LITERATURE, QUOTES

25 times ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ challenged me to reflect on life and realistic truths

To give this write-up a matter of context: Welcome to my FIRST post about books, literature and reading, and, I dare say it will be my last. If there was ONE thing I could do… all day.. every day… freely… it would be READING! And NO I wouldn’t call it “nerdy”, I’d say it’s more insightful. There are undoubtedly a lot of life lessons than can be learned from a book. Not to mention, the world is your oyster in relation to creativity and imagination, in comparison so it’s movie equivalent. EVERY book enthusiast can relate to the dissatisfaction felt from watching that one movie after reading a great book.

ADVICE for today: NEVER judge a book by it’s movie!

 So, I dare you! SKIP the movie and go for the book!

25 times ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ challenged me to reflect on life and realistic truths.

Oscar Wilde has to be one of my most FAVOURITE authors, and from his collection: The Picture of Dorian Gray. I am and forever will be.. in complete awe of Wilde’s ability to reveal realistic truths through his writing:

1. “Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance.”
2. “True friends stab you in the front.”
3. “I can resist everything except temptation.”
4. “Experience is simply the name we give mistakes.”
5. “Memory.. is the diary that we all carry about with us.”
6. “Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.”
7. “A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.”
8. “To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.”
9. “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”
10. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
11. “It is absurd to divide people into good or bad. People are either charming or tedious.”
12. “I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”
13. “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”
14. “Nothing is so aggravating than calmness.”
15. “Some cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go.”
16. “The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.”
17. “There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.”
18. “A man who does not think for himself, does not think at all.”
19. “Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.”
 20. “I am not young enough to know everything.”
21. “The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.”
22. “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”
23.” Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.
24. “The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
25. “The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.”

If you couldn’t already tell, I have a great appreciation for Classical English Literature, and before you ask, NO I am not a romantic, in fact far from it. Nevertheless, not even myself could escape the clutches of Jane Austen, and withstand falling in love with literature after reading Pride and Prejudice.

(Gif: The moment Elizabeth breaks Mr Darcy’s heart #janeausten #prideandprejudice  VSMy reaction while reading the book #whateven #cantdeal #feelings)

I’m working on delivering some Book Reviews from April onwards, perhaps even some contemporary choices. At the present, I’m thoroughly enjoying some entrepreneur business selections: How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie.

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