Quotes: pleasures

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  • Sydney Smith
    Sydney Smith
    English writer and cleric 1771-1845
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    All this class of pleasures inspires me with the same nausea as I feel at the sight of rich plum-cake or sweetmeats; I prefer the driest bread of common life.
  • Francis Bacon
    Francis Bacon
    English philosopher and statesman 1561-1626
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    God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.


  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel Johnson
    English writer 1709-1784
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    Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords: but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain; and expectations improperly indulged must end in disappointment.
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel Johnson
    English writer 1709-1784
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    It is very strange, and very melancholy, that the paucity of human pleasures should persuade us ever to call hunting one of them.
  • Molière
    Molière
    French playwriter (ps. of J. B. Poquelin) 1622-1673
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    It's true Heaven forbids some pleasures, but a compromise can usually be found.
  • Madonna
    Madonna
    American musician, singer and actress 1958-
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    Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.
  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry David Thoreau
    American writer 1817-1862
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    That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.
  • Joseph Addison
    Joseph Addison
    English politician, writer and poet 1672-1719
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    The friendships of the world are oft confederacies in vice, or leagues of pleasures.
  • Joseph Addison
    Joseph Addison
    English politician, writer and poet 1672-1719
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    The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount.
  • George Gurdjieff
    George Gurdjieff
    Russian teacher and writer 1873-1949
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    A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering.
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
    Percy Bysshe Shelley
    English poet 1792-1822
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    A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own.
  • Jeremy Taylor
    Jeremy Taylor
    British churchman and writer 1613-1667
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    Adultery itself in its principle is many times nothing but a curious inquisition after, and envy of another man's enclosed pleasures: and there have been many who refused fairer objects that they might ravish an enclosed woman from her retirement and single possessor.
  • Marquis de Sade
    Marquis de Sade
    French nobleman, revolutionary politician, philosopher, and writer 1740-1814
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    Ah, Eugénie, have done with virtues! Among the sacrifices that can be made to those counterfeit divinities, is there one worth an instant of the pleasures one tastes in outraging them?
  • François Fénelon
    François Fénelon
    French Writer 1651-1715
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    All earthly delights are sweeter in expectation than in enjoyment; but all spiritual pleasures more in fruition than in expectation.
  • Sri Sarada Devi
    Sri Sarada Devi
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    As clouds are blown away by the wind, the thirst for material pleasures will be driven away by the utterance of the Lord's name.
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