No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage-ground of truth.
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel must be intolerably stupid
Surprizes are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.
One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
For pain is perhaps but a violent pleasure? Who could determine the point where pleasure becomes pain, where pain is still a pleasure? Is not the utmost brightness of the ideal world soothing to us, while the lightest shadows of the physical world annoy?
To kill a relative of whom you are tired, is something; but to inherit his property afterwards that is a real pleasure!
Selfish men make the best lovers. They're prepared to invest in the women's pleasures so that they can collect an even bigger dividend for themselves.
God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed it is the purest of human pleasures.
A good, skillful worker is one who does not consider the reward, but enjoys his work. If, for example, a skillful tailor knows that the clothing fits its owner at every point, it gives him pleasure, more than the money he receives.
What is intoxicating about bad taste is the aristocratic pleasure of offensiveness.
To love intelligent women is the pleasure of a pederast.
There is no sweeter pleasure than to surprise a man by giving him more than he hopes for.
What a difference is there between a deed whose pleasure passes away leaving behind it the pangs of pain and punishment and the deed whose oppressive harshness comes to an end leaving behind Divine rewards !
A story gives delight to read Though it be fabulous indeed. Then should a story that is true, And told in skilful manner too, Give pleasure that is full twofold. The first is in the tale as told; The second is to know full well That all is true the tale may tell.
Who mourns makes grief his master. Who drinks makes pleasure his master.
The sophist sneers: Fool, take Thy pleasure, right or wrong! The pious wail: Forsake A world these sophists throng! Be neither saint nor sophist-led, but be a man.
Everything that gives pleasure has its reason. To scorn the mobs of those who go astray is not the means to bring them around.
Love ceases to be a pleasure when it ceases to be a secret.
Variety is the soul of pleasure.
It can never be wrong to give pleasure.
I'm tired of Love; I'm still more tired of Rhyme. But money gives me pleasure all the time.
Judges of elegance and taste consider themselves as benefactors to the human race, whilst they are really only the interrupters of their pleasure ... There is no taste which deserves the epithet good, unless it be the taste for such employments which, to the pleasure actually produced by them, conjoin some contingent or future utility: there is no taste which deserves to be characterized as bad, unless it be a taste for some occupation which has mischievous tendency.
To what shall the character of utility be ascribed, if not to that which is a source of pleasure?
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