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The Picture of Dorian Grey
QUOTATION: There are many things that we would throw away if we were not
afraid that others might pick them up.
QUOTATION: One should never make ones debut with a scandal. One
should reserve that to give an interest to ones old age.
QUOTATION: Good artists exist simply in what they make, and consequently
are perfectly uninteresting in what they are. A really great poet is the
most unpoetical of all creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating.
The worse their rhymes are, the more picturesque they look. The mere fact
of having published a book of second-rate sonnets makes a man quite irresistible.
He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry
that they dare not realise.
QUOTATION: Good resolutions are useless attempts to interfere with scientific
laws. Their origin is pure vanity. Their result is absolutely nil. They
give us, now and then, some of those luxurious sterile emotions that have
a certain charm for the weak.... They are simply cheques that men draw
on a bank where they have no account.
QUOTATION: Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth
century that one cannot explain away.
QUOTATION: She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness.
QUOTATION: 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 coloured by either his wants, his desires,
or his prejudices.
QUOTATION: When a woman marries again it is because she detested her
first husband. When a man marries again it is because he adored his first
wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.
QUOTATION: Genius lasts longer than Beauty. That accounts for the fact
that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves.
QUOTATION: I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now. It is an
absurd attitude to take towards life. We are not sent into the world to
air our moral prejudices. I never take any notice of what common people
say, and I never interfere with what charming people do.
QUOTATION: Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your
days are your sonnets.