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.


3 thoughts on “Sin

  1. As the salt flavors every drop in the Atlantic, so does sin affect every atom of our nature. It is so sadly there, so abundantly there, that if you cannot detect it, you are deceived.
    Charles Spurgeon

  2. I think we are always the most vocally critical of others by the sins that we are either the least tempted by or are the most tempted by and we are unable to see that in ourselves.

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