“Because to influence a person is to give him one's own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions. His virtues are not real to him. His sins, if there are such things as sins, are borrowed. He becomes an echo of some one else's music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him. The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly -- that is what each of us is here for. People are afraid of themselves, nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to oneself. Of course they are charitable. They feed the hungry, and clothe the beggar. But their own souls starve, and are naked. Courage has gone out of our race. Perhaps we never really had it. The terror of society, which is the basis of morals, the terror of God, which is the secret of religion -- these are the two things that govern us.”
“I wonder who it was defined man as a rational animal. It was the most premature definition ever given. Man is many things, but he is not rational.”
“Women, as some witty Frenchman once put it, inspire us with the desire to do masterpieces and always prevent us from carrying them out.”
“Young people, nowadays, imagine that money is everything.
Yes, murmured Lord Henry, settling his button-hole in his coat; and when they grow older they know it.”
“Why can't these American women stay in their own country? They are always telling us that it is the paradise for women.
It is. That is the reason why, like Eve, they are so excessively anxious to get out of it.”
“I can't help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.”
“And alien tears will fill for him pity's long broken urn. For his mourners will all be outcast men, and outcasts always mourn.”
لن يستعيد إنسان شبابه إلّا إذا ارتكب حماقاته من جديد .”
“الملل هو الخطيئة الوحيدة التي لا يمكن أن تغتفر .”
“Life is not governed by will or intention. Life is a question of nerves, and fibres, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has its dreams. You may fancy yourself safe, and think yourself strong. But a chance tone of colour in a room or a morning sky, a particular perfume that you had once loved and that brings sublte memories with it, a line from a piece of music that you had ceased to play--I tell you Dorian, that it is on things like these that our lives depend.”
“الإحساس أثمن ما في الوجود و في سبيل الإحساس يهون كلّ شيء .”
“إنّ منشأ احترامنا للآخرين هو خوفنا من ألّا يحترمنا الآخرون .”
“واجب الإنسان الأوّل هو واجبه نحو نفسه .”
“إنّ أوّل ما تفعله امرأة حين تسلبها عشيقها هو أن تسلب امرأة أخرى عشيقها .”
“Time is jealous of you, and wars against your lilies and your roses.”
“القوّة الصارمة يمكن احتمالها , أمّا المنطق الصارم فلا يمكن احتماله , و ليس من العدل استخدامه .”
“إنّ عبارات الوفاء تنشر الرهبة في نفوسنا فنحن نخاف من الإخلاص الدائم خوفنا من الأبديّة .”
إنّ جمال الحياة الحياة في ألوانها الخاطفة , أمّا التفاصيل الصغيرة فجديرة بالنسيان , فالتفاصيل أشياء مبتذلة ! .”
“أحب أن أقابل في الرجال من لهم مستقبل و في النساء من لهنّ ماض .”
“الجبن و الضمير هما اسمان لمدلول واحد , و كل ما هنالك أن الضمير هو الاسم الرسمي , الماركة المسجّلة كما يقولون .”
“La única manera de librarse de la tentación es ceder ante ella. Si se resiste, el alma enferma, anhelando lo que ella misma se ha prohibido, deseando lo que sus leyes monstruosas han hecho monstruoso e ilegal”
“What are American dry-goods? asked the duchess, raising her large hands in wonder and accentuating the verb.
American novels, answered Lord Henry.”
“لا جدال في أنّ العبقرية أطول اجلا من الجمال , وهذه أفظع مأساة في حياتنا ,و لذلك ترانا نحشو أدمغتنا بالحقائق و الترهات على السواء كيلا نفقد أمكنتنا من الحياة , و هي غاية سخيفة ! .”
“For the canons of good society are, or should be, the same as the canons of art. Form is absolutely essential to it.”
الشباب هو كلّ ما يستحقّ أن نتمنّاه لأنفسنا في الحياة .”
إنّ الروح لا تخلو من المادّيّة والمادّة تعرف لحظات الوجد الروحيّ , و لقد تسمو الحواسّ و تصو , و لقد يظلم العقل و يكفهرّ !!
وهل منّا من يعلم أين تنتهي نوازع الجسد و تبتدئ نوازع الروح ؟!! ”
“أليس جائزا أنّ الفكر الذي يؤثّر في الكائنات الحيّة مستطيع كذلك أن يؤثّر في الكائنات الجامدة .”
“The post on her left was occupied by Mr. Erskine of Treadley, an old gentleman of considerable charm and culture, who had fallen, however, into bad habits of silence, having, as he explained once to Lady Agatha, said everything that he had to say before he was thirty.”
“من النساء من يتعزّين عن غرامهنّ المفقود باكتشاف محاسن أزواجهنّ فجأة .”
“Nowadays a broken heart will run to many editions.”
“Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.” Edna Woolman Chase”
“Maria?... She's been writing all this down? Oh, bless her...' He leafed on through the pile. 'Although that's not how that happened... and no, she's wrong, bowties are cool.”
“The girls’ door opened, and like every other time I’d seen her, it felt like I’d gotten punched in the gut, all the air in my body leaving in one heavy rush. Rachel really was the most beautiful girl I’d ever seen. There was no doubting that. With long, dark hair; eyes so blue I’d found myself trying to see if she was wearing colored contacts—she wasn’t, by the way; and a soft smile that made me want to fall to my knees, it wasn’t hard to see why I couldn’t stop looking at her. And those legs. My eyes traveled down to her bare legs as she let Mason into their apartment and I subconsciously started sucking on my lip ring again. Dear God, those legs were freakin’ long and perfect . . . and headed right toward me. My”
“The "Fatal Female Flaw." It's when ordinarily sensible women fall madly in love with an unattainable man who can't or won't love them back. I also call it the Triple Fucked Factor.
“I will treat you like a favorite toy and break you simply because I can.”
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