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  • It was not intended as a compliment. It was a confession. Now that I have made it, something seems to have gone out of me. Perhaps one should never put one's worship into words.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Oh, brothers! I don't care for brothers. My elder brother won't die, and my younger brothers seem never to do anything else.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • The moment one sits down to think, one becomes all nose, or all forehead, or something horrid
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • There is a fatality about all physical and intellectual distinction, the sort of fatality that seems to dog through history the faltering steps of kings. It is better not to be different from one's fellows. The ugly and the stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play. If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat. They live as we all should live, undisturbed, indifferent, and without disquiet.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Unconsciously he defines for me the lines of a fresh new school, a school that is to have in it all the passion of the romantic spirit, all the perfection of the spirit that is Greek. The harmony of soul and body - how much that is! We in our madness have separated the two, and have invented a realism that is vulgar, an ideality that is void. Harry! If only you knew what Dorian Gray is to me!
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")


  • Women have no appreciation of good looks-at least, good women have not.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • I don't play accurately--any one can play accurately--but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest")

  • Now produce your explanation and pray make it improbable.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest")

  • As he passed out, he used to look with wonder at the black confessionals and long to sit in the dim shadow of one of them and listen to men and women whispering through the worn grating the true story of their lives.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Every impulse we strangle will only poison us.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • I believe that you are really a very good husband but that you are thoroughly ashamed of your own virtues. You are an extraordinary fellow. You never say a moral thing and you never do a wrong thing. Your cynicism is simply a pose.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • I was dominated, soul, brain, and power by you. You became to me the visible incarnation of that unseen ideal whose memory haunts us artists like an exquisite dream.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • It would kill the past, and when that was dead, he would be free.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • Perhaps in nearly every joy, as certainly in every pleasure, cruelty has its place.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

  • The mutilation of the savage has its tragic survival in the self-denial that mars our lives.
    (Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray")


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