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Pleasure quotes
Pleasure
To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.

- Gandhi
Petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of reality.

- Henry David Thoreau
Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.

- Johnson, Samuel
The final moment of success is often no more thrilling than taking off a heavy backpack at the end of a long hike. If you went on the hike only to feel that pleasure, you are a fool. Yet people sometimes do just this. They work hard at a task and expect some special euphoria at the end. But when they achieve success and find only moderate and short-lived pleasure, they ask is that all there is? They devalue their accomplishments as a striving after wind. We can call this the progress principle: Pleasure comes more from making progress toward goals than from achieving them.

- Jonathan Haidt
The best way to realize the pleasure of feeling rich is to live in a smaller house than your means would entitle you to have.

- Edward Clarke
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.

- Canetti, Elias
The people who are regarded as moral luminaries are those who forego ordinary pleasures themselves and find compensation in interfering with the pleasures of others.

- Bertrand Russell
Work is often the father of pleasure.

- Voltaire
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.

- Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De
To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure.

- Balzac, Honore De
Romanticism is the art of presenting people with the literary works which are capable of affording them the greatest possible pleasure, in the present state of their customs and beliefs. Classicism, on the other hand, presents them with the literature that gave the greatest possible pleasure to their great-grandfathers.

- Stendhal
When the senses contact sense objects, a person experiences cold or heat, pleasure or pain. These experiences are fleeting they come and go. Bear them patiently.

- Bhagavad Gita
What torments my soul is its loneliness. The more it expands among friends and the daily habits or pleasures, the more, it seems to me, it flees me and retires into its fortress. The poet who lives in solitude, but who produces much, is the one who enjoys those treasures we bear in our bosom, but which forsake us when we give ourselves to others. When one yields oneself completely to one's soul, it opens itself to one, and then it is that the capricious thing allows one the greatest of good fortunes... that of sympathizing with others, of studying itself, of painting itself constantly in its works.

- Delacroix, Eugene
Fortune can, for her pleasure, fools advance, And toss them on the wheels of Chance.

- Juvenal
For pleasures past I do not grieve, nor perils gathering near; My greatest grief is that I leave nothing that claims a tear.

- Byron, Lord
Propaganda makes up our minds for us, but in such a way that it leaves us the sense of pride and satisfaction of men who have made up their own minds. And in the last analysis, propaganda achieves this effect because we want it to. This is one of the few real pleasures left to modern man: this illusion that he is thinking for himself when, in fact, someone else is doing his thinking for him.

- Thomas Merton
Forced from home, and all its pleasures, afric coast I left forlorn; to increase a stranger's treasures, o the raging billows borne. Men from England bought and sold me, paid my price in paltry gold; but, though theirs they have enroll'd me, minds are never to be sold.

- Cowper, William
ABSTAINER, n. A weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure. A total abstainer is one who abstains from everything but abstention, and especially from inactivity in the affairs of others. Said a man to a crapulent youth: "I thought You a total abstainer, my son." "So I am, so I am," said the scrapgrace caught -- "But not, sir, a bigoted one." G.J.

- Ambrose Bierce
Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.

- William Shakespeare
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.

- Channing, William Ellery



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