Saturday, December 9, 2006

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Sometimes a book comes along that defies all other books.
It just so happens that a book came along a really long time ago and STILL many of you have not read it. That book is: "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde. This book is probably my most favorite book ever and I definitely learned a lot from it and look back on it often. I first read it probably 3 years ago and have now read it up to 10 times and I go back and look at quotes in it often. (I highlighted parts that I liked, which I NEVER do) This is probably the single greatest accomplishment by Oscar Wilde, and probably single greatest accomplishment of a novel during his time period. He was a fighter. Oscar Wilde actually was gay during a time when gay men were not looked on very highly. Well, actually, many men were gay during the time, it's just that nobody was open about it. Well, Wilde was, and was banned from England for what the called "homosexual offences". Anyway, the book is a must read. has it on ebook for all of you who don't like to go out and purchase books: LINK
Let me know what you all think of it.
Or if you have read it, let me know what your views were on the piece.
Some of my favorite quotes:

"Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love's tragedies"

"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."

"Romance lives by repetition, and repetition converts an appetite into an art. Besides, each time that one loves is the only time one has ever loved. Difference of object does not alter singleness of passion. It merely intensifies it."

"We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible."

"The painting of a sorrow, a face, without a heart" (this one Wilde is quoting Shakespeare)

"Being natural is simply a pose, and the most irritating pose I know"

So, there you have it. Wilde is a damn genius if you ask me. Now go read!

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