June 18, 2015

Thursday Quotables: De Profundis

Thursday Quotables is a weekly feature with quotes from the novel


Welcome to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. Every week we highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.


Quotes from De Profundis by Oscar Wilde


This week I decided to pick the quotes from De Profundis by Oscar Wilde. This is a heartfelt book and very touching. Wilde wrote it while he was in prison and comes into terms with the things that happened to him and his own emotions. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it. 

Suffering is one very long moment. We cannot divide it by seasons. We can only record its moods, and chronicle their return.

Sorrow is a main theme in De Profundis. Wilde returns to this emotion various times.

Where there is sorrow there is holy ground.

It's so moving to read this change happening to the author, to finally understand himself.

But while there were times when I rejoiced in the idea that my sufferings were to be endless, I could not bear them to be without meaning. Now I find hidden somewhere way in my nature something that tells me that nothing in the whole world in meaningless, and suffering least of all. That something hidden away in my nature, like a treasure in a field, in Humility.

I am completely penniless, and absolutely homeless. Yet there are worse things in the world than that. I am quite candid when I say that rather than go out from this prison with bitterness in my heart against the world, I would gladly and readily beg my bread from door to door.

Have you read De Profundis? What did you think about it?

10 comments:

  1. I've never read anything by Oscar Wilde. Thank you for sharing these passages! Quite beautiful.

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    1. He has an amazing, witty style of writing. I've enjoyed everything I've read by him :)

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  2. I haven't read De Profoundis but it's definitely on my list now after reading those quotes! I think the first and third one are my favourites!

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    1. It's very moving. By the end of it you'll have tears in your eyes :)

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  3. I havent read this but i do like his poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol. Thanks for visiting me
    Gill x

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    1. The Ballad of Reading Gaol is a heartfelt poem as well. If you liked it, then you'll also enjoy De Profundis.

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  4. I really like the suffering quote and this seems like a great book!! Thanks for stopping by my blog too, just followed

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  5. Suffering is one very long moment. We cannot divide it by seasons. We can only record its moods, and chronicle their return.

    This quote really speaks to me. It's so profound ;) Thanks for sharing!

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

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    1. Yes, in this book we can really understand what Oscar Wilde felt in prison :)

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