"The form of government that is most suitable to the artist is no government at all. ... One might point out how the Renaissance was great, because it sought to solve no social problem, and busied itself not about such things, but suffered the individual to develop freely, beautifully, and naturally, and so had great and individual artists, and great, individual men. One might point out how Louis XIV, by creating the modern state, destroyed the individualism of the artist ..."
Oscar Wilde (more quotes by Oscar Wilde or books by/about Oscar Wilde)
(1854-1900) Anglo-Irish poet, novelist, writer
"The Soul of Man Under Socialism", in Oscar Wilde's Plays, Writings and Poems (J.M. Dent, 1930), pp. 281 and 283
Art, Government, Individualism, Press, Socialism, Speech, Statism