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Salome Quotes - from the play by Oscar Wilde


It is not wise to find symbols in everything that one sees. It makes life too full of terrors.
Salome
Herod

Ah! How I loathe the Romans! They are rough and common, and they give themselves the airs of noble lords.
Salome
Salome

Thy body is hideous. It is like the body of a leper, It is like a plastered wall where vipers have crawled.
Salome
Salome

Neither at things, nor at people should one look. Only in mirrors should one look, for mirrors do but show us masks.
Salome
Herod

How pale the Princess is! Never have I seen her so pale. She is like the shadow of a white rose in a mirror of silver.
Salome
The Young Syrian

The long black nights, when the moon hides her face, when the stars are afraid, are not so black. The silence that dwells in the forest is not so black. There is nothing in the world so black as thy hair.
Salome
Salome

Ah! thou wouldst not suffer me to kiss thy mouth, Jokanaan. Well! I will kiss it now. I will bite it with my teeth as one bites a ripe fruit. Yes, I will kiss thy mouth, Jokanaan. I said it; did I not say it? I said it. Ah! I will kiss it now.... But, wherefore dost thou not look at me, Jokanaan? Thine eyes that were so terrible, so full of rage and scorn, are shut now. Wherefore are they shut? Open thine eyes! Lift up thine eyelids, Jokanaan! Wherefore dost thou not look at me? Art thou afraid of me, Jokanaan, that thou wilt not look at me?
Salome
Salome

Ah, Jokanaan, Jokanaan, thou wert the only man that I have loved. All other men are hateful to me. But thou, thou wert beautiful! Thy body was a column of ivory set on a silver socket. It was a garden full of doves and of silver lilies. It was a tower of silver decked with shields of ivory. There was nothing in the world so white as thy body. There was nothing in the world so black as thy hair. In the whole world there was nothing so red as thy mouth. Thy voice was a censer that scattered strange perfumes, and when I looked on thee I heard a strange music. Ah! wherefore didst thou not look at me, Jokanaan?
Salome
Salome

I am athirst for thy beauty; I am hungry for thy body; and neither wine nor fruits can appease my desire. What shall I do now, Jokanaan? Neither the floods nor the great waters can quench my passion. I was a princess, and thou didst scorn me. I was a virgin, and thou didst take my virginity from me. I was chaste, and thou didst fill my veins with fire.
Salome
Salome

The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.
Salome
Salome



Salome - play by Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright and poet. The original 1891 version of the one-act tragedy was in French. Three years later an English translation was published. Wilde was born Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on October 16, 1854, and died November 30, 1900.


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