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Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic."

Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.




Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame."

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.




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

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 Quotes: "If a man treats life artistically, his brain is his heart."

If a man treats life artistically, his brain is his heart.




Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "What fire does not destroy, it hardens"

What fire does not destroy, it hardens



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril."

All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives."

Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.




Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter."

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "The basis of optimism is sheer terror."

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one's self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance."

When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one's self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul."

Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "The only horrible thing in the world is ennui."

The only horrible thing in the world is ennui.




Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure."

A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "The secret of remaining young is never to have an emotion that is unbecoming."

The secret of remaining young is never to have an emotion that is unbecoming.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "They get up early, because they have so much to do, and go to bed early, because they have so little to think about."

They get up early, because they have so much to do, and go to bed early, because they have so little to think about.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take towards life."

I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take towards life.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different."

Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "People are very fond of giving away what they need most themselves. It is what I call the depth of generosity."

People are very fond of giving away what they need most themselves. It is what I call the depth of generosity.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "Pleasure is Nature's test, her sign of approval."

Pleasure is Nature's test, her sign of approval.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible."

We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all afraid for ourselves. The basis of optimism is sheer terror."

The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all afraid for ourselves. The basis of optimism is sheer terror.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "When I like people immensely I never tell their names to anyone. It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy."

When I like people immensely I never tell their names to anyone. It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "Even things that are true can be proved."

Even things that are true can be proved.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "In the wild struggle for existence, we want to have something that endures, and so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place."

In the wild struggle for existence, we want to have something that endures, and so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "When critics disagree the artist is in accord with himself."

When critics disagree the artist is in accord with himself.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "Art, like Nature, has her monsters"

Art, like Nature, has her monsters



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "It is a sad truth, but we have lost the faculty of giving lovely names to things."

It is a sad truth, but we have lost the faculty of giving lovely names to things.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "Books are well written, or badly written. That is all."

Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "I am too fond of reading books to care to write them."

I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "A woman will flirt with anybody in the world as long as other people are looking on."

A woman will flirt with anybody in the world as long as other people are looking on.



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

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 Quotes: "Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected."

Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "When we are happy, we are always good, but when we are good, we are not always happy."

When we are happy, we are always good, but when we are good, we are not always happy.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "Conscience and cowardice are really the same things, Basil. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. That is all."

Conscience and cowardice are really the same things, Basil. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. That is all.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "I hate vulgar realism in literature. The man who would call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one."

I hate vulgar realism in literature. The man who would call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "Man is many things, but he is not rational."

Man is many things, but he is not rational.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "I can't help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves."

I can't help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "The world is changed because you are made of ivory and gold. The curves of your lips rewrite history."

The world is changed because you are made of ivory and gold. The curves of your lips rewrite history.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "And what sort of lives do these people, who pose as being moral, lead themselves? My dear fellow, you forget that we are in the native land of the hypocrite."

And what sort of lives do these people, who pose as being moral, lead themselves? My dear fellow, you forget that we are in the native land of the hypocrite.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "Women, as some witty Frenchman once put it, inspire us with the desire to do masterpieces and always prevent us from carrying them out."

Women, as some witty Frenchman once put it, inspire us with the desire to do masterpieces and always prevent us from carrying them out.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "For the canons of good society are, or should be, the same as the canons of art. Form is absolutely essential to it."

For the canons of good society are, or should be, the same as the canons of art. Form is absolutely essential to it.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "Women defend themselves by attacking, just as they attack by sudden and strange surrenders."

Women defend themselves by attacking, just as they attack by sudden and strange surrenders.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face."

But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them."

An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "I knew nothing but shadows and I thought them to be real."

I knew nothing but shadows and I thought them to be real.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "The past could always be annihilated. Regret, denial, or forgetfulness could do that. But the future was inevitable."

The past could always be annihilated. Regret, denial, or forgetfulness could do that. But the future was inevitable.



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "It is the stupid and the ugly who have the best of it in this world"

It is the stupid and the ugly who have the best of it in this world



Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray Quotes: "Most people are boring and stupid."

Most people are boring and stupid.