The following lines from A Picture of Dorian Gray have always stuck with me:
“A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is
exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can you want?–
Yes, Dorian, you will always be fond of me. I represent to you all
the sins you have never had the courage to commit.”
Oscar Wilde, a man familiar with iniquity and vice, taught us two valuable lessons from inside the prison of desire.
1. The essence of sin is unsatisfying pleasure.
2. The allure of sinners is unflinching indulgence.