One of Oscar’s

oscar wilde

 A couple of interesting quotations I came across this morning (first day back at work so in need of plenty of displacement activity):

“Simple pleasures are always the last refuge of the complex.” – Oscar Wilde

“Pleasure is the object, duty and goal of all rational creatures.” – Voltaire 

“The inward pleasure of imparting pleasure – that is the choicest of all.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Wilde and Voltaire sit on the Shelf of Honour at home, Hawthorne I haven’t read – the man has a point, very Christian too (if you’re into that kind of thing). Difficult to gauge dear, dear Oscar’s without the context – do the Complex need to be more attuned to the Simple Pleasures and come to them earlier? And as for Voltaire, was he being straight in the context? Shi-it, quotations are of limited value after all…

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3 comments so far

  1. Sophie on

    “Pleasure is the object, duty and goal of all rational creatures.”
    Just wondering where you got this Voltaire quote from – which book.
    Thanks,
    Sophie

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  2. ArkAngel on

    No book, I’m afraid – the result of some web-wandering – specifically this interesting article about the painter Fragonard:
    http://voltaires-monkey.blogspot.com/2007/01/la-rocoquette.html

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  3. ArkAngel on

    Apparently the Wilde quotation is from ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’

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