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VOLUPTUOUSNESS
[ Also see Indulgence Lust Luxury Pleasure Sensuality ]

I had often heard Mentor say, that the voluptuous were never brave, and I now found by experience that it was true; for the Cyprians whose jollity had been so extravagant and tumultuous, now sunk under a sense of their danger and wept like women. I heard nothing but the screams of terror and the wailings of hopeless distress. Some lamented the loss of pleasures that were never to return; but none had presence of mind either to undertake or direct the navigation of the menaced vessel.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

Voluptuousness, like justice, is blind, but that is the only resemblance between them.
      - Blaise Pascal

What pleasure can those over-happy persons know, who, from their affluence and luxury, always eat before they are hungry and drink before they are thirsty?
      - Samuel Richardson

I had rather eleven died nobly for their country than one voluptuously surfeit out of action.
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus

The rich and luxurious may claim an exclusive right to those pleasures which are capable of being purchased by pelf, in which the mind has no enjoyment, and which only afford a temporary relief to languor by steeping the senses in forgetfulness; but in the precious pleasures of the intellect, so easily accessible by all mankind, the great have no exclusive privilege; for such enjoyments are only to be procured by our own industry.
      - Johann Georg von Zimmermann


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