Excerpts from The Picture Of Dorian Gray

The eloquent Oscar Wilde…”Poets are not so scrupulous as you are. They know how useful passion is for publication. (Conversation is in reference to Hallward the painter of The Dorian Grey portrait’s unwillingness to let the public see the portrait because he feels he had put so much of himself into the work, and wants to keep what people might see of him to himself) “I hate them for it,” cried Hallward. “An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them. We live in an age when men treat art as if it were meant to be a form of autobiography. We have lost the abstract sense of beauty. Some day I will show the world what it is; and for that reason the world shall never see my Portrait of Dorian Gray.”….Harry replies, ” I think you are wrong, Basil Hallward, but I won’t argue with you. It is only the intellectually lost who ever argue.”

Now that folks is some fine literature….IMHO…

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