Pleasure is continually disappointed, reduced, deflated, in favor of strong, noble values: Truth, Death, Progress, Struggle, Joy, etc. Its victorious rival is Desire: we are always being told about Desire, never about Pleasure.
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
No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures
People seem to enjoy things more when they know a lot of other people have been left out of the pleasure.
Love ceases to be a pleasure when it ceases to be a secret.
The average man does not get pleasure out of an idea because he thinks it is true; he thinks it is true because he gets pleasure out of it.
Simple pleasures are always the last refuge of the complex
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
Pleasure is often spoiled by describing it.
Pleasure of love lasts but a moment, pain of love lasts a lifetime.
I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.
The greatest pleasure when I started making money was not buying cars or yachts but finding myself able to have as many freshly typed drafts as possible.
Better be alone than in bad company
One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
The arts are not just instantaneous pleasure - if you don't like it, the artist is wrong. I belong to the generation which says if you don't like it, you don't understand and you ought to find out.
To refrain from unlawful and impious source of pleasures is an ornament to the poor and to be thankful for the riches granted is the adornment of wealth.
Recommended prayers cannot attain the pleasures of God for you when obligatory prayers are left unattended.
Three things take the slave to God's pleasure: 1) Increase in seeking forgiveness 2) Gentleness 3) Increased charity giving
Happiness, whether consisting in pleasure or virtue, or both, is more often found with those who are highly cultivated in their minds and in their character, and have only a moderate share of external goods, than among those who possess external goods to a useless extent but are deficient in higher qualities.
Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures.
I'd rather be mad than feel pleasure.
If you have a love for the game of cricket, whether you are a player, an ex-player or simply an onlooker, many will be the pleasures in your life.
Necessity brings him here, not pleasure.
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