The Book & the Movie: The Picture of Dorian Gray | Oscar Wilde, 1890 / Albert Lewin, 1945

^ The Picture of Dorian Gray was first published in the July 1890 issue of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine.         
                                                                                                                                  Albert Lewin, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) ^


“Some things are more precious because they don't last long.”

“Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. 
Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.”

“The only horrible thing in the world is ennui.”

“The secret of remaining young is never to have an emotion that is unbecoming.”

“I am happy in my prison of passion”

“Genius lasts longer than beauty”

“We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret 
of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.”

“You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know.”

“When we are happy, we are always good, but when we are good, we are not always happy.”

“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.”

“I find him in the curves of certain lines, in the loveliness and subtleties of certain colours.”

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

“It is a sad truth, but we have lost the faculty of giving lovely names to things. ”

“Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.”

Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1890

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Ward Lock & Co 1891                      Original manuscript of the opening of chapter four, 1890


“I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. 
I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”

“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.”

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

“When I like people immensely I never tell their names to anyone.
 It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy.”

“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

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

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

“I am tired of myself tonight. I should like to be somebody else.”

“He wanted to be where no one would know who he was. He wanted to escape from himself.”

“It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. 
The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible....”

“The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all 
afraid for ourselves. The basis of optimism is sheer terror.”

“I knew nothing but shadows and I thought them to be real.”

“Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover 
when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.”

Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1890


The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
Director: Albert Lewin
Writers: Albert Lewin (screen play), Oscar Wilde ( novel )
Cinematography: Harry Stradling Sr.
Stars: George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed

                                                                   Ivan Albright, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1943 ^

Ivan Le Lorraine Albright's famous painting of the decayed Dorian Gray - which took 
approximately one year to complete - is now owned by the Art Institute of Chicago, 
where it has been on display for many years. 


“The only artists I have ever known who are personally delightful are bad artists. 
Good artists exist simply in what they make, and consequently are perfectly 
uninteresting in what they are. A great poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical
 of all creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating. The worse their rhymes 
are, the more picturesque they look. The mere fact of having published a book of 
second-rate sonnets makes a man quite irresistible. He lives the poetry that he
 cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize.”


“What of Art?
-It is a malady.
--Love?
-An Illusion.
--Religion?
-The fashionable substitute for Belief.
--You are a sceptic.
-Never! Scepticism is the beginning of Faith.
--What are you?
-To define is to limit.”

UK Edition, 1960s                                                          Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray


“I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.”

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”

“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 no 
such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. 
That is all.”

Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1890

Hurd Hatfield / The Picture of Dorian Gray, Albert Lewin (1945)

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