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Quotations about Pleasure

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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

Men may scoff, and men may pray, but they pay every pleasure with a pain. ~William Henley

Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth. ~Thomas Carlyle

Human beings need pleasure the way they need vitamins. ~Lionel Tiger

I take it as a prime cause of the present confusion of society that it is too sickly and too doubtful to use pleasure frankly as a test of value. ~Rebecca West

There is something self-defeating in the too-conscious pursuit of pleasure. ~Max Eastman

Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume. ~Jean de Boufflers

In everything satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures. ~Cicero

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it. ~Søren Kierkegaard

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

Every moment of pleasure in life has to be purchased by an equal moment of pain.  ~Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Up the Long Ladder," Danilo O'Dell

We can often endure an extra pound of pain far more easily than we can suffer the withdrawal of an ounce of accustomed pleasure. ~Sydney J. Harris

Pleasure travels with a brass band, but Trouble sneaks in on rubber shoes. ~Noah Lott (George V. Hobart), The Silly Syclopedia, 1905

Pleasures are like liqueurs: they must be drunk but in small glasses. ~Romainville

Pleasure is the bait of sin. ~Plato

Why not seize the pleasure at once, how often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparations. ~Jane Austen

No pleasure endures unseasoned by variety. ~Publilius Syrus

Variety is the mother of enjoyment. ~Benjamin Disraeli

How the rest of the world does hate the people who have a good time. ~Noah Lott (George V. Hobart), The Silly Syclopedia, 1905

Pleasure and self-discipline must stay close friends. ~Terri Guillemets

Hark ye of little pleasure! See your way clearly as your destiny reveals its truth! Seek not completion lest your touch be forever dismissed! ~My wordfriend, the always conversationally frisky Tim Irwin, 2014

The essence of pleasure is spontaneity. ~Germaine Greer

Perhaps all pleasure is only relief. ~William Burroughs

There is no such thing as pure pleasure; some anxiety always goes with it. ~Ovid, Metamorphoses

For some, pleasure is a fever they can't shake. For others, it's a disease they cannot seem to catch. ~Terri Guillemets

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