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Quote from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

I wish I could love,’ cried Dorian Gray, with a deep note of pathos in his voice. ‘But I seem to have lost the passion, and forgotten the desire. I am too much concentrated on myself. My own personality has become a burden to me. I want to escape, to go away, to forget.’

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Quote from De Profundis by Oscar Wilde

Religion does not help me. The faith that others give to what is unseen, I give to what one can touch, and look at. My gods dwell in temples made with hands; and within the circle of actual experience is my creed made perfect and complete: too complete, it may be, for like many or all of those who have placed their heaven in this earth, I have found in it not merely the beauty of heaven, but the horror of hell also.

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Letter Written To: 
Lord Alfred Douglas
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Quote from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The next day he did not leave the house, and, indeed, spent most of the time in his own room, sick with a wild terror of dying, and yet indifferent to life itself.

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Quote from The Critic As Artist: With Some Remarks Upon The Importance of Doing Nothing by Oscar Wilde

Quote from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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.

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Quote from The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

He played with the idea, and grew willful; tossed it into the air and transformed it; let it escape and recaptured it; made it iridescent with fancy, and winged it with paradox. The praise of folly, as he went on, soared into a philosophy, and Philosophy herself became young, and catching the mad music of Pleasure, wearing, one might fancy, her wine-stained robe and wreath of ivy, danced like a Bacchante over the hills of life, and mocked the slow Silenus for being sober. Facts fled before her like frightened forest things.

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Quote from The Soul of Man Under Socialism by Oscar Wilde

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.

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Quote said to Claire de Pratz (October 29, 1900) by Oscar Wilde as quoted in Oscar Wilde (Richard Ellmann)

My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.

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Date Published (if article, journal entry, or letter): 
October 29, 1900
Author/Interviewer (Article/Book/etc.): 
Richard Ellmann
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