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


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  • Why should he watch the hideous corruption of his soul?
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • American girls are as clever at concealing their parents as English women are at concealing their past.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Dorian Gray frowned and turned his head away. He could not help liking the tall, graceful young man who was standing by him. His romantic, olive-coloured face and worn expression interested him. There was something in his low languid voice that was absolutely fascinating. His cool, white, flowerlike hands, even, had a curious charm. They moved, as he spoke, like music, and seemed to have a language of their own. But he felt afraid of him, and ashamed of being afraid.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • I am not laughing, Dorian; at least I am not laughing at you. But you should not say the greatest romance of your life. You should say the first romance of your life. You will always be loved, and you will always be in love with love. A grande passion is the privilege of people who have nothing to do. That is the one use of the idle classes of a country. Don't be afraid. There are exquisite things in store for you. This is merely the beginning.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • I never take any notice to what common people say, and I never interfere with what charming people do.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")


  • It is the stupid and the ugly who have the best of it in this world
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Most people are boring and stupid.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • The birds that were singing in the dew-drenched garden seemed to be telling the flowers about her.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • To be good is to be in harmony with ones self. Discord is to be forces to be in harmony with others.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • With an evening coat and a white tie, as you told me once, anybody, even a stock-broker, can gain a reputation for being civilized. Well, after I had been in the room about ten minutes, talking to huge overdressed dowagers and tedious academicians, I suddenly became conscious that some one was looking at me.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Any man can be happy with any woman, so long as he doesn't love her.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Each of us has heaven and hell in him, Basil, cried Dorian with a wild gesture of despair.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • I am tired of myself to-night. I should like to be somebody else.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • I remembered what you had said to me on that wonderful evening we first dined together, about the search for beauty being the real secret of life…
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")


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