To live for others as a definite self-conscious aim was not his creed. It was not the basis of his creed. When he says “Forgive your enemies," it is not for the sake of the enemy but for one’s own sake that he says so, and because Love is more beautiful than Hate. In his entreaty to the young man whom when he looked on he loved, “Sell all that thou hast and give to the poor," it is not of the state of the poor that he is thinking but of the soul of the young man, the lovely soul that wealth was marring.
― Oscar Wilde, De Profundis