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  • The secret of remaining young is never to have an emotion that is unbecoming.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Those who go beneath the surface, do so at their peril.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • When they entered they found, hanging upon the wall, a splendid portrait of their master as they had last seen him, in all the wonder of his exquisite youth and beauty. Lying on the floor was a dead man, in evening dress, with a knife in his heart. He was withered, wrinkled, and loathsome of visage. It was not till they had examined the rings that they recognised who it was.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Your mysterious young friend, whose name you have never told me, but whose picture really fascinates me, never thinks.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Every woman becomes their mother. That's their tragedy. And no man becomes his. That's his tragedy.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest")


  • Jack? . . . No, there is very little music in the name Jack, if any at all, indeed. It does not thrill. It produces absolutely no vibrations . . . I have known several Jacks, and they all, without exception, were more than usually plain. Besides, Jack is a notorious domesticity for John! And I pity any woman who is married to a man called John. She would probably never be allowed to know the entrancing pleasure of a single moment's solitude. The only really safe name is Ernest.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest")

  • A grande passion is the privilege of people who have nothing to do.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • 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")

  • Human life--that appeared to him the one thing worth investigating. Compared to it there was nothing else of any value. It was true that as one watched life in its curious crucible of pain and pleasure, one could not wear over one's face a mask of glass, nor keep the sulphurous fumes from troubling the brain and making the imagination turbid with monstrous fancies and misshapen dreams.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • I love scandals about other people, but scandals about myself do not interest me. The have not got the charm of novelty.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • It is simply expression as Harry says that gives reality to things.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Marco Polo had seen the inhabitants of Zipangu place rose-colored pearls in the mouths of the dead. A sea-monster had been enamoured of the pearl that the diver brought to King Perozes, and had slain the thief, and mourned for seven moons over its loss.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • The aim of life is self-development. To realise 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 that 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.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • The separation of spirit from matter was a mystery and the union of spirit with matter was a mystery also.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")


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