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The Picture of Dorian Gray Quotes

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters and my enemies for their good intellects.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love; it is the faithless who know love’s tragedies.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

I can’t help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

She is a peacock in everything but beauty.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

The one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

The worst of having a romance of any kind is that it leaves one so unromantic.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

With an evening coat and a white tie, anybody, even a stockbroker, can gain a reputation for being civilized.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Basil Hallward, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

Women have no appreciation of good looks; at least, good women have not.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

Conscience and cowardice are really the same things. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. That is all.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

I quite sympathize with the rage of the English democracy against what they call the vices of the upper orders. The masses feel that drunkenness, stupidity, and immorality should be their own special property, and that if any one of us makes an ass of himself, he is poaching on their preserves.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

It is only the intellectually lost who ever argue.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

The value of an idea has nothing whatsoever to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

Genius lasts longer than Beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

The mind of the thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing. It is like a bric-à-brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde

An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Basil Hallward, Chapter 1, Oscar Wilde