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Oscar Wilde
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I can resist anything but temptation.
Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892, Act I

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.
Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891

Often the best way to overcome desire is to satisfy it.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), The Razor's Edge, 1943

I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.
Mae West (1892 - 1980)

Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address.
Lane Olinghouse

Most people would like to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch.
Robert Orben

Temptation rarely comes in working hours. It is in their leisure time that men are made or marred.
W. N. Taylor

It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations.
Walter Bagehot (1826 - 1877), "Biographical Studies", 1863

Good habits result from resisting temptation.
Ancient Proverb

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Ah, that's quite an interesting post! :)

I've never been too fond of him, but I like the way he is picture in Gyles Brandreth novels. Did you ever read those? What do you make of them?

Now I LOVE Oscar Wilde, his plays, his short stories, his children's stories, etc

I now have a couple of the Gyles Brandreth novels. I went to an event that Gyles was speaking at (he was talking on Oscar Wilde at the V&A). Gyles was simply brilliant and so I bought a couple of the books and had them signed by him. I have:
- Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders, 2007
- Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death, 2008
- Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man's Smile, 2009

BUT, and this is where I get embarrassed, my reading has taken a back seat over the last year and although I bought these books in Summer 2011 I still have not read a single one of them. In fact, the only new book I read last year was Philip Pullman's The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. I reread some old favourites in 2011 but not a single new book :(

That said, many people who have read these books have recommended them to me, so I do want to read them.

What do you think of them and which have you read?

Ah a Wilde fan! Nice! :)

I've actually read all the Brandreth books (started in French, shame on me, before switching in English). I find them very good, for the storyline but also the characters.
Now, as I said, I'm not that familiar with Wilde's work, so maybe a real fan might not get "in" the books. But if you liked Gyles talking on Wilde, then I believe that you might actually enjoy the books!

(and I feel for the reading, I have the same problem myself. Try to catch up on my daily train travels, but it seems to be a never ending story! Whenever I read one book, I buy two new ones...)

Right I will read at least one of these books in the first half of this year - I should be able to do at least that much!

Sad that the temptation Wilde yielded to destroyed him. Especially since, by our standards, (adultery aside) it was a very innocent temptation.

Exactly.

I think it is a tragedy and an absolute outrage that we effectively humiliated, destroyed, and killed off one of our greatest writers and playwrights ever purely because he had a gay relationship (which was both loving and serious).

Wilde went from being adored and worshipped in society, to being an absolute outcast. He was imprisoned enduring harsh, cruel and brutal conditions, and this destroyed his health and, ultimately, led to his early and untimely death.

And my question would have to be ... are these the actions of a "civilised" society?

Edited at 2012-02-08 04:07 pm (UTC)

I'm all for giving in to temptation!

Goes hand in hand with my new year's resolution for the past two years....."If I want it I'm having it"

I've only read one thing by Oscar Wilde, and that's "The Picture Of Dorian Gray" and I absolutely loved that!

I love The Picture of Dorian Gray too! In fact, I think of all of his works, it is my favourite.

I also love The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband. And I really like De Profundis, the letter written by Oscar Wilde during his imprisonment in Reading Gaol, to Lord Alfred Douglas. It is so moving and heartfelt.

As to your resolution "If I want it, I'm having it", as you know, I fully support and endorse it!

I have a statement which is the same, and is a slight variation on yours, and that statement is "I am SO worth it!". So my line of thought runs along these lines ... I want it, I deserve it, I am worth it! And yes, like you, I am most definitely having it!

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