Pleasure Quotes

John Lubbock

Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.

Anne Rice

Go where the pain is, go where the pleasure is.

Neil Gaiman

Sleep my little baby-oh Sleep until you waken When you wake you'll see the world If
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.

Neil Gaiman

Kiss a lover, Dance a measure, Find your name And buried treasure. Face your life, It's
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.

E.B. White

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.

Mahatma Gandhi

Seven Deadly Sins Wealth without work Pleasure without conscience Science without humanity Knowledge without character Politics
Seven Deadly Sins

Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Science without humanity
Knowledge without character
Politics without principle
Commerce without morality
Worship without sacrifice.

Morrie Schwartz

If you've found meaning in your life, you don't want to go back. You want to go forward. You want to see more, do more. You can't wait until you're sixty-five.

Noah Levine

The greatest satisfaction comes not from chasing pleasure and avoiding pain, but from the radical acceptance of life as it is, without fighting and clinging to passing desires.


The stoic contemplates fallen leaves; the epicure rakes them into a loveseat.

Richelle E. Goodrich

There are still blue skies and rainbows and days bathed in sunlight.
There are colorful shade trees filled with sweet bird songs.
And there are wishing stars in the heavens as well as angels in God's service.
So lift up your eyes.
Refuse to be unhappy.

Emily Arden

It was a perfect moment and she was shocked to feel a tear roll slowly down her cheek. The warm droplet reached his finger where it lay against her skin, and even though it was far too dark to see anything clearly, she sensed that he was bringing it up to his mouth.

Jennifer Salaiz

Longing, whether for a passion or person, is one of the most powerful, yet painful, emotions there is. It can drive you to its source under the most extreme conditions, or it can cripple you from obtaining your dreams. When it comes to the pull you feel, always go after it, if not, it'll eat you alive.

James J. Freeland

Pleasure and business, unlike oil and water, can sometimes be mixed.

Timothy Keller

Work is so foundational to our makeup that it is one of the few things we can take in significant doses without harm. Indeed, the Bible does not say we should work one day and rest six or that work and rest should be balanced evenly but directs us to the opposite ratio. Leisure and pleasure are great goods, but we can take only so much of them.

Rajeev Kurapati

The mind confines our outlooks to a mere bundles of desires, pleasures, prejudices, and fears to safeguard the body it inhabits.

Agnostic Zetetic

I was not merely cleaning an oven; I was improving the world.

Neil Gaiman

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

Jane Austen

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

Rita Mae Brown

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

Michael Grant

A man without pleasure is a man without any idea what life is about

Samuel Johnson

Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.

John Stuart Mill

The creed which accepts as the foundation of morals, Utility, or the Greatest-Happiness Principle, holds that actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. By happiness is intended pleasure, and the absence of pain; by unhappiness, pain, and the privation of pleasure.

Peter Kreeft

The most total opposite of pleasure is not pain but boredom, for we are willing to risk pain to make a boring life interesting.

Jason Paul

Each indulgence in pleasure is an appointment made with misery.


The pleasures arising from thinking and learning will make us think and learn all the more. 1153a 23

Amit Kalantri

Let it be a small gain or big gain never do lesser than one's ability, let it be a pain or a pleasure never accept more than one's share.

Edmond Mbiaka

Where there is happiness, the need for pleasure isn't highly necessary, but where there is pleasure, the gift of happiness is still highly needed. Try not to mistake the two.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

Gretchen Rubin

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.

Jess Rothenberg

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.

Jean De La Bruyère

The pleasure of criticizing takes away from us the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things.

Oscar Wilde

Pleasure is the only thing one should live for, nothing ages like happiness.

Honoré De Balzac

And he, like many jaded people, had few pleasures left in life save good food and drink.

Swami Satchidananda

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)

Julian Barnes

Remember the botched brothel-visit in L’Education sentimentale and remember its lesson. Do not participate: happiness lies in the imagination, not the act. Pleasure is found first in anticipation, later in memory.

Lawrence Durrell

You see, nothing matters except pleasure - which is the opposite of happiness, its tragic part, I expect.

William Shakespeare

Yes, faith; it is my cousin's duty to make curtsy and say 'Father, as it please you.' But yet for all that, cousin, let him be a handsome fellow, or else make another curtsy and say 'Father, as it please me.

Eric Weiner

..there is more to life than just pleasure. We want to achieve our happiness and not just experience it.

Jude Morgan

People argue themselves out of their pleasures

Madeleine L'Engle

Our country in general assumes that "the pursuit of happiness" really means "the pursuit of pleasure" and that therefore pleasure is the greatest good.

Marty Rubin

Enjoy the rainbow while it lasts and don't chase it when it's gone.

Mary Balogh

He wished someone in the course of history had thought of striking that word and all its derivatives from the English Language - happy, happier, happiest, happiness. What the devil did the words really mean anyway? Why not just the word pleasure, which was far more... well, pleasant.

Edmond Mbiaka

Many people confuse pleasure with happiness until its temporary blissful feeling comes to an end.

L.M. Montgomery

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

Jane Austen

Every moment has its pleasures and its hope.

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.

Veronica Franco

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.

Christopher Marlowe

Come live with me and be my Love,
And we will all the pleasures prove

Aidan Chambers

a joy that hurts with sadness
a sadness that is pleasurable
a pleasure full of terror
a terror that excites
an excitement that calms
a calmness that frightens.

Andrew Marvell

Now therefore, while the youthful hue
Sits on thy skin like morning dew,
And while thy willing soul transpires
At every pore with instant fires,
Now let us sport us while we may,
And now, like amorous birds of prey,
Rather at once our time devour
Than languish in his slow-chapt power.

Alysha Speer

When a poet settled down to write a poem, could he foresee the lines he would write? Did his head constantly spin with riddles and rhymes and was his only job to put them down? What if he couldn’t get them to make sense, and no one, not even the person he cared for most, could have pleasure in reading it? What would he do?

Charles Baudelaire

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

Bertrand Russell

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.

Mahatma Gandhi

There are Seven Deadly Social Sins:
Politics without principle.
Wealth without work.
Commerce without morality.
Pleasure without conscience.
Education without character.
Science without humility.
Worship without sacrifice.

Lailah Gifty Akita

The pleasure of reading is the greatest solitude.

Lailah Gifty Akita

The vanities of life:pleasure, possession, position and power.

Ameya Agrawal

What is the best thing about people doubting your potential?
The pleasure of proving them wrong.

Mabel Iam

The kiss intimately relates to the most primitive kind of human contact, which can satisfy all of our needs, like: feeding, enjoying pleasure, tasting, wanting, rejecting, everything we associate with love.

Honoré De Balzac

Happy?" asked Aquilina, with dreadful look, and a smile full of pity and terror. "Ah, you do not know what it is to be condemned to a life of pleasure.

Nenia Campbell

A woman isn't a whore for wanting pleasure. If it were unnatural, we would not be born with such drives.

Mahatma Gandhi

There are seven things that will destroy us:

Wealth without work;
Pleasure without conscience;
Knowledge without character;
Religion without sacrifice;
Politics without principle;
Science without humanity;
Business without ethics.

John Lubbock

I cannot, however, but think that the world would be better and brighter if our teachers would dwell on the Duty of Happiness as well as the Happiness of Duty; for we ought to be as cheerful as we can, if only because to be happy ourselves is a most effectual contribution to the happiness of others.

Francis Bacon

For all knowledge and wonder (which is the seed of knowledge) is an impression of pleasure in itself.

Mark Sayers

In the absence of a story or foundation that gives hope or meaning, life has become a never-ending quest for pleasure and experience. Instead of being good, people want to feel good.

John Crowley

Learning to decipher words had only added to the pleasures of holding spines and turning pages, measuring the journey to the end with a thumb-riffle, poring over frontispieces. Books! Opening with a crackle of old glue, releasing perfume; closing with a solid thump.


Lectio, quae placuit, decies repetita placebit.

(What we read with pleasure we can read many times with pleasure.)

Michael Schmidt

To become a 'good reader' one must give oneself over to a regime of concentrated pleasure. One does not set out to read a book a day (there is no necessary pleasure in that) but may spend two or three years on one book [. . .], read only portions of another, devour a third at a single sitting.

Julian Barnes

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

Roman Payne

I care not that this moment’s lot was thin and sparsely dealt; all pleasures sweet can be forgot the instant they are felt.

Marty Rubin

Time spent thinking about life is better spent enjoying it.

Roberto Bolaño

I wrote this book for the ghosts, who, because they're outside of time, are the only ones with time. After the last rereading (just now), I realize that time isn't the only thing that matters, time isn't the only source of terror. Pleasure can be terrifying too, and so can courage.

Santosh Kalwar

A pleasurable woman could cause more harm than miserable one.

Pushpa Rana

You can't have a women's body without having her heart, mind and soul if only momentarily.

Michael Bassey Johnson

The paradise in women is not the v-shape manipulation between their legs,
or the two lovely bombs, set on their bosom that can blast any strong, holy spirit filled individual, but that part of her that cannot be described, yet can only be felt.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Women are gifts, open them with care, judge them with leniecy, test and weigh their depths, then accept those with true worth and value.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Sex doesn't satisfy for a lifetime, the more you have it, the more you want it. And the more you have it, the more you die out.

Habeeb Akande

A good woman is a pleasured treasure.

Edmund Burke

The human mind is often, and I think it is for the most part, in a state neither of pain nor pleasure, which I call a state of indifference.

Atwood H. Townsend

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.

Edgar Allan Poe

That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful.


Your erotic,
A memoir of pleasure.
Caress the streets as through they held the touch of mink,
Leaving only trails of stardust.
Your eyes could Pierce hearts, leaving eternal scars of that moment,
Moments so bittersweet they linger upon the tastebuds of those who dare glance.
You, Stain eyes with curiosity
I dare not blink.

Roman Payne

As for men, they must learn bravery and live for Pleasure and for Beauty. More important than those two things should stand only one thing for him... Honor. A man's honor should be more sacred to him than his life - especially in our age, a time when very few men know what honor is.

Marty Rubin

No one plants rosebushes for the thorns.

Geoffrey Wood

If we must tempt to Pleasure, how do we tempt to the least amount of Pleasure? Or better yet, tempt them to its opposite? But how to tempt them to pain.

Geoffrey Wood

Turning an experience about to observe it, results in a lessening of the experience directly proportional to the amount of observation. To think about it is, to some degree, to stop the pleasure, to stop the experience, to step outside it.

Geoffrey Wood

And so, wish becomes pang; the crave, an ache; pleasure, pain. Losing all its pleasure, anticipation cuts the opposite direction and becomes merely a constant, painful reminder of what they’ve lost, forever.

Harold Norse

The fiery force is nothing more than the life force as we know it. It is the flame of desire and love, of sex and beauty, of pleasure and joy as we consume and are consumed, as we burn with pleasure and burn out in time.

Jessica Valenti

Sex for pleasure, for fun, or even for building relationships is completely absent from our national conversation. Yet taking the joy out of sexuality is a surefire way to ensure not that young women won't have sex, but rather that they'll have it without pleasure.

Laurence Sterne

- I won't go about to argue the point with you, - 'tis so, - and I am persuaded of it, madam, as much as can be, "That both man and woman bear pain or sorrow, (and, for aught I know, pleasure too) best in a horizontal position.

Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra

After the gratifications of brutish appetites are past, the greatest pleasure then is to get rid of that which entertained it.

Michael Bassey Johnson

When a woman is romantically subdued, all she does at that moment is under the influence of her desires.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Once you are defiled, you can't get back your purity by any means, instead, you will only look for ways to be defiled over and over again.

Michael Bassey Johnson

If any woman opens her legs for you, don't feel so lucky to be fed with nonsense, she has been a bitch for a long time, and now its your own turn to get a share from her itching tunnel.

Bella Swann

I am an Angel of the Light. You should not be touching my sweet, innocent flesh this way. I am a Vessel of Purity, undefiled by the pleasures of the flesh.

Bella Swann

Anahita mewed contentment as she snuggled even closer to Imamiah. She was enjoying her interactions with Imamiah very much. She could not understand why angels remained as spirit when this flesh was so much more pleasurable.

Ella Fox

This beautiful body, sweetness?  It’s made for pleasure.  It’s singing to me, telling me what it wants and needs.  Those other idiots you were with weren’t fuckin listening.

C.S. Lewis

Joy is not a substitute for sex; sex is very often a substitute for Joy. I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for Joy.

Stephan Labossiere

Exploration of her body will open the doors to pleasuring her in ways she has yet to experience.

Lucas Mascotto-Carbone

We are all the fruits of pleasure's toil.

Anaïs Nin

With her eyes alone she could give this response, this absolutely erotic response, as if febrile waves were trembling there, pools of madness... something devouring that could lick a man all over like a flame, annihilate him, with a pleasure never known before.

Richard Von Krafft-Ebing

There are men who have themselves whipped simply to increase their sexual pleasure. These, in contrast with true masochists, regard flagellation as a means to an end.

Richard Von Krafft-Ebing

He soon recognized the fact that the stimulus proceeded from the idea to be in the power of a woman rather than from the act of violence itself.

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