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  • Samuel Butler
    Samuel Butler
    English poet 1612-1680
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    For most men, and most circumstances, pleasure - tangible material prosperity in this world - is the safest test of virtue. Progress has ever been through the pleasures rather than through the extreme sharp virtues, and the most virtuous have leaned to excess rather than to asceticism.
  • Jeremy Bentham
    Jeremy Bentham
    English philosopher, jurist, and social reformer 1748-1832
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    The principle of asceticism never was, nor ever can be, consistently pursued by any living creature. Let but one tenth part of the inhabitants of the earth pursue it consistently, and in a day's time they will have turned it into a Hell.
  • Katherine Anne Porter
    Katherine Anne Porter
    American short-story writer 1890-1980
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    They had both noticed that a life of dissipation sometimes gave to a face the look of gaunt suffering spirituality that a life of asceticism was supposed to give and quite often did not.
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