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A generation born to be Wilde ...

Oscar Wilde is to be studied by teenagers at secondary schools for the first time.

Education Secretary Alan Johnson has added the name of the great wit and writer whose controversial life and scandals rocked Victorian society.

I am all in favour of his inclusion. Youngsters could do worse than take note of what the great man said.

The United States, for instance: "America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up."

His lifestyle: "Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination."

A quote which should appeal to teenagers everywhere, as will: "I can resist anything but temptation."

Then there is philosophy: "Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about"; reality: "The truth is rarely pure and never simple"; and the audacity of youth: "I am not young enough to know everything."

All good starting points for lessons in life.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Feb 12, 2007
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