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message 1: by Xio (new)

Xio "The mutilation of the savage has its tragic survival in the self-denial that mars our lives. We are punished for our refusals. Every impulse that we strive to strangle broods in the mind and poisons us. The body sins once, and has done with its sins, for action is a mode of purification. Nothing remains then but the recollection of a pleasure, or the luxury of a regret."

Speaking of youth...I have this part written out on the top of some papers I found from when I was much younger (say in late adolescence) and hadn't credited them to an author. It was nagging-- to say the least-- not to recall who wrote them. Thank you!

To me, it is precisely in the articulation of these thoughts (the final two sections you quote) where Wilde is creditable for genius. The other pieces are fun and insightful but are too easily dismissed to resonate in any subversive manner. These latter excerpts are much more sinister, don't you think? Much more exciting.

message 2: by Tosh (new)

Tosh Oscar Wilde just had 'it.' The English language was invented for his 'devilish' purposes.

message 3: by Jason (new)

Jason i guess that's pretty much the only way to write a review of this damn book. Is to cut it up Bartletts.

The quotes are amazing though. A story in their own, in each line: "Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one."

What a sad line! Too bad they're all lost in the headache of nonchalant wit. It's like being trapped inside of a pretty fortune cookie factory.

message 4: by deliabookworm (new)

deliabookworm Those flowery speeches were what I didn`t like about the book.

message 5: by Alex (last edited Aug 24, 2009 10:16PM) (new)

Alex I find it hard to believe that only your youth was fruitless if you are still only getting up at 2 and not getting about until 4. Sounds like your whole life is fruitless especially if you are willing to take in hook line and sinker that first longer paragraph.

Its a well written book but living by the witticisms of Henry the Arch tempter sounds like a good way to end up not only looking like the portrait but having a soul so soiled and wretched that would make rotten maggot infested flesh look charming in comparison.

The part about influencing a person is empty flowery language devoid of any scientific, psychological, anthropological, philosophical or spiritual meaning.

'Sin is a mode of purification'- what a load of horse shit. Only by controling ones animal urges can one truly be free. A self willed man or woman of self control is the highest state of man. Do you actually believe that becoming a slave to your desires lifts you up to some higher state. What he speaks of is no Hellenic ideal it is not even an ideal it is the total lack of ideal.

message 6: by Amy (new)

Amy Pearson Alex wrote: "I find it hard to believe that only your youth was fruitless if you are still only getting up at 2 and not getting about until 4. Sounds like your whole life is fruitless especially if you are will..."

i don't believe the author shared the hedonistic beliefs of the characters in his book he is simply showcasing the consequences of the most disgusting human quality creating over exaggerations to more effectively drive the moral home. the whole thing i find magical about fiction is that it is mere overexaggeration for the point of making people see things more quickly and efficiently. non fiction can be tedious, it's easier to become absorbed into a fictional story and keep interest longer in order to actually get to the moral. if the author actually shared the beliefs of dorian and lord henry why would he make it so dorian destroys himself in the end what would have been the point?

message 7: by Madeline (new)

Madeline Such an affectiing, fascinating, amazing book...such incredible quotations! I was thus affected by very few other books!

message 8: by Baileyruth (new)

Baileyruth I liked this review almost as much as I liked the book!

message 9: by Amanda L (new)

Amanda L A just contrast to the above (deficient) account.

message 10: by Ekta (new)

Ekta All my fav lines are here! and i too have highlighted the same in my copy of the book! am over-whelmed!

message 11: by Lena (new)

Lena Tumasyan You pulled a lot of great quotes! They all stood out so well, esp ""It is silly of you, for there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about." "

message 12: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Although you have gather almost all my favorite lines out of this book, the one I feel that is missing is:

"Nothing makes one so vain as being told one is a sinner. Conscience makes egotists of us all."

message 13: by Sarah (new)

Sarah McConnaughey I absolutely love your choice of quotes from this beautiful story!

message 14: by Eilidh (new)

Eilidh Mcdonald wow! it's been a while since i read the books, but reading these quotes made me remember exactly how i felt about it. you managed to pick nearly all of my favourite quotes...damn, i feel so unorigional, thinking these were my faves and mine alone..

message 15: by Apurv (new)

Apurv Srivastava As it was, we always misunderstood ourselves, and rarely understood others. Experience was of no ethical value. It was merely the name men gave to their mistakes. Moralists had, as a rule, regarded it as a mode of warning, had claimed for it a certain ethical efficacy in the formation of character, had praised it as something that taught us what to follow and showed us what to avoid. But there was no motive power in experience. It was as little of an active cause as conscience itself. All that it really demonstrated was that our future would be the same as our past, and that the sin we had done once, and with loathing, we would do many times, and with joy.


message 16: by T. (new)

T. Wrage I read this book long ago, I am new here and I was asked to vote for, "Best Horror Books by People Other Than Stephen King". Now there was quite a list, but this incredible book was not listed on it. I placed it there as it sent chills through me years ago, and now reading all your quotes I know I must read it again. I know it is not horror in today's standards but for me I find peoples life decisions to sometime be the most terrifying. Thank you for this review stunning!

message 17: by Eman (new)

Eman Great selections.. The lines you quote are simply wonderful.. The whole thing from cover to cover is worthy to be quoted.

message 18: by Niveen (new)

Niveen Ghanem I really like your review, I almost highlighted same quotes and must one that lived and ruined me as well the influence long part. great book I really enjoy reading it.. now I am looking forward to watch every play or movie done..

message 19: by David (new)

David what's the meaning of purple cave?

message 20: by Ansley (new)

Ansley Davis Your quotes were phenomenal choices

message 21: by Anna (new)

Anna Gonzalez ❤❤❤

message 22: by Puja (new)

Puja I loved this review!

message 23: by Joe (new)

Joe One of the cleverest books I've ever read. Great review and great quotes.

message 24: by Bethany (new)

Bethany I agree! Wilde has so many fantastic quotes in this book. Whether it be clever tongue-in-cheek humor or intriguing aphorisms, he really pulls through with resounding quotes. Though quite dark in some instances, his quotes are rather relatable for most people. I would say they expose human nature and the deep desires that we all secretly possess. Personally, one of my favorite quotes of the entire novel is “there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” The quote can easily to relate to many people in the world, and perhaps I can secretly apply it to my own life. Like Wilde, I can also be quite the dramatist.

message 25: by Kimber (new)

Kimber Silver I love your choice of quotes! Fantastic review!

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