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Pleasure Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Pleasure

Please enjoy these Pleasure Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Appreciate again and again, freshly and naively,
the basic goods of life, with awe,
pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy,
however stale these experiences may have become to others.
- Abraham Maslow

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A new friend is like new wine;
when it has aged you will drink it with pleasure.
- Ecclesiastes 9:10

It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness
of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
- Albert Einstein

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act
is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

 

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

Pleasure disappoints, possibility never
- Soren Kierkegaard

Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit
which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him.
- Henry David Thoreau

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There is no pleasure in having nothing to do;
the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it.
- Mary Wilson Little

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

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

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure
in doing good to another.
- Thomas Jefferson

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.
- The Buddha

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

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

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

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

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
- Leonardo da Vinci

When I eat with my friends, it is a moment of real pleasure,
when I really enjoy my life.
- Monica Bellucci

Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally,
in the end, pleasure.
- Mark Strand

Love ceases to be a pleasure when it ceases to be a secret.
- Aphra Behn

If I were to wish for anything,
I should not wish for wealth and power,
but for the passionate sense of potential -
for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.
Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
- Dale Carnegie

I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.
- Clarence Darrow

God made me fast.
And when I run, I feel His pleasure.
- Eric Liddell

There is more pleasure in loving than in being beloved.
- Thomas Fuller

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

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

Music produces a kind of pleasure
which human nature cannot do without.
- Confucius

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

Work is not man's punishment.
It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.
- George Sand

Just got back from a pleasure trip: I took my mother-in-law to the airport.
- Henny Youngman

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

There is some pleasure even in words,
when they bring forgetfulness of present miseries.
- Sophocles

Learn the duty as well as taste the pleasure of original work.
- Robert James Graves

Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue,
for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to
remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
- Tacitus

Pleasure is nothing else but the intermission of pain.
- John Selden

Work is both my living and my pleasure.
- Harlan Howard

Pleasure and freedom from pain, are the only things desirable as ends.
- John Stuart Mill

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

The vocabulary of pleasure depends on the imagery of pain.
- Marina Warner

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

The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being
moved by very beautiful things.
- Jean de la Bruyere

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

The real pleasure in writing this, for me,
was discovering how little you need.
- Jonathan Franzen

Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure;
men love in haste but they detest at leisure.
- George Byron

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

It is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
- Tacitus

Scientific understanding is often beautiful,
a profoundly aesthetic experience which gives pleasure
not unlike the reading of a great poem.
- Paul Nurse

Business is always interfering with pleasure -
but it makes other pleasures possible.
- William Feather

Man is not constituted to take pleasure in the same things always.
- Sophocles

The greatest battle of all is simply... Life.
This is no child's game. This is the big one -
the Super Bowl - the Game of all games.
The rules of Life are unwritten and unknown.
Perhaps, one could say that there are no rules.
The Judge has ultimate power.
She can call the game at any time - for any reason.
The penalties in the Game are completely arbitrary -
in both timing and severity.
Penalty for what, we ask?
The Judge is silent.
How can I win the Game?
"You can never win," comes the answer,
"So just take pleasure in playing the Game."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To a man of pleasure every moment appears to be lost,
which partakes not of the vivacity of amusement.
- Joseph Addison

Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure.
Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader.
- Joseph Joubert

Grief walks upon the heels of pleasure;
married in haste,
we repent at leisure.
- William Congreve

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

The bourgeois prefers comfort to pleasure,
convenience to liberty, and a pleasant temperature
to the deathly inner consuming fire.
- Hermann Hesse

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

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

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

In love, as in gluttony, pleasure is a matter of the utmost precision.
- Italo Calvino

Book love...
is your pass to the greatest, the purest,
and the most perfect pleasure that God has prepared for His creatures.
- Anthony Trollope

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

If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure,
stop trying to balance them.
Instead make your work more pleasurable.
- Donald Trump

The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action
by stealth and have it found out by accident.
- Charles Lamb

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

It is not sex that gives the pleasure,
but the lover.
- Marge Piercy

A man of pleasure is a man of pains.
- Edward Young

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about,
but the inner music that words make.
- Truman Capote

For Pleasure, Delight, Peace and Felicity live in method and temperance.
- Margaret Cavendish

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

I'm tired of love; I'm still more tired of rhyme;
but money gives me pleasure all the time.
- Hilaire Belloc


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