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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 ]

If you always do what interest you, then at least one person is pleased.
      - Katharine Hepburn

Follow pleasure, and then will pleasure flee,
  Flee pleasure, and pleasure will follow thee.
      - John Heywood, Proverbs (pt. I, ch. X)

Pleasure is far sweeter as a recreation than a business.
      - Roswell Dwight Hitchcock

Let the fictitious sources of pleasure be as near as possible to the true.
  [Lat., Ficta voluptatis causa sint proxima veris.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Ars Poetica (338)

I live and reign since I have abandoned those pleasures which you by your praises extol to the skies.
  [Lat., Vivo et regno, simul ista reliqui
    Quae vos ad coelum effertis rumore secundo.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 10, 8)

Despise pleasure; pleasure bought by pain in injurious.
  [Lat., Sperne voluptates; nocet empta dolora voluptas.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 2, 55)

Great pleasures are much less frequent than great pains.
      - David Hume

I do not agree that an age of pleasure is no compensation for a moment of pain.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Men seldom give pleasure when they are not pleased themselves.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought; our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Pleasure itself is not a vice.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The public pleasures of far the greater part of mankind are counterfeit.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

I fly from pleasure, because pleasure has ceased to please: I am lonely because I am miserable.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Rasselas (ch. III)

Pleasure the servant, Virtue looking on.
      - Ben Jonson, Pleasure Reconciled to Virtue

Rare indulgence produces greater pleasure.
  [Lat., Voluptates commendat rarior usus.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (XI, 208)

The most delicate, the most sensible, of all pleasures consists in promoting the pleasures of others.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

The pleasures of the world are deceitful; they promise more than they give. They trouble us in seeking them, they do not satisfy us when possessing them, and they make us despair in losing them.
      - Madame Anne Therese de Lambert

He who can at all times sacrifice pleasure to duty approaches sublimity.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

He who seeks to imbitter innocent pleasure has a cancer in his heart.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

From the midst of the fountains of pleasures there rises something of bitterness which torments us amid the very flowers.
  [Lat., Medio de fonte leporum
    Surgit amari aliquid, quod in ipsis floribus angat.]
      - Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus),
        De Rerum Natura (bk. IV, 11, 26)

Ah, no! the conquest was obtained with ease;
  He pleased you not by studying to please.
      - Lord George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton ("The Good Lord Lyttelton"),
        Progress of Love (3)

There is a pleasure which is born of pain.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        The Wanderer (bk. I, prologue, pt. I)

All pleasures are commendable that do not culminate in regret.
      - Mme. Francoise d'Aubigne de Maintenon

Most pleasures embrace us but to strangle.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Pleasure itself is painful at the bottom.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne


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