Dorian Gray Quotes

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Oscar Wilde
“Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
“The ugly and stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play. If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat. They live as we all should live-- undisturbed, indifferent, and without disquiet. They never bring ruin upon others, nor ever receive it from alien hands. Your rank and wealth, Henry; my brains, such as they are-- my art, whatever it may be worth; Dorian Gray's good looks-- we shall all suffer for what the gods have given us, suffer terribly.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
“It was not intended as a compliment. It was a confession. Now that I have made it, something seems to have gone out of me. Perhaps one should never put one's worship into words.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
“I want to be good. I can't bear the idea of my soul being hideous.”
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
“Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
“because to influence a person is to give one's own soul.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Cassandra Clare
“You look ill,” Matthew observed. “Is it my dancing? Is it me personally?”
“Perhaps I’m nervous,” she said. “Lucie did say you didn’t like many people.”
Matthew gave a sharp, startled laugh, before schooling his face back into a look of lazy amusement. “Did she? Lucie’s a chatterbox.”
“But not a liar,” she said.
“Well, fear not. I do not dislike you. I hardly know you,” said Matthew. “I do know your brother. He made my life miserable at school, and Christopher’s, and James’s.”
“Alastair and I are very different,” Cordelia said. She didn’t want to say more than that. It felt disloyal to Alastair. “I like Oscar Wilde, for instance, and he does not.”
The corner of Matthew’s mouth curled up. “I see you go directly for the soft underbelly, Cordelia Carstairs. Have you really read Oscar’s work?”
“Just Dorian Gray,” Cordelia confessed. “It gave me nightmares.”
“I should like to have a portrait in the attic,” Matthew mused, “that would show all my sins, while I stayed young and beautiful. And not only for sinning purposes—imagine being able to try out new fashions on it. I could paint the portrait’s hair blue and see how it looks.”
“You don’t need a portrait. You are young and beautiful,” Cordelia pointed out.
“Men are not beautiful. Men are handsome,” objected Matthew.
“Thomas is handsome. You are beautiful,” said Cordelia, feeling the imp of the perverse stealing over her. Matthew was looking stubborn. “James is beautiful too,” she added.
“He was a very unprepossessing child,” said Matthew. “Scowly, and he hadn’t grown into his nose.”
“He’s grown into everything now,” Cordelia said.
Matthew laughed, again as if he was surprised to be doing it. “That was a very shocking observation, Cordelia Carstairs. I am shocked.”
Cassandra Clare, Chain of Gold

Oscar Wilde
“I have been right, Basil, haven’t I, to take my love out of poetry, and to find my wife in Shakespeare’s plays? Lips that Shakespeare taught to speak have whispered their secret in my ear. I have had the arms of Rosalind around me, and kissed Juliet on the mouth.”
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
“You know we poor artists have to show ourselves in society from time to time, just to remind the public that we are not savages.”
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
“Punctuality is but the thief of time”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
“There is no such thing as a good influence, Mr. Gray. All influence is immoral—immoral from the scientific point of view."
"Why?"
"Because to influence a person is to give him one's own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions. His virtues are not real to him. His sins, if there are such things as sins, are borrowed. He becomes an echo of some one else's music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him. The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly—that is what each of us is here for. People are afraid of themselves, nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty hat one owes to one's self. Of course, they are charitable. They feed the hungry and clothe the beggar. But their own souls starve, and are naked. Courage has gone out of our race. Perhaps we never really had it. The terror of society, which is the basis of morals, the terror of God, which is the secret of religion—these are the two things that govern us. And yet, I believe that if one man were to live out his life fully and completely, were to give form to every feeling, expression to every thought, reality to every dream—I believe that the world would gain such a fresh impulse of joy that we would forget all the maladies of mediaevalism, and return to the Hellenic ideal—to something finer, richer than the Hellenic ideal, it may be. But the bravest man amongst us is afraid of himself”
Oscar Wilde , The Picture of Dorian Gray (Collector's Edition): Including the Uncensored 13 Chapter Version & The Revised 20 Chapter Version

Oscar Wilde
“Come, I tell you. You have chattered enough about corruption. Now you shall look on it face to face!”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
“We live in a world when men treat art as if it were meant to be a form of autobiography. We have lost the abstract sense of beauty.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Theodora Goss
BEATRICE: Do you truly not know who he was? Mr. Dorian Gray, the lover of Mr. Oscar Wilde, who was sent to Reading Gaol for—well, for holding opinions that society does not approve of! For believing in beauty, and art, and love. What guilt and remorse he must feel, for causing the downfall of the greatest playwright of the age! It was Mr. Gray’s dissolute parties, the antics of his hedonistic friends, that exposed Mr. Wilde to scandal and opprobrium. No wonder he has fallen prey to the narcotic.

MARY: Or he could just like opium. He didn’t seem particularly remorseful, Bea.

JUSTINE: Mr. Gray is not what society deems him to be. He has been greatly misunderstood. He assures me that he had no intention of harming Mr. Wilde.

MARY: He would say that.

CATHERINE: Can we not discuss the Wilde scandal in the middle of my book? You’re going to get it banned in Boston, and such other puritanical places.”
Theodora Goss, The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl

Oscar Wilde
“For these treasures, and everything that he collected in his lovely house, were to be to him means of forgetfulness, modes by which he could escape, for a season, from the fear that seemed to him at times to be almost too great to be borne.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
“¡Cielo santo! ¡Qué loco estaba al quererte! ¡Qué imbécil he sido! Ya no significas nada para mí. Nunca volveré a verte. Nunca pensaré en ti. Nunca mencionaré tu nombre. No te das cuenta de lo que representabas para mí. Pensarlo me resulta intolerable. ¡Quisiera no haberte visto nunca! Has destruido la poesía de mi vida.”
Oscar Wilde, El retrato de Dorian Grey

Oscar Wilde
“Though forgiveness was impossible, forgetfulness was possible still, and he was determined to forget”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

H.G. Parry
“It scares the living daylights out of everybody. Present company excepted, I’m sure.” “I don’t really do living or daylight,” Dorian said. “I’m a Gothic masterpiece.”
H.G. Parry, The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep

Oscar Wilde
“A coisa mais banal se torna deliciosa se a escondermos”
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
“En determinados momentos veía el mal únicamente como un medio que le permitía poner por obra su concepción de lo bello”
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
“En determinados momentos veía el mal únicamente como un medio que le permitía poner por obra su concepción de lo bello.”
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
“Nunca volvería a poner la tentación en el camino de la inocencia. Sería bueno.”
Oscar Wilde, El retrato de Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
“Düşes, “Ya sanata ne diyorsun?” diye sordu.
“Bir illettir.”
“Aşk?”
“Yanılsama.”
“Din?”
“İnancın yerini tutan günün modası.”
"Sen kuşkucusun.”
“Hiç de değil. Kuşkuculuk imanın başlangıcıdır.”
“Ya nesin sen öyleyse?”
“Tanımlamak kısıtlamaktır.”
“Bir ipucu ver bana.”
“İp dediğin kopar. Labirentte kaybolabilirsin.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“В молодости Панхарий был красивым мужиком, но к старости пороки развалили его рожу на куски”
Ivanov Aleksei Viktorovich

Oscar Wilde
“Oh! In what a wild hour of madness he had killed his friend! How ghastly the mere memory of the scene! He saw it all again. Each hideous detail came back to him with added horror. Out of the black cave of Time, terrible and swathed in scarlet, rose the image of his sin.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
“Our weakest motives were those of whose nature we were conscious. It often happened that when we thought we were experimenting on others we were really experimenting on ourselves”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
“For God's sake don't talk to me,' cried Dorian, stamping his foot on the ground. 'What do you want? Money. Here it is. Don't ever talk to me again,”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
“Le donne ci ispirano il desiderio di far dei capolavori e ci impediscono sempre di eseguirli”
Oscar Wilde, Il ritratto di Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
“Il passato non ha che un unico fascino: quello di essere passato.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde
“Allorché venne in contatto colla vita la distrusse e questa distrusse lei; e così è scomparsa”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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