Ex Libris Kirkland

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First Written 1890
Genre Fiction
Origin UK
Publisher Librivox
My Copy librivox!
First Read July 06, 2012

The Picture of Dorian Gray

I'm only a few chapters in, but I'm afraid this book is going to be a skeleton of a plot on which Wilde will just hang his witty, bitter aphorisms.

Noted on July 6, 2012

Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there. That is the reason why people who live out of town are so absolutely uncivilized. Civilization is not by any means an easy thing to attain to. There are only two ways by which man can reach it. One is by being cultured, the other by being corrupt. Country people have no opportunity of being either, so they stagnate.

Quoted on July 16, 2012

It is an odd thing, but every one who disappears is said to be seen at San Francisco. It must be a delightful city, and possess all the attractions of the next world.

Quoted on July 16, 2012

“Dorian is far too wise not to do foolish things now and then, my dear Basil.”

“Marriage is hardly a thing that one can do now and then, Harry," said Hallward, smiling.

“Except in America."

Quoted on July 7, 2012

The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all afraid for ourselves. The basis of optimism is sheer terror. We think that we are generous because we credit our neighbor with those virtues that are likely to benefit ourselves.

Quoted on July 6, 2012

Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Quoted on July 6, 2012

I have simply worshipped pianists— two at a time, sometimes.

Quoted on July 6, 2012

I want to make Romeo jealous, I want the dead lovers of the world to hear our laughter, and grow sad. I want a breath of our passion to stir their dust into consciousness, to wake their ashes into pain.

Quoted on July 6, 2012

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