BR: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


It is only the sacred things that are worth touching.”

Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older thy judge them; sometimes they forgive them.”


“There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating – people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.”



  • Writing quality: 4.5/5
  • Pacing: 3/5
  • Characters: 2.5/5
  • Enjoyability: 3.5/5 
  • Ease of reading: 3.5/5
  • Thought-provoking: 5/5
  • Merit and originality: 5/5
  • Overall love: 11.5/15



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

This was a strange book to say the least! The premise was very interesting, and although it was a classic (which I always find difficult to settle into like a modern novel), it was quite easy to follow.

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.”

Lord Henry was a bizarre character, because he spouted a lot of theories about art, love, and passion, but he didn’t seem to actually know very much, and at the end where Dorian practically confesses to killing their friend, he doesn’t take him seriously, even knowing Dorian’s reputation. He was completely blinded by Dorian’s beauty.

But the bravest man among us is afraid of himself. The mutilation of the savage has its tragic survival in the self-denial that mars our lives.”

As for Dorian, he started off as a nice, likeable character, but I do believe it was Lord Henry who turned him sour with obsessive vanity and mindless pursuing of pleasure, and for that reason, Lord Henry was my least favourite character, for not realising what effect he had on other people (and if I am wrong, and he did realise, then it makes me dislike him even more with his disregard for the fellow man).

The aim of life is self-development. To realise one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for. Peopl are afraid of themselves, nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of duties, the duty that one owes to one’s self. Of course they are charitable. They feed the hungry, and clothe the beggar. But their own souls starve, and are naked. The terror of society, which is the basis for all morals, the terror of society, which is the secret of religion – these are the two things that govern us.”

The pacing was decent, but when describing Dorian’s descent into ‘evil’, if you could call it that bad, I found it a bit lagging. In the middle, where there were a few pages just describing the jewels he was fascinated by, and their histories on long-dead monarchs and the like, it quite frankly bored me terribly.

You are a wonderful creation. You know more than you think you konw, just as you know less than you want to know.”

However, it was approachable, and although it took me a long time to read it, I enjoyed it, and made me think a lot about art and the relevance of beauty over intelligence.

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



Each of us has Heaven and Hell in him.”


We women, as some one says, love with our ears, just as you men love with your eyes, if you ever love at all.”


In her dealings with man Destiny never closed her accounts.”


To define is to limit.”


If a man treats life artistically, his brain in his heart.”



Comment below your thoughts! I really want to know whether you guys have read it, or are interested in reading it.

Thank you for reading!

– Catriona


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