Quotes and Sayings about Pleasure



"The career of a writer is comparable to that of a woman of easy virtue. You write first for pleasure, later for the pleasure of others and finally for money."
- Marcel Achard
(Related: Money, Virtue, Career, First, Pleasure, Woman, Writer)

"Passive pleasure is no pleasure at all."
- Arthur Adamov
(Related: Pleasure)

"Free will is an illusion. People always choose the perceived path of greatest pleasure."
- Scott Adams
(Related: People, Free will, Illusion, Pleasure)

"To a man of pleasure every moment appears to be lost, which partakes not of the vivacity of amusement."
- Joseph Addison
(Related: Amusement, Man, Pleasure)

"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
(Related: Life, Man, Question, Will, Yield)

"Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed."
- Joseph Addison
(Related: Imagination, Soul, Idea, Curiosity, Pleasure)

"One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter."
- Joseph Addison
(Related: Life, Care, Laughter, Pleasure)

"Mysterious love, uncertain treasure, hast thou more of pain or pleasure! Endless torments dwell about thee: Yet who would live, and live without thee!"
- Joseph Addison
(Related: Love, Pain, Treasure)

"Passion is all but soft, it's not tender, it's violence to which you get hooked by pleasure."
- Isabelle Adjani
(Related: Passion, Pleasure, Violence)

"If one wants another only for some self-satisfaction, usually in the form of sensual pleasure, that wrong desire takes the form of lust rather than love."
- Mortimer Adler
(Related: Love, Desire, Lust, Pleasure, Self, Wrong)

"Love consists in giving without getting in return; in giving what is not owed, what is not due the other. That's why true love is never based, as associations for utility or pleasure are, on a fair exchange."
- Mortimer Adler
(Related: Love, Giving, Pleasure)

"It is love rather than sexual lust or unbridled sexuality if, in addition to the need or want involved, there is also some impulse to give pleasure to the persons thus loved and not merely to use them for our own selfish pleasure."
- Mortimer Adler
(Related: Love, Lust, Pleasure, Sexuality, Want)

"Men value things in three ways: as useful, as pleasant or sources of pleasure, and as excellent, or as intrinsically admirable or honorable."
- Mortimer Adler
(Related: Men, Pleasure, Value)

"The gods look in pleasure on penitent sinners."
- Theodor Adorno
(Related: Gods, Pleasure)

"Our sages of blessed memory have said that we must not enjoy any pleasure in this world without reciting a blessing."
- Shmuel Y. Agnon
(Related: Memory, Pleasure, World)

"Ah, the pleasure, the joy - a big news story that runs and runs, that is played down by some of our journalistic colleagues, saying 'it'll never happen', only to be confirmed by the Home Secretary."
- Kamal Ahmed
(Related: Home, Joy, News, Pleasure, Saying)

"Choreography is mentally draining, but there's a pleasure in getting into the studio with the dancers and the music."
- Alvin Ailey
(Related: Music, Pleasure)

"That was my dream, to drive for Ferrari, but I am not a kid any more. If Ferrari is the best team and if I get the chance to drive for Ferrari, it would be with pleasure."
- Jean Alesi
(Related: Dream, Chance, Pleasure)

"The greatest part of the job was... that was for nine years it was a pleasure to go to work."
- Jason Alexander
(Related: Work, Job, Pleasure, Years)

"There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win."
- Muhammad Ali
(Related: Fight, Pleasure)

"I confess that I listen to my own music for my own pleasure."
- Herb Alpert
(Related: Music, Pleasure)

"The good pleasure of God is an act of the divine will freely and effectively determining all things."
- William Ames
(Related: God, Act, Pleasure, Will)

"The first draught serveth for health, the second for pleasure, the third for shame, and the fourth for madness."
- Anacharsis
(Related: Health, First, Madness, Pleasure, Shame)

"This quality, I mean Geoffrey was with me, was very easy doing - he loved me very much, I loved him very much, and we understood each other so well that it was a pleasure to make music."
- Victoria de los Angeles
(Related: Music, Quality, Pleasure)

"But I don't read or listen for pleasure. I have too much else to do."
- Piers Anthony
(Related: Pleasure)

"A fool bolts pleasure, then complains of moral indigestion."
- Minna Antrim
(Related: Fool, Indigestion, Pleasure)

"Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures."
- Thomas Aquinas
(Related: Joy, Man, Spiritual)

"Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious."
- Thomas Aquinas
(Related: Friendship)

"The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain."
- Aristotle
(Related: Pain, Pleasure)

"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work."
- Aristotle
(Related: Work, Job, Perfection, Pleasure)

"Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures."
- Aristotle
(Related: Temperance)

"It's the same thing that drives people to want to experience sexual pleasure or have one too many drinks. We all want to experience the other, and to get out of our daily existence."
- Adam Arkin
(Related: Experience, People, Drinks, Existence, Pleasure, Want)

"Yet, so far from laboring to know the forbidden tree of worldly pleasures and its various fruits, man gives himself up to a careless and thoughtless state of life, and yields to the lust of the flesh, not considering that this lust is really the forbidden tree."
- Johann Arndt
(Related: Life, Forbidden, Lust, Man, State)

"Having cakes as a business certainly changes things for me - I don't now sit at home doing a cake for the fun of it anymore. But it's an extremely happy and pleasureable business to run because people are generally buying cakes for celebrations."
- Jane Asher
(Related: Business, Home, People, Buying, Fun, Now)

"Pleasure usually takes the form of me and now; joy is us and always."
- Marvin J. Ashton
(Related: Joy, Now, Pleasure)

"For certainly there cannot be a higher pleasure than to think that we love and are beloved by the most amiable and best Being."
- Mary Astell
(Related: Love, Being, Pleasure)

"People must feel that the natural world is important and valuable and beautiful and wonderful and an amazement and a pleasure."
- David Attenborough
(Related: People, Pleasure, World)

"We are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain."
- Saint Augustine
(Related: Life, Action, Class, Pain, Pleasure)

"One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other."
- Jane Austen
(Related: World)

"Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable."
- Jane Austen
(Related: Pleasure, Surprises)

"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."
- Jane Austen
(Related: Lady, Gentleman, Pleasure)

"But I owe it to the subject to say, that it has long afforded me what philosophy is so often thought, and made, barren of - the fun of discovery, the pleasures of co-operation, and the satisfaction of reaching agreement."
- J. L. Austin
(Related: Thought, Agreement, Discovery, Fun, Philosophy, Satisfaction)

"God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: God, First, Garden)

"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
- Walter Bagehot
(Related: Life, People, Pleasure)

"A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
- Walter Bagehot
(Related: Life, People, Pleasure)

"The pleasure of one's effect on other people still exists in age - what's called making a hit. But the hit is much rarer and made of different stuff."
- Enid Bagnold
(Related: Age, People, Effect, Pleasure)

"Naturally, business and pleasure can be readily combined, but a certain balance should exist, and the latter should not predominate over the former."
- Fredrik Bajer
(Related: Business, Balance, Pleasure)

"But what is drama? Broadly speaking, it is whatever by imitative action rouses interest or gives pleasure."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Action, Drama, Interest, Pleasure)

"Back through the ages of barbarism and civilization, in all tongues, we find this instinctive pleasure in the imitative action that is the very essence of all drama."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Civilization, Action, Drama, Pleasure)

"The instinct to impersonate produces the actor; the desire to provide pleasure by impersonations produces the playwright; the desire to provide this pleasure with adequate characterization and dialogue memorable in itself produces dramatic literature."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Actor, Desire, Instinct, Literature, Pleasure)

"Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune. For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure in events that dismay the rest of humanity."
- Russell Baker
(Related: Events, Humanity, Misfortune, Pleasure, Reason, Rest, World)

"People seem to enjoy things more when they know a lot of other people have been left out of the pleasure."
- Russell Baker
(Related: People, Pleasure)

"What our children have to fear is not the cars on the highways of tomorrow but our own pleasure in calculating the most elegant parameters of their deaths."
- J. G. Ballard
(Related: Fear, Children, Pleasure, Tomorrow)

"Painting is a source of endless pleasure, but also of great anguish."
- Balthus
(Related: Painting, Pleasure)

"The life of a man who deliberately runs through his fortune often becomes a business speculation; his friends, his pleasures, patrons, and acquaintances are his capital."
- Honore De Balzac
(Related: Business, Life, Fortune, Friends, Man)

"To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Pleasure, Property)

"In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Pearls, Pleasure)

"I'd never had so much pleasure with another human being."
- Anne Bancroft
(Related: Being, Pleasure)

"I was always a great bundle of energy. As a child, instead of walking, I would run. And so running, which is a pain to a lot of people, was always a pleasure to me because it was so easy."
- Roger Bannister
(Related: People, Energy, Pain, Pleasure, Running, Walking)

"The very gradual reductions in my weight which I am able to show, may be interesting to many, and I have great pleasure in stating them, believing that they serve to demonstrate further the merit of the system pursued."
- William Banting
(Related: May, Merit, Pleasure, Weight)

"The arts are not just instantaneous pleasure - if you don't like it, the artist is wrong. I belong to the generation which says if you don't like it, you don't understand and you ought to find out."
- Ethel Barrymore
(Related: Artist, Pleasure, Wrong)

"Old books that have ceased to be of service should no more be abandoned than should old friends who have ceased to give pleasure."
- Bernard Baruch
(Related: Books, Friends, Old, Pleasure, Service)

"They eat the dainty food of famous chefs with the same pleasure with which they devour gross peasant dishes, mostly composed of garlic and tomatoes, or fisherman's octopus and shrimps, fried in heavily scented olive oil on a little deserted beach."
- Luigi Barzini
(Related: Food, Beach, Deserted, Famous, Oil, Pleasure)

"The test and the use of man's education is that he finds pleasure in the exercise of his mind."
- Jacques Barzun
(Related: Education, Exercise, Man, Mind, Pleasure)

"Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit, to become delightful happiness must be tainted with poison."
- Georges Bataille
(Related: Happiness, Pleasure, Poison)

"One of the most lasting pleasures you can experience is the feeling that comes over you when you genuinely forgive an enemy - whether he knows it or not."
- Orlando A. Battista
(Related: Experience, Enemy, Feeling)

"I have cultivated my hysteria with pleasure and terror."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: Pleasure, Terror)

"We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of Time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work. Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: Work, Time, Pleasure)

"What is exhilarating in bad taste is the aristocratic pleasure of giving offense."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: Giving, Pleasure, Taste)

"The pleasure we derive from the representation of the present is due, not only to the beauty it can be clothed in, but also to its essential quality of being the present."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: Beauty, Quality, Being, Pleasure, Present)

"An artist is an artist only because of his exquisite sense of beauty, a sense which shows him intoxicating pleasures, but which at the same time implies and contains an equally exquisite sense of all deformities and all disproportion."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: Time, Beauty, Artist, Sense)

"There exists, between people in love, a kind of capital held by each. This is not just a stock of affects or pleasure, but also the possibility of playing double or quits with the share you hold in the other's heart."
- Jean Baudrillard
(Related: Love, People, Heart, Possibility, Pleasure)

"Never resist a sentence you like, in which language takes its own pleasure and in which, after having abused it for so long, you are stupefied by its innocence."
- Jean Baudrillard
(Related: Innocence, Language, Pleasure)

"Sex pleasure in woman is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken."
- Simone de Beauvoir
(Related: Sex, Magic, Pleasure, Woman, Words)

"Buying is a profound pleasure."
- Simone de Beauvoir
(Related: Buying, Pleasure)

"Variety is the soul of pleasure."
- Aphra Behn
(Related: Soul, Pleasure, Variety)

"Love ceases to be a pleasure when it ceases to be a secret."
- Aphra Behn
(Related: Love, Pleasure)

"Money gives me pleasure all the time."
- Hilaire Belloc
(Related: Money, Time, Pleasure)

"Child! Do not throw this book about; refrain from the unholy pleasure of cutting all the pictures out."
- Hilaire Belloc
(Related: Pleasure)

"I'm tired of love; I'm still more tired of rhyme; but money gives me pleasure all the time."
- Hilaire Belloc
(Related: Money, Time, Love, Pleasure)

"When I eat with my friends, it is a moment of real pleasure, when I really enjoy my life."
- Monica Bellucci
(Related: Life, Friends, Pleasure)

"I give so much pleasure to so many people. Why can I not get some pleasure for myself?"
- John Belushi
(Related: People, Pleasure)

"Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure."
- Tony Benn
(Related: Life, Embarrassment, Moments, Photography, Pleasure)

"As my career has progressed, I've had the pleasure of playing with the baddest jazz cats on the planet. But that doesn't change my desire to entertain folks. That's really who I am."
- George Benson
(Related: Change, Career, Cats, Desire, Jazz, Pleasure)

"Abstainer: a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Pleasure, Temptation)

"The man whose only pleasure in life is making money, weighs less on the moral scale than an angleworm."
- Josh Billings
(Related: Life, Money, Man, Pleasure)

"It is impossible to read for pleasure from something to which you are both father and mother, born in such travail that the writer despises the thing that enslaved him."
- Jim Bishop
(Related: Mother, Father, Pleasure, Writer)

"I drive a lot. Just for pleasure. Sometimes I'll get in the Cadillac and drive around the city or the country, kind of trying to get lost basically. Y'know, just see where roads lead."
- Frank Black
(Related: Country, Pleasure, Trying)

"It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self."
- Hugo Black
(Related: Happiness, Life, Purpose, First, Paradox, Pleasure, Self)

"This was the first day of our beginning to take up plants: we had much pleasure in collecting them for the natives offered their assistance and perfectly understood the method of taking them up and pruning them."
- William Bligh
(Related: Beginning, Day, First, Pleasure)

"Take pleasure in your dreams; relish your principles and drape your purest feelings on the heart of a precious lover."
- Giotto di Bondone
(Related: Dreams, Feelings, Heart, Pleasure, Principles)

"Draw your pleasure, paint your pleasure, and express your pleasure strongly."
- Pierre Bonnard
(Related: Pleasure)

"Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys."
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Related: Burden)

"A babe at the breast is as much pleasure as the bearing is pain."
- Marion Zimmer Bradley
(Related: Pain, Pleasure)

"Worldly pleasures, such as flow from greatness, riches, honours, and sensual gratifications, are infinitely worse than none."
- David Brainerd
(Related: Greatness)

"Universities should be safe havens where ruthless examination of realities will not be distorted by the aim to please or inhibited by the risk of displeasure."
- Kingman Brewster, Jr.
(Related: Examination, Risk, Will)

"Finding people who get enormous pleasure from reading books is a more and more unusual experience, and so writers just so much want to be heard."
- Susie Bright
(Related: Experience, People, Books, Pleasure, Reading, Want, Writers)

"To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them."
- Jacob Bronowski
(Related: Being, Pleasure)

"The human heart has hidden treasures, In secret kept, in silence sealed; The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures, Whose charms were broken if revealed."
- Charlotte Bronte
(Related: Dreams, Heart, Thoughts, Silence)

"I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself."
- Emily Bronte
(Related: Society, Company, Country, Man, Now, Pleasure)

"Literature is my calling To hold up the mirror to my countrymen comes natural to me; and in the open field of invention I am not without hopes of giving them pleasure."
- Thomas Edward Brown
(Related: Giving, Invention, Literature, Open, Pleasure)

"Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures."
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
(Related: Thoughts)

"The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things."
- Jean de la Bruyere
(Related: Being, Pleasure)

"When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear."
- Buddha
(Related: Feelings, Fear, Evil, Listening, Pleasure)

"If it doesn't work out there will never be any doubt that the pleasure was worth all the pain."
- Jimmy Buffett
(Related: Work, Doubt, Pain, Pleasure, Will, Worth)

"It affords me sincere pleasure to be able to apprise you of the entire removal of the Cherokee Nation of Indians to their new homes west of the Mississippi."
- Martin Van Buren
(Related: Nation, Pleasure)

"The mind is but too naturally prone to pleasure, but too easily yielded to dissipation."
- Frances Burney
(Related: Mind, Pleasure)

"Insensibility, of all kinds, and on all occasions, most moves my imperial displeasure."
- Frances Burney
"The rule of my life is to make business a pleasure, and pleasure my business."
- Aaron Burr
(Related: Business, Life, Pleasure)

"Perhaps all pleasure is only relief."
- William S. Burroughs
(Related: Pleasure)

"A carefree quality is a whole aspect of life that I will never understand. I don't think I have ever been carefree and can't see the pleasure of it."
- Carter Burwell
(Related: Life, Quality, Pleasure, Will)

"The joy of giving is indeed a pleasure, especially when you get rid of something you don't want."
- Frank Butler
(Related: Giving, Joy, Pleasure, Want)

"The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Fool, May, Pleasure, Will)

"To make pleasures pleasant shortens them."
- Charles Buxton
"Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure; men love in haste but they detest at leisure."
- George Byron
(Related: Love, Men, Haste, Hatred, Leisure, Now, Pleasure)

"There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more."
- George Byron
(Related: Love, Music, Nature, Society, Deep, Lonely, Man, Pleasure, Sea)

"Though sages may pour out their wisdom's treasure, there is no sterner moralist than pleasure."
- Lord Byron
(Related: Wisdom, May, Pleasure, Treasure)

"I know that two and two make four - and should be glad to prove it too if I could - though I must say if by any sort of process I could convert 2 and 2 into five it would give me much greater pleasure."
- Lord Byron
(Related: Pleasure)

"I have a great mind to believe in Christianity for the mere pleasure of fancying I may be damned."
- Lord Byron
(Related: Christianity, May, Mind, Pleasure)

"For pleasures past I do not grieve, nor perils gathering near; My greatest grief is that I leave nothing that claims a tear."
- Lord Byron
(Related: Grief, Nothing, Past)

"They say that our sovereign is above his laws to his pleasure, and he may make it and break it as he pleases, without any distinction. The contrary is true, or else he should not have sworn to keep it."
- Jack Cade
(Related: Laws, May, Pleasure)

"He invented this idea of telling the life story of a great writer through becoming his characters and becoming him. It was such a pleasure and I thought we must find another writer."
- Simon Callow
(Related: Life, Thought, Idea, Pleasure, Writer)

"I took pleasure when I could. I acted clearly and morally and without regret. I'm very lucky."
- Jeanne Calment
(Related: Pleasure, Regret)

"In love, as in gluttony, pleasure is a matter of the utmost precision."
- Italo Calvino
(Related: Love, Gluttony, Pleasure)

"What we are only now beginning to fully realize is that in seeking material pleasure too constantly, the capacity for enjoyment or fulfillment decreases and eventually becomes exhausted."
- Alex Campbell
(Related: Beginning, Enjoyment, Fulfillment, Now, Pleasure)

"Adults find pleasure in deceiving a child. They consider it necessary, but they also enjoy it. The children very quickly figure it out and then practice deception themselves."
- Elias Canetti
(Related: Children, Deception, Pleasure, Practice)

"I just don't want anyone messing around with my pure smoking pleasure."
- Max Cannon
(Related: Pleasure, Smoking, Want)

"To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make."
- Truman Capote
(Related: Music, Pleasure, Words, Writing)

"I mean, I can look back with great pleasure on what has happened in Sudan, and our commitment to people who are persecuted in that kind of way."
- George Carey
(Related: People, Commitment, Pleasure)

"The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure."
- Dale Carnegie
(Related: Art, Giving, Pleasure)

"Real love is the love that sometimes arises after sensual pleasure: if it does, it is immortal; the other kind inevitably goes stale, for it lies in mere fantasy."
- Giacomo Casanova
(Related: Love, Fantasy, Lies)

"By recollecting the pleasures I have had formerly, I renew them, I enjoy them a second time, while I laugh at the remembrance of troubles now past, and which I no longer feel."
- Giacomo Casanova
(Related: Time, Now, Past, Remembrance)

"For Pleasure, Delight, Peace and Felicity live in method and temperance."
- Margaret Cavendish
(Related: Peace, Delight, Pleasure, Temperance)

"As for plenty, we had not only for necessity, conveniency and decency, but for delight and pleasure to superfluity."
- Margaret Cavendish
(Related: Decency, Delight, Necessity, Pleasure)

"On that road of the informer, it is always night. I cannot ever inform against anyone without feeling something die within me. I inform without pleasure, because it is necessary."
- Whittaker Chambers
(Related: Feeling, Night, Pleasure, Road)

"We smile at the ignorance of the savage who cuts down the tree in order to reach its fruit; but the same blunder is made by every person who is over eager and impatient in the pursuit of pleasure."
- William Ellery Channing
(Related: Ignorance, Order, Pleasure, Pursuit, Smile)

"When I'm depressed and I feel low thinking that good movies are not made any more, then I put on his movies and I watch them. I laugh and I cry and I have great pleasure."
- Geraldine Chaplin
(Related: Movies, Pleasure, Thinking)

"Pleasure and pain, though directly opposite are contrived to be constant companions."
- Pierre Charron
(Related: Pain, Pleasure)

"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."
- Lord Chesterfield
(Related: Time, Pleasure, Will)

"Sex: the pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable."
- Lord Chesterfield
(Related: Pleasure)

"The mere brute pleasure of reading - the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing."
- Lord Chesterfield
(Related: Pleasure, Reading)

"The mere brute pleasure of reading the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Pleasure, Reading)

"You find yourself refreshed in the presence of cheerful people. Why not make an honest effort to confer that pleasure on others? Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy."
- Lydia M. Child
(Related: People, Battle, Effort, Pleasure)

"He greatly valued his possessions, chiefly because they were his, and derived genuine pleasure from contemplating a painting, a statuette, a rare lace curtain - no matter what - after he had bought it and placed it among his household gods."
- Kate Chopin
(Related: Gods, Painting, Pleasure, Possessions)

"Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another."
- Madonna Ciccone
(Related: Man, Poor)

"We forget our pleasures, we remember our sufferings."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Forget)

"If you pursue good with labor, the labor passes away but the good remains; if you pursue evil with pleasure, the pleasure passes away and the evil remains."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Evil, Labor, Pleasure)

"The greatest pleasures are only narrowly separated from disgust."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Disgust)

"If I err in belief that the souls of men are immortal, I gladly err, nor do I wish this error which gives me pleasure to be wrested from me while I live."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Men, Belief, Error, Pleasure)

"In everything, satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
"The fruit derived from labor is the sweetest of pleasures."
- Luc de Clapier
(Related: Labor)

"This moment in time, on this tour, you know, I'm discovering a lot of new things. And to be 45 and doing that, it's a mixture of pleasure and pain, I can assure you."
- Eric Clapton
(Related: Time, Pain, Pleasure)

"I have the Pleasure to assure you Congress pay particular Attention to the Defence of New Jersey, and hitherto have denied us nothing which we have Asked for that Purpose."
- Abraham Clark
(Related: Purpose, Attention, Congress, Nothing, Pleasure)

"Our fates are in the hands of An Almighty God, to whom I can with pleasure confide my own; he can save us, or destroy us; his Councils are fixed and cannot be disappointed, and all his designs will be Accomplished."
- Abraham Clark
(Related: God, Pleasure, Will)

"Moving between the legs of tables and of chairs, rising or falling, grasping at kisses and toys, advancing boldly, sudden to take alarm, retreating to the corner of arm and knee, eager to be reassured, taking pleasure in the fragrant brilliance of the Christmas tree."
- Frank Howard Clark
(Related: Christmas, Kisses, Pleasure)

"I am in no mood to be deceived any longer by the crafty devil and false character whose greatest pleasure is to take advantage of everyone."
- Camille Claudel
(Related: Character, Devil, Pleasure)

"Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school."
- Beverly Cleary
(Related: Children, Pleasure, Reading, School, Teachers)

"This sense of power is the highest and best of pleasures when the belief on which it is founded is a true belief, and has been fairly earned by investigation."
- William Kingdon Clifford
(Related: Power, Belief, Investigation, Sense)

"Pleasure is a shadow, wealth is vanity, and power a pageant; but knowledge is ecstatic in enjoyment, perennial in frame, unlimited in space and indefinite in duration."
- DeWitt Clinton
(Related: Power, Knowledge, Wealth, Enjoyment, Pleasure, Shadow, Space, Vanity)

"It's always a pleasure to talk about someone else's work."
- Chuck Close
(Related: Work, Pleasure, Talk)

"Clever people seem not to feel the natural pleasure of bewilderment, and are always answering questions when the chief relish of a life is to go on asking them."
- Frank Moore Colby
(Related: Life, People, Pleasure, Questions)

"Boundaries are to protect life, not to limit pleasures."
- Edwin Louis Cole
(Related: Life)

"Cynicism is tough. A cynic's point of view is really pitiful. I derive pleasure out of a lot of things in life. As long as I'm fairly healthy, it's hard to stay dismal for very long."
- Shawn Colvin
(Related: Life, Cynic, Cynicism, Pleasure)

"Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, observe his pleasures. A man simply cannot conceal himself!"
- Confucius
(Related: Man, Motives)

"Come, come, leave business to idlers, and wisdom to fools: they have need of 'em: wit be my faculty, and pleasure my occupation, and let father Time shake his glass."
- William Congreve
(Related: Business, Time, Wisdom, Father, Occupation, Pleasure, Wit)

"Grief walks upon the heels of pleasure; married in haste, we repent at leisure."
- William Congreve
(Related: Grief, Haste, Leisure, Pleasure)

"Some loves are like a vice that has ceased to give pleasure."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Pleasure, Vice)

"Mind and body obstruct one another's pleasures."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Body, Mind)

"Although all the good arts serve to draw man's mind away from vices and lead it toward better things, this function can be more fully performed by this art, which also provides extraordinary intellectual pleasure."
- Nicolaus Copernicus
(Related: Art, Man, Mind, Pleasure, Vices)

"After having won a scepter, few are so generous as to disdain the pleasures of ruling."
- Pierre Corneille
"How delicious is pleasure after torment!"
- Pierre Corneille
(Related: Pleasure)

"It's always a pleasure to find something that matters."
- Don Cornelius
(Related: Pleasure)

"Remorse, the fatal egg that pleasure laid."
- William Cowper
(Related: Pleasure, Remorse)

"Sorry, but there is no pleasure in finding new ways of saying the same stuff about projects which tanked."
- Alex Cox
(Related: Pleasure, Projects, Saying)

"The real pleasure was having the chance to enjoy being weightless, and the other was to spend some time looking out at this beautiful Earth that we're all lucky to inhabit."
- Robert Crippen
(Related: Time, Being, Chance, Earth, Pleasure)

"Film is fragmented and gets into lots of other people's hands. There are a lot of pleasures that theatre gives me. You get to perform uninterrupted."
- Willem Dafoe
(Related: People, Film, Theatre)

"One of the pleasures of being an actor is quite simply taking a walk in someone else's shoes. And when I look at the roles I've played, I'm kind of amazed at all the wonderful adventures I've had and the different things I've learned."
- Willem Dafoe
(Related: Actor, Being)

"Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure - that of being Salvador Dali."
- Salvador Dali
(Related: Experience, Being, Pleasure)

"I was never that much a focus of interest that I became a 'thing' at an earlier point in my career. I'm aware of having become a 'thing' now, which doesn't give me a lot of pleasure."
- Matt Damon
(Related: Career, Focus, Interest, Now, Pleasure)

"I never wanted to see anybody die, but there are a few obituary notices I have read with pleasure."
- Clarence Darrow
(Related: Pleasure)

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure."
- Clarence Darrow
(Related: Man, Pleasure)

"False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness."
- Charles Darwin
(Related: Science, Progress, Facts, Harm, Pleasure)

"We wanted to meet him, for though we were neither of us naive people we had not wholly lost our belief that it is delightful to meet artists who have given us pleasure."
- Robertson Davies
(Related: People, Belief, Artists, Pleasure)

"If we seek the pleasures of love, passion should be occasional, and common sense continual."
- Robertson Davies
(Related: Love, Common sense, Passion)

"Some people wish above all to conform to the rules, I wish only to render what I can hear. There is no theory. You have only to listen. Pleasure is the law."
- Claude Debussy
(Related: People, Law, Pleasure, Rules, Theory)

"Throw moderation to the winds, and the greatest pleasures bring the greatest pains."
- Democritus
(Related: Moderation)

"I hope that posterity will judge me kindly, not only as to the things which I have explained, but also to those which I have intentionally omitted so as to leave to others the pleasure of discovery."
- Rene Descartes
(Related: Hope, Discovery, Pleasure, Posterity, Will)

"It distresses me that parents insist that their children read or make them read. The best way for children to treasure reading is to see the adults in their lives reading for their own pleasure."
- Kate DiCamillo
(Related: Children, Parents, Pleasure, Reading, Treasure)

"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!"
- Charles Dickens
(Related: Childhood, Christmas, Man, Old, Quiet, Youth)

"There are not a few among the disciples of charity who require, in their vocation, scarcely less excitement than the votaries of pleasure in theirs."
- Charles Dickens
(Related: Charity, Excitement, Pleasure, Vocation)

"One declaims endlessly against the passions; one imputes all of man's suffering to them. One forgets that they are also the source of all his pleasures."
- Denis Diderot
(Related: Man, Suffering)

"As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker."
- Annie Dillard
(Related: Beauty, Religion, Love, Pleasure)

"The vine bears three kinds of grapes: the first of pleasure, the second of intoxication, the third of disgust."
- Diogenes
(Related: Disgust, First, Pleasure)

"Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world."
- Walt Disney
(Related: People, Animation, Entertainment, Information, Pleasure, World)

"Fame and power are the objects of all men. Even their partial fruition is gained by very few; and that, too, at the expense of social pleasure, health, conscience, life."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Life, Power, Health, Men, Conscience, Fame, Pleasure)

"The choicest pleasures of life lie within the ring of moderation."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Life, Lie, Moderation)

"In LA, I mean, here's this place full of desperate and sad people who take their only pleasure from destroying others for the purposes of their own self-aggrandizement."
- Heather Donahue
(Related: People, Pleasure, Self)

"Pleasure is none, if not diversified."
- John Donne
(Related: Pleasure)

"The two most common charges against the older fiction, that it pleased wickedly and that it taught nothing, had broken down before the discovery, except in illiberal sects, that the novel is fitted both for honest use and for pleasure."
- Carl Clinton Van Doren
(Related: Discovery, Fiction, Nothing, Pleasure)

"The joy of viewing land, the hope of in a few days ranging through the long wished-for spot and the pleasure of again resuming my wonted employment may be readily calculated."
- David Douglas
(Related: Hope, Joy, Land, May, Pleasure)

"Rap is only one end of a whole spectrum of verbal play and virtuosity. Rap is geared for aural pleasure."
- Rita Dove
(Related: End, Play, Pleasure, Rap)

"To the man who loves art for its own sake, it is frequently in its least important and lowliest manifestations that the keenest pleasure is to be derived."
- Arthur Conan Doyle
(Related: Art, Man, Pleasure)

"The rare pleasure of being seen for what one is, compensates for the misery of being it."
- Margaret Drabble
(Related: Being, Misery, Pleasure)

"There is a pleasure in being mad which none but madmen know."
- John Dryden
(Related: Being, Pleasure)

"Pains of love be sweeter far than all other pleasures are."
- John Dryden
(Related: Love)

"However, the difficulties and pleasures of the writing itself are similar for a novel with a historical setting and a novel with a contemporary setting, as far as I'm concerned."
- Helen Dunmore
(Related: Difficulties, Writing)

"I used to own a dingy and can still sail one if pushed, but I like the pleasure boats."
- John Dyer
(Related: Boats, Pleasure)

"Who ever said that pleasure wasn't functional?"
- Charles Eames
(Related: Pleasure)

"Business was his aversion; Pleasure was his business."
- Maria Edgeworth
(Related: Business, Pleasure)

"One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But... I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success."
- Thomas A. Edison
(Related: Money, Success, Work, Invention, Man, Pleasure, Reward, Value, World)

"I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success."
- Thomas A. Edison
(Related: Success, Work, Pleasure, Reward, World)

"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
(Related: Death, Appetite, End, Forbidden, May)

"It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Pleasure)

"Our pleasures were simple - they included survival."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
(Related: Survival)

"Doing Tim's film is always going to be the most pleasure. Let me just put it that way. So, without drawing favorites one way or the other, getting back with him and doing Mars Attacks! was certainly a special treat."
- Danny Elfman
(Related: Film, Pleasure)

"I just think it's fun to remind people that good television has exited and it can exist again and just to give them pleasure and enjoy it and make them laugh."
- Jenna Elfman
(Related: People, Fun, Pleasure, Television)

"The husband - by primitive instinct partly, certainly by ancient tradition - regards himself as the active partner in matters of love and his own pleasure as legitimately the prime motive for activity."
- Havelock Ellis
(Related: Love, Husband, Instinct, Motive, Pleasure, Tradition)

"There is more difference in the quality of our pleasures than in the amount."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Quality, Difference)

"I think a lot of people have a misconception of what the kitchen is about, but you know the grueling part of it is also the pleasure of it. That's why I think you have to have a certain mentality to understand what that is and be able to handle it."
- Todd English
(Related: People, Kitchen, Pleasure)

"It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them."
- Epictetus
(Related: Nature)

"If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please."
- Epictetus
(Related: Moderation)

"The pleasure of jogging and running is rather like that of wearing a fur coat in Texas in August: the true joy comes in being able to take the damn thing off."
- Joseph Epstein
(Related: Being, Joy, Pleasure, Running)

"One of the pleasures of being a Jew, I don't have to tell you, it allows you anti-Semitism."
- Joseph Epstein
(Related: Being)

"Great eagerness in the pursuit of wealth, pleasure, or honor, cannot exist without sin."
- Desiderius Erasmus
(Related: Wealth, Honor, Pleasure, Pursuit, Sin)

"The greatest pleasure of life is love."
- Euripides
(Related: Life, Love, Pleasure)

"You need great passion, because everything you do with great pleasure, you do well."
- Juan Manuel Fangio
(Related: Passion, Pleasure)

"The lecturer should give the audience full reason to believe that all his powers have been exerted for their pleasure and instruction."
- Michael Faraday
(Related: Pleasure, Reason)

"Business is always interfering with pleasure - but it makes other pleasures possible."
- William Feather
(Related: Business, Pleasure)

"Cinema is an old whore, like circus and variety, who knows how to give many kinds of pleasure. Besides, you can't teach old fleas new dogs."
- Federico Fellini
(Related: Cinema, Dogs, Fleas, Old, Pleasure, Variety)

"Had we not faults of our own, we should take less pleasure in complaining of others."
- Francois Fenelon
(Related: Complaining, Faults, Pleasure)

"All earthly delights are sweeter in expectation than in enjoyment; but all spiritual pleasures more in fruition than in expectation."
- Francois Fenelon
(Related: Enjoyment, Expectation, Spiritual)

"The same sort of thing happened in my dispute with the National Trust book: Follies: A National Trust Guide, which implied that the only pleasure you can get from Folly architecture is by calling the architect mad, and by laughing at the architecture."
- Ian Hamilton Finlay
(Related: Architecture, Trust, Folly, Pleasure)

"Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat; the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Related: Happiness, Life, Defeat, Pleasure, Struggle)

"It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver."
- Jean de La Fontaine
(Related: Pleasure)

"It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver."
- Jean de La Fontaine
(Related: Pleasure)

"Work is the meat of life, pleasure the dessert."
- B. C. Forbes
(Related: Work, Life, Pleasure)

"I was never that much a focus of interest in my career. I'm aware of that now, which doesn't give me a lot of pleasure."
- Harrison Ford
(Related: Career, Focus, Interest, Now, Pleasure)

"I distrust Great Men. They produce a desert of uniformity around them and often a pool of blood too, and I always feel a little man's pleasure when they come a cropper."
- E. M. Forster
(Related: Men, Blood, Distrust, Man, Pleasure)

"We do not need to eat animals, wear animals, or use animals for entertainment purposes, and our only defense of these uses is our pleasure, amusement, and convenience."
- Gary L. Francione
(Related: Amusement, Animals, Defense, Entertainment, Pleasure)

"He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Family, Pleasure, Sorrow)

"Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Selling, Buying, Man, Pleasure)

"The real pleasure in writing this, for me, was discovering how little you need."
- Jonathan Franzen
(Related: Pleasure, Writing)

"The greatest and noblest pleasure which we have in this world is to discover new truths, and the next is to shake off old prejudices."
- Frederick II
(Related: Old, Pleasure, World)

"A painter must think of everything he sees as being there entirely for his own use and pleasure."
- Lucian Freud
(Related: Being, Pleasure)

"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
(Related: Goal, May, Pleasure)

"Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces."
- Sigmund Freud
(Related: Complaint, Pain, Pleasure, Reality)

"You have to pretend that your life is a financial pleasure even when your autographs are bouncing."
- Kinky Friedman
(Related: Life, Financial, Pleasure)

"Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved."
- Margaret Fuller
(Related: Being, Pleasure, Popular)

"There is more pleasure in loving than in being beloved."
- Thomas Fuller
(Related: Being, Pleasure)

"To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Heart, Act, Pleasure, Prayer)

"Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Joy, Nothingness, Possessions, Service, Spirit)

"I derive no pleasure from prosecuting a man, even though I know he's guilty; do you think I could sleep at night or look at myself in the mirror in the morning if I hounded an innocent man?"
- Jim Garrison
(Related: Man, Night, Pleasure, Sleep)

"I've learnt and I just want to be respected for what I've achieved on the pitch. I know I haven't achieved much off it but I do know I've given pleasure to people watching me play football over the years."
- Paul Gascoigne
(Related: People, Football, Play, Pleasure, Want, Years)

"In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed."
- Khalil Gibran
(Related: Friendship, Heart, Dew, Laughter, Sharing, Sweetness)

"When I became more involved in music, I had to give up some of my writing in the literary sense. However, on occasion, I would write something for my own pleasure or I would write notes and introductory remarks in the songbooks I put together."
- Tom Glazer
(Related: Music, Literary, Pleasure, Sense, Writing)

"When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery."
- Maxim Gorky
(Related: Life, Work, Duty, Pleasure, Slavery)

"For God's sake, if you sin, take pleasure in it, and do it for the pleasure."
- Gerald Gould
(Related: God, Pleasure, Sin)

"Man associates ideas not according to logic or verifiable exactitude, but according to his pleasure and interests. It is for this reason that most truths are nothing but prejudices."
- Remy de Gourmont
(Related: Ideas, Logic, Man, Nothing, Pleasure, Reason)

"Learn the duty as well as taste the pleasure of original work."
- Robert James Graves
(Related: Work, Duty, Pleasure, Taste)

"But if Shakespeare himself is maybe about meaning and truth, I don't know, then he is certainly about pleasure and interest, we start with pleasure and interest, but maybe eventually it gets to meaning and truth."
- Stephen Greenblatt
(Related: Truth, Interest, Meaning, Pleasure, Shakespeare)

"I think the writing of literature should give pleasure. What else should it be about? It is not nuclear physics. It actually has to give pleasure or it is worth nothing."
- Stephen Greenblatt
(Related: Literature, Nothing, Physics, Pleasure, Worth, Writing)

"First of all, Shakespeare is about pleasure and interest. He was from the first moment he actually wrote something for the stage, and he remains so."
- Stephen Greenblatt
(Related: First, Interest, Pleasure, Shakespeare)

"The essence of pleasure is spontaneity."
- Germaine Greer
(Related: Pleasure, Spontaneity)

"All their sport in the park is but a shadow to that pleasure that I find in Plato; alas good folk, they never felt what true pleasure meant."
- Jane Grey
(Related: Folk, Pleasure, Shadow)

"I confess that reading proofs is a pleasure. It stimulates and inspires me."
- Zane Grey
(Related: Pleasure, Reading)

"Exhort all your household often that all those who serve you shall know to serve God and you, faithfully and painstakingly, and for the will of God to prefer in all things to do your will and pleasure in all things that are not against God."
- Robert Grosseteste
(Related: God, Pleasure, Will)

"A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering."
- G. I. Gurdjieff
(Related: Man, Suffering, Will)

"The pleasure that I take in writing gets me interested in writing a poem. It's not a statement about what I think anybody else should be doing. For me, it's an interesting tension between interior and exterior."
- Marilyn Hacker
(Related: Pleasure, Tension, Writing)

"No one can read with profit that which he cannot learn to read with pleasure."
- Thomas Hardy
(Related: Pleasure, Profit)

"Problem solving is hunting. It is savage pleasure and we are born to it."
- Thomas Harris
(Related: Hunting, Pleasure)

"Tomorrow is a thief of pleasure."
- Rex Harrison
(Related: Pleasure, Tomorrow)

"With regard to my family as I said nothing upon the subject before I may tell you that I have six children living, 1 dead and before I have the pleasure of seeing you I expect another."
- John Hawley
(Related: Family, Children, Living, May, Nothing, Pleasure)

"The person whose doors I enter with most pleasure, and quit with most regret, never did me the smallest favor."
- William Hazlitt
(Related: Pleasure, Regret)

"Some people break promises for the pleasure of breaking them."
- William Hazlitt
(Related: People, Pleasure, Promises)

"The man of the house can destroy the pleasure of the household, but he cannot make it. That rests with the woman, and it is her greatest privilege."
- Arthur Helps
(Related: Man, Pleasure, Privilege, Woman)

"If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements and worthwhilenesses I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It will have been enough."
- Audrey Hepburn
(Related: Home, Father, Joy, Sadness, Tomorrow, Will, World)

"I felt the most intense pleasure in piercing the stone in order to make an abstract form and space; quite a different sensation from that of doing it for the purpose of realism."
- Barbara Hepworth
(Related: Purpose, Order, Pleasure, Realism, Space)

"The bourgeois prefers comfort to pleasure, convenience to liberty, and a pleasant temperature to the deathly inner consuming fire."
- Hermann Hesse
(Related: Comfort, Fire, Liberty, Pleasure)

"I believe scientists have a duty to share the excitement and pleasure of their work with the general public, and I enjoy the challenge of presenting difficult ideas in an understandable way."
- Antony Hewish
(Related: Work, Ideas, Challenge, Duty, Excitement, Pleasure, Public, Scientists)

"Give them pleasure - the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare."
- Alfred Hitchcock
(Related: Pleasure)

"Such truth, as opposeth no man's profit, nor pleasure, is to all men welcome."
- Thomas Hobbes
(Related: Men, Truth, Man, Pleasure, Profit)

"There is probably an element of malice in our readiness to overestimate people - we are, as it were, laying up for ourselves the pleasure of later cutting them down to size."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: People, Malice, Pleasure)

"The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless. It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: Favors, Feeling, Pleasure)

"After some time, with my eyes closed, I began to enjoy this wonderful play of colors and forms, which it really was a pleasure to observe. Then I went to sleep and the next day I was fine. I felt quite fresh, like a newborn."
- Albert Hofmann
(Related: Time, Colors, Day, Eyes, Play, Pleasure, Sleep)

"Fresh air is good if you do not take too much of it; most of the achievements and pleasures of life are in bad air."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
(Related: Life)

"I despise making the most of one's time. Half of the pleasures of life consist of the opportunities one has neglected."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Related: Life, Time)

"I feel like there is always something trying to pull us back into sleep, that there is this sort of seductive quality in all the hedonistic pleasures that pull on us."
- Bell Hooks
(Related: Quality, Sleep, Trying)

"Of course, there are many, many musicians whose music gives me pleasure, but until I make contact with them, musically or personally, I never assume that anything wonderful will happen."
- Hugh Hopper
(Related: Music, Musicians, Pleasure, Will)

"No verse can give pleasure for long, nor last, that is written by drinkers of water."
- Horace
(Related: Pleasure, Water)

"Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out... Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure."
- A. E. Housman
(Related: Poetry, May, Meaning, Pleasure, Understanding, Will)

"But it has also enabled me to find my feet as a lecturer and a reader of my own plays to audiences who like to hear them; and that experience of immediate appreciation gives greater pleasure and more stimulus towards further activity than even the most laudatory of reviews."
- Laurence Housman
(Related: Experience, Appreciation, Audiences, Feet, Pleasure)

"Work is both my living and my pleasure."
- Harlan Howard
(Related: Work, Living, Pleasure)

"If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of trouble."
- Elbert Hubbard
(Related: Anticipation, Trouble)

"Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Thought, Intellect, Labor, Pleasure, Reverie)

"Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence."
- David Hume
(Related: Death, Friend, Company, Influence, Nothing, Pleasure, Sorrow)

"Like everybody at that age, I read an awful lot of pulp fiction. But at the same time, I also read quite a bit of history and read that as much for pleasure as part of a curriculum."
- John Hume
(Related: History, Age, Time, Curriculum, Fiction, Pleasure)

"It is books that teach us to refine our pleasures when young, and to recall them with satisfaction when we are old."
- Leigh Hunt
(Related: Books, Old, Satisfaction)

"Before I do a play I say that I hope it's going to be for as short a time as possible but, once you do it, it is a paradoxical pleasure. One evening out of two there are five minutes of a miracle and for those five minutes you want to do it again and again. It's like a drug."
- Isabelle Huppert
(Related: Time, Hope, Evening, Play, Pleasure, Want)

"Wisely used history can give pleasure and provide us with a useful tool; but we should not become its slaves."
- Douglas Hurd
(Related: History, Pleasure)

"Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It's beyond me."
- Zora Neale Hurston
(Related: Company, Pleasure)

"Speed, it seems to me, provides the one genuinely modern pleasure."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Pleasure)

"Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Pleasure)

"Amour is the one human activity of any importance in which laughter and pleasure preponderate, if ever so slightly, over misery and pain."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Importance, Laughter, Misery, Pain, Pleasure)

"Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty - his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Boredom, Freedom, Liberty, Pleasure, Symbol)

"There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it."
- Andrew Jackson
(Related: Fun, Nothing, Pleasure)

"May we be saved from evil thoughts and deed of enemies of world peace who find pleasure in creating havoc and perpetrating all forms of carnage."
- Yahya Jammeh
(Related: Peace, Thoughts, Deed, Enemies, Evil, May, Pleasure, World)

"Half the pleasure of solitude comes from having with us some friend to whom we can say how sweet solitude is."
- William Jay
(Related: Friend, Pleasure, Solitude)

"Pleasure is the carrot dangled to lead the ass to market; or the precipice."
- Robinson Jeffers
(Related: Pleasure)

"I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Mind, Pleasure)

"Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Pleasure)

"I find pleasure in things that are simple."
- Stephan Jenkins
(Related: Pleasure)

"Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society."
- Henry St. John
(Related: Happiness, Health, Society, Body, Liberty, Man, Pleasure)

"The mind is never satisfied with the objects immediately before it, but is always breaking away from the present moment, and losing itself in schemes of future felicity... The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Hope, Future, Losing, Mind, Pleasure, Present)

"Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality, we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Equality, Happiness, Enjoyment, Pleasure)

"The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Hope, Mind, Pleasure)

"There are minds so impatient of inferiority that their gratitude is a species of revenge, and they return benefits, not because recompense is a pleasure, but because obligation is a pain."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Gratitude, Inferiority, Benefits, Obligation, Pain, Pleasure, Revenge)

"Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Art, Poetry, Truth, Pleasure)

"When a man says he had pleasure with a woman he does not mean conversation."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Conversation, Man, Pleasure, Woman)

"What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Effort, Pleasure)

"Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Life, Success, Difficulties, Pleasure, Wishes)

"If pleasure was not followed by pain, who would forbear it?"
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Pain, Pleasure)

"There's only one test of a great children's book, or a great children's film, and that is this: If it can be read or viewed with pleasure by adults, then it has the chance to be a great children's film, or a great children's book."
- Chuck Jones
(Related: Chance, Children, Film, Pleasure)

"Pleasures are always children, pains always have wrinkles."
- Joseph Joubert
(Related: Children)

"Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure. Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader."
- Joseph Joubert
(Related: Emotion, Pleasure, Writer)

"Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize."
- James Joyce
(Related: Art, Pleasure, Schools)

"Throughout the human experience people have read history because they felt that it was a pleasure and that it was in some way instructive. The profession of professor of history has taken it in a very different direction."
- Donald Kagan
(Related: Experience, History, People, Direction, Pleasure, Profession)

"The best an American can look forward to is the lonely pleasure of one who stands at long last on a chilly and inhospitable mountaintop where few have been before, where few can follow and where few will consent to believe he has been."
- George F. Kennan
(Related: American, Lonely, Pleasure, Will)

"It's about the pleasure of being in the mountains, traveling efficiently over the terrain, having that sense of dynamic motion which you don't get when you're on foot."
- Michael Kennedy
(Related: Being, Mountains, Pleasure, Sense, Traveling)

"Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it."
- Soren Kierkegaard
(Related: Men, Haste, Past, Pleasure)

"Being a Brady comes with it's pleasures and its baggage. I'm not one given to a lack of privacy and invasion."
- Christopher Knight
(Related: Being, Privacy)

"Writing a novel is like making love, but it's also like having a tooth pulled. Pleasure and pain. Sometimes it's like making love while having a tooth pulled."
- Dean Koontz
(Related: Love, Pain, Pleasure, Writing)

"Your chances of success are directly proportional to the degree of pleasure you desire from what you do. If you are in a job you hate, face the fact squarely and get out."
- Michael Korda
(Related: Success, Desire, Fact, Hate, Job, Pleasure)

"I have, in my partner George Roberts, a person who is the most wonderful man in the world to me. He's like a brother to me. Creating with him, being side by side with him, in whatever we try to do, is a real pleasure to me."
- Henry Kravis
(Related: Brother, Being, Man, Pleasure, World)

"The end is the beginning of all things, Suppressed and hidden, Awaiting to be released through the rhythm Of pain and pleasure."
- Jiddu Krishnamurti
(Related: Beginning, End, Pain, Pleasure)

"I think there are different ways of being rigorous, and I am asking people to be as rigorous in their pleasure as in their criticism."
- Barbara Kruger
(Related: People, Being, Criticism, Pleasure)

"I never learned anything at all in school and didn't read a book for pleasure until I was 19 years old."
- Stanley Kubrick
(Related: Old, Pleasure, School, Years)

"Music is another great pleasure of life. I like all sorts."
- Karolina Kurkova
(Related: Music, Life, Pleasure)

"Simply enjoy life and the great pleasures that come with it."
- Karolina Kurkova
(Related: Life)

"The knowledge and understanding of the world which science gives us and the magnificent opportunity which it extends to us to control and use the world for the extension of our pleasure in it has never been greater than it now is."
- Polykarp Kusch
(Related: Science, Knowledge, Opportunity, Control, Pleasure, Understanding, World)

"Business is difficult. But it could be approached two ways: Seriously, or with the same way you're doing your job, with entertainment aspect, with pleasure, with fun. And we decided to try to make it as fun that we do our creativity."
- Guy Laliberte
(Related: Business, Creativity, Entertainment, Fun, Job, Pleasure)

"The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth and have it found out by accident."
- Charles Lamb
(Related: Action, Accident, Pleasure)

"If a site is done with pleasure and a fun attitude, it's a great way to communicate with your fans."
- Christopher Lambert
(Related: Attitude, Fans, Fun, Pleasure)

"Sensual pleasures have the fleeting brilliance of a comet; a happy marriage has the tranquillity of a lovely sunset."
- Ann Landers
(Related: Marriage, Sunset)

"Happy indeed is the scientist who not only has the pleasures which I have enumerated, but who also wins the recognition of fellow scientists and of the mankind which ultimately benefits from his endeavors."
- Irving Langmuir
(Related: Benefits, Mankind, Scientists)

"My mother also had us take piano lessons, and this had a similar effect. I hated those lessons, but I now play regularly for pleasure and have even tried my hand at composing."
- Robert B. Laughlin
(Related: Mother, Effect, Now, Play, Pleasure)

"I'd forget the piece just before I went out to do the concerto, the panic was too great. This was not anything that gave me pleasure. This was fulfilling somebody else's dream."
- Linda Lavin
(Related: Dream, Forget, Pleasure)

"Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don't collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don't really mean anything."
- Norman Lear
(Related: Happiness, Life)

"The pleasure of reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books."
- Stanislaw Lec
(Related: Books, Pleasure, Reading)

"George Harrison was also a pleasure to work with. He was one of the most famous people I've ever known, but in spite of that fame, he was such a nice and friendly guy."
- Alvin Lee
(Related: Work, People, Fame, Famous, Pleasure)

"The greatest pleasure of reading consists in re-reading."
- Vernon Lee
(Related: Pleasure, Reading)

"Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting."
- Gottfried Leibniz
(Related: Music, Being, Mind, Pleasure)

"When I come into the theatre I get a sense of security. I love an audience. I love people, and I act because I like trying to give pleasure to people."
- Vivien Leigh
(Related: Love, People, Act, Pleasure, Security, Sense, Theatre, Trying)

"To torture a man you have to know his pleasures."
- Stanislaw Lem
(Related: Man)

"Old age is the supreme evil, for it deprives man of all pleasures while allowing his appetites to remain, and it brings with it every possible sorrow. Yet men fear death and desire old age."
- Giacomo Leopardi
(Related: Age, Death, Men, Fear, Desire, Evil, Man, Old, Sorrow)

"Pleasure resorts are like film stars and royalty... embarrassed by the figures they cut in the fantasies of people who have never met them."
- Doris Lessing
(Related: People, Film, Pleasure, Royalty, Stars)

"The ugly is very appealing to man. It's instinct. One shrinks from the ugly, yet wants to look at it. There's a devilish fascination in it. We extract pleasure from horror."
- Sonya Levien
(Related: Horror, Instinct, Man, Pleasure, Ugly)

"I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy."
- C. S. Lewis
(Related: Joy, Wonder)

"The pleasures of the imagination are as it were only drawings and models which are played with by poor people who cannot afford the real thing."
- Georg C. Lichtenberg
(Related: Imagination, People, Poor)

"God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure."
- Eric Liddell
(Related: God, Pleasure)

"Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures for long-term values."
- Joshua L. Liebman
(Related: Values, Maturity)

"What grieves me most in my past offenses, O my loving God, is not so much the punishment I have deserved, as the displeasure I have given You, Who are worthy of infinite love."
- Alphonsus Liguori
(Related: Love, God, Infinite, Past, Punishment)

"Just as a mother finds pleasure in taking her little child on her lap, there to feed and caress him, in like manner our loving God shows His fondness for His beloved souls who have given themselves entirely to Him and have placed all their hope in His goodness."
- Alphonsus Liguori
(Related: God, Mother, Hope, Goodness, Pleasure)

"Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure."
- Abraham Lincoln
(Related: War, Purpose, May, Nation, Pleasure, President)

"There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it."
- Mary Wilson Little
(Related: Fun, Nothing, Pleasure)

"The pleasure of writing fiction is that you are always spotting some new approach, an alternative way of telling a story and manipulating characters; the novel is such a wonderfully flexible form."
- Penelope Lively
(Related: Fiction, Pleasure, Writing)

"Toil and pleasure, dissimilar in nature, are nevertheless united by a certain natural bond."
- Titus Livius
(Related: Nature, Pleasure, United)

"Eroticism has its own moral justification because it says that pleasure is enough for me; it is a statement of the individual's sovereignty."
- Mario Vargas Llosa
(Related: Justification, Pleasure)

"Pleasure that isn't paid for is as insipid as everything else that's free."
- Anita Loos
(Related: Pleasure)

"It was a pleasure to be a gay eyesore."
- Lance Loud
(Related: Gay, Pleasure)

"Oh absolutely. I had the pleasure to get to know a lot of really talented young actors before they even really hit it big. And yet what we all had and shared in common was a love for movies."
- Chad Lowe
(Related: Love, Movies, Actors, Pleasure)

"Incredulity robs us of many pleasures, and gives us nothing in return."
- James Russell Lowell
(Related: Incredulity, Nothing)

"I enjoy my work. I haven't been an actor for 30 years without getting pleasure out of the profession."
- Bela Lugosi
(Related: Work, Actor, Pleasure, Profession, Years)

"Writers are in the entertainment business, and it gives me lots of pleasure to entertain my readers."
- Brian Lumley
(Related: Business, Entertainment, Pleasure, Writers)

"If people could understand how much pleasure they could have by themselves, I think everyone would be a lot saner. I think that people really need a dose of quality time with one's self."
- Lydia Lunch
(Related: Time, Quality, People, Pleasure, Self)

"I'm a total pleasure seeker. I pursue anything that satisfies me. I usually get it. I have specific needs and I know what they are so I can achieve satisfaction."
- Lydia Lunch
(Related: Needs, Pleasure, Satisfaction)

"The God of this world is riches, pleasure and pride."
- Martin Luther
(Related: God, Pleasure, Pride, World)

"The puritan hated bear baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators."
- Thomas B. Macaulay
(Related: Pain, Pleasure)

"The Puritan hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators."
- Thomas Macaulay
(Related: Pain, Pleasure)

"When I'm writing a song, it gives me more actual pleasure to hear someone else sing it than do it meself."
- Shane MacGowan
(Related: Pleasure, Song, Writing)

"Ordinarily pleasure and pain are regarded as different from sensations."
- Ernst Mach
(Related: Pain, Pleasure, Sensations)

"It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver."
- Niccolo Machiavelli
(Related: Pleasure)

"Of course there are big differences in length and character and vocabulary, but each level has its particular pleasures when it comes to the words one can use and the way one uses them."
- Margaret Mahy
(Related: Character, Vocabulary, Words)

"It is one of man's curious idiosyncrasies to create difficulties for the pleasure of resolving them."
- Joseph De Maistre
(Related: Difficulties, Man, Pleasure)

"Man is so muddled, so dependent on the things immediately before his eyes, that every day even the most submissive believer can be seen to risk the torments of the afterlife for the smallest pleasure."
- Joseph de Maistre
(Related: Afterlife, Day, Eyes, Man, Pleasure, Risk)

"Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing."
- Bernard Malamud
(Related: Writing)

"I love good and pleasure, I hate evil and pain, I want to be happy and I am not mistaken in believing, that people, angels and even demons have those same inclinations."
- Nicolas Malebranche
(Related: Love, People, Angels, Evil, Hate, Pain, Pleasure, Want)

"Now that I near 80, I realize with wistful pleasure that on many occasions I was 10, 20, 40, even 50 years ahead of my time."
- Benoit Mandelbrot
(Related: Time, Now, Pleasure, Years)

"People of substance may sin without being exposed for their stolen pleasure; but servants and the poorer sort of women have seldom an opportunity of concealing a big belly, or at least the consequences of it."
- Bernard de Mandeville
(Related: Women, People, Opportunity, Being, Consequences, May, Pleasure, Sin)

"The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books."
- Katherine Mansfield
(Related: Books, Pleasure, Reading)

"Come live with me and be my love, And we will all the pleasures prove, That valleys, groves, hills, and fields, Woods, or steepy mountain yields."
- Christopher Marlowe
(Related: Love, Will)

"One of the great virtues, apart from the pleasure of performing these works, is that it's opened up an entirely new, expansive repertoire of American Jewish music."
- Neville Marriner
(Related: Music, American, Pleasure)

"A woman is an occasional pleasure but a cigar is always a smoke."
- Groucho Marx
(Related: Pleasure, Woman)

"Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth."
- W. Somerset Maugham
(Related: Age, Old, Youth)

"For the most part, I have a very manageable celebrity. People recognize me from time to time, and they usually say very appreciative things. It affords me a great deal of pleasure."
- Armistead Maupin
(Related: Time, People, Celebrity, Pleasure)

"When I was in Birmingham I used to go to a place called Redwood Field. I used to get there for a two o'clock game. Where can you make this kind of money playing sports? It was just a pleasure to go out and enjoy myself and get paid for it."
- Willie Mays
(Related: Money, Sports, Pleasure)

"It might seem unfair to reward a person for having so much pleasure over the years, asking the maize plant to solve specific problems and then watching its responses."
- Barbara McClintock
(Related: Pleasure, Problems, Reward, Years)

"I know my corn plants intimately, and I find it a great pleasure to know them."
- Barbara McClintock
(Related: Plants, Pleasure)

"To go back and read Swift and Defoe and Samuel Johnson and Smollett and Pope - all those people we had to read in college English courses - to read them now is to have one of the infinite pleasures in life."
- David McCullough
(Related: Life, People, College, English, Infinite, Now)

"To me history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isn't just part of our civic responsibility. To me it's an enlargement of the experience of being alive, just the way literature or art or music is."
- David McCullough
(Related: Art, Experience, History, Music, Being, Literature, Pleasure, Responsibility)

"It wounds a man less to confess that he has failed in any pursuit through idleness, neglect, the love of pleasure, etc., etc., which are his own faults, than through incapacity and unfitness, which are the faults of his nature."
- Lord Melbourne
(Related: Love, Nature, Faults, Idleness, Man, Neglect, Pleasure, Pursuit, Wounds)

"When I portray Stabler, I have to shave every day and cut my hair every week! And then, I really like to change my looks for films like 'Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle' where I have the pleasure of playing the ugliest man in the world."
- Christopher Meloni
(Related: Change, Day, Hair, Man, Pleasure, World)

"Women have simple tastes. They get pleasure out of the conversation of children in arms and men in love."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: Love, Men, Women, Children, Conversation, Pleasure)

"Pleasures flit by - they are only for yourself; work leaves a mark of long-lasting joy, work is for others."
- Dmitri Mendeleev
(Related: Work, Joy)

"Ever since I began to compose, I have remained true to my starting principle: not to write a page because no matter what public, or what pretty girl wanted it to be thus or thus; but to write solely as I myself thought best, and as it gave me pleasure."
- Felix Mendelssohn
(Related: Thought, Pleasure, Pretty, Public)

"I made a habit always to hear the Indians; and although they very often lie to me, I do not show them any displeasure for it, for I do not believe them and I do not decide anything until I have found out the truth."
- Antonio de Mendoza
(Related: Truth, Lie, Habit)

"'Project Runway' was my guilty pleasure while my son was napping or nursing."
- Debra Messing
(Related: Son, Pleasure)

"Of two pleasures, if there be one which all or almost all who have experience of both give a decided preference, irrespective of any feeling of moral obligation to prefer it, that is the more desirable pleasure."
- John Stuart Mill
(Related: Experience, Feeling, Obligation, Pleasure)

"Pleasure and freedom from pain, are the only things desirable as ends."
- John Stuart Mill
(Related: Freedom, Pain, Pleasure)

"Actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness; wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. By happiness is intended pleasure and the absence of pain."
- John Stuart Mill
(Related: Happiness, Absence, Actions, Pain, Pleasure, Right, Wrong)

"All desirable things... are desirable either for the pleasure inherent in themselves, or as a means to the promotion of pleasure and the prevention of pain."
- John Stuart Mill
(Related: Pain, Pleasure, Prevention, Promotion)

"If it's very painful for you to criticize your friends - you're safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that's the time to hold your tongue."
- Alice Duer Miller
(Related: Time, Friends, Pleasure, Tongue)

"Surely a King who loves pleasure is less dangerous than one who loves glory?"
- Nancy Mitford
(Related: Glory, Pleasure)

"It's true Heaven forbids some pleasures, but a compromise can usually be found."
- Moliere
(Related: Compromise, Heaven)

"True, Heaven prohibits certain pleasures; but one can generally negotiate a compromise."
- Moliere
(Related: Compromise, Heaven)

"There are a lot of people with a lot of money, and I'm amazed they don't understand what a great pleasure it can be to give."
- Robert Mondavi
(Related: Money, People, Pleasure)

"If I had my choice, I'd pick a song that tells a story every time. There is a great deal of pleasure in doing the vocal on a number that you can put feeling into."
- Vaughn Monroe
(Related: Time, Choice, Feeling, Pleasure, Song)

"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting."
- Mary Wortley Montagu
(Related: Entertainment, Pleasure, Reading)

"There is no pleasure to me without communication: there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell it to."
- Michel de Montaigne
(Related: Thought, Mind, Pleasure)

"'Tis the sharpness of our mind that gives the edge to our pains and pleasures."
- Michel de Montaigne
(Related: Mind)

"No pleasure has any savor for me without communication."
- Michel de Montaigne
(Related: Communication, Pleasure)

"I love the feel of hitting the ball hard, the pleasure of a rally. It is these things that make tennis the delightful game that it is."
- Helen Wills Moody
(Related: Love, Pleasure, Tennis)

"I am still being recognized as Joanie and probably will as long as Happy Days is playing on TV and remembered by Happy Days fans. It has and will always be a pleasure and a honor for me to be a part of it."
- Erin Moran
(Related: Being, Fans, Honor, Pleasure, Will)

"This bored fantastic woman, with her animal nature, giving herself the pleasure of seeing her enemy struck down, not a particularly keen one for her because she is so weary of having all her desires satisfied."
- Gustave Moreau
(Related: Nature, Enemy, Giving, Pleasure, Woman)

"I'm acting for the pleasure of it."
- David Morse
(Related: Acting, Pleasure)

"There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward."
- John Mortimer
(Related: Pleasure, Worth, Years)

"I refuse to spend my life worrying about what I eat. There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward."
- John Mortimer
(Related: Life, Pleasure, Worth, Years)

"One of the many pleasures of old age is giving things up."
- Malcolm Muggeridge
(Related: Age, Giving, Old)

"There is pleasure when a sore is scratched, But to be without sores is more pleasurable still. Just so, there are pleasures in worldly desires, But to be without desires is more pleasurable still."
- Nagarjuna
(Related: Pleasure)

"I am sure that no man can derive more pleasure from money or power than I do from seeing a pair of basketball goals in some out of the way place."
- James Naismith
(Related: Money, Power, Goals, Basketball, Man, Pleasure)

"My father was always anxious to give pleasure to his children. Accordingly, he took me one day, as a special treat, to the top of the grand old tower, to see the chimes played."
- James Nasmyth
(Related: Father, Children, Day, Old, Pleasure)

"To my great surprise and pleasure, I have had dinner with most of the people living with whom I would like to have dinner."
- Holly Near
(Related: People, Living, Pleasure)

"Ice T was just a pleasure to work with. He was a smart gentleman."
- Judd Nelson
(Related: Work, Gentleman, Pleasure)

"Virtue is its own reward, and brings with it the truest and highest pleasure; but if we cultivate it only for pleasure's sake, we are selfish, not religious, and will never gain the pleasure, because we can never have the virtue."
- John Henry Newman
(Related: Virtue, Gain, Pleasure, Religious, Reward, Will)

"The book tour has been really interesting and very gratifying. I have not book toured before. I've never had quite as much pleasure, as much satisfaction."
- Leonard Nimoy
(Related: Pleasure, Satisfaction)

"Beauty and brains, pleasure and usability - they should go hand in hand."
- Donald Norman
(Related: Beauty, Pleasure)

"Scientific understanding is often beautiful, a profoundly aesthetic experience which gives pleasure not unlike the reading of a great poem."
- Paul Nurse
(Related: Experience, Pleasure, Reading, Understanding)

"Justice Ginsburg is a very competent justice, and it is a joy to have her on the court, but particularly for me it is a pleasure to have a second woman on the court."
- Sandra Day O'Connor
(Related: Court, Joy, Justice, Pleasure, Woman)

"Larry Kasdan has made some of my favorite movies of all time so just to be working with him was a pleasure. Now that I have, I not only respect his work but I just love and respect him as a person."
- Timothy Olyphant
(Related: Love, Movies, Time, Work, Favorite, Now, Pleasure, Respect)

"Besides merely some pleasure that we get out of the combinations of pitches together and lines, I think that there is some satisfaction that we get in the fact of having this diffuse thing organized very concretely and put onto a frame and have it actually decided."
- Leo Ornstein
(Related: Fact, Pleasure, Satisfaction)

"Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting."
- George Orwell
(Related: War, Hatred, Jealousy, Nothing, Play, Pleasure, Rules, Violence, Words)

"There is no such thing as pure pleasure; some anxiety always goes with it."
- Ovid
(Related: Anxiety, Pleasure)

"Every single pleasure I can imagine or have experienced is more delightful, more of a pleasure, if you take it in small sips, if you take your time. Reading is not an exception."
- Amos Oz
(Related: Time, Pleasure, Reading)

"The 1990s, after the reign of terror of academic vandalism, will be a decade of restoration: restoration of meaning, value, beauty, pleasure, and emotion to art and restoration of art to its audience."
- Camille Paglia
(Related: Art, Beauty, Emotion, Meaning, Pleasure, Terror, Value, Will)

"These are the people who do studies that your carry-out Chinese meals are saturated in fat. I'd just like to meet them! I mean, what do they do for pleasure?"
- Robert M. Parker, Jr.
(Related: People, Pleasure)

"No sane man can afford to dispense with debilitating pleasures; no ascetic can be considered reliably sane."
- Robert M. Parker, Jr.
(Related: Man)

"The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures, and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures, cause inconstancy."
- Blaise Pascal
(Related: Cause, Consciousness, Ignorance, Present, Vanity)

"No one should ever say that it was my ignorance if I did or showed forth anything however small according to God's good pleasure; but let this be your conclusion and let it so be thought, that - as is the perfect truth - it was the gift of God."
- Saint Patrick
(Related: God, Truth, Thought, Ignorance, Pleasure)

"Solitude sharpens awareness of small pleasures otherwise lost."
- Kevin Patterson
(Related: Awareness, Solitude)

"Variety of mere nothings gives more pleasure than uniformity of something."
- Jean Paul
(Related: Pleasure, Variety)

"The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish."
- Pope John Paul II
(Related: Family, Society, Life, People, Comfort, Danger, Fact, Independence, Idols, Lies, Pleasure)

"Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy."
- Pope Paul VI
(Related: Society, Difficulty, Joy, Pleasure)

"I have worked in a very close and cordial way with Norwegian representatives at many international meetings, and the pleasure I felt at those associations was equaled only by the profit I always secured from them."
- Lester B. Pearson
(Related: Meetings, Pleasure, Profit)

"Climbing is unadulterated hard labor. The only real pleasure is the satisfaction of going where no man has been before and where few can follow."
- Annie Smith Peck
(Related: Labor, Man, Pleasure, Satisfaction)

"We tire of those pleasures we take, but never of those we give."
- John Petit-Senn
"Pain has its reasons, pleasure is totally indifferent."
- Francis Picabia
(Related: Pain, Pleasure)

"Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time."
- Pablo Picasso
(Related: Happiness, Time, Work, Life, Hate, Pleasure, Will)

"I went and took golf lessons so Dad would let me play with him. I was just terrible... but I was able to have a wonderful time just walking around with Dad. I can see the real pleasure of that game."
- David Hyde Pierce
(Related: Dad, Time, Golf, Play, Pleasure, Walking)

"It is not sex that gives the pleasure, but the lover."
- Marge Piercy
(Related: Sex, Pleasure)

"I've got to be honest, there's no pleasure when you're working."
- Dana Plato
(Related: Pleasure)

"It is also one of the pleasures of oral biography, in that the reader, rather than editor, is jury."
- George Plimpton
(Related: Biography, Jury)

"That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful."
- Edgar Allan Poe
(Related: Contemplation, Pleasure)

"I'm doing a book, 'Chasing Science,' about the pleasures of science as a spectator sport."
- Frederik Pohl
(Related: Science)

"A scientist worthy of his name, about all a mathematician, experiences in his work the same impression as an artist; his pleasure is as great and of the same nature."
- Henri Poincare
(Related: Nature, Work, Impression, Artist, Name, Pleasure)

"I never yet heard man or woman much abused that I was not inclined to think the better of them, and to transfer the suspicion or dislike to the one who found pleasure in pointing out the defects of another."
- Jane Porter
(Related: Man, Pleasure, Suspicion, Woman)

"People don't understand that it was maybe my biggest pleasure to drive an F1 car when it's wet."
- Alain Prost
(Related: Car, People, Pleasure)

"People can have many different kinds of pleasure. The real one is that for which they will forsake the others."
- Marcel Proust
(Related: People, Pleasure, Will)

"Lies are essential to humanity. They are perhaps as important as the pursuit of pleasure and moreover are dictated by that pursuit."
- Marcel Proust
(Related: Humanity, Lies, Pleasure, Pursuit)

"My pleasure was to copy, not to create."
- Manuel Puig
(Related: Pleasure)

"I wish thee as much pleasure in the reading, as I had in the writing."
- Francis Quarles
(Related: Pleasure, Reading, Writing)

"Luxury is an enticing pleasure, a bastard mirth, which hath honey in her mouth, gall in her heart, and a sting in her tail."
- Francis Quarles
(Related: Heart, Luxury, Mirth, Pleasure)

"The Pleasure Seekers eventually turned into Cradle, when we started writing our own material. My younger sister Nancy was brought in as singer and I kind of stepped aside as main lead singer and concentrated on my instrument."
- Suzi Quatro
(Related: Sister, Pleasure, Writing)

"Nobody will laugh long who deals much with opium: its pleasures even are of a grave and solemn complexion."
- Thomas de Quincey
(Related: Deals, Grave, Will)

"Forbidden pleasures alone are loved immoderately; when lawful, they do not excite desire."
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian
(Related: Desire, Forbidden)

"A tragedy need not have blood and death; it's enough that it all be filled with that majestic sadness that is the pleasure of tragedy."
- Jean Racine
(Related: Death, Blood, Pleasure, Sadness, Tragedy)

"Certainly it is wrong to be cruel to animals and the destruction of a whole species can be a great evil. The capacity for feelings of pleasure and pain and for the form of life of which animals are capable clearly impose duties of compassion and humanity in their case."
- John Rawls
(Related: Life, Feelings, Animals, Compassion, Destruction, Evil, Humanity, Pain, Pleasure, Wrong)

"Diseases are the tax on pleasures."
- John Ray
(Related: Tax)

"It is in his pleasure that a man really lives; it is from his leisure that he constructs the true fabric of self."
- Agnes Repplier
(Related: Leisure, Man, Pleasure, Self)

"The value and rank of every art is in proportion to the mental labor employed in it, or the mental pleasure in producing it."
- Joshua Reynolds
(Related: Art, Labor, Pleasure, Rank, Value)

"The only pain in pleasure is the pleasure of the pain."
- Anne Rice
(Related: Pain, Pleasure)

"Our works and our play. All our pleasures experienced as the pleasure of love. What could be better that? To feel in one's work the tender and flushed substance of one's dearest concern."
- Mary Richards
(Related: Work, Love, Concern, Play, Pleasure)

"The pleasures of the mighty are obtained by the tears of the poor."
- Samuel Richardson
(Related: Poor, Tears)

"Marriage is the highest state of friendship. If happy, it lessens our cares by dividing them, at the same time that it doubles our pleasures by mutual participation."
- Samuel Richardson
(Related: Marriage, Time, Friendship, Participation, State)

"One can become enthusiastic over anything. For a time I was delighted with bomb throwing. It gave me a tremendous pleasure to bomb those fellows from above."
- Manfred von Richthofen
(Related: Time, Pleasure)

"Nothing gives me as much pleasure as travelling. I love getting on trains and boats and planes."
- Alan Rickman
(Related: Love, Boats, Nothing, Pleasure)

"Music can also be a sensual pleasure, like eating food or sex. But its highest vibration for me is that point of taking us to a real understanding of something in our nature which we can very rarely get at. It is a spiritual state of oneness."
- Terry Riley
(Related: Food, Music, Nature, Sex, Eating, Oneness, Pleasure, Spiritual, State, Understanding)

"In fact, 95% of the people in my films have been nothing less than a pleasure to work with."
- Guy Ritchie
(Related: Work, People, Fact, Nothing, Pleasure)

"For the greater beauty of the instrument, the balls representing the planets are to be of considerable bigness; but so contrived, that they may be taken off at pleasure, and others, much smaller, and fitter for some purposes, put in their places."
- David Rittenhouse
(Related: Beauty, May, Pleasure)

"It's a great pleasure having survived six generations of TV critics."
- Geraldo Rivera
(Related: Generations, Pleasure)

"I love making people laugh. It's an addiction and it's probably dysfunctional, but I am addicted to it and there's no greater pleasure for me than sitting in a theater and feeling a lot of people losing control of themselves."
- Jay Roach
(Related: Love, People, Control, Addiction, Feeling, Losing, Pleasure, Theater)

"The truth is that we can learn to condition our minds, bodies, and emotions to link pain or pleasure to whatever we choose. By changing what we link pain and pleasure to, we will instantly change our behaviors."
- Tony Robbins
(Related: Change, Truth, Emotions, Pain, Pleasure, Will)

"The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don't, life controls you."
- Tony Robbins
(Related: Life, Success, Control, Learning, Pain, Pleasure)

"My definition of success is to live your life in a way that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure and very little pain - and because of your lifestyle, have the people around you feel a lot more pleasure than they do pain."
- Tony Robbins
(Related: Life, Success, People, Causes, Pain, Pleasure)

"One of my greatest pleasures is falling into a story someone else has written."
- Nora Roberts
"I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."
- Nora Roberts
(Related: Pleasure)

"According to your sympathy, you will take pleasure in your own happiness or in the happiness of other people; but it is always your own happiness you seek."
- John Buchanan Robinson
(Related: Happiness, Sympathy, People, Pleasure, Will)

"It is with an old love as it is with old age a man lives to all the miseries, but is dead to all the pleasures."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Age, Love, Man, Old)

"If we had no faults of our own, we should not take so much pleasure in noticing those in others."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Faults, Pleasure)

"Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Age, Death, Old, Pain, Youth)

"I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure."
- John D. Rockefeller
(Related: Life, Nothing, Pleasure)

"Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? It's to see my dividends coming in."
- John D. Rockefeller
(Related: Pleasure)

"True artists are almost the only men who do their work for pleasure."
- Auguste Rodin
(Related: Men, Work, Artists, Pleasure)

"Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which nature herself is animated."
- Auguste Rodin
(Related: Art, Nature, Contemplation, Mind, Pleasure, Spirit)

"I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending."
- Fred Rogers
(Related: Anticipation, Ending, Favorite, Holiday, Moments, Pleasure, Suspense)

"The richness of the world, all artificial pleasures, have the taste of sickness and give off a smell of death in the face of certain spiritual possessions."
- Georges Rouault
(Related: Death, Possessions, Richness, Sickness, Spiritual, Taste, World)

"Take from the philosopher the pleasure of being heard and his desire for knowledge ceases."
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Related: Knowledge, Being, Desire, Pleasure)

"O love, if I regret the age when one savors you, it is not for the hour of pleasure, but for the one that follows it."
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Related: Age, Love, Pleasure, Regret)

"Marriage is the miracle that transforms a kiss from a pleasure into a duty."
- Helen Rowland
(Related: Marriage, Kiss, Duty, Pleasure)

"The thing about acting is you don't want to let on how enjoyable it is or then everybody would want to become an actress. But it really is. It's a pleasure to go and exchange your identity."
- Gena Rowlands
(Related: Acting, Identity, Pleasure, Want)

"I never went to a John Wayne movie to find a philosophy to live by or to absorb a profound message. I went for the simple pleasure of spending a couple of hours seeing the bad guys lose."
- Mike Royko
(Related: Philosophy, Pleasure)

"My private measure of success is daily. If this were to be the last day of my life would I be content with it? To live in a harmonious balance of commitments and pleasures is what I strive for."
- Jane Rule
(Related: Life, Success, Balance, Content, Day, Measure)

"Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: History, Men, Power, Sense, Vice)

"There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Knowledge, Pleasure)

"Next to enjoying ourselves, the next greatest pleasure consists in preventing others from enjoying themselves, or, more generally, in the acquisition of power."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Power, Pleasure)

"It was really a pleasure to play someone who's literally pushed past her breaking point repeatedly."
- Jeri Ryan
(Related: Past, Play, Pleasure)

"I had the pleasure, as Robin said, to live a childhood dream as many young Americans and Puerto Rican children live that play youth baseball. And I feel honored and very thankful for that opportunity."
- Nolan Ryan
(Related: Dream, Opportunity, Americans, Baseball, Childhood, Children, Play, Pleasure, Youth)

"Travel is the most private of pleasures. There is no greater bore than the travel bore. We do not in the least want to hear what he has seen in Hong-Kong."
- Vita Sackville-West
(Related: Travel, Want)

"There is no more lively sensation than that of pain; its impressions are certain and dependable, they never deceive as may those of the pleasure women perpetually feign and almost never experience."
- Marquis de Sade
(Related: Experience, Women, May, Pain, Pleasure)

"The imagination is the spur of delights... all depends upon it, it is the mainspring of everything; now, is it not by means of the imagination one knows joy? Is it not of the imagination that the sharpest pleasures arise?"
- Marquis de Sade
(Related: Imagination, Joy, Now)

"It is always by way of pain one arrives at pleasure."
- Marquis de Sade
(Related: Pain, Pleasure)

"The act of conducting in itself, of waving my arms in the air and being in charge, I didn't miss. I missed the sensual pleasure of being in contact with music."
- Esa-Pekka Salonen
(Related: Music, Act, Being, Pleasure)

"Work is not man's punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure."
- George Sand
(Related: Work, Strength, Man, Pleasure, Punishment, Reward)

"I want to thank all of the fans and media who made playing in the NFL such a wonderful experience. I have had the pleasure of meeting many of them."
- Barry Sanders
(Related: Experience, Fans, Media, Meeting, Pleasure, Want)

"A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one's life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted."
- George Santayana
(Related: Happiness, Life, Judgment, Miscellaneous, Reflection, Will)

"The philosophy of the common man is an old wife that gives him no pleasure, yet he cannot live without her, and resents any aspersions that strangers may cast on her character."
- George Santayana
(Related: Wife, Character, Man, May, Old, Philosophy, Pleasure, Strangers)

"The first thing we become convinced of is that man is organized so as to be far more sensible of pain than of pleasure."
- Jean Anthelme Brillat Savarin
(Related: First, Man, Pain, Pleasure)

"Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale."
- Elsa Schiaparelli
(Related: Life, Companionship, Eating, Goodwill, Importance, Joy, Pleasure)

"Now the relation which, in the sphere of nature, being and semblance or sensation bear to one another in this antithesis, is the same as that which in ethics exists between good and pleasure or feeling."
- Friedrich Schleiermacher
(Related: Nature, Being, Ethics, Feeling, Now, Pleasure)

"Rascals are always sociable, more's the pity! and the chief sign that a man has any nobility in his character is the little pleasure he takes in others' company."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Related: Character, Company, Man, Nobility, Pleasure)

"It is a clear gain to sacrifice pleasure in order to avoid pain."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Related: Sacrifice, Gain, Order, Pain, Pleasure)

"A man's delight in looking forward to and hoping for some particular satisfaction is a part of the pleasure flowing out of it, enjoyed in advance. But this is afterward deducted, for the more we look forward to anything the less we enjoy it when it comes."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Related: Delight, Man, Pleasure, Satisfaction)

"I don't hate work, composing is not work for me, it's my pleasure; it's my life. So why should I stop? If something is pleasurable and exciting and rewarding, why should one stop?"
- Gunther Schuller
(Related: Work, Life, Hate, Pleasure)

"My kitchen linoleum is so black and shiny that I waltz while I wait for the kettle to boil. This pleasure is for the old who live alone."
- Florida Scott-Maxwell
(Related: Kitchen, Old, Pleasure)

"As far as pleasures, you've got to have limits. You shouldn't have too much of good things, so you'll always have a desire for more and you won't get bored."
- Compay Segundo
(Related: Desire, Limits)

"Pleasure is nothing else but the intermission of pain."
- John Selden
(Related: Nothing, Pain, Pleasure)

"Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones."
- Seneca
(Related: Future, Present)

"Pleasure and action make the hours seem short."
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Action, Pleasure)

"Captain Kirk has been a source of pleasure and income for a long time."
- William Shatner
(Related: Time, Income, Pleasure)

"I also derive a great deal of pleasure from horses and dogs... the ocean... and love."
- William Shatner
(Related: Love, Dogs, Horses, Ocean, Pleasure)

"Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing."
- George A. Sheehan
(Related: Happiness, Pleasure)

"It is my pleasure to support a candidate who truly reflects our values and highest ideals."
- Martin Sheen
(Related: Values, Ideals, Pleasure, Support)

"My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed - my dearest pleasure when free."
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
(Related: Dreams, Pleasure)

"A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own."
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Related: Man)

"First our pleasures die - and then our hopes, and then our fears - and when these are dead, the debt is due dust claims dust - and we die too."
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Related: Debt, First)

"Tragedy delights by affording a shadow of the pleasure which exists in pain."
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Related: Pain, Pleasure, Shadow, Tragedy)

"The pleasure that is in sorrow is sweeter than the pleasure of pleasure itself."
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Related: Pleasure, Sorrow)

"What leads to unhappiness, is making pleasure the chief aim."
- William Shenstone
(Related: Pleasure, Unhappiness)

"At Princeton I gained a great deal of pleasure from success in my classes. knowing that I could accomplish those things, and I realized that my success was directly proportionate to the work I put in."
- Brooke Shields
(Related: Success, Work, Pleasure)

"Of course, I also gave him the ineffable pleasures of pipe smoking. And no children, because when this character was created I did not yet have the four children I later had. I must add I also gave him a certain taste for food."
- Georges Simenon
(Related: Food, Character, Children, Smoking, Taste)

"Tears are the natural penalties of pleasure. It is a law that we should pay for all that we enjoy."
- William Gilmore Simms
(Related: Law, Pleasure, Tears)

"We are in this period now where we all are trying to be in shape physically and deny ourselves any pleasure."
- Carly Simon
(Related: Now, Pleasure, Trying)

"Not every song I write is ecstasy. And it can happen only one time. After that, when you sing the same melody and words, it's pleasure, but you don't get wiped out."
- Paul Simon
(Related: Time, Ecstasy, Pleasure, Song, Words)

"If you live for pleasure, your ability to enjoy it may pass away and your senses grow dim."
- Matthew Simpson
(Related: Ability, May, Pleasure, Senses)

"I loved the house the way you would any new house, because it is populated by your future, the family of children who will fill it with noise or chaos and satisfying busy pleasures."
- Jane Smiley
(Related: Family, Chaos, Children, Future, Will)

"In life there is nothing more unexpected and surprising than the arrivals and departures of pleasure. If we find it in one place today, it is vain to seek it there tomorrow. You can not lay a trap for it."
- Alexander Smith
(Related: Life, Nothing, Pleasure, Today, Tomorrow)

"Most of the people who act and sing do so for their own pleasure and that of their friends and family."
- Kate Smith
(Related: Family, People, Act, Friends, Pleasure)

"Agatha Christie has given more pleasure in bed than any other woman."
- Nancy Banks Smith
(Related: Bed, Pleasure, Woman)

"The ability to take pleasure in one's life is a skill and is a kind of intelligence. So intelligence is a hard thing to evaluate and it manifests itself in so many different ways. I do think the ability to know how to live a life and not be miserable is a sign of that."
- Todd Solondz
(Related: Intelligence, Life, Ability, Evaluate, Pleasure, Skill)

"There is some pleasure even in words, when they bring forgetfulness of present miseries."
- Sophocles
(Related: Forgetfulness, Pleasure, Present, Words)

"Man is not constituted to take pleasure in the same things always."
- Sophocles
(Related: Man, Pleasure)

"I am happy now, to recall that I was no only his son but his companion, and whenever there was a hunting expedition or any other pleasure, I was always with him."
- John Philip Sousa
(Related: Son, Hunting, Now, Pleasure)

"Novelty is the great parent of pleasure."
- Robert South
(Related: Novelty, Pleasure)

"In all worldly things that a man pursues with the greatest eagerness he finds not half the pleasure in the possession that he proposed to himself in the expectation."
- Robert South
(Related: Expectation, Man, Pleasure, Possession)

"Hoist up sail while gale doth last, Tide and wind stay no man's pleasure."
- Robert Southwell
(Related: Man, Pleasure, Wind)

"A simple enough pleasure, surely, to have breakfast alone with one's husband, but how seldom married people in the midst of life achieve it."
- Anne Spencer
(Related: Life, HusbPeople, Pleasure)

"Objects we ardently pursue bring little happiness when gained; most of our pleasures come from unexpected sources."
- Herbert Spencer
(Related: Happiness)

"Pride is pleasure arising from a man's thinking too highly of himself."
- Baruch Spinoza
(Related: Man, Pleasure, Pride, Thinking)

"Self-complacency is pleasure accompanied by the idea of oneself as cause."
- Baruch Spinoza
(Related: Idea, Cause, Pleasure, Self)

"As a child, I read science fiction, but from the very beginnings of my reading for pleasure, I read a lot of non-fictional history, particularly historical biography."
- Norman Spinrad
(Related: Science, History, Beginnings, Biography, Fiction, Pleasure, Reading)

"I would say that the surest measure of a man's or a woman's maturity is the harmony, style, joy, and dignity he creates in his marriage, and the pleasure and inspiration he provides for his spouse."
- Benjamin Spock
(Related: Marriage, Inspiration, Dignity, Harmony, Joy, Man, Maturity, Measure, Pleasure, Style, Woman)

"But my estimates, for instance, based upon book information, were simply ridiculous, fanciful images of African attractions were soon dissipated, anticipated pleasures vanished, and all crude ideas began to resolve themselves into shape."
- Henry Morton Stanley
(Related: Ideas, African, Information)

"Simple pleasures were all the pleasures that I knew as a child."
- Willie Stargell
"There is no Pleasure like that of receiving Praise from the Praiseworthy."
- Richard Steele
(Related: Pleasure, Praise)

"One does not get better but different and older and that is always a pleasure."
- Gertrude Stein
(Related: Pleasure)

"It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world."
- John Steinbeck
(Related: Death, Thought, Action, Dying, Pleasure, World)

"Pleasure is often spoiled by describing it."
- Stendhal
(Related: Pleasure)

"People who have been made to suffer by certain things cannot be reminded of them without a horror which paralyses every other pleasure, even that to be found in reading a story."
- Stendhal
(Related: People, Horror, Pleasure, Reading)

"The pleasures of love are always in proportion to our fears."
- Stendhal
(Related: Love)

"Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other."
- Laurence Sterne
(Related: Darkness, Light, Pain, Pleasure, Succeed)

"Everything I do is for the pleasure of Allah."
- Cat Stevens
(Related: Pleasure)

"Talk is by far the most accessible of pleasures. It costs nothing in money, it is all profit, it completes our education, founds and fosters our friendships, and can be enjoyed at any age and in almost any state of health."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
(Related: Age, Health, Education, Money, Nothing, Profit, State, Talk)

"I began directing episodes, which was a great light every couple of months. We never short-changed our audience, but it became something that you had to work at rather than something that was a pleasure."
- Patrick Stewart
(Related: Work, Light, Months, Pleasure)

"It gives me pleasure to find that public liberty is effectually secured in each and all the policies of the United States, though somewhat differently modeled."
- Ezra Stiles
(Related: Liberty, Pleasure, Public, states, United)

"Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure."
- Mark Strand
(Related: End, Pain, Pleasure)

"I get a fine warm feeling when I'm doing well, but that pleasure is pretty much negated by the pain of getting started each day. Let's face it, writing is hell."
- William Styron
(Related: Day, Feeling, Hell, Pain, Pleasure, Pretty, Writing)

"My whole life is geared to play guitar. I play what I want when I want and I hope the listener gets as much pleasure listening to the music as I get playing it."
- Jim Sullivan
(Related: Life, Music, Hope, Guitar, Listening, Play, Pleasure, Want)

"Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure."
- Tacitus
(Related: Virtue, Measure, Misfortune, Pleasure, Prosperity)

"It is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure."
- Tacitus
(Related: Pleasure)

"Show me another pleasure like dinner which comes every day and lasts an hour."
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand
(Related: Day, Pleasure)

"She is such a good friend that she would throw all her acquaintances into the water for the pleasure of fishing them out again."
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand
(Related: Friend, Fishing, Pleasure, Water)

"I was very influenced by Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, both of whom I had the pleasure of playing with and becoming friends with."
- Mick Taylor
(Related: Friends, Pleasure)

"The Stones don't really need to do it for money, so they must get some kind of pleasure out of it. They're not like a group that's disbanded and gone away and made a comeback. They've always been there."
- Mick Taylor
(Related: Money, Pleasure)

"There cannot live a more unhappy creature than an ill-natured old man, who is neither capable of receiving pleasures, nor sensible of conferring them on others."
- William Temple
(Related: Man, Old)

"The pleasure of those who injure you lies in your pain. Therefore they will suffer if you take away their pleasure by not feeling pain."
- Tertullian
(Related: Feeling, Lies, Pain, Pleasure, Will)

"Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Business, Successful, Pleasure, Pursuit)

"That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Man)

"We are fans because the game also appeals to our local pride, our pleasure in thinking of ourselves as, yes, Americans but nonetheless different from residents of other towns, other states, other regions."
- John Thorn
(Related: Americans, Fans, Pleasure, Pride, states, Thinking)

"The function of intellect is to provide a means of modifying our reactions to the circumstances of life, so that we may secure pleasure, the symptom of welfare."
- Edward Thorndike
(Related: Life, Circumstances, Intellect, May, Pleasure, Welfare)

"I don't gamble, because winning a hundred dollars doesn't give me great pleasure. But losing a hundred dollars pisses me off."
- Alex Trebek
(Related: Winning, Losing, Pleasure)

"There is an element of autobiography in all fiction in that pain or distress, or pleasure, is based on the author's own. But in my case that is as far as it goes."
- William Trevor
(Related: Autobiography, Fiction, Pain, Pleasure)

"The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade."
- Anthony Trollope
(Related: Habit, Enjoyment, Reading)

"Book love... is your pass to the greatest, the purest, and the most perfect pleasure that God has prepared for His creatures."
- Anthony Trollope
(Related: God, Love, Pleasure)

"The British system denied any role for human creativity, and instead argued, that if man merely followed his hedonistic desires, pursuing pleasure and avoiding pain, objective laws would naturally guide society to achieve the best allocation of wealth."
- Robert Trout
(Related: Society, Creativity, Wealth, Laws, Man, Pain, Pleasure)

"From this bestial view that the human mind consists of only sense certainty, pleasure and pain, Locke developed an equally bestial theory of the nation. Man originally existed in a State of Nature of complete liberty."
- Robert Trout
(Related: Nature, Certainty, Liberty, Man, Mind, Nation, Pain, Pleasure, Sense, State, Theory)

"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
- Donald Trump
(Related: Work, Balance, Pleasure, Trying)

"A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth, a link between angels and men."
- Martin Farquhar Tupper
(Related: Men, Peace, Love, Angels, Earth, Innocence, Pleasure)

"Pain adds rest unto pleasure, and teaches the luxury of health."
- Martin Farquhar Tupper
(Related: Health, Luxury, Pain, Pleasure, Rest)

"In 2003, I had the pleasure of acting in three films."
- Janine Turner
(Related: Acting, Pleasure)

"The eruption of lived pleasure is such that in losing myself I find myself; forgetting that I exist, I realize myself."
- Raoul Vaneigem
(Related: Losing, Pleasure)

"The greatest pleasure when I started making money was not buying cars or yachts but finding myself able to have as many freshly typed drafts as possible."
- Gore Vidal
(Related: Money, Buying, Pleasure)

"The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding."
- Leonardo da Vinci
(Related: Joy, Pleasure, Understanding)

"Close friends contribute to our personal growth. They also contribute to our personal pleasure, making the music sound sweeter, the wine taste richer, the laughter ring louder because they are there."
- Judith Viorst
(Related: Music, Growth, Friends, Laughter, Personal growth, Pleasure, Sound, Taste, Wine)

"This self-love is the instrument of our preservation; it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind: it is necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it."
- Voltaire
(Related: Pleasure, Self)

"Illusion is the first of all pleasures."
- Voltaire
(Related: First, Illusion)

"Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity."
- Voltaire
(Related: God, Drinking, Eating, Necessity, Nothing, Pleasure)

"It is not known precisely where angels dwell whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode."
- Voltaire
(Related: God, Angels, Pleasure)

"Pleasure becomes a value, a teleological end in itself. It's probably more Western than U.S. per se."
- David Foster Wallace
(Related: End, Pleasure, Value)

"If I displayed this cup, I might look at it once or twice a week. By using it, I get pleasure from it continually."
- Lila Acheson Wallace
(Related: Pleasure)

"Alexander at the head of the world never tasted the true pleasure that boys of his own age have enjoyed at the head of a school."
- Horace Walpole
(Related: Age, Boys, Pleasure, School, World)

"But for Muslims, everything that they don't have on earth is what they get in heaven. They can drink, they can have sex. All of the forbidden pleasures on earth, you can have in paradise."
- Barbara Walters
(Related: Sex, Earth, Forbidden, Paradise, Heaven)

"I enjoy doing the research of nonfiction; that gives me some pleasure, being a detective again."
- Joseph Wambaugh
(Related: Being, Pleasure, Research)

"The vocabulary of pleasure depends on the imagery of pain."
- Marina Warner
(Related: Pain, Pleasure, Vocabulary)

"We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain."
- Alan Watts
(Related: Being, Pain, Pleasure)

"All this fuss about sleeping together. For physical pleasure I'd sooner go to my dentist any day."
- Evelyn Waugh
(Related: Day, Pleasure)

"A test of what is real is that it is hard and rough. Joys are found in it, not pleasure. What is pleasant belongs to dreams."
- Simone Weil
(Related: Dreams, Pleasure)

"Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well."
- Vivienne Westwood
(Related: Life, Fashion, Pleasure, Worth)

"I listened to Kelley's record with pleasure. Great to hear real music with respect for the righteous roots. Her singing is outstanding - no frills, down to the bone and intense."
- Jerry Wexler
(Related: Music, Pleasure, Respect, Singing)

"It's just such a pleasure to bring a talent you respect to the world."
- Tina Weymouth
(Related: Talent, Pleasure, Respect, World)

"Too oft is transient pleasure the source of long woes."
- Christoph Martin Wieland
(Related: Pleasure)

"Illusion is the first of all pleasures."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: First, Illusion)

"In the lexicon of the political class, the word "sacrifice" means that the citizens are supposed to mail even more of their income to Washington so that the political class will not have to sacrifice the pleasure of spending it."
- George Will
(Related: Sacrifice, Class, Income, Mail, Pleasure, Washington, Will, Word)

"It's such a pleasure to work in these movies, it's almost like it's not really happening."
- Fred Willard
(Related: Work, Movies, Pleasure)

"The chariot was purchased by a private collector who took it home to New York. I take pleasure in knowing that it was built to last for at least a thousand years."
- Kit Williams
(Related: Home, Pleasure, Years)

"If one could be friendly with women, what a pleasure - the relationship so secret and private compared with relations with men. Why not write about it truthfully?"
- Virginia Woolf
(Related: Men, Women, Pleasure)

"When men take pleasure in feeling their minds elevated with strong drink, and so indulge their appetite as to disorder their understandings, neglect their duty as members of a family or civil society, and cast off all regard to religion, their case is much to be pitied."
- John Woolman
(Related: Family, Men, Religion, Society, Appetite, Disorder, Duty, Feeling, Neglect, Pleasure)

"I knew I was going from the flock of Christ and had no resolution to return, hence serious reflections were uneasy to me, and youthful vanities and diversions were my greatest pleasure."
- John Woolman
(Related: Christ, Pleasure, Resolution)

"When from our better selves we have too long been parted by the hurrying world, and droop. Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired, how gracious, how benign in solitude."
- William Wordsworth
(Related: Business, Solitude, World)

"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet."
- Mary Wortley
(Related: Company, Entertainment, Loss, Pleasure, Reading, Regret, Variety, Want, Will)

"The pains of disconcerted or frustrated habits, and the inherent pleasure there is in following them, are motives which nature has put into our wills without generally caring to inform us why; and she sometimes decrees, indeed, that her reasons shall not be ours."
- Chauncey Wright
(Related: Nature, Caring, Habits, Motives, Pleasure)

"Go to your business, pleasure, whilst I go to my pleasure, business."
- William Wycherley
(Related: Business, Pleasure)

"Come, for my part I will have only those glorious, manly pleasures of being very drunk, and very slovenly."
- William Wycherley
(Related: Being, Will)

"Good fellowship and friendship are lasting, rational and manly pleasures."
- William Wycherley
(Related: Friendship)

"Next to the pleasure of finding a new mistress is that of being rid of an old one."
- William Wycherley
(Related: Being, Old, Pleasure)

"He who eats with most pleasure is he who least requires sauce."
- Xenophon
(Related: Pleasure)

"Don't get me wrong, I think bikes are terrific. I own several of my own, including a trendy mountain style, and ride them for pleasure and light exercise."
- Brock Yates
(Related: Exercise, Light, Pleasure, Style, Wrong)

"Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing."
- William Butler Yeats
(Related: Happiness, Growth, Virtue, Pleasure)

"To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations - such is a pleasure beyond compare."
- Kenko Yoshida
(Related: Men, Generations, Pleasure)

"I enjoyed playing around with that guy, and it was a pleasure every three, four years, coming back seeing how the wardrobe is. Is he heavy? Is he thin? I had fun."
- Burt Young
(Related: Fun, Pleasure, Years)

"A man of pleasure is a man of pains."
- Edward Young
(Related: Man, Pleasure)

"Just got back from a pleasure trip: I took my mother-in-law to the airport."
- Henny Youngman
(Related: Mother, Pleasure)

"They all hope I will go broke and I wouldn't like to cause them displeasure."
- Florenz Ziegfeld
(Related: Hope, Cause, Will)

"Put this restriction on your pleasures, be cautious that they injure no being that lives."
- John Zimmerman
(Related: Being)