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Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” Quotes (161 Quotes)


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  • But youth smiles without any reason. It is one of its chiefest charms.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • His sudden mad love for Sibyl Vane was a psychological phenomenon of no small interest. There was no doubt that curiosity had much to do with it, curiosity and the desire for new experiences; yet it was not a simple but rather a very complex passion.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • It is quite true that I have worshipped you with far more romance of feeling than a man usually gives to a friend. Somehow, I had never loved a woman. I suppose I never had time. Perhaps, as Harry says, a really grande passion is the privilege of those who have nothing to do, and that is the use of the idle classes in a country
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Many people become bankrupt through having invested too heavily in the prose of life. To have ruined one's self over poetry is an honor.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")


  • Sin is a thing that writes itself across a man's face. It cannot be concealed.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • 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")

  • 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")


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