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Dorian Gray (Character)
from The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
Allan Quartermain: Jekyll, come on! We'll need Hyde!
Dr. Henry Jekyll: No! Hyde will never use me again.
Dorian Gray: Then what good are you?

Marksman #2: What are you?
Dorian Gray: I'm complicated.

Allan Quatermain: Ah, you're missing a picture, Mr. Gray.
Dorian Gray: And you don't miss a thing, do you, Mr. Quatermain?
Allan Quatermain: Oh, sometimes.

Dorian Gray: Mina. You're alive.
Mina Harker: It's possible I can't die. Same could be said of you. Let's put it to the test.

Rodney Skinner (The Invisible Man): OW. You scratched me.
Dorian Gray: Better me than him.

Dorian Gray: Ah. The bedroom, Mina. Does it give you memories? Or ideas?
Mina Harker: Ideas.
[She stabs him in the groin]
Dorian Gray: [gasping] If that had been permanent, I'd have been very upset!

M: You could stay, you know. Share my dream.
Dorian Gray: I've lived long enough to see the future become history, Professor. Empires crumble. There are no exceptions.
M: You think you're better than me. You forget: I've seen your painting.

Mina Harker: Do you realize what you've done? What you've let out of me?
Dorian Gray: A woman's wrath? Oh, I'm petrified.

Dorian Gray: I'm an immortal, sir, not a gazelle. How can we outrun this?
[Tom Sawyer brings out Nemo's car]
Tom Sawyer: Care for a spin?

Dorian Gray: I hoped I'd get to nail you one more time. Didn't think it'd be literally.

Dorian Gray: Bomb-voyage.

[Dorian and Mina, both immortals, are fighting]
Dorian Gray: We'll be at this all day.

M: To that end, I set my wolf among you sheep.
Dorian Gray: Growl.

Rodney Skinner (The Invisible Man): And I thought I was special. You're invulnerable to harm.
Dorian Gray: I don't like to boast.

Rodney Skinner (the Invisible Man): Oh, scotch anyone?
Dorian Gray: Help yourself.
Mina Harker: Don't let it ruin your makeup.
Captain Nemo: I'm impressed, Mr. Gray. You take Skinner's uniqueness in your stride.
Dorian Gray: Well, I've seen too much in my life to shock easily.

Rodney Skinner (the Invisible Man): Hello, Dorian. The great white hunter's bagged his prize.
[they hear and see men being thrashed]
Dorian Gray: Or the prize bagged him.
[Quatermain is corraling Mr. Hyde]
Allan Quatermain: Stay back, if you value your lives.

Dorian Gray: [after watching Hyde's attack] Quite the parlor trick.
Mr. Hyde: Wait 'til you see my next one.
[Hyde transforms suddenly into small and meek Henry Jekyll]
Dr. Henry Jekyll: Dr.Jekyll... at your service.

Ishmael: That Skinner's got a lot to answer for!
Dorian Gray: Not Skinner - me!
[raises his gun and shoots Ishmael]


"Penny Dreadful: Demimonde (#1.4)" (2014)
[Dorian Gray asks Vanessa Ives if she's interested in botany]
Dorian Gray: Have you an interest in botany?
Vanessa Ives: All I really seem to know about plants is how to kill them.
Dorian Gray: Then let me show you something extraordinary. I like to see one extraordinary thing every day.

[Dorian Gray shows Vanessa Ives a bundle of deadly nightshade flowers]
Vanessa Ives: Mmm, it's beautiful.
Dorian Gray: You can do better. Give me words.
Vanessa Ives: [Vanessa smells the flowers] Delicate, subtle fragrance. Like a berry, but not a woodland thing. Not a thing of the forest, something... of the jungle.
Dorian Gray: What does it say to you?
Vanessa Ives: [Vanessa continues smelling with her eyes closed] Touch me. With your finger. Softly. My scent on your neck. Open your lips. Taste.
Dorian Gray: [Vanessa opens her eyes as Dorian reveals the type of flowers they are] Atropa Belladonna. Deadly nightshade.

[Dorian Gray asks Vanessa Ives if it's the dark thing in a flower that's exciting]
Dorian Gray: It's the adder beneath the rose, isn't it? All of this. They can seem so exciting and luxurious, yet within, there's a dark thing waiting.
Vanessa Ives: Things are so rarely what they seem.
Dorian Gray: Which of us does not have our secrets, Miss Ives?

[Dorian Gray shows Vanessa Ives the most rarest of all flowers, Rothschild's slipper]
Dorian Gray: Rothschild's slipper. The rarest orchid on Earth, and thus the most expensive. It's only found in one place, a particular mountain in Borneo. It can take up to 15 years to bloom. A lifetime for six perfect flowers.
Vanessa Ives: How long will it bloom?
Dorian Gray: A moment.
Vanessa Ives: Is it poisonous?
Dorian Gray: Like all beautiful things, I hope so.

[Dorian Gray invites Ethan Chandler to go someplace with him]
Ethan Chandler: You ever wish you could be someone else? Just run away from your life?
Dorian Gray: All the time. You want to be someone else? Comes with me.
Ethan Chandler: Does it involve a drink?
Dorian Gray: Many.
Ethan Chandler: What about Miss Ives?
Dorian Gray: She doesn't want to be anyone else.

[Dorian Gray tells Ethan Chandler he doesn't believe to be repetitious]
Dorian Gray: Once you get used to something, why bother? It's just repetition.
Ethan Chandler: [as Mr. Chandler notices Dorian's many colognes] You like your cologne. How do you choose?
Dorian Gray: Depends on how I feel. Or how I want to feel, I suppose. Different aromas make you feel differently, don't they? Citrus and sandalwood produce one thing. Musk and lavender another. Jasmine, mint. Each produces a different sensation. A different view.
Ethan Chandler: Good for you.

[Dorian Gray tells Ethan Chandler that he plays his part well]
Dorian Gray: You play your part to perfection, Mr. Chandler.
Ethan Chandler: What part's that?
Dorian Gray: Rude, mechanical. Rugged Westerner. But I suppose we all play parts.
Ethan Chandler: What's yours?
Dorian Gray: Human.

[last lines]
Dorian Gray: [Dorian Gray plays a song for Ethan Chandler in his room of paintings as the two drink absinthe] It's from Liebestod, from Tristan and Isolde. Literally translated, it means 'Love-Death.'
[when the two undress to the music and begin to kiss]


Dorian Gray (2009)
Dorian Gray: [trying to decline women and drink at a brothel] Well, perhaps I have a stronger conscience.
Lord Henry Wotton: [dismissively] 'Conscience.' It's just a polite word for 'cowardice.' No civilized man regrets a pleasure.

Dorian Gray: [On a girl he saw, who just departed with a man] That was probably her husband.
Lord Henry Wotton: Yes, very sensible... People die of common sense, Dorian, one lost moment at a time. Life is a moment. There is no hereafter. So make it burn always with the hardest flame.

Lord Henry Wotton: What are you?
Dorian Gray: I am what *you* made me! I lived the life that you preached... but never dared practice. I am everything, that you were too afraid to be.

Emily Wotton: I hope I'm not interrupting your reminiscence?
Lord Henry Wotton: One charm of the past, is that it's the past.
Emily Wotton: Hmm... I hope you're not also a dreary old cynic?
Dorian Gray: What is there to believe in?
Emily Wotton: Our developments.
Dorian Gray: All I see is decay.
Emily Wotton: For the religion.
Dorian Gray: Fashionable substitute for believe.
Emily Wotton: Art.
Dorian Gray: Formality.
Emily Wotton: Love.
Dorian Gray: An Illusion.
Lord Henry Wotton: Bravo!
Emily Wotton: Wow... you both cut the world to pieces, don't you? Thank you for the cigarette!
Dorian Gray: Unusual woman.
Lord Henry Wotton: She ought to be... she's my daughter.

Emily Wotton: Oblige me, Mr. Gray...
Dorian Gray: Have you been pursuing this delightful hobby for long?
Emily Wotton: No, it's a gift from my father. In return he made me promise that I wouldn't chain myself to any more railings.
[pause]
Emily Wotton: For suffrage, Mr, Gray. Well, don't you think that woman should be given the vote?
Dorian Gray: I don't believe a woman should be given anything she can't wear in the evening.
Emily Wotton: Ha, what a loss to the front you are. Think of all those Germans that you could bayonet with your epigrams.
Dorian Gray: I do apologize if I offend.
Emily Wotton: Oh no, you'll have to do rather better to offend me.
Dorian Gray: Then I humbly vow to re-double my efforts.

Lucius: I have the key to your heart.
Dorian Gray: [aggressively] Don't touch that ever!

Lord Henry Wotton: I must ask you though what is your secret?
Dorian Gray: If Itold you I'd have to kill you.


The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
Dorian Gray: If only it was the picture who was to grow old, and I remain young. There's nothing in the world I wouldn't give for that. Yes, I would give even my soul for it.

Dorian Gray: You think it's only God who sees the soul.

Basil Hallward: [having seen Dorian's corrupted portrait] But this is monstrous. It's beyond nature, beyond reason. What does it mean?
Dorian Gray: On the day you finished this painting, I made a wish. Perhaps you would call it a prayer. My wish was granted.
Basil Hallward: But you told me you had destroyed my painting.
Dorian Gray: I was wrong. It has destroyed me.
Basil Hallward: It has the eyes of the Devil!
Dorian Gray: Each of us has heaven and hell in him.
Basil Hallward: If this is true... if this is what you've done with your life, it is far worse than anything that's being said of you. Do you know how to pray, Dorian?

David Stone: [Referring to Dorian's shuttered room] What rare things have you stored away there, Dorian?
Dorian Gray: Skeletons of inquisitive guests.

Sibyl Vane: [Listening to Dorian play the piano] It's wonderful. Did... did you write it?
Dorian Gray: Fredric Chopin wrote it... for a woman he loved. Her name was George Sand. Someday I'll tell you about it.
Sibyl Vane: I should like that.
Dorian Gray: [Playing a couple of notes] What does music mean to you?
Sibyl Vane: I don't know. It's full of emotion... but it's not happy.
Dorian Gray: No, it's not happy.
Sibyl Vane: Why was he unhappy?
Dorian Gray: [Playing a couple of notes] Perhaps because he felt his youth slipping away from him.
Sibyl Vane: What an odd thing for you to say.
Dorian Gray: Why?
Sibyl Vane: You're so young.
Dorian Gray: Yes. And you also.
Sibyl Vane: What is the music called. Has it a name?
Dorian Gray: Kind of name. It's called... Prelude.
[He gets up from the piano and they kiss]

Dorian Gray: Wait. You must not look at it.
Basil Hallward: [about to uncover his painting] Not look at my own work? You're not serious. Why shouldn't I look at it?
Dorian Gray: I don't offer any explanation and do not ask for any. But if you try to look at that picture, Basil, on my word of honor, I will never speak to you again.
Basil Hallward: What on earth is the matter with you?


"Penny Dreadful: Séance (#1.2)" (2014)
[Dorian Gray and Brona Croft have sex together while be photographed]
Dorian Gray: I never fucked a dying creature before. Do you feel things more deeply, I wonder. Do you feel pain?
Brona Croft: Do you?
Dorian Gray: Find out.
[as Brona slices her fingernails into Dorian's back]

[Vanessa Ives meets Dorian Gray for the first time while at Ferdinand Lyle's party]
Dorian Gray: I couldn't help but notice your skepticism.
Vanessa Ives: Am I skeptical?
Dorian Gray: About the room. Rather aggressive in the chinoiserie and geographically capricious to say the least. In this one room, there's Japanese, Siamese, Egyptian, Balinese, and something I take to be last season's panto of Aladdin.
[the two chuckle together]

[Dorian Gray tells Vanessa Ives how he arrived to Ferdinand Lyle's party]
Dorian Gray: It was more of a... random invitation.
Vanessa Ives: Do you get many of those?
Dorian Gray: Entirely.
Vanessa Ives: You could say 'no.'
Dorian Gray: I never say 'no'.

[Dorian Gray guesses what Vanessa Ives is skeptical about while at Ferdinand Lyle's party]
Dorian Gray: You do not belong here. Even less than I. You are not frivolous. Your eye is careful and appraising. This is not a careful room, although there is much to appraise. That can divert you for only so long. You do not like it here. You are closed to it. Yet... you're the only woman in this house not wearing gloves. Your hands want to touch, but your head wants to appraise. Your heart is torn between the two. You were skeptical because you thought... this was going to be a wasted evening, but now you're not so sure.


"Penny Dreadful: Glorious Horrors (#2.6)" (2015)
[Dorian Gray tells Lily he has a sense they've met before while dancing with her]
Dorian Gray: I have the strangest sense we've met before. Do you think that's impossible? In some other lifetime?
Lily: I don't know that there are other lifetimes.
Dorian Gray: Surely there are. Echoes of the past everywhere. My past, your past. Can't you feel it?
Lily: [Lily smiles] Perhaps I can.

[Dorian Gray compliments Lily on her looks while dancing with her]
Dorian Gray: Your hands. They're... cool to the touch.
Lily: Oh, I'm sorry.
Dorian Gray: Don't be. They suit you... like the touch of marble. Do you think it bold if I compliment your eyes?
Lily: [Lily smiles] Yes. But please do.

[the tension grows between Victor Frankenstein, Lily, Dorian Gray, and Angelique at the Ball]
Dorian Gray: [as Dorian compliments Lily's dancing] Natural grace, unschooled by society... that's the greatest gift, isn't it?
Dr. Victor Frankenstein: Lots of natural grace in the country.
Lily: I grew up in the country.
Dorian Gray: Oh, where?
Dr. Victor Frankenstein: Lake District.
Dorian Gray: The realm of poets.
Angelique: And livestock.


"Penny Dreadful: And They Were Enemies (#2.10)" (2015)
[Victor Frankenstein pulls out his pistol on Lily and Dorian Gray]
Dorian Gray: [Dorian and Lily chuckle together] Oh!
Lily: Well, there's gallantry?
Dorian Gray: Who did you have in mind to shoot?
Dr. Victor Frankenstein: Stop it!

[Lily and Dorian Gray reveal their immortality to Victor Frankenstein]
Dorian Gray: [after Victor shoots Dorian in the chest] I've experienced so many sensations over the years... but never one precisely like this. Complete supremacy.
Lily: Cruelty.
Dorian Gray: Ascendancy.
Lily: Conquest.

[Lily threatens Victor Frankenstein by letting him live]
Lily: Shall we murder him right now?
Dorian Gray: Entirely up to you, darling.
Lily: No. He might still prove useful to us. Let him live. Let him live with what he has created... a master race. A race of immortals, meant to command. Soon, he will kneel to us.
Dorian Gray: They all will.
Lily: When our day has come... you will know terror.
Lily: [Lily holds her hands around Victor's face] Until then, little man... live with the knowledge of what you have spawned. And suffer.


"Penny Dreadful: Verbis Diablo (#2.2)" (2015)
[Dorian Gray meets Angelique for the first time]
Dorian Gray: My name is Dorian Gray.
Angelique: Angelique. No last name. Utterly mysterious, don't you think?
Dorian Gray: I don't know what to think.
Angelique: Probably best. Thinking would age you terribly. It's best you stay beautiful and a bit simple.
Dorian Gray: Oh.
Angelique: You are beautiful, did you know that?
Dorian Gray: I've been thought so.
Angelique: Don't be coy. I tried coyness once, couldn't carry it off.

[Angelique asks Dorian Gray if he would like to accompany her back to her place]
Angelique: I saw you sitting here and I thought to myself... well, I like to be around beautiful things. You should see my bedroom. Swags and Chintz to choke a horse, and I've choked my fair share. Would you like to see my bedroom? It's close.
Dorian Gray: Sorry, not today.

[Angelique leaves Dorian Gray an invitation to meet up again]
Angelique: I had my heart broken once. But not as a child, as a woman. A true pain that was I swore to myself, never again.
Dorian Gray: Did you keep your oath?
Angelique: Yes. And my life is sadder because of it. If you ever shall want to mend your heart, this is where I work.
Dorian Gray: [Angelique slides Dorian a card] And your heart?
Angelique: Waiting.
Angelique: [Angelique whispers to Dorian's face] Stay young and beautiful, Dorian Gray. It suits you.


"Penny Dreadful: Above the Vaulted Sky (#2.5)" (2015)
[Angelique reveals himself to Dorian Gray]
Angelique: [Angelique stands there in Dorian's clothes] You prefer the freak. It adds spice for you, doesn't it. From the moment I was born, I was not as I was meant to be. No one spoke of it. My parents ignored me as best as they could. So I came to London and created Angelique... leaving me fit for no trade but whoring... and myself fit for nothing but degradation and ridicule. Have you ever known that?
Dorian Gray: No.
Angelique: You've led a charmed life here. We're not all so lucky... or so normal.

[Angelique tells Dorian Gray how tired he is of this life]
Angelique: I think I'm tired, Dorian. I've been fighting so long.
Dorian Gray: You're not fighting alone... Angelique.
Angelique: And if I chose always to dress like this? Would you care for me then?
Dorian Gray: I care for who you are... not what you wear.
[Dorian Gray and Angelique kiss]


"Penny Dreadful: Grand Guignol (#1.8)" (2014)
[Dorian Gray asks Vanessa Ives to read his future with the tarot cards]
Dorian Gray: Will you read my future?
Vanessa Ives: I don't know that you have one.
Dorian Gray: Everyone has a future.
Vanessa Ives: Not everyone. Some people only have a past.
Dorian Gray: Then read my past.
Vanessa Ives: Then you would have no more mystery.

[Vanessa Ives rejects Dorian Gray]
Vanessa Ives: Poor Dorian. You've never known this feeling before, have you?
Dorian Gray: I don't know what I'm feeling.
Vanessa Ives: [Vanessa kisses Dorian on the forehead] It's rejection.


"Penny Dreadful: What Death Can Join Together (#1.6)" (2014)
Vanessa Ives: I think Mr Gray, there are tremors around us, like the vibrations of a note of music - hidden music. Some may be more attuned to them than others, what do those people do? Those who have been chosen.
Dorian Gray: They endure uniqueness.
Vanessa Ives: To be alien, to be disenfranchised from those around you, is that not a dreadful curse?
Dorian Gray: To be different, to be powerful, is that not a divine gift?
Vanessa Ives: To be alone?
Dorian Gray: To be seeking.
Vanessa Ives: What?
Dorian Gray: Another.
Vanessa Ives: Like you?
Dorian Gray: Who shares your rarity.
Vanessa Ives: Then you are no longer unique.
Dorian Gray: Nor are you alone.

Dorian Gray: You have exceptional composure.
Vanessa Ives: Do I?
Dorian Gray: Poise, I mean.
Vanessa Ives: Control.
Dorian Gray: Yes. What if you were to abandon it?
Vanessa Ives: I couldn't.
Dorian Gray: Why?
Vanessa Ives: There are things within a soul that can never be unleashed.
Dorian Gray: What would happen if they were?
Vanessa Ives: They would consume us. We would cease to be, and another would exist in our place, without control, without limits.


"Penny Dreadful: And Hell Itself My Only Foe (#2.9)" (2015)
[Lily and Dorian Gray admit to each other that they have secrets]
Lily: You must like hidden things, for you hide things very well.
Dorian Gray: As do you.
Lily: I don't know what you mean.
Dorian Gray: Don't you, Brona?
Lily: Or is it Lily now? Or is it some divine admixture of both?
Dorian Gray: This room is made for secrets.

[Lily sits on top of Dorian Gray's body, as she holds her hands around his neck]
Lily: How old are you?
Dorian Gray: [Dorian gasps] Ancient.
Lily: Can you die?
Dorian Gray: [Dorian chokes] Find out.
Lily: When we could do so much together. No. This sad little world is ours.
Lily: [Lily lays over Dorian, as she bites his ear off] Now... let me see your power. Go heal yourself... my beloved immortal.


"Penny Dreadful: Ebb Tide (#3.7)" (2016)
Dorian Gray: Listen, child. I can toss you out like the baggage you are whenever it pleases me. And don't think for one moment your tiresome sapphic escapades shock me. You think you're bold? You think you know sin? You're still learning the language. I wrote the bloody book.


"Penny Dreadful: Little Scorpion (#2.7)" (2015)
[Lily and Dorian Gray finish their date to the waxworks]
Dorian Gray: Lily, thank you for this evening. You're like a breath of fresh air.
Lily: It's good to have a new friend.
Dorian Gray: [Dorian holds and kisses Lily's hand] And so I hope you'll always count me.
Lily: No one's ever done that before.
Dorian Gray: [Dorian smiles] New adventures.


The Picture of Dorian Gray (1973) (TV)
Dorian Gray: [as he observes his portrait] How sad...
Lord Harry Wotton: What? What do you mean?
Dorian Gray: How sad it is... That I shall grow old, but this picture will remain always young. My hair will turn gray, my skin will wrinkle, and my teeth will rot. While my picture remains exactly as it is now. If only it were the other way...
Lord Harry Wotton: Dorian...
Dorian Gray: If it were I who would remain always young and the picture would grow old. For that, I would give everything...
Lord Harry Wotton: Dorian...
Dorian Gray: Yes, everything! For that... I would even give my soul.
Basil Hallward: [smirks and raises his glass] To long life.


"Penny Dreadful: Memento Mori (#2.8)" (2015)
[Dorian Gray finds Angelique looking at the secret painting of himself]
Dorian Gray: So... you've discovered my secret. Forever unchanging. My sins made manifest only here. At times, I've deceived myself into thinking, uh... I'm other than this. Don't we all want to paint ourselves into something... better than we are? But that... is who I truly am, Angelique. Can you accept me as I am? Can you love me?
Angelique: [Angelique looks into Dorian's eyes] Yes.
Dorian Gray: [as the two cheer a drink together, Angelique suddenly holds her chest and collapses dead] I don't think you can.
[Dorian looks back at the photo of himself, as the figure in the painting moves]


"Penny Dreadful: Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places (#2.4)" (2015)
[Dorian Gray and Angelique attempt to play a game of Gossamer Tennis]
Dorian Gray: Now, as I understand it, we bounce the ball back and forth for a bit.
Angelique: Yes, I'd gathered that.
Dorian Gray: Shall we keep score?
Angelique: Why else live?
Dorian Gray: [Dorian hits the ball to Angelique who hits it back with some force and scores] Oh!
Angelique: [Angelique smiles] One for me.