Quotations about Pleasure

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

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

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

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

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

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

In everything satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures.  ~Cicero

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

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

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

Pleasure is the bait of sin.  ~Plato

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

No pleasure endures unseasoned by variety.  ~Publilius Syrus

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

The essence of pleasure is spontaneity.  ~Germaine Greer

Perhaps all pleasure is only relief.  ~William Burroughs

When will pleasure crash with regret? ~Terri Guillemets

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