I loved reading this book. It was a real pleasure. But, regretfully, I have developed a bit of a crush on Lord Henry. I am only telling everyone because it’s the last blog post and so I don’t say it in class and get chastised. I know he’s a horrible man, especially when it comes to women and I might be showing far too many of my cards to tell you how I was very attracted to his character. I am not sure if I really would want to be his wife, but I would defiantly want to be him- a genre of crushing all on its own.
Because I can’t make tee shirts of everything he said I figured I would share some of my favorites here.
“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul” 23
“Sin is the only real colour-element left in modern life” 31
“I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.” 42
“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 ones mistakes” 43
“the only way a woman can reform a man is by boring him so completely that he loses all possible interest in life” 100
“It often happens that the real tragedies of life occur in such an inartistic manner that they hurt us by their crude violence, their absolute incoherence, their absurd want of meaning, their entire lack of style” 101
“nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner. Conscience makes egotists of us all” 103
There are many more things that he said that I admire, but I’m feeling too like him to post all of them.
You’re all invited to the wedding, a bit of a June-December romance…