Quotations The 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 pleasure quotes from that same writer.

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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

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

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A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. Walter Bagehot

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In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls. Honoré de Balzac

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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

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I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure. John D. Rockefeller

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A life of pleasure makes even the strongest mind frivolous at last. Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

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One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. Jane Austen

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A fool bolts pleasure, then complains of moral indigestion. Minna Antrim

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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

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God whispers in our pleasures, but shouts in our pain. C. S. Lewis

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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. Michel de Montaigne

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

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We enjoy the process far more than the proceeds. Warren Buffett

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

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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

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Look for a long time at what pleases you, and a longer time at what pains you. Colette

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

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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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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

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

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Whenever you are sincerely pleased you are nourished. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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There is no sterner moralist than pleasure. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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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

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Whenever I meet with anything agreeable in this world it surprises me so much -- and pleases me so much (when my passions are not interested in one way or the other) that I go on wondering for a week to come. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil. Plato

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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

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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

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It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them. Epictetus

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If pleasure was not followed by pain, who would forbear it? Samuel Johnson

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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

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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

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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

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Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones. Seneca the Younger

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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

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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

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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. Sigmund Freud

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Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. -- Proverbs 9:17

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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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In everything, satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures. Cicero

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Our pleasures are short, and can only charm at intervals; love is a method of protraction our greatest pleasure. Oliver Goldsmith

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To find recreation in amusement is not happiness. Blaise Pascal

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Even the worse of jobs has their pleasures, if I were a grave digger or a hangmen, there are some people I could work for with a great deal of enjoyment. Douglas William Jerrold

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Physical pleasure is a sensual experience no different from pure seeing or the pure sensation with which a fine fruit fills the tongue; it is a great unending experience, which is given us, a knowing of the world, the fullness and the glory of all knowing. And not our acceptance of it is bad; the bad thing is that most people misuse and squander this experience and apply it as a stimulant at the tired spots of their lives and as distraction instead of a rallying toward exalted moments. Rainer Maria Rilke

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Women have simple tastes. They get pleasure out of the conversation of children in arms and men in love. H. L. Mencken

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Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure. Aldous Huxley

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Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks. Samuel Johnson

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Work is often the father of pleasure. Voltaire

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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

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So enjoy present pleasures as to not mar those to come. Seneca the Younger