The Sun (New York) Vol. XLIX.--No. 125
"What is aestheticism, Mr. Wilde?" Laughing again he replied: Aestheticism is the science of the beautiful. It is a search for the secret of life. By the by, do you know, I was very much disappointed in the Atlantic Ocean. It was very tame. I expected to have it roar about and be beautiful in its storms. I was disappointed in it."
The Writings of Oscar Wilde - Uniform Edition, 1907