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Defense of Dorian Gray Quotes

All excess, as well as all renunciation, brings its own punishment.
Defense of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

As for the mob, I have no desire to be a popular novelist. It is far too easy.
Defense of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

I am afraid that writing to newspapers has a deteriorating influence on style. People get violent, and abusive, and lose all sense of proportion when they enter that curious journalistic arena in which the race is always to the noisiest.
Defense of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

The English public like tediousness, and like things to be explained to them in a tedious way.
Defense of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

It is proper that limitations should be placed on action. It is not proper that limitations should be placed on art. To art belongs all things that are and things that are not, and even the editor of a London paper has no right to restrain the freedom of art in the selection of subject-matter.
Defense of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
Defense of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

Puritanism is never so offensive and destructive as when it deals with art matters.
Defense of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

Good people exasperate one’s reason, bad people stir one’s imagination.
Defense of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

A publisher is simply a useful middle-man.
Defense of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde