Lucy Burroughs answered
The quote "A man who does not think for himself does not think at all" is one of thousands of quotes attributed to Oscar Wilde.
It can be found in the 1891 essay The Soul of Man Under Socialism, in which Wilde presents an anarchist world-view and an argument against capitalism.
What Does The Quote Mean?
What Oscar Wilde is basically saying is that those who accept what they're told (by the government, or by their peers) without questioning it are not really thinking, and are instead just following blindly. He's encouraging people to think for themselves and form their own beliefs and individual thoughts.
About Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde was an Irish playwright, author and poet born in 1840. After his imprisonment for homosexual acts at a time when homosexuality was illegal, Wilde was exiled to France, where he died in poverty. His most notable works include:
- The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)
- De Profundis (1897)
- The Happy Prince and Other Stories (1888)
- The Importance of Being Earnest (performed 1895, published 1898)