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[ Also see Amusements Bliss Contentment Delight Happiness Joy Merriment Misery Pleasure Recreation Solitude ]

People seem to enjoy things more when they know a lot of other people have been left out of the pleasure.
      - Russell Baker

We are scarcely apt to berate the source of enjoyment.
      - Honore de Balzac

Only mediocrity of enjoyment is allowed to man.
      - Hugh Blair

All animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
      - Samuel Butler (2)

People are always good company when they are doing what they really enjoy.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast--you also miss the sense of where you're going and why.
      - Eddie Cantor

Ye men of gloom and austerity, who paint the face of Infinite Benevolence with an eternal frown, read in the everlasting book, wide open to your view, the lesson it would teach. Its pictures are not in black and sombre hues, but bright and glowing tints; its music--save when ye drown it--is not in sighs and groans, but songs and cheerful sounds. Listen to the million voices in the summer air, and find one dismal as your own.
      - Charles Dickens

Enjoy what you can, endure what you must.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

How sin all of all that human hearts endure,
  That part which laws or kings can cause or cure!
    Still to ourselves in every place consigned,
      Our own felicity we make or find.
        With secret course, which no loud storms annoy,
          Glides the smooth current of domestic joy.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

We are all children in our strife to seize
  Each petty pleasure, as it lures the sight,
    And like the tall tree swaying in the breeze,
      Our lofty wishes stoop their tow'ring flight,
        Till when the prize is won it seems no more
          Than gather'd shells from ocean's countless store,
            And ever those who would enjoyment gain
              Must find it in the purpose they pursue.
      - Mrs. Sarah Josepha (Buell) Hale

Pound St. Paul's Church into atoms, and consider any single atom; it is to be sure, good for nothing; but put all these atoms together, and you have St. Paul's Church. So it is with human felicity, which is made up of many ingredients, each of which may be shown to be very insignificant.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Providence has fixed the limits of human enjoyment by immovable boundaries, and has set different gratifications at such a distance from each other, that no art or power can bring them together. This great law it is the business of every rational being to understand, that life may not pass away in an attempt to make contradictions consistent, to combine opposite qualities, and to unite things which the nature of their being must always keep asunder.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

He scatters enjoyment who can enjoy much.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

The less you can enjoy, the poorer, the scantier yourself,--the more you can enjoy, the richer, the more vigorous.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Though throned in highest bliss
  Equal to God, and equally enjoying
    God-like fruition.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. III, l. 305)

Who can enjoy alone?
  Or all enjoying what contentment find?
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VIII, l. 365)

For Solomon, he lived at ease, and full
  Of honour, wealth, high fare, aimed not beyond
    Higher design than to enjoy his state.
      - John Milton, Paradise Regained
         (bk. II, l. 201)

Heaven forbids, it is true, certain gratifications, but there are ways and means of compounding such matters.
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        Tartuffe (act IV, sc. 5)

A day of such serene enjoyment spent,
  Were worth an age of splendid discontent.
      - James Montgomery

It is a curious thing that people only ask if you are enjoying yourself when you aren't.
      - Edith Nesbit (Mrs. Hubert Bland),
        Five of Use, and Madeline

The enjoyments of this life are not equal to its evils, even if equal in number.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

The whole life of man is but a point of time; let us enjoy it, therefore, while it lasts, and not spend it to no purpose.
      - Plutarch

Whether with Reason, or with Instinct blest,
  Know, all enjoy that pow'r which suits them best.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. III, l. 79)

Temper your enjoyments with prudence, lest there be written upon your heart that fearful word "satiety."
      - Francis Quarles

Sleep, riches, and health, to be truly enjoyed, must be interrupted.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul),
        Flower, Fruit, and Thorn Pieces
         (ch. VIII)

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