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Pleasure's the only noble end
  To which all human powers should tend;
    And virtue gives her heavenly lore,
      But to make pleasure please us more!
        Wisdom and she were both design'd
          To make the senses more refined,
            That man might revel free from cloying,
              Then most a sage, when most enjoying!
      - Thomas Moore

Take all the pleasures of all the spheres,
  And multiply each through endless years,
    One minute of Heaven is worth them all.
      - Thomas Moore,
        Lalla Rookh--Paradise and the Peri

The roses of pleasure seldom last long enough to adorn the brow of him who plucks them; for they are the only roses which do not retain their sweetness after they have lost their beauty.
      - Hannah More,
        Essays on Various Subjects--On Dissipation

God made all pleasures innocent.
      - Lady Caroline Sheridan Norton (Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton),
        Lady of La Garaye (pt. I)

There is no small pleasure in pure water.
  [Lat., Est in aqua dulci non invidiosa voluptas.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

There is no such thing as pure, unalloyed pleasure; some bitter ever mingles with the sweet.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

What is lawful is undesirable; what is unlawful is very attractive.
  [Lat., Quod licet est ingratum quod non licet acrius urit.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Amorum
         (II, 19, 3)

Alluring pleasure is said to have softened the savage dispositions (of early mankind).
  [Lat., Blanda truces animos fertur mollisse voluptas.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (bk. II, 477)

No one possesses unalloyed pleasure; there is some anxiety mingled with the joy.
  [Lat., Usque adeo nulli sincera voluptas,
    Solicitique aliquid laetis intervenit.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
         (VII, 453)

Pleasure limps for him. who enjoys it alone.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

We tire of those pleasures we take, but never of those we give.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

A fool to pleasure, yet a slave to fame.
      - Alexander Pope

Pleasure, or wrong or rightly understood,
  Our greatest evil, or our greatest good.
      - Alexander Pope

Pleasures are ever in our hands or eyes;
  And when in act they cease, in prospect rise.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. II, l. 123)

Reason's whole pleasure, all the joys of sense,
  Lie in three words,--health, peace, and competence.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. IV, l. 79)

The little pleasure of the game
  Is from afar to view the flight.
      - Matthew Prior, To the Hon. C. Montague

Let us enjoy pleasure while we can; pleasure is never long enough.
  [Lat., Dum licet inter nos igitue laetemur amantes;
    Non satis est ullo tempore longus amor.]
      - Sextus Aurelius Propertius, Elegioe
         (I, 19, 25)

Forbidden pleasures alone are loved immoderately; when lawful, they do not excite desire.
  [Lat., Diliguntur immodice sola quae non licent; . . . non nutrit ardorem concupiscendi, ubi frui licet.]
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus),
        Declamationes (XIV, 18)

Satiety is a neighbor to continued pleasures.
  [Lat., Continuis voluptatibus vicina satietas.]
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus),
        Declamationes (XXX, 6)

The highest, most varied and lasting pleasures are those of the mind.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer

Spangling the wave with lights as vain
  As pleasures in this vale of pain,
    That dazzle as they fade.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lord of the Isles
         (canto I, st. 23)

Let not the enjoyment of pleasures now within your grasp be carried to such excess as to incapacitate you from future repetition.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

But to confound such time
  That drums him from his sport and speaks as loud
    As his own state and ours, 'tis to be chid
      As we rate boys who, being mature in knowledge,
        Pawn their experience to the present pleasure
          And so rebel to judgment.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Caesar at I, iv)

It is a characteristic of pleasure that we can never recognize it to be pleasure till after it is gone.
      - Alexander Smith

Pleasure has no logic; it never treads in its own footsteps.
      - Alexander Smith

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