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Best Quotes About Pleasure

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A list of the best pleasure quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous pleasure quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic pleasure quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational quotes from that same writer.

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    The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.

    Aristotle More
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    The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount.

    Joseph Addison More
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    new! A fool bolts pleasure, then complains of moral indigestion.

    Minna Antrim More
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    One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.

    Jane Austen More
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    Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit, to become delightful happiness must be tainted with poison.

    Georges Bataille More
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    A life of pleasure makes even the strongest mind frivolous at last.

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton More
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    Pleasure is continually disappointed, reduced, deflated, in favor of strong, noble values: Truth, Death, Progress, Struggle, Joy, etc. Its victorious rival is Desire: we are always being told about Desire, never about Pleasure.

    Roland Barthes More
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    In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls.

    Honoré de Balzac More
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    A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

    Walter Bagehot More
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    The greatest and noblest pleasure which men can have in this world is to discover new truths; and the next is to shake off old prejudices.

    Frederick II of Prussia More
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    It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.

    Epictetus More
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    George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron More
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    For most men, and most circumstances, pleasure --tangible material prosperity in this world --is the safest test of virtue. Progress has ever been through the pleasures rather than through the extreme sharp virtues, and the most virtuous have leaned to excess rather than to asceticism.

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    Don't mistake pleasure for happiness. They are a different breed of dogs.

    Josh Billings More
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    He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man.

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    George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron More
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    Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. -- Proverbs 9:17

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    It is within the experience of everyone that when pleasure and pain reach a certain intensity they are indistinguishable.

    Arnold Bennett More
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    The eruption of lived pleasure is such that in losing myself I find myself; forgetting that I exist, I realize myself.

    Raoul Vaneigem More
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    The goal towards which the pleasure principle impels us -- of becoming happy -- is not attainable: yet we may not -- nay, cannot -- give up the efforts to come nearer to realization of it by some means or other.

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    Pleasant it is, when over a great sea the winds trouble the waters, to gaze from shore upon another's great tribulation; not because any man's troubles are a delectable joy, but because to perceive you are free of them yourself is pleasant.

    Lucretius More
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    The average man does not get pleasure out of an idea because he thinks it is true; he thinks it is true because he gets pleasure out of it.

    H. L. Mencken More
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    I conceive that pleasures are to be avoided if greater pains be the consequence, and pains to be coveted that will terminate in greater pleasures.

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    The truth is, I do indulge myself a little the more in pleasure, knowing that this is the proper age of my life to do it; and, out of my observation that most men that do thrive in the world do forget to take pleasure during the time that they are getting their estate, but reserve that till they have got one, and then it is too late for them to enjoy it.

    Samuel Pepys More
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    I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure.

    John D. Rockefeller More
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    You are quaffing drink from a hundred fountains: whenever any of these hundred yields less, your pleasure is diminished. But when the sublime fountain gushes from within you, no longer need you steal from the other fountains.

    Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi More
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    Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.

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    Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it.

    Benjamin Franklin More
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    Whenever you are sincerely pleased you are nourished.

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    We all try to escape pain and death, while we seek what is pleasant.

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    Sinful and forbidden pleasures are like poisoned bread; they may satisfy appetite for the moment, but there is death in them at the end.

    Tryon Edwards More
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    Pleasure is none, if not diversified.

    John Donne More
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    Look for a long time at what pleases you, and a longer time at what pains you.

    Colette More
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    In everything, satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures.

    Cicero More
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    Pleasure is a necessary reciprocal. No one feels, who does not at the same time give it. To be pleased, one must please. What pleases you in others, will in general please them in you.

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    Pleasure may come from illusion, but happiness can come only of reality.

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    We enjoy the process far more than the proceeds.

    Warren Buffett More
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    I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.

    Thomas Edison More
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    Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.

    Thomas Jefferson More
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    Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.

    Søren Kierkegaard More
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    People have many different kinds of pleasure. The real one is that for which they will forsake the others.

    Marcel Proust More
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    Work is often the father of pleasure.

    Voltaire More
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    When pleasure interferes with business, give up business.

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    Pleasure for one hour, a bottle of wine. Pleasure for one year a marriage; but pleasure for a lifetime, a garden.

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    Pleasure is the object, duty and the goal of all rational creatures.

    Voltaire More
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    Pleasure is Nature's test, her sign of approval. When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment.

    Oscar Wilde More
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    So enjoy present pleasures as to not mar those to come.

    Seneca the Younger More
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    Your enjoyment of the world is never right, till every morning you awake in Heaven: see yourself in your Father's palace; and look upon the skies, the earth, and the air as celestial joys: having such a reverend esteem of all, as if you were among the angels.

    Thomas Traherne More
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    Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil.

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    To find recreation in amusement is not happiness.

    Blaise Pascal More
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