If Ideas Had Shapes

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Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)

“Life is a question of nerves, and fibers, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has its dreams. You may fancy yourself safe, and think yourself strong. But a chance tone of color in a room or a morning sky, a particular perfume that you had once loved and that brings subtle memories with it, a line from a forgotten poem that you had come across again, a cadence from a piece of music that you had ceased to play—I tell you, Dorian, that it is on things like these that our lives depend.”

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Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)

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

Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)

“Are you very much in love with him?” he asked.

She did not answer for some time, but stood gazing at the landscape. “I wish I knew,” she said at last.

He shook his head. “Knowledge would be fatal. It is the uncertainty that charms one. A mist makes things wonderful.”

(Lord Henry and the Duchess)

Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)

Each man lived his own life, and paid his own price for living it.

Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)

“It is the feet of clay that make the gold of image precious.”

Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)

The fantastic character of these instruments fascinated him, and he felt a curious delight in the thought that Art, like Nature, has her monsters—things of bestial shape and with hideous voices.

Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)

Nothing seems to us changed. Out of the unreal shadows of the night comes back the real life that we had known. We have to resume it where we had left off, and there steals over us a terrible sense of the necessity for the continuance of energy in the same wearisome round of stereotyped habits, or a wild longing, it may be, that our eyelids might open some morning upon a world that had been refashioned anew in the darkness for our pleasure, a world in which things would have fresh shapes and colors, and be changed, or have other secrets,…

(of being awake before dawn, and the light rises)

Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)

There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel that no one else has a right to blame us.

Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)

“That is quite true, Dorian,” cried Hallward.

“Nothing is ever quite true,” said Lord Henry.

Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)

It often happened that when we thought we were experimenting on others we were really experimenting on ourselves.