He had always attracted the adolescent, and in this way has influenced the literary and intellectual awakening of each generation that has followed his own… This peculiar appeal to the young arises not only from the romantic iconoclasm of Wilde’s ideas, but also from the almost adolescent zeal with which he champions them. … “Disobedience,” he reminds us, “is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.” Here the best of the nineteenth century speaks through its most wayward representative.
On Oscar Wilde's enduring appeal. Also, Wilde at his finest, his sharpest, and his most romantic.  (via explore-blog)