The artist is the creator of beautiful things.
No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.
Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That’s all.
No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything.
Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital.
We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.
(Selected works of Oscar Wilde, SB International)