The Picture of Dorian Gray – useful quotes

“To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim”
Preface – Oscar Wilde

“Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.”
Preface – Oscar Wilde

“The nineteenth century dislike of Realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in a glass.”
Preface -Oscar Wilde

“Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.”
Preface – Oscar Wilde

“All art is quite useless”
Preface – Oscar Wilde

“As long as I live the personality of Dorian Gray will dominate me”
Chapter 1 – Basil

“All the candour of youth was there as well as all youth’s passionate purity”
Chapter 2 – Narrator

“For that – for that – i would give everything! I would give my soul for that!”
Chapter 2 – Dorian Gray

“well as soon as you are dry you shall be varnished and framed and sent home. Then you can do what you like with yourself.”
Chapter 2 – Basil

“white purity of boyhood”
Chapter 3 – Narrator

“There was nothing that one could not do with him. He coukd be made a Titan or a toy”
Chapter 3 – Narrator

“He would seek to dominate him.” (Lord Henry)
Chapter 3 – Narrator

“My friends were bored. I was bored.”
Chapter 7 – Dorian Gray

“You used to stir my imagination. Now you don’t even stir my curiosity. You simply produce no effect.”
Chapter 7 – Dorian Gray

“It was a novel without a plot.”
Chapter 10 – Narrator

“It was a poisonous book”
Chapter 10 – Narrator

“I didn’t say i liked it Harry. I said it fascinated me.”
Chapter 10 – Dorian Gray

“Dorian Gray could not free himself from the influence of this book. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that he never sought to free himself from it.”
Chapter 11 – Narrator

“It was with an almost cruel joy – that he used to read the latter if the book”
Chapter 11 – Narrator

“His mere presence seemed to recall to them the memory of the innocence that they had tarnished.”
Chapter 11 – Narrator

“He gre more and more enamoured of his own beauty, more and more interested in the corruption of his own soul.”
Chapter 11 – Narrator

“She is very clever, too clever for a woman.” (about The Duchess)
Chapter 15 – Lord Henry

“To cure the soul by means of the senses and the senses by means of the soul”
Chapter 16 – Lord Henry

“the memory of old sins could be destroyed by the madness of sins that were new.”
Chapter 16 – Narrator

“Ugliness was the one reality”
Chapter 16 – Narrator

“Memory like a horrible malady was eating his soul away” (Dorian)
Chapter 16 – Narrator

“He wanted to escape from himself” (Dorian)
Chapter 16 – Narrator

“Make your peace with God, for tonight you are going to die.”
Chapter 16 – James Vane

“They say he has sold himself to the devil for a pretty face.”
Chapter 16 – Random woman

“I think that it is better to be beautiful than to be good”
Chapter 17 – Lord Henry

“To define is to limit”
Chapter 17 – Lord Henry

“sick with a wild terror of dying” (Dorian)
Chapter 18 – Narrator

“The mask of youth had saved him”
Chapter 18 – Narrator

“dragging a boy after them into the sunlight. He turned away in horror.”
Chapter 18 – Narrator

“Death walked there in the sunlight”
Chapter 18 – Narrator

“A cry of joy broke from his lips” (Dorian)
Chapter 18 – Narrator

“I have done too many dreadful things in my life. I am not going to do anymore”
Chapter 19 – Dorian Gray

“Suddenly, I determined to leave her as flower-like as i had found her”
Chapter 19 – Dorian Gray

“the emotion must have given you a thrill of real pleasure Dorian”
Chapter 19 – Lord Henry

“I want to be better. I am going to be better.”
Chapter 19 – Dorian Gray

“Death is the only thing that terrifies me. I hate it.”
Chapter 19 – Dorian Gray

“You and I will always be friends.”
Chapter 19 – Lord Henry

“Yet you poisoned me with a book once.”
Chapter 19 – Dorian Gray

“Poisoned by a book. There is no such thing as that. Art has no influence upon action.”
Chapter 19 – Lord Henry

“The book that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame”
Chapter 19 – Lord Henry

“wicked people were always very old and very ugly.”
Chapter 20 – Hetty

“He had tarnished himself filled his mind with corruption and given him horror to his fancy”
Chapter 20 – Narrator

“It was beauty that had ruined him”
Chapter 20 – Narrator

“Youth had spoiled him”
Chapter 20 – Narrator

“Basil had painted the portrait that had marred his life. He could not forgive him that. It was the portrait that had done everything”
Chapter 20 – Narrator

“Once it had given him pleasure to watch it changing and growing old”
Chapter 20 – Narrator

“Its had been like conscience to him. Yes it had been conscience. He would destroy it.”
Chapter 20 – Narrator

“There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book”
Preface – Oscar Wilde

“I have put too much of myself into it”
Chapter 1 – Basil

“We shall all suffer for what the gods have given us, suffer terribly”
Chapter 1 – Basil

“I daresay but somehow it seems to bring a great deal of romance into one’s life”
Chapter 1 – Basil

“Rich odour of roses”
Chapter 1 – Narrator

“It was simply inevitable”
Chapter 1 – Basil

“He is absolutely necessary to me”
Chapter 1 – Basil

“An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them. We live in an age when men treat art as if it were meant to be a form of autobiography. We have lost the abstract sense of beauty”
Chapter 1 – Basil

“Don’t spoil him”
Chapter 1 – Basil

“Every impulse that we strive to strangle broodes in the mind, and poison us”
Chapter 2 – Lord Henry

“The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it”
Chapter 2 – Lord Henry

“You have the most marvellous youth and youth is the only thing worth having”
Chapter 2 – Lord Henry

“Time is jealous of you and wars against your lilies and your roses”
Chapter 2 – Lord Henry

“A new Hedonism – that is what our century wants”
Chapter 2 – Lord Henry

“A sharp pang of pain struck through him like a knife”
Chapter 2 – Narrator

“I am jealous of the portrait you have painted of me”
Chapter 2 – Dorian Gray

“I trust you”
“I wish i could trust myself”
Chapter 2 -Dorian Gray/Lord Henry

“to influence a person is to give him one’s own soul”
Chapter 2 – Lord Henry

“He is some brainless, beautiful creature”
Chapter 1 – Lord Henry

“All influence is immoral”
Chapter 2 – Lord Henry

“Time is jealous of you, and wars against your lilies and your roses”
Chapter 2 – Lord Henry

“it is only his wife”
Chapter 3 – Lady Henry

“I always hear Harry’s views from his friends. It is the only way i get to know of them.”
Chapter 4 – Lady Henry

“Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are a disappointment”
Chapter 4 – Lord Henry

“no woman is a genius. Women are a decorative sex”
Chapter 4 – Lord Henry

“little flower like face, a small Greek head with plaited coils of dark-brown hair” and “lips the petal of a rose” (Sybil Vane)
Chapter 4 – Dorian Gray

“Ordinary women never appeal to one’s imagination”
Chapter 4 – Lord Henry

“You have a curious influence over me”
Chapter 4 – Dorian Gray

“The jew wanted to tell me her history, but i said it did not interest me”
Chapter 4 – Dorian Gray

“if this gentleman is wealthy, there is no reason why she should not contract an alliance with him”
Chapter 5 – Sybil Vane’s mother

“it would be absurd for him to marry so much beneath him”
Chapter 6 – Lord Henry

“the mere touch of Sybil Vane’s hand makes me forget you and all your wrong, fascinating, poisonous, delightful theories”
Chapter 6 – Dorian Gray

“You will always like me Dorian”
Chapter 6 – Lord Henry

“Her body swayed, as a plant sways in the water…. The curves of a lily”
Chapter 7 – Narrator

“Love is a more wonderful thing than Art”
Chapter 7 – Basil

“She flung herself at his feet, and lay there like a trampled flower”
Chapter 7 – Narrator

“there was a touch of cruelty in the mouth”
Chapter 7 – Narrator

“He would not see Lord Henry anymore – would not at any rate listen to those subtle poisonous theories”
Chapter 7 – Narrator

“Simply like a wonderful ending to a wonderful play. It has all the terrible beauty of a Greek tragedy”
Chapter 8 – Lord Henry

“The girl never really lives, and so she never really died”
Chapter 8 – Lord Henry

“It has been a marvelous experience” (loving Sybil Vane)
Chapter 8 – Dorian Gray

“He would not think any more of what she had made him go through”
Chapter 8 – Narrator

“The portrait was to bear the burden of his shame: that was all”
Chapter 8 – Narrator

“there would be a real pleasure in watching it” (watching the portrait transform)
Chapter 8 – Narrator

“”Your friends seem to lose all sense of honour, of goodness, of purity. You have filled them with a madness for pleasure.”
Chapter 12 – Basil

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