The Picture of Dorian Gray
The picture of Dorian Gray is one masterpiece by Oscar Wilde. It revolves around the character of Dorian Gray- charming, young , innocent and extremely handsome whose thoughts are heavily influenced by Lord Henry Wotton, an opinionated man with a philosophical bend of mind. Dorian experiences a change in his thoughts, behaviour and attitude post his meetings with Lord Henry and the story becomes more interesting when we include Basil Hallward’s ace portrait of Dorian.
The above is just a gist of the story. Anything more about the plot would give away a lot of things to spoil your reading experience. Below is a list of quotes or lines that are beautifully written. If these affects you even a tad, go ahead and read the book. The last ones are probably the best lines in the book!
1. If I love someone a lot, I don’t share his name with anyone. It is like sharing him with others.
2. To influence someone is like giving him a part of your soul. He becomes the echo of someone else’s music, an actor for a part that has not been written for him.
3. Nothing can cure the soul better than the senses , just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul
4. Man is many things, but he is not rational
5. Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.
6. Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing
7. When one is in love, one always begins my deceiving one’a self and ends by deceiving others.
That is what the world calls a romance
8. Good artists exist simply in what they make, and consequently are perfectly uninteresting in what they are
9. Women defend themselves by attacking, just as they attack by sudden and strange surrenders
10. There are only 2 kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything & people who know absolutely nothing
11. One should absorb the colour of life, but one should never remember it’s details. Details are always vulgar
12. The one charm of the past is that it is the past.
13. A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure
14. Dorian gray was poisoned by a book. There were times when he looked on evil simply as a mode through which he could realise his conception of the beautiful
15. Each of us has heaven and hell in him, Basil.
16. The suspense became unbearable. Time seemed to him to be crawling with feet of lead, while he by monstrous winds was being swept towards the jagged edge of some black cleft of precipice. He knew what was waiting for him there; saw it, indeed, and shuddering, crushed with dank hands his burning lids a though he would have robbed the very brain of sight and driven the eyeballs back into their cave.
17. When a woman married again , it is because she detested her first husband. When a man married again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try Their luck, men take risks.
18. There is no such thing as an omen. Destiny does not send us heralds. She is too wise or too cruel for that.
19. Knowledge would be fatal. It is the uncertainty that charms one. A mist makes things wonderful.
20. Life is not governed by will or intention. Life is a question of nerves and fibres , and slowly built up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has it’s dreams. You may fancy yourself safe and think yourself strong. But a chance tone of colour in a room or a morning sky, a particular perfume that you had once loved and that brings subtle memories with it, a line from a forgotten poem that you had come across again, a cadence from a piece of music that you had ceased to play- I tell you Dorian, that it is on things like these that our lives depend.