Dorian Gray

My reading has come along steadily. Much better than I anticipated. I know I am only 2 months into 2018, but so far I am averaging about 2 books a month. My most recently finished novel is “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde. While studying in Ireland I felt it fitting to read some Irish literature, as I’ve been told in the past that Irish writers are some of the best the world has to offer. The book was enchanting is a way, aside from the multiple tragedies that occurred throughout..
While reading I jotted down a few quotes I liked. Here they are below:

“An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them. We live in an age when men treat art as if it were meant to be a form of autobiography.”

“How pleasant it was in the garden! And how delightful other people’s emotions were! Much more delightful than their ideas, it seemed to him. One’s own soul, and the passions of one’s friends — those were the fascinating things in life.”

“It has been said that the great events of the world take place in the brain. It is in the brain, and the brain only, that the great sins of the world take place also.”

“They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?”

“The world belongs to you for only a season…”

“I never take any notice of what common people say, and I never interfere with what charming people do. If a personality fascinates me, whatever mode of expression that personality selects is absolutely delightful to me.”

“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.”

“And certainly, to him life itself was the first, the greatest, of the arts, and for it all the other arts seemed to be but a preparation.”

“But it appeared to Dorian Gray that the true nature of the senses had never been understood, and that they had remained savage and animal merely because the world had sought to starve them into submission or to kill them by pain, instead of aiming at making them elements of a new spirituality, of which a fine instinct for beauty was to be the dominant characteristic.”

“Veil after veil of thin dusky gauze is lifted, and by degrees the forms and colours of things are restored to them, and we watch the dawn remaking the world in its antique pattern.”  

“He procured from Amsterdam three emeralds of extraordinary size and richness of colour, and had a turquoise de la vieille roche [of the old rock] that was the envy of all the connoisseurs.”

“Actual life was chaos, but there was something terribly logical in the imagination. It was the imagination that set remorse to dog the feet of sin. It was the imagination that made each crime bear it’s misshapen brood.”

” ‘Oh! Anything becomes a pleasure if one does it too often,’ cried Lord Henry, laughing.”

“To get back my youth I would do anything in the world except take exercise, get up early or be respectable.”

“The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.”

It is a thinkers wonder making ones way through this piece of text. I thought long and hard about a few of the passages I came across, and in some matters they helped me through troubled thoughts. I realized I was pretty late to the game with this novel, so many of my friends had already read it and I was shocked! Need to step up my classical game. Next book on the list is Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. Very excited for this one. Let me know if anyone has read it or read any of Italo Calvino’s works. This will be my first.

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