Quotes About Pleasure


The great pleasure in life is doing what other people say you cannot do. -- Wlater Bagheot

Pleasure.—Would you judge of the lawfulness or unlawfulness of pleasures, take this rule:—Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the relish of spiritual things; in short, whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind, that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself.—Southey.

Let not the enjoyment of pleasures now within your grasp be carried to such excess as to incapacitate you from future repetition.—Seneca.

The inward pleasure of imparting pleasure—that is the choicest of all.—Hawthorne.

He who can at all times sacrifice pleasure to duty approaches sublimity.—Lavater.

The end of pleasure is to support the offices of life, to relieve the fatigues of business, to reward a regular action, and to encourage the continuance.—Jeremy Collier.

Choose such pleasures as recreate much and cost little.—Fuller.

The pleasures of the world are deceitful; they promise more than they give. They trouble us in seeking them, they do not satisfy us when possessing them, and they make us despair in losing them.—Madame de Lambert.


Pleasures lie thickest where no pleasures seem;
There's not a leaf that falls upon the ground
But holds some joy of silence or of sound,
Some sprite begotten of a summer dream.
_Hidden Joys_. L. BLANCHARD.

Pleasure admitted in undue degree
Enslaves the will, nor leaves the judgment free.
_Progress of Error_. W. COWPER.

Sure as night follows day,
Death treads in Pleasure's footsteps round the world,
When Pleasure treads the paths which Reason shuns.
_Night Thoughts, Night V_. DR. E. YOUNG.

To frown at pleasure, and to smile in pain.
_Night Thoughts, Night VIII_. DR. E. YOUNG.
A man of pleasure is a man of pains.
_Night Thoughts, Night V_. DR. E. YOUNG.

Who mixed reason with pleasure and wisdom with mirth.
_Retaliation_. O. GOLDSMITH.

Never to blend our pleasure or our pride
With sorrow of the meanest thing that feels.
_Resolution and Independence_. W. WORDSWORTH.

Reason's whole pleasure, all the joys of sense,
Lie in three words--health, peace, and competence.
_Essay on Man, Epistle IV_. A. POPE.


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