Young men want to be faithful, and are not. Old men want to be faithless, and cannot.— Oscar Wilde
Most Powerful Dorian Gray Portrait quotations
I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.
You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know.
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.
What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination.
A woman will flirt with anybody in the world as long as other people are looking on.
People who love only once in their lives are shallow people.
What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom, or their lack of imagination
Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect - simply a confession of failures.
There were moments when he looked on evil simply as a mode through which he could realize his conception of the beautiful.
Thin-lipped wisdom spoke at her from the worn chair, hinted at prudence, quoted from that book of cowardice whose author apes the name of common sense.
Each time that one loves is the only time one has ever loved.
The quivering, ardent sunlight showed him the lines of cruelty round the mouth as clearly as if he had been looking into a mirror after he had done some dreadful thing.
I worshipped you too much. I am punished for it. You worshipped yourself too much. We are both punished.
I want to be good. I can't bear the idea of my soul being hideous.
Surely a good therapist should produce a Dorian Gray-style portrait from under the couch so the patient can see the person they really are.
What the worm was to the corpse, his sins would be to the painted image on the canvas. They would mar its beauty, and eat away its grace. they would defile it, and make it shameful. And yet the thing would still live on. It would be always alive. (Dorian Gray regarding his portrait)