The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
From the Pages is a category where I’d like to share passages from books that have touched me, comforted me or, maybe, changed me a little bit. I believe bibliotherapy (psychotherapy through book reading) is a powerful therapeutic force and often reach out to books to find consonance from the pages.
Ah! realize your youth while you have it. Don’t squander the gold of your days, listening to the tedious trying to improve the hopeless future, or giving away your life to the ignorant, the common and the vulgar. These are the sickly aims, the false ideals of our age.
“You have the most marvelous youth, and youth is the one thing worth having.”
“I don’t feel that….”
“No, you don’t feel it now. Some day … when thought has seared your forehead with its lines, and passion branded your lips with its hideous fires, you will feel it, You will feel it terribly. Now, wherever you go, you charm the world. Will it always be so? …You have a wonderfully beautiful face. Don’t frown. You have. And Beauty is a form of Genius – is higher indeed, than Genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts of the world, like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon. It cannot be questioned. It has its divine right of sovereignty. It makes princes of those who have it… To me, Beauty is the wonder of wonders. It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible…. Every month as it wanes brings you nearer to something dreadful. Time is jealous of you, and wars against your lilies and your roses. … Ah! realize your youth while you have it. Don’t squander the gold of your days, listening to the tedious trying to improve the hopeless future, or giving away your life to the ignorant, the common and the vulgar. These are the sickly aims, the false ideals of our age. Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing…”Image: Reji K.A