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  • Believe me, no civilized man ever regrets a pleasure, and no uncivilized man ever knows what a pleasure is.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • He was trying to gather up the scarlet threads of life and weave them into a pattern; to find his way through the sanguine labyrinth of passion through which he was wandering.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • I have grown to love secrecy. It seems to be the one thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvelous to us. The commonest thing is delightful if only one hides it.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • If one were to live his life fully and completely were to give form to every feeling, expression to every thought, reality to every dream.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")


  • She is all the great heroines of the world in one. She is more than an individual. I love her, and I must make her love me. I want to make Romeo jealous. I want the dead lovers of the world to hear our laughter, and grow sad. I want a breath of our passion to stir dust into consciousness, to wake their ashes into pain.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • The people who have adored me-- there have not been very many, but there have been some-- have always insisted on living on, long after I had ceased to care for them, or they to care for me.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • There were moments when he looked on evil simply as a mode through which he could realize his conception of the beautiful.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • What are you? To define is to limit.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • You have not realized how I have developed. I was a schoolboy when you knew me. I am a man now. I have new passions new thoughts new ideas. I am different but you must not like me less. I am changed but you must always be my friend.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • A man who marries without knowing Bunbury has a very tedious time of it.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest")

  • I really don't see what is so romantic about proposing. One may be accepted - one usually is, I believe - and then the excitement is ended. The very essence of romance is uncertainty.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest")

  • You can hardly imagine that I and Lord Bracknell would dream of allowing our only daughter - a girl brought up with the utmost care - to marry into a cloak-room, and form an alliance with a parcel?
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest")

  • But beauty, real beauty, ends where all intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face. The moment one sits down to think, one becomes al nose, or all forehead, or something horrid. Look at the successful men in any of the learned professions. How perfectly hideous they are! Except, of course, in the Church. But then in the Church they don't think.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • He watched it with that strange interest in trivial things that we try to develop when things of high import make us afraid, or when we are stirred by some new emotion for which we cannot find expression...
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")


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