Friday, January 25, 2013

There is No such thing as a Moral or an Immoral book

“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”

Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

9 comments:

  1. Excellent quote! I wonder if this goes for profanity in a book. The new series I'm working on is about people with lots of issues. Drug use to pole dancing. That is how they talk, sprinkled with uber amounts of bad grammar.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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    1. I feel a writer must write what comes to them-- deliberate sanitization puts me off.

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  2. Lover the quote and the cat.

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  3. I can't help but wonder what Mr. Wilde would define as badly written: bad plot, bad character development, bad rhetoric?

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  4. I'm a "glass half empty" girl; this was meant to tell me to look on the bright side once in a while ;)

    ........dhole

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