Oscar Wilde about vanity (“The Picture of Dorian Gray”, 1890) - Then I feel, Harry, that I have given away my whole soul to some one who treats it as if it were a flower to put in his coat, a bit of decoration to charm his vanity, an ornament for a summer's day.
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Then I feel, Harry, that I have given away my whole soul to some one who treats it as if it were a flower to put in his coat, a bit of decoration to charm his vanity, an ornament for a summer's day.
 Oscar WildeThe Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). copy citation

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