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#1. Inteligence lives longer than beauty. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#2. It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But ... it is better to be good than to be ugly. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#3. Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#4. I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#5. Each time that one loves is the only time one has ever loved. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#6. Young men want to be faithful, and are not. Old men want to be faithless, and cannot. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#7. An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#8. Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#9. I asked the question for the best reason possible, for the only reason, indeed, that excuses anyone for asking any question - simple curiosity. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#10. There were opium-dens, where one could buy oblivion, dens of horror where the memory of old sins could be destroyed by the madness of sins that were new. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#11. A dream of form in days of thought'--who is it who says that? I forget; but it is what Dorian Gray has been to me. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#12. There were times when it appeared to Dorian Gray that the whole of history was merely the record of his own life, not as he had lived it in act and circumstand, but as his imagination had created it for him, as it had been in his brain and in his passions. He felt that he had known them all, those strange terrible figures that had passed across the stage of the world and made sin so marvellous, and evil so full of subtlety. It seemed to him that in some mysterious way their lives had been his own. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#13. Venice is a Dorian Gray city. Somewhere up there in the world's attic, there's another place with the haggard, poxed and ravaged face of unspeakable evil. And I suspect it's Cardiff. - Author: A.A. Gill
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#14. I have always been my own master; had at least always been so, till I met Dorian Gray. Then - but I don't know how to explain it to you. Something seemed to tell me that I was on the verge of a terrible crisis in my life. I had a strange feeling that Fate had in store for me exquisite joys and exquisite sorrows. I grew afraid, and turned to quit the room. It was not conscience that made me do so: it was a sort of cowardice. I take no credit to myself for trying to escape. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#15. There are few of us who have not sometimes wakened before dawn, either after one of those dreamless nights that make us almost enamoured of death, or one of those nights of horror and misshapen joy, when through the chambers of the brain sweep phantoms more terrible than reality itself, and instinct with that vivid life that lurks in all grotesques, and that lends to Gothic art its enduring vitality... Veil after veil of thin dusky gauze is lifted, and by degrees the forms and colors of things are restored to them, and we watch the dawn remaking the world in its antique pattern. The wan mirrors get back their mimic life... Nothing seems to us changed. Out of the unreal shadows of the night comes back the real life that we had known. We have to resume it where we had left off, and there steals over us a terrible sense of the necessity for the continuance of energy in the same wearisome round of stereotyped habits, or a wild longing, it may be, that our eyelids might open some morning upon a world that had been refashioned anew in the darkness... a world in which the past would have little or no place, or survive, at any rate, in no conscious form of obligation and regret... It was the creation of such worlds as these that seemed to Dorian Gray to be the true object... of life. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#16. The ugly and 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. They never bring ruin upon others, nor ever receive it from alien hands. Your rank and wealth, Henry; my brains, such as they are
my art, whatever it may be worth; Dorian Gray's good looks
we shall all suffer for what the gods have given us, suffer terribly. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#17. But it appeared to Dorian Gray that the true nature of the senses had never been understood, and that they had remained savage and animal merely because the world had sought to stave them into submission or to kill them by pain, instead of aiming at making them elements of a new spirituality, of which a fine instinct for beauty was to be the dominant characteristic. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#18. We live in a world when men treat art as if it were meant to be a form of autobiography. We have lost the abstract sense of beauty. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#19. The only people to whose opinions I listen now with any respect are people much younger than myself. They seem in front of me. Life has revealed to them her latest wonder. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#20. I want to be good. I can't bear the idea of my soul being hideous. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#21. paused for a moment, and a wild feeling of pity came over him. After all, what right had he to pry into the life of Dorian Gray? If he had done a tithe of what was rumoured about him, how much he must have suffered! Then he straightened himself up, and walked over to the fire-place, and stood there, - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#22. Sin is the only real colour-element left in modern life.'
'You really must not say things like that before Dorian, Harry.'
'Before which Dorian? The one who is pouring out tea for us, or the one in the picture?'
'Before either.'
'I should like to come to the theatre with you, Lord Henry,' said the lad.
'Then you shall come; and you will come, too, Basil, won't you?'
'I can't, really. I would sooner not. I have a lot of work to do.'
'Well, then you and I will go alone, Mr. Gray.'
'I should like that awfully.'
The painter bit his lip and walked over, cup in hand, to the picture. 'I shall stay with the real Dorian,' he said, sadly. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#23. For these treasures, and everything that he collected in his lovely house, were to be to him means of forgetfulness, modes by which he could escape, for a season, from the fear that seemed to him at times to be almost too great to be borne. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#24. I can now recreate life in a way that was hidden from me, before.'A dream of form in days of thought: - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#25. [On writing more Sherlock Holmes stories.] 'I don't care whether you do or not,' said Bram. 'But you will, eventually. He's yours, till death do you part. Did you really think he was dead and gone when you wrote "The Final Problem"? I don't think you did. I think you always knew he'd be back. But whenever you take up your pen and continue, heed my advice. Don't bring him here. Don't bring Sherlock Holmes into the electric light. Leave him in the mysterious and romantic flicker of the gas lamp. He won't stand next to this, do you see? The glare would melt him away. He was more the man of our time than Oscar was. Or than we were. Leave him where he belongs, in the last days of our bygone century. Because in a hundred years, no one will care about me. Or you. Or Oscar. We stopped caring about Oscar years ago, and we were his bloody *friends.* No, what they'll remember are the stories. They'll remember Holmes. And Watson. And Dorian Gray. - Author: Graham Moore
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Graham Moore
#26. Gollum is my picture of Dorian Gray. He will be with me for the rest of life, and I will grow to look more like him as I get older. - Author: Andy Serkis
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#27. 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! - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#28. Dorian, Dorian," she cried, "before I knew you, acting was the one reality of my life. It was only in the theatre that I lived. I thought that it was all true. I was Rosalind one night and Portia the other. The joy of Beatrice was my joy, and the sorrows of Cordelia were mine also. I believed in everything. The common people who acted with me seemed to me to be godlike. The painted scenes were my world. I knew nothing but shadows, and I thought them real. You came - oh, my beautiful love! - and you freed my soul from prison. You taught me what reality really is. To-night, for the first time in my life, I saw through the hollowness, the sham, the silliness of the empty pageant in which I had always played. To-night, for the first time, I became conscious that the Romeo was hideous, and old, and painted, that the moonlight in the orchard was false, that the scenery was vulgar, and that the words I had to speak were unreal, were not my words, were not what I wanted to say. You had brought me something higher, something of which all art is but a reflection. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#29. He looked just perfect to play Dorian Gray in a film version of Oscar Wilde's novel. Young, graceful, and indecently fresh and handsome, he could easily have worn a badge that said READY FOR DEBAUCHERY! - Author: Sergei Lukyanenko
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#30. A line from The Picture of Dorian Gray kept running through my head- a line which, I thought, might have been written by the Devil himself:

"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.
Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself. - Author: Syrie James
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Syrie James
#31. Yet the roses are not less lovely for all that - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#32. You told me you had destroyed it." "I was wrong. It has destroyed me. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#33. 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 - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#34. Dear Producers,
Something is radiating deep within me and it must be transmitted or I will implode and the world will suffer a great loss, unawares. Epic are the proportions of my soul, yet without a scope who cares am I? This is why I must but must be one of the inhabitants of MTV's "Real World." Only there, burning brightly into a million dazzled eyes, will my as yet uncontoured self assume the beauteous forms that are not just its own, but an entire market niche's, due.

I am a Kirk Cameron-Kurt Cobain figure, roguishly quirky, dandified but down to earth, kooky but comprehensible; denizen of the growing penumbra between alternative and mainstream culture; angsty prophet of the already bygone apocalypse, yet upbeat, stylish and sexy!

Oscar Wilde wrote, "Good artists exist in what they make, and consequently are perfectly uninteresting in what they are. A great poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of all creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating... [they] live the poetry [they] cannot write." As with Dorian Gray, life is my art! Oh MTV, take me, make me, wake me from my formless slumbers and place me in the dreamy Real World of target marketing. - Author: Dave Eggers
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#35. I have been right, Basil, haven't I, to take my love out of poetry, and to find my wife in Shakespeare's plays? Lips that Shakespeare taught to speak have whispered their secret in my ear. I have had the arms of Rosalind around me, and kissed Juliet on the mouth. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#36. You became to me the visible incarnation of that unseen ideal whose memory haunts us artists like an exquisite dream. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#37. experimental method was the only method by which one could arrive at any scientific analysis of the passions; and certainly Dorian Gray was a subject made to his hand, and seemed to promise rich and fruitful results. His sudden mad love for Sibyl Vane was a psychological phenomenon - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#38. It is not merely that I paint from him, draw from him, sketch from him. Of course I have done all that. But he is much more to me than a model or a sitter. I won't tell you that I am dissatisfied with what I have done of him, or that his beauty is such that Art cannot express it. There is nothing that Art cannot express, and I know that the work I have done, since I met Dorian Gray, is good work, is the best work of my life - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#39. I find him in the curves of certain lines, in the loveliness and subtleties of certain colours. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#40. I have no terror of death. It is the coming of death that terrifies me. Its monstrous wings seem to wheel in the leaden air around me. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#41. How English you are, Basil! If one puts
forward an idea to a real Englishman, - always a rash
thing to do, - he never dreams of considering whether the
idea is right or wrong. The only thing he considers of any
importance is whether one believes it one's self. Now, the
value of an idea has nothing whatsoever to do with the
sincerity of the man who expresses it. Indeed, the
probabilities are that the more insincere the man is, the more purely intellectual will the idea be, as in that case it
will not be colored by either his wants, his desires, or his
prejudices. However, I don't propose to discuss politics,
sociology, or metaphysics with you. I like persons better
than principles. Tell me more about Dorian Gray. How
often do you see him? - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#42. I sometimes think, Harry, that there are only two eras of any importance in the world's history. The first is the appearance of a new medium for art, and the second is the appearance of a new personality for art also. What the invention of oil-painting was to the Venetians, the face of Antinous was to late Greek sculpture, and the face of Dorian Gray will some day be to me. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#43. What sort of life would his be if, day and night, shadows of his crime were to peer at him from silent corners, to mock him from secret places, to whisper in his ear as he sat at the feast, to wake him with icy fingers as he lay asleep! - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#44. A strange sense of loss came over him. He felt that Dorian Gray would never again be to him all that he had been in the past. Life had come between them ... His eyes darkened, and the crowded, flaring streets became blurred to his eyes. When the cab drew up at the theatre, it seemed to him that he had grown years older. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#45. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde THE PREFACE The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things. The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of autobiography. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things - Author: Oscar Wilde
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#46. him. There was a horrible fascination in them all. He saw them at night, and they troubled his imagination in the day. The Renaissance knew of strange manners of poisoning - poisoning by a helmet and a lighted torch, by an embroidered glove and a jewelled fan, by a gilded pomander and by an amber chain. Dorian Gray had been poisoned by a book. There - Author: Oscar Wilde
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#47. 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. - Author: Oscar Wilde
Portrait Of Dorian Gray quotes by Oscar Wilde
#48. There are only two living American authors fully deserving of the Nobel Prize. One is Lewis Mumford. The other is Wallace Stegner, whose novels and essays provide us a comprehensive portrait of industrial society in all its glittering corruption and radiant evil. - Author: Edward Abbey
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#49. If we could manage any sort of trust again ... Well. That would make me happier than you can imagine - Author: Richelle Mead
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#50. He laced his hands behind his neck and propped his boots on the opposite arm of the sofa. If an artist were to capture this image, it would have been labeled,Smugness: A Portrait. She wanted to shake him. - Author: Tessa Dare
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#51. As trait after trait swings into focus and fulfillment, can we write any other name under Isaiah's amazing portrait of the sublime Sufferer in Chapter 53 than Jesus of Nazareth? - Author: J. Sidlow Baxter
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#52. I spent hours yesterday talking of little but medical symptoms and insane asylums. And you listened as though it were poetry and all but swooned at my feet. It is too bad I don't have any medical treatises about. I'm sure I need read a paragraph or two, and you will become ravenous with lust and begin tearing my clothes off. (Dorian from "The Mad Earl's Bride") - Author: Loretta Chase
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#53. The bar was meant to look like a place where Hemingway might have hung out in the Bahamas. A stuffed swordfish hung on the wall, and fishing nets dangled from the ceiling. There were lots of photographs of people posing with giant fish they had caught, and there was a portrait of Hemingway. Happy Papa Hemingway. The people who came here were apparently not concerned that the author later suffered from alcoholism and killed himself with a hunting rifle. - Author: Haruki Murakami
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#54. You're like the portrait," he says. "A vision of erotic beauty. But a portrait isn't flesh, and its beauty can't feel pleasure. - Author: J. Kenner
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#55. As much as I approve of your change in tactics, Morley, dangling this tasty piece in front of me still won't have the desired effect." Blackwell's voice reached out to her like the first unwelcome tendrils of frost in winter. Deep, smooth, caustic, and bitter cold. - Author: Kerrigan Byrne
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#56. It seems dangerous to be a portrait artist who does commissions for clients because everyone wants to be flattered, so they pose in such a way that there's nothing left of truth. - Author: Henri Cartier-Bresson
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#57. Sumire was a hopeless romantic, a bit set in her ways - innocent of the ways of the world, to put a nice spin on it. Start her talking and she'd go on nonstop, but if she was with someone she didn't get along with - most people in the world, in other words - she barely opened her mouth. She smoked too much, and you could count on her to lose her ticket every time she took the train. She'd get so engrossed in her thoughts at times she'd forget to eat, and she was as thin as one of those war orphans in an old Italian film - like a stick with eyes. I'd love to show you a photo of her but I don't have any. She hated having her photograph taken - no desire to leave behind for posterity a Portrait of the Artist as a Young (Wo)Man. - Author: Haruki Murakami
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