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PLEASURE
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[ Also see Amusements Bliss Cheerfulness Comfort Contentment Delight Enjoyment Festivities Fun Happiness Indulgence Joy Laughter Luxury Merriment Pain Pleasing Recreation Smiles Voluptuousness ]

In everything satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures.
  [Lat., Omnibus in rebus voluptatibus maximis fastidium finitimum est.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Oratore (III, 25)

Pleasure blinds (so to speak) the eyes of the mind, and has no fellowship with virtue.
  [Lat., Voluptas mentis (ut ita dicam) praestringit oculos, nec habet ullum cum virtute commercium.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Senectute (XII)

Plato divinely calls pleasure the bait of evil, inasmuch as men are caught by it as fish by a hook.
  [Lat., Divine Plato escam malorum appeliat voluptatem, quod ea videlicet homines capiantur, ut pisces hamo.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Senectute (XIII, 44)

Pleasures of the mind have this advantage,--they never cloy nor wear themselves out, but increase by employment.
      - Frances P. Cobbe

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

Mental pleasures never cloy; unlike those of the body, they are increased by repetition, approved of by reflection, and strengthened by enjoyment.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Pain may be said to follow pleasure as its shadow.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The seeds of repentance are sown in youth by pleasure, but the harvest is reaped in age by pain.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Who pleases one against his will.
      - William Congreve,
        The Way of the World--Epilogue

That, though on pleasure she was bent,
  She had a frugal mind.
      - William Cowper, History of John Gilpin
         (st. 8)

Pleasure admitted in undue degree
  Enslaves the will, nor leaves the judgment free.
      - William Cowper, Progress of Error (l. 267)

Pleasure never comes sincere to man; but lent by heaven upon hard usury.
      - John Dryden

Rich the treasure,
  Sweet the pleasure,
    Sweet is pleasure after pain.
      - John Dryden, Alexander's Feast (l. 58)

Pleasure's couch is virtue's grave.
      - Augustine Joseph Hickey Duganne

When the idea of any pleasure strikes your imagination, make a just computation between the duration of the pleasure and that of the repentance that is likely to follow it.
      - Epictetus

The shortest pleasures are the sweetest.
      - George Farquhar

Pleasures can undo a man at any time, if yielded to.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

Choose such pleasures as recreate much and cost little.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Take life too seriously, and what is it worth? If the morning wake us to no new joys, if the evening bring us not the hope of new pleasure, is it worthwhile to dress and undress?
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Relaxation is a physical and moral necessity. Animals, even to the simplest and dullest, have their games, their sports, their diversions. The toil-worn artisan, stooping and straining over his daily task, which taxes eye and brain and limb, ought to have opportunity and means for an hour or two of relaxation after that task is concluded.
      - Horace Greeley

There is no pleasure without a tincture of bitterness.
      - Mohammed Shems-ed-Deen Hafiz (pseudonym of Shams-Ed-Dinmuhammad)

I walked a mile with Pleasure,
  She chattered all the way;
    But left me none the wiser,
      For all she had to say.
        I walked a mile with Sorrow
          And ne'er a word said she;
            But, oh, the things I learned from her
              When Sorrow walked with me!
      - Robert Browning Hamilton, Along the Road

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

The amiable is the voluptuous in expression or manner. The sense of pleasure in ourselves is that which excites it in others; or, the art of pleasing is to seem pleased.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Men may scoff, and men may pray,
  But they pay
    Every pleasure with a pain.
      - William Ernest Henley, Ballade of Truisms


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