Lord Henry respondendo à Dorian Gray se ele era tão má influência quanto Basil tinha falado:
"There is no such thing as a good influence, Mr Gray. All influence is immoral - immoral from the scientific point of view."
"Because to influence a person is to give him one's own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions. His virtues are not real to him. His sins, if there are such things as sins, are borrowed. He becomes an echo of some one else's music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him. The aim in life is self-development. To realise one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for."