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The Picture of Dorian Gray: Top Ten Quotes

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  1. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. (Preface)
  2. There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about." (Ch. 1, Lord Henry, to Basil.)
  3.  A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. (Ch. 1, Lord Henry)
  4. The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. (Ch. 2, Lord Henry)
  5. "To me, beauty is the wonder of wonders. It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances." (Ch. 2, Lord Henry)
  6.  "I can sympathize with everything, except suffering." (Ch. 3, Lord Henry at the lunch at Aunt Agatha's.)
  7. "Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed." (Ch. 4, Lord Henry explains why he advises Dorian never to marry.)
  8.  "A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want? (Ch. 6, Lord Henry.)
  9. "It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But . . . it is better to be good than to be ugly." (Ch. 17, Lord Henry to the Duchess of Monmouth.)
  10.  "To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable." (Ch. 19, Lord Henry to Dorian.)



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