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Blupete's Weekly Commentary


January 2nd, 2000.

"Temptation"

"Every impulse we strive to strangle broods in the mind, and poisons us. ... The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it."
Oscar Wilde.

"And the small ripple spilt upon the beach
Scarcely o'erpass'd the cream of your champagne,
When o'er the brim the sparkling bumpers reach,
That spring-dew of the spirit! the heart's rain!
Few things surpass old wine; and they may preach
Who please, -- the more because they preach in vain, --
Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter,
Sermons and soda-water the day after."
Byron: Don Juan, Canto The Second, clxxviii.

"My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But, ah, my foes, and oh, my friends --
It gives a lovely light!
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950):
A Few Figs from Thistles, 1920.

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