[Quotes] Oscar Wilde: To Be In Love Is To Surpass One’s Self.

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a Gothic and philosophical novel by Irish writer, Oscar Wilde. The novel tells about a story of one beautiful, innocent young man’s seduction, moral corruption, and eventual downfall. Dorian Gray is young and easily manipulated. People around him are all fascinated by his beauty. A painter wants to reserve his pulchritude on his canvas. Dorian Gray is afraid that one day he might get old and lose his beauty. He decides to sell his soul to the devil. After he finds out whatever decadent things he does will not affect his flawless look, he starts to live a dissipated life. But in the end, his soul is corrupted so as his perfect face.


Today, let’s look at some of the wonderful quotes in The Picture of Dorian Gray: 💡

But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face.

The ugly and the stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play.

An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them.

Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.
Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.
They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty.



There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful.

Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.

Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world’s original sin. If the caveman had known how to laugh, history would have been different.



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

When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one’s self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.

There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.

Youth smiles without any reason. It is one of its chiefest charms.



Time to learn some collocations and sentence structures:

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.

  1. get rid of something:  to remove something that you do not want any longer.
  • I can’t wait to get rid of that ugly old couch.
  • How can we get rid of this unwelcome visitor?

2. yield to something: to agree to do something that you do not want to do or should not do.

  • It’s very easy to yield to temptation and spend too much money.
  • However the enemies tortured her, she did not yield to them.


Please write down your own sentences by using one of the collocations, and leave your comments down below. We are looking forward to your answers!

That’s all for today. Have a good day!



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