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SENSUALITY
[ Also see Luxury Voluptuousness ]

Sensuality is the death of the soul.
      - Honore de Balzac

Though selfishness hath defiled the whole man, yet sensual pleasure is the chief part of its interest, and therefore by the senses it commonly works, and these are the doors and the windows by which iniquity entereth into the soul.
      - Richard Baxter

The body of a sensualist is the coffin of a dead soul.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

A youth of sensuality and intemperance delivers over a worn-out body to old age.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

If sensuality be our only happiness we ought to envy the brutes, for instinct is a surer, shorter, safer guide to such happiness than reason.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Sordid and infamous sensuality, the most dreadful evil that issued from the box of Pandora, corrupts every heart, and eradicates every virtue. Fly! wherefore dost thou linger? Fly, cast not one look behind thee; nor let even thy thought return to the accursed evil for a moment.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

Sensuality not only debases both body and mind, but dulls the keen edge of pleasure.
      - Henry Fielding

The profoundest of all sensualities is the sense of truth and the next deepest sensual experience is the sense of justice.
      - David Herbert Lawrence

Those wretches who never have experienced the sweets of wisdom and virtue, but spend all their time in revels and debauches, sink downward day after day, and make their whole life one continued series of errors.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

For, in the language of Heraclitus, the virtuous soul is pure and unmixed light, springing from the body as a flash of lightning darts from the cloud. But the soul that is carnal and immersed in sense, like a heavy and dank vapor, can with difficulty be kindled, and caused to raise its eyes heavenward.
      - Plutarch

When the cup of any sensual pleasure is drained to the bottom, there is always poison in the dregs. Anacreon himself declares that "the flowers swim at the top of the bowl!"
      - Jane Porter

If sensuality were happiness, beasts were happier than men; but human felicity is lodged in the soul, not in the flesh.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Ingrateful man with liquorish draughts, and morsels unctuous, greases his pure mind that from it all consideration slips.
      - William Shakespeare

If any sensual weakness arise, we are to yield all our sound forces to the overthrowing of so unnatural a rebellion; wherein how can we want courage, since we are to deal against so feeble an adversary, that in itself is nothing but weakness? Nay, we are to resolve that if reason direct it, we must do it, and if we must do it, we will do it; for to say "I cannot" is childish, and "I will not" is womanish.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Sin is the mother, and shame the daughter of lewdness.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

I have read of a glass kept in an idol temple in Smyrna that would make beautiful things appear deformed, and deformed things appear beautiful; carnal sense is such a glass to wicked men, it makes heavenly things which are beautiful to appear deformed, and earthly things which are deformed to appear beautiful.
      - Ralph Venning


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