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Would you judge of the lawfulness or unlawfulness of pleasures, take this rule:--Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the relish of spiritual things; in short, whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind, that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself.
      - Robert Southey

And painefull pleasure turnes to pleasing paine.
      - Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
         (bk. III, canto X, st. 60)

Pleasure makes our youth inglorious, our age shameful.
      - Sir Richard Steele

Pleasure seizes the whole man who addicts himself to it, and will not give him leisure for any good office in life which contradicts the gayety of the present hour.
      - Sir Richard Steele

Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other.
      - Laurence Sterne

All fits of pleasure are balanced by an equal degree of pain or languor; it is like spending this year part of the next year's revenues.
      - Jonathan Swift

Do not care how many, but whom, you please.
  [Lat., Non quam multis placeas, sed qualibus stude.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Things forbidden have a secret charm.
  [Lat., Praevalent illicita.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (XIII, 1)

Please is frail like a dewdrop, while it laughs it dies. But sorrow is strong and abiding. Let sorrowful love wake in your eyes.
      - Rabindranath Tagore, Gardener (27)

Mistake not. Those pleasures are not pleasures that trouble the quiet and tranquillity of thy life.
      - Jeremy Taylor

I built my soul a lordly pleasure-house,
  Wherein at ease for aye to dwell.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, The Palace of Art
         (st. 1)

I hold this to be the rule of life, "Too much of anything is bad."
  Lat., Nam id arbitror
    Adprime in vita esse utile un ne quid nimis.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Andria
         (I, 1, 33)

They who are pleased themselves must always please.
      - James Thomson (1), The Castle of Insolence
         (canto I, st. 15)

I should rejoice if my pleasures were as pleasing to God as they are to myself.
      - Marguerite de Valois

His own especial pleasure attracts each one.
  [Lat., Trahit sua quemque voluptas.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        Eclogoe (II, 65)

Great pleasures are serious.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Pleasure has its time; so too has wisdom. Make love in thy youth, and in old age attend to thy salvation.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

All the human race, from China to Peru, pleasure, howev'r disguised by art, pursue.
      - Thomas Warton, the Younger

He that would have the perfection of pleasure must be moderate in the use of it.
      - Benjamin Whichcote (Whitchcote)

Too oft is transient pleasure the source of long woes.
  [Ger., Zu oft ist kurze Lust die Quelle langer Schmerzen!]
      - Christoph Martin Wieland, Oberon (II, 52)

Simple pleasures are always the last refuge of the complex.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Where solid pains succeed our senseless joys, and short-lived pleasures pass like fleeting dreams.
      - John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

Death treads in pleasure's footsteps round the world,
  When pleasure treads the paths which reason shuns.
      - Edward Young

Sure as night follows day,
  Death treads in Pleasure's footsteps round the world,
    When pleasure treads the paths which Reason shuns.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night V, l. 863)

To frown at pleasure, and to smile in pain.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night VIII, l. 1,045)

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