Pleasure Quotes


I'm in love with you," he said quietly.
"Augustus," I said.
"I am," he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. "I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you.

Doomed    Inevitable    Love    Oblivion    Pleasure    Simple

If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

Activism    Humor    Life    Pleasure

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.

Bibliotherapy    Books    Escape    Good habits    Life    Pleasure    Reading    Refuge

Face your life, its pain, its pleasure, leave no path untaken.

Choice    Life    Pain    Pleasure

You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.

Sleep my little baby-oh
Sleep until you waken
When you wake you'll see the world
If I'm not mistaken...
Kiss a lover
Dance a measure,
Find your name
And buried treasure...
Face your life
Its pain,
Its pleasure,
Leave no path untaken.

Awakening    Choice    Dance    Identity    Individuality    Life    Love    Name    Pain    Pleasure    Sleep    Treasure

If I didn't care for fun and such,
I'd probably amount to much.
But I shall stay the way I am,
Because I do not give a damn.

Enough Rope

Dorothy Parker or Irma Rombauer

Enough Rope
Apathy    Fame    Pleasure

So she thoroughly taught him that one cannot take pleasure without giving pleasure, and that every gesture, every caress, every touch, every glance, every last bit of the body has its secret, which brings happiness to the person who knows how to wake it. She taught him that after a celebration of love the lovers should not part without admiring each other, without being conquered or having conquered, so that neither is bleak or glutted or has the bad feeling of being used or misused.

Siddhartha

Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha
Love    Making love    Pleasure    Respect    Sensuality    Sex    Touch

Melancholy is the happiness of being sad.

Melancholy    Pleasure    Sad    Sorrow

My God, a moment of bliss. Why, isn't that enough for a whole lifetime?

دكتور جيفاكو

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

دكتور جيفاكو

Kiss a lover,
Dance a measure,
Find your name
And buried treasure.
Face your life,
It's pain,
It's pleasure,
Leave no path untaken.

Choice    Dancing    Life    Love    Name    Neil gaiman    Pain    Personality    Pleasure    The graveyard book    Treasure

...when pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure.

Life    Memory    Pain    Pleasure

I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.

People go on marrying because they can't resist natural forces, although many of them may know perfectly well that they are possibly buying a month's pleasure with a life's discomfort.

Many of us pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that we hurry past it.

So sweet and delicious do I become,
when I am in bed with a man
who, I sense, loves and enjoys me,
that the pleasure I bring excels all delight,
so the knot of love, however tight
it seemed before, is tied tighter still.

Courtesan    Erotic    Pleasure    Poetry    Sex

I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.

Laughter is more than just a pleasurable activity...When people laugh together, they tend to talk and touch more and to make eye contact more frequently.

Every moment has its pleasures and its hope.

Mansfield Park

Jane Austen

Mansfield Park
Hope    Pleasure    Time

I find I am much prouder of the victory I obtain over myself, when, in the very ardor of dispute, I make myself submit to my adversary’s force of reason, than I am pleased with the victory I obtain over him through his weakness.

Les Essais

Michel de Montaigne

Les Essais
Adversary    Ardor    Argument    Changed mind    Dispute    Force    Open mind    Pleasure    Pride    Reason    Victory    Weakness

He that loves pleasure must for pleasure fall.

Americans have an inability to relax into sheer pleasure.Ours is an entertainment seeking-nation, but not necessarily a pleasure-seeking one....This is the cause of that great sad American stereotype- the overstressed executive who goes on vacation, but who cannot relax.

I set out to discover the why of it, and to transform my pleasure into knowledge.

Nothing is pleasanter to me than exploring in a library.

Pericles and Aspasia

Walter Savage Landor

Pericles and Aspasia

When you have wit of your own, it's a pleasure to credit other people for theirs.

I've wanted to feel pleasure to the point of insanity. They call it getting high, because it's wanting to know that higher level, that godlike level. You want to touch the heavens, you want to feel glory and euphoria, but the trick is it takes work. You can't buy it, you can't get it on a street corner, you can't steal it or inject it or shove it up your ass, you have to earn it.

Scar Tissue

Anthony Kiedis

Scar Tissue

I was surrounded by friends, my work was immense, and pleasures were abundant. Life, now, was unfolding before me, constantly and visibly, like the flowers of summer that drop fanlike petals on eternal soil. Overall, I was happiest to be alone; for it was then I was most aware of what I possessed. Free to look out over the rooftops of the city. Happy to be alone in the company of friends, the company of lovers and strangers. Everything, I decided, in this life, was pure pleasure.

Abundance    Alone    Aloneness    Company    Flowers    Friends    Joy    Life    Pleasure    Pleasures    Possessions    Roman payne    Solitude    Summer

We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure,
but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have
the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless
furnace of this world. To make injustice the only
measure of our attention is to praise the Devil.

Delight    Devil    Enjoyment    Gladness    Injustice    Pain    Pleasure    Stubbornness

And yet it takes only the smallest pleasure or pain to teach us time’s malleability.

Pain    Pleasure    Time

And yet it takes only the smallest pleasure or pain to teach us times malleability.

Pain    Pleasure    Time

My name, I whispered in her ear, and she shivered with pleasure. Say my name again. Not in anger, or disgust, but as you did just now. As if I am the only man in the world who can satisfy you.
~Liam C.

Ruthless People

J.J. McAvoy

Ruthless People

If the portraits of our absent friends are pleasant to us, which renew our memory of them and relieve our regret for their absence by a false and empty consolation, how much more pleasant are letters which bring us the written characters of the absent friend.

Absence    Company    Consolation    Friends    Friendship    Images    Letters    Longing    Memories    Missing    Pictures    Pleasure    Portraits    Regret

In the midst of happiness or despair
in sorrow or in joy
in pleasure or in pain:
Do what is right and you will be at peace.

Despair    Happiness    Joy    Pain    Peace    Personality    Pleasure    Right    Sorrow

Close your eyes and turn your face into the wind.
Feel it sweep along your skin in an invisible ocean of exultation.
Suddenly, you
know
you are
alive
.

Air    Alive    Breeze    Crisp    Drunk    Drunken    Exultation    Feeling    Feeling alive    Freedom    Fresh    Freshness    Headiness    Heady    Invigorating    Life    Pleasure    Sensation    Uplifted    Uplifting    Vigor    Wind    Windy

The world looks like something God had just imaged for his own pleasure, doesn't it?

Anne of Green Gables

L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables

He went to the church, and walked about the streets, and watched the people hurrying to and for, and patted the children on the head, and questioned beggars, and looked down into the kitchens of homes, and up to the windows, and found that everything could yield him pleasure. He had never dreamed of any walk, that anything, could give him so much happiness. (p. 119)

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol

If you have done something meritorious, you experience pleasure and happiness; if wrong things, suffering. A happy or unhappy life is your own creation. Nobody else is responsible. If you remember this, you won’t find fault with anybody. You are your own best friend as well as your worst enemy. (99)

Consider the capacity of the human body for pleasure. Sometimes, it is pleasant to eat, to drink, to see, to touch, to smell, to hear, to make love. The mouth. The eyes. The fingertips, The nose. The ears. The genitals. Our voluptific faculties (if you will forgive me the coinage) are not exclusively concentrated here. The whole body is susceptible to pleasure, but in places there are wells from which it may be drawn up in greater quantity. But not inexhaustibly. How long is it possible to know pleasure? Rich Romans ate to satiety, and then purged their overburdened bellies and ate again. But they could not eat for ever. A rose is sweet, but the nose becomes habituated to its scent. And what of the most intense pleasures, the personality-annihilating ecstasies of sex? I am no longer a young man; even if I chose to discard my celibacy I would surely have lost my stamina, re-erecting in half-hours where once it was minutes. And yet if youth were restored to me fully, and I engaged again in what was once my greatest delight – to be fellated at stool by nymphet with mouth still blood-heavy from the necessary precautions – what then? What if my supply of anodontic premenstruals were never-ending, what then? Surely, in time, I should sicken of it.
Even if I were a woman, and could string orgasm on orgasm like beads on a necklace, in time I should sicken of it. Do you think Messalina, in that competition of hers with a courtesan, knew pleasure as much on the first occasion as the last? Impossible.
Yet consider.
Consider pain.
Give me a cubic centimeter of your flesh and I could give you pain that would swallow you as the ocean swallows a grain of salt. And you would always be ripe for it, from before the time of your birth to the moment of your death, we are always in season for the embrace of pain. To experience pain requires no intelligence, no maturity, no wisdom, no slow working of the hormones in the moist midnight of our innards. We are always ripe for it. All life is ripe for it. Always.

But there must be some pleasure in condemning everything--in perceiving faults where others think they see beauties.'
'You mean there is pleasure in having no pleasure.

A child's reading is guided by pleasure, but his pleasure is undifferentiated; he cannot distinguish, for example, between aesthetic pleasure and the pleasures of learning or daydreaming. In adolescence we realize that there are different kinds of pleasure, some of which cannot be enjoyed simultaneously, but we need help from others in defining them. Whether it be a matter of taste in food or taste in literature, the adolescent looks for a mentor in whose authority he can believe. He eats or reads what his mentor recommends and, inevitably, there are occasions when he has to deceive himself a little; he has to pretend that he enjoys olives or War and Peace a little more than he actually does. Between the ages of twenty and forty we are engaged in the process of discovering who we are, which involves learning the difference between accidental limitations which it is our duty to outgrow and the necessary limitations of our nature beyond which we cannot trespass with impunity. Few of us can learn this without making mistakes, without trying to become a little more of a universal man than we are permitted to be. It is during this period that a writer can most easily be led astray by another writer or by some ideology. When someone between twenty and forty says, apropos of a work of art, 'I know what I like,'he is really saying 'I have no taste of my own but accept the taste of my cultural milieu', because, between twenty and forty, the surest sign that a man has a genuine taste of his own is that he is uncertain of it. After forty, if we have not lost our authentic selves altogether, pleasure can again become what it was when we were children, the proper guide to what we should read.

The Dyer's Hand

W.H. Auden

The Dyer's Hand
Growth    Guidance    Pleasure    Reading    Taste

You have a hierarchy of values; pleasure is at the bottom of the ladder, and you speak with a little thrill of self-satisfaction, of duty, charity, and truthfulness. You think pleasure is only of the senses; the wretched slaves who manufactured your morality despised a satisfaction which they had small means of enjoying. You would not be so frightened if I had spoken of happiness instead of pleasure: it sounds less shocking, and your mind wonders from the sty of Epicurus to his garden. But I will speak of pleasure, for I see that men aim at that, and I do not know that they aim at happiness. It is pleasure that lurks in the practice of every one of your virtues. Man performs actions because they are good for him, and when they are good for other people as well they are thought virtuous: if he finds pleasure in giving alms he is charitable; if he finds pleasure in helping others he is benevolent; if he finds pleasure in working for society he is public-spirited; but it is for your private pleasure that you give twopence to a beggar as much as it is for my private pleasure that I drink another whiskey and soda. I, less of a humbug than you, neither applaud myself for my pleasure nor demand your admiration.

Of Human Bondage

W. Somerset Maugham

Of Human Bondage

The sweetest pleasures are those which are hardest to be won.

‎Pleasure is wild and sweet. She likes purple flowers. She loves the sun and the wind and the night sky. She carries a silver bowl full of liquid moonlight. She has a cat named Midnight with stars on his paws. Many people mistrust Pleasure, and even more misunderstand her. For a long time I could barely stand to be in ...the same room with her...

The pleasure of living and the pleasure of the orgasm are identical. Extreme orgasm anxiety forms the basis of the general fear of life.

In life there are two things which are dependable. The pleasures of the flesh and the pleasures of literature.

The Pillow Book

Sei Shōnagon

The Pillow Book
Body    Life    Literature    Pleasure

I like a good story and I also like staring at the sea-- do I have to choose between the two?

Enjoyment    Life    Meaning    Music    Ocean    Pleasure    Sea    Stories

What destroys a man more quickly than to work, think and feel without inner necessity, without any deep personal desire, without pleasure - as a mere automaton of duty?

It is in fact the height of selfishness to merely consume what others create and to retreat into a shell of limited goals and immediate pleasures.

Never force yourself to read a book that you do not enjoy. There are so many good books in the world that it is foolish to waste time on one that does not give you pleasure.

I have a sense that God is unfair and preferentially punishes his weak, his dumb, his fat, his lazy. I believe he takes more pleasure in his perfect creatures, and cheers them on like a brainless dad as they run roughshod over the rest of us. He gives us a need for love, and no way to get any. He gives us a desire to be liked, and personal attributes that make us utterly unlikable. Having placed his flawed and needy children in a world of exacting specifications, he deducts the difference between what we have and what we need from our hearts and our self-esteem and our mental health.

Bias    Cruelty    Dumb    Fat    God    Lazy    Love    Pleasure    Weak

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