The Picture of Dorian Gray

By Oscar Wilde

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samantha The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Music had stirred him like that. Music had troubled him many times. But music was not articulate. It was not a new world, but rather another chaos, that it created in us. Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give plastic form to formless things, and to have music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of flute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?”

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samantha The Picture of Dorian Gray

"There is no such thing as a good influence, Mr. Gray. All influence is immoral-immoral from the scientific point of view." "Why?" "Because to influence a person is to give him one's own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions. His virtues are not real to him. His sins, if there are such things as sins, are borrowed. He becomes an echo of some one else's music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him. The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly-that is what each of us is here for. People are afraid of themselves nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to one's self. Of course they are charitable. They feed the hungry and cloth the beggar. But their own souls starve, and are naked. Courage has gone out of our race. Perhaps we never really had it. The terror of society, which is the basis of morals; the terror of God, which is the secret of religion-these are the two things that govern us. And yet—"

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samantha The Picture of Dorian Gray

"I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects."

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samantha The Picture of Dorian Gray

"It is silly of you, for there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about."

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samantha The Picture of Dorian Gray

"You don't understand what friendship is, Harry," he murmured—"or what enmity is, for that matter. You like everyone; that is to say, you are indifferent to every one".

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samantha The Picture of Dorian Gray

I knew that I had come face to face with some one whose mere personality was so fascinating that, if I allowed it to do so, it would absorb my whole nature, my whole soul, my very art itself.

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samantha The Picture of Dorian Gray

"Oh, I can't explain. When I like people immensely, I never tell their names to any one. It is surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy. It seem to be the one thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvellous to us. The commonest thing is delightful if one thing only hides it. When I leave town now I never tell my people where I am going. If I did, I would lose all my pleasure. It is a silly habit, I dare say, but somehow it seems to bring a great deal of romance into one's life. I suppose you think me awfully foolish about it?"

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