But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. (Chapter 1, P3)
...and the charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.(Cha.1. P5)
She a peacock in everything but beauty. (Cha .1. P8)
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one. (Cha.1 P10)
But I can't help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves. (Cha. 1 P11)
Days in summer are apt to linger.
It is a sad thing to think of, but there is no doubt that Genius lasts longer than Beauty.That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves. In the wild struggle for existence, we want to have something that endures, and so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place.
...the worst of having a romance of any kind is that it leaves one so unromantic. (Cha. 1 P15)
"...Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love's tragedies."And Lord Henry struck a light on a dainty silver case, and begain to smoke a cigarette with a self-conscious and satisfied air, as if he had summed up the world in a phrase. (Cha. 1 P16)
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 passion.... (Cha. 2 P20)
And Beauty is a form of Genius--is higher, indeed, than Genius, as it needs no explanation. It is one of the great facts of the owrld, like sunlight, or spring-time, or the reflection in dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon. (Cha. 2 P26)
Always! That is a dreadful word. It makes me shudder when I hear it. Women are so fond of it. They spoil every romance by trying to make it last for ever. (Cha. 2 P29)
Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic. (Cha.3 P42)
I can sympathise with everything, except suffering. (Cha.3 P47)
But, as the nineteenth century has gone bankrupt through an over-expenditure of sympathy, I would suggest that we should appeal to Science to put us straight. The advantage of emotions is that they lead us astray, and the advantage of Science is that it is not emotional.(Cha.3 P49)
Reality entered the room in the shape of a servant to tell the Duchess that her carriage was waiting.
But there is no literary public in England for anything except newspapers, primers, and encyclopaedias. (Cha.3 P50)
He was always late on priciple, his priciple being that puntuality is the thief of time. (Cha.3 P52)
Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed.
Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals. (Cha.4 P55)
The mere danger gave me a sense of delight. (Cha.4 P56)
A grande passion is the priviledge of people who have nothing to do. (Cha.4 P57)
There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up. (Cha.4 P57)
It's only the sacred things that are worth touching.
When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one's self, and one always ends by deceiving others.That is what athe world calls a romance. (Cha.4 P61)
People are very fond of giving away what they need most themselves. It is what I call the depth of generocity. (Cha.4 P65)
A Great poet , a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of all creatures.
The mere fact of having published a book of second-rate sonnets makes a man quite irrisistable. He lives the petry that he cannont write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize. (Cha.4 P66)
美与道德总会发生矛盾的，有时候，美本身就是一种毒药，王尔德其实心里太清楚这个了，但是他没有办法战胜自己的性格缺陷，于是他从不可一世的社交名流，变成了一个声名狼藉的人，他自己也说过，If I can't be famous, at least I can be nortorious.看这本书，你可以想象一个活生生的王尔德，怎样悠然自得地行走于伦敦上层社会的社交场合，用一串一串的妙语蛊惑人心，展现自己的魅力，享受公众的瞩目。