The worst of having a romance of any kind is that it leaves one so unromantic.

– Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Chapter 1. This is another of Lord Henry’s paradoxical witticisms. Henry is likening Basil’s artistic interest in the young Dorian Gray sitting for portraits to a romance, suggesting that there is more to relationship than art. In this quote Henry is true to his cynical view on marriage and romance, not being advocate of either.