The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

by Catherine Chiu

  • The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly — that is what each of us is here for.
  • Yes, that is one of the great secrets of life — to cure the soul by means of the senses, and the senses by means of the soul.
  • 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.
  • I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.
  • Always! That is a dreadful word. It makes me shudder when i hear it. Women are so fond of using it. They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever.
  • To be in love is to surpass one’s self.
  • Love makes people good.
  • As for a spoiled life, no life is spoiled but one whose growth is arrested.
  • When he entered, she looked at him, and an expression of infinite joy came over her.
  • What could they know of love such as ours? Take me away, Dorian, take me away with you where we can be quite alone.
  • “Dorian”, she answered, lingering over his name with long-drawn music in her voice, as though it were sweeter than honey to the red petals of her mouth.
  • You came — oh, my beautiful love! — and you freed my soul from prison. You taught me what reality really is.
  • You made me understand what love really is. My love! My love! Prince charming! Prince of life!
  • Don’t be cruel to me, because I love you better than anything in the world.
  • There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.
  • They would be happy together. His life with her would be beautiful and pure.
  • There is luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.
  • Some one has killed herself for love of you. I wish that I had ever had such an experience. It would have made me in love with love.
  • 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.
  • Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our intellects.
  • If we women did not love you for your defects, where would you all be?
  • What of art?
    A malady.
    An illusion.
    A fashionable substitute for belief.
  • To define is to limit.
  • “Not with women,” said the duchess, shaking her head, “and women rule the world. I assure you we can’t bear mediocrities. We women, as some one says, love with our ears, just as you men love with your eyes, if you ever love at all.”
  • How fond women are of doing dangerous things! It is one of the qualities in them that I admire most.
  • I wish I could love. But I seem to have lost the passion and forgotten the desire. I am too much concentrated on myself. my own personality becomes a burden to me. I want to escape, to go away, to forget.
  • Death is the only thing that terrifies me. I hate it.
  • If a man treats life artistically, his brain is his heart.
  • To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.