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Basil Hallward Quotes

Six of the best book quotes from Basil Hallward
  1. #1
    ″‘Each of us has heaven and hell in him, Basil,’ cried Dorian with a wild gesture of despair.”
  2. #2
    “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.”
  3. #3
    “You know we poor artists have to show ourselves in society from time to time, just to remind the public that we are not savages. With an evening coat and a white tie, as you told me once, anybody, even a stock-broker, can gain a reputation for being civilized.”
  4. #4
    “The past could always be annihilated. Regret, denial, or forgetfulness could do that. But the future was inevitable. There were passions in him that would find their terrible outlet, dreams that would make the shadow of their evil real.”
  5. #5
    “The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul.”
  6. #6
    “How much that strange confession explained to him! The painter’s absurd fits of jealousy, his wild devotion, his extravagant panegyrics, his curious reticences -- he understood them all now, and he felt sorry. There seemed to him to be something tragic in a friendship so coloured by romance.”
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