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O Athenians, what toil do I undergo to please you!
      - Alexander, the Great,
        quoted by Carlyle in "Essays on Voltaire"

Consider pleasures as they depart, not as they come.
      - Aristotle

Pleasure pursues beautiful objects--what is agreeable to look at, to hear, to smell, to taste, to touch. But curiosity pursues the contraries of these delights with the motive of seeing what the experiences are like, not with a wish to undergo discomfort, but out of a lust for experimenting and knowing.
  What pleasure is to be found in looking at a mangled corpse, an experience which evokes revulsion? Yet wherever one is lying, people crowd around to be made sad and to turn pale.
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo),
        Confessions (bk. X, no. 35)

It is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are the result of previous study?
      - Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (ch. XIV)

No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of truth.
      - Francis Bacon

The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
      - Walter Bagehot

Remember that thy heart will shed its pleasures as thine eye its tears, and both leave loathsome furrows.
      - Philip James Bailey

Nothing can afford a woman greater pleasure than to hear tender words of love. The strictest, most devout woman will listen even if she must not answer.
      - Honore de Balzac

Pleasures lie thickest where no pleasures seem;
  There's not a leaf that falls upon the ground
    but holds some joy of silence or of sound,
      Some sprite begotten of a summer dream.
      - Laman Blanchard, Sonnet VII--Hidden Joys

Every age has its pleasures, its style of wit, and its own ways.
      - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux,
        The Art of Poetry (canto III, l. 374)

The greatest of all pleasures is to give pleasure to one whom we love.
      - Marquis Stanislas Jean de Boufflers

Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Pleasure must succeed to pleasure, else past pleasure turns to pain.
      - Robert Browning

Pleasure of every kind quickly satisfies.
      - Edmund Burke

But pleasures are like poppies spread;
  You seize the flower, its bloom is shed.
    Or like the snow falls in the river,
      A moment white--then melts forever.
      - Robert Burns, Tam o' Shanter (l. 59)

The rule of my life is to make business a pleasure, and pleasure my business.
      - Aaron Burr, Letter to Pichon

Doubtless the pleasure is as great
  Of being cheated as to cheat.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. II, canto III, l. 1)

To make pleasures pleasant shorten them.
      - Charles Buxton

There is no sterner moralist than pleasure.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Though sages may pour out their wisdom's treasure,
  There is no sterner moralist than pleasure.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
  There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
    There is society where none intrudes
      By the deep Sea, and music in its roar.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto IV, st. 178)

Let me have my own way exactly in everything, and a sunnier and pleasanter creature does not exist.
      - Thomas Carlyle

For the bow cannot stand always bent, nor can human nature or human frailty subsist without some lawful recreation.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

Pleasure can be supported by illusion, but happiness rests upon truth.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

In our amusements a certain limit is to be placed that we may not devote ourselves to a life of pleasure and thence fall into immorality.
  [Lat., Ludendi etiam est quidam modus retinendus, ut ne nimis omnia profundamus, elatique voluptate in aliquam turpitudinem delabamur.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Officiis (I, 29)

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