The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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I’m just going to go ahead and accept that I tend to have lukewarm feelings for classic literature (unless it’s The Great Gatsbywhich is truly great). This novel was no exception. Though I did enjoy a great many things uttered by Lord Henry:

“The masses feel that drunkenness, stupidity, and immorality should be their own special property.”
“Sin is the only real colour element left in modern life.”
“I have talked quite enough for today … all I want now is to look at life.”
“One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.”
“To get back to my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.”
“As for being poisoned by a book, there is no such thing as that. Art has no influence upon action. It annihilates the desire to act. It is superbly sterile. The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. That is all.”

No. 9 on my challenge.


One response to “The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde”

  1. They say Oscar was a much better talker than writer, but his sharp wit comes out in all he did.
    Yet in his poem about Reading Goal he was deadly serious.
    ‘ For all men kill the thing they love,
    By all let this be heard.
    The coward does it will a kiss,
    The brave man with a sword.’
    I think thats right it often rings in my head. The part about the kiss always makes me think of Judas Iscariot.
    Now there was a big betrayal for a mere thirty pieces of silver.

Don’t be afraid. I won’t smite you. Probably.

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