint like somebody else, quite oblivious of the fact that if either of them did anything of the kind he would cease to be an artist.”
  27. 27. 12 DON’T THINK YOU HAVE NOTHING TO SAY. YOUR POINT OF VIEW IS UNIQUE.
  28. 28. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
  29. 29. Get more writing inspiration by downloading The Marketer’s Pocket Guide to Writing Good.

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