Literary Inspirations - Oscar Wilde on Kindness

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. - Oscar Wilde (on the left).

The author of excellent novels (such as "The Portrait of Dorian Gray") and witty plays ("The Importance of Being Earnest"), Wilde is perhaps unfortunately most widely remembered as the author who did time in a labour camp for being found guilty of "gross indecency" with other men.
Historical evidence points to the likelihood of Wilde being a bisexual, scandalous during the Victorian era but neither here nor there when it came to the excellent standard of his work. Wilde was also renowned as the quintessential dandy, with an impeccable style.

You'll never know how much that small thing you do, that little act of kindness you share, may change someone's life forever. An extended hand to someone going through a rough time can have amazing consequences - from small interactions, mighty changes grow. You may never see the fruit of your act of kindness, but putting it out there makes the world a better place. Next time you see an opportunity to act but feel yourself hesitating, remember that a small act of kindness is worth more than all the intentions in the world.


  1. Ah, true words. You never know how much a tiny act of kindness may reverberate through the universe!

  2. One of the things I am ever grateful to Oscar Wilde for is the invention of the word 'dude'. Supposedly he and his group of friends coined this phrase by combining 'dud' and 'attitude'