Double- Entry Journal
The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde Page #
| Insights, Questions, Analysis, Connections
| “You do anything in the world to gain a reputation. As soon as you have one you seem to throw it away.”
| I think this is human nature. We always want things we may not have but once we have it loses the sentimental value we once held for it before we attained it.
| “It is only the intellectually lost who ever argue.”
| Am I intellectually lost since I may argue sometimes? What does Harry even mean by intellectually lost to begin with? Am I not intellectual?
| “They feed the hungry and clothe the beggar. But their own souls starve, and are naked.”
| Talk about irony? But it’s true; simply one is afraid of himself these days. We try to do charitable works yet forget the duties we owe to ourselves. We instead live in self-denial.
| “You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know.”
| No one ever knows the extent of their own knowledge. It's natural for people to want to know more and continue to learn. No one can ever know every single little piece of knowledge that exists in the world but people often want to know everything they can.
| “Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.
| Everything seems so much more fascinating when there is a story of tragedy or havoc behind it. This instantly reminded me of the quote, “Behind every pretty face, there is someone who's done her wrong.”
| “Experience was of no ethical value. It was merely the name men give to their mistakes.”
| Is Harry trying to infer to us that experience has no importance? Whether we frame our mistakes as “experiences”, mistakes are still a crucial value to life.
| “Besides, every experience is of value, and, whatever one may say against marriage, it is certainly an experience.”
| Wow Harry has...
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