Oscar Wilde quote about modesty from The Picture of Dorian Gray - You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know.
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You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know.
 Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). copy citation

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Author Oscar Wilde
Source The Picture of Dorian Gray
Topic modesty knowledge curiosity
Date 1890
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/174/174-h/174-h.htm

Context

“His finely chiselled nostrils quivered, and some hidden nerve shook the scarlet of his lips and left them trembling.
"Yes," continued Lord Henry, "that is one of the great secrets of life—to cure the soul by means of the senses, and the senses by means of the soul. You are a wonderful creation. You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know."
Dorian Gray frowned and turned his head away. He could not help liking the tall, graceful young man who was standing by him. His romantic, olive-coloured face and worn expression interested him. There was something in his low languid voice that was absolutely fascinating.” source

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