The Picture of Dorian Gray, Chapter by Chapter Quotes

A few reminders of key things and a few quotes from each chapter


Chapter 1

“divan of persian saddlebags”

“sudden disappearance some years ago”

“there is a fatality about all physical and intellectual distinction”

“being natural is simply a pose, and the most irritating pose I know”

“felt as if he could hear Basil H’s beating”

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Chapter 2

H: “Live! live the wonderful life that is in you… be always searching for new sensations”

The portrait belonged to Dorian “before it existed”

“life size” portrait

H: “You, Mr Gray, you yourself, with your rose-red youth and your rose-white boyhood, you have had passions…”

“shadow of his own loveliness”

“the real Dorian”… “at least you are like it in appearance”

“new Hedonism”

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Chapter 3

H: “my elder brother won’t die, and my younger brothers never seem to do anything else”

H: “he was a marvellous type, at any rate”

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Chapter 4

 “formal monotonous ticking” of the clock

Lady Wotton= “tempest” and “rage”

“ I know you quite well by your photographs. I think my husband has got seventeen of them”

D: “I worship her!”

H: “ordinary women never appeal to one’s  imagination”

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Chapter 5

his kiss burned upon her mouth. Her eyelids were warm with his breath”

“he was like a commoner walking with a rose”


“My Child! My child!... looking up to the ceiling in search for an imaginary gallery”

“he is called Prince Charming”

"… kill him like a dog. I swear it”

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Chapter 6

Basil is horrified he is marrying “beneath him”

H “wonderful study”

“I have had the arms of Rosalid about me and kissed Juliet on the mouth!”

“the man who could wrong her would be a beast”

“narrowed to one moment of rose-coloured joy”

“the perfect type of a perfect pleasure”

Sibyl “shook like a white Narcissus”

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Chapter 7

B “love is a more wonderful thing than art”

“freed, my sould, from prison”

“My love! My love! Prince Charming! Prince of life!”

“I have grown so sick of shadows”

“you are shallow and stupid”

“wihout your art you are nothing”

“lay there like a trampled flower”

“lines of cruelty around the mouth”

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Chapter 8

a wonderful tragic figure, sent out onto the world’s stage to show the supremity of Love”

“selfish” suicide

“don’t waste your teers over sibyl vane”

eternal youth, infinite passion, pleasures subtle and secret, wild joys and wilder sins”

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Chapter 9

“I have worshipped you with far more romance of feeling than a man should ever give to a friend”

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Chapter 10

Attic: “specially built room”

Victor the servant: “impassive”à “treacherous eyes”à “a spy”

3rd Person denial: “what had Dorian Gray to do with Sibyl Vane’s death?”

Sends the crucial book

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Chapter 11

perfumes, music etc.

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Chapter 12

“why is your friendship so fatal to young men ?”

“you have filled them with a madness for pleasure”

“I know you and Harry are inseperable”

“madness of pride”

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Chapter 13

mad… or at least playing a part”

“stabbing again and again”

“seeing the dead thing”

“drip, drip, drip”

“Each of us has heaven and hell in him”

Believes his sudden hatred is “whispered into his ear by those grinning lips”

“thing… a dreadful wax image”

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Chapter 14

a matter of life or death”

“loathsome red dew that gleamed, red, and glistening” on one of the portrait hands

“as though the canvas had sweated blood”

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Chapter 15

the terrible pleasure of a double life”

Dorian wishes for the “fin de globe”

Clock strikes

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Chapter 16

“innocent blood”


Physical hell= pavements “like a wet mackintosh”

“you have been on the brink of committing a terrible crime, my man”

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Chapter 17

“I am on the side of the Trojans. They fought for a woman” Dutchess of Monmouth

“you men love with your eyes”

“woman love with their ears”

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Chapter 18

spoiling my shooting for the day”- Sir Geoffrey

“the whole thing is hideous and cruel”- D

I would like to know someone who had committed a real murder”

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Chapter 19

good action” “spared” her by leaving

“terrible reality” of the destruction of the soul

“life has been your art” “perfect type”

“Must I really come Harry?”

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Chapter 20

“the curves of your lips rewrite history”- D letter from a past lover

“curved wrinkle of the hypocrite”

Blood “even on the hand that had not held the knife”

“withered, wrinkled, and loathsome of visage”

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