Best Quotes About Pleasant

The past always looks better than it was. It's only pleasant because it isn't here. -Finley Peter Dunne

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth. -Lillian Hellman

Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination. -Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome. -Isaac Asimov

Like a plant that starts up in showers and sunshine and does not know which has best helped it to grow, it is difficult to say whether the hard things or the pleasant things did me the most good. -Lucy Larcom

Be pleasant until ten o'clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself. -Elbert Hubbard

The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised. -George Will

I look forward to these confrontations with the press to kind of balance up the nice and pleasant things that come to me as president. -Jimmy Carter

It is a rather pleasant experience to be alone in a bank at night. -Willie Sutton

This free will business is a bit terrifying anyway. It's almost pleasanter to obey, and make the most of it. -Ugo Betti

How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted. -Walter Scott

There may be good, but there are no pleasant marriages. -Rainer Maria Rilke

The tendency of old age to the body, say the physiologists, is to form bone. It is as rare as it is pleasant to meet with an old man whose opinions are not ossified. -Bob Wells

We never reflect how pleasant it is to ask for nothing. -Seneca

Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator. -Confucius

My theory has always been, that if we are to dream, the flatteries of hope are as cheap, and pleasanter, than the gloom of despair. -Thomas Jefferson

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people. -John F. Kennedy

The dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution is one of the pleasant falsehoods which men repeat after one another till they pass into commonplaces, but which all experience refutes. -John Stuart Mill

There are three roads to ruin; women, gambling and technicians. The most pleasant is with women, the quickest is with gambling, but the surest is with technicians. -Georges Pompidou

A nation without dregs and malcontents is orderly, peaceful and pleasant, but perhaps without the seed of things to come. -Eric Hoffer

I recommend limiting one's involvement in other people's lives to a pleasantly scant minimum. -Quentin Crisp

Nothing is as irritating as the fellow who chats pleasantly while he's overcharging you. -Kin Hubbard

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. -Voltaire

Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success. -Louisa May Alcott

To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. -Freya Stark

There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people. -Muhammad Ali

Nothing shortens a journey so pleasantly as an account of misfortunes at which the hearer is permitted to laugh. -Quentin Crisp

Something unpleasant is coming when men are anxious to tell the truth. -Benjamin Disraeli

It is always pleasant to be urged to do something on the ground that one can do it well. -George Santayana

There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a way the consciousness of which is so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, expunge it from his memory. -Marcel Proust

Short, successful military adventures are as effective as the Super Bowl in diverting people's attention from unpleasant truths. -John Stockwell

It has never been, and never will be easy work! But the road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination. -Marion Zimmer Bradley

'Tis easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows along like a song; But the man worth while is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong. -Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in. -Virginia Woolf

A test of what is real is that it is hard and rough. Joys are found in it, not pleasure. What is pleasant belongs to dreams. -Simone Weil

She gave up beauty in her tender youth, gave all her hope and joy and pleasant ways; she covered up her eyes lest they should gaze on vanity, and chose the bitter truth. -Christina Rossetti

I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety. -Jane Austen

Do unto yourself as your neighbors do unto themselves and look pleasant. -George Ade

It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and well and justly. And it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly without living a pleasant life. -Epicurus

Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to be the average person. -William Inge

Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety. -Francis Bacon

Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks. -James Baldwin

The best servants of the people, like the best valets, must whisper unpleasant truths in the master's ear. It is the court fool, not the foolish courtier, whom the king can least afford to lose. -Walter Lippmann

He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful. -Horace

Pleasant it is, when over a great sea the winds trouble the waters, to gaze from shore upon another's great tribulation; not because any man's troubles are a delectable joy, but because to perceive you are free of them yourself is pleasant. -Lucretius

Hope is a pleasant acquaintance, but an unsafe friend. -Thomas Chandler Haliburton

It is a pleasant thing to reflect upon, and furnishes a complete answer to those who contend for the gradual degeneration of the human species, that every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last. -Charles Dickens

A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income. -George Bernard Shaw

There are men here and there to whom the whole of life is like an after-dinner hour with a cigar; easy, pleasant, empty, perhaps enlivened by some fable of strife to be forgotten – before the end is told – even if there happens to be any end to it. -Joseph Conrad

We must learn which ceremonies may be breached occasionally at our convenience and which ones may never be if we are to live pleasantly with our fellow man. -Amy Vanderbilt

Say what you will about the ten commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them. -H. L. Mencken

'Tis pleasant, sure, to see one's name in print. A book's a book, although there's nothing in 't. -Lord Byron

Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne. -Quentin Crisp

If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new. -William Styron

Many people today don't want honest answers insofar as honest means unpleasant or disturbing, They want a soft answer that turneth away anxiety. -Louis Kronenberger

Reform is not pleasant, but grievous; no person can reform themselves without suffering and hard work, how much less a nation. -Thomas Carlyle

The test of good manners is to be able to put up pleasantly with bad ones. -Wendell Willkie

Considering how foolishly people act and how pleasantly they prattle, perhaps it would be better for the world if they talked more and did less. -W. Somerset Maugham

We have all examined our past critically and are very much aware of even the unpleasant things. Now, we need to look at what we plan to do with the lessons we have learned from the past. -Heinz Fischer

I think one can achieve a very pleasant lifestyle by treating human beings, fellow human beings, very well. -Rene Rivkin

Arnold Palmer has what I call an 'Eisenhower smile'. Those two men, they'd smile and their whole faces would look so pleasant; it was like they were smiling all over. -Byron Nelson

Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history. -Nicolas Chamfort

I assure you, it would be much more pleasant for me to be an ordinary voter in peaceful Chechnya than the president of a republic at war. -Aslan Maskhadov

With God's help and guidance, we shall soon see the end of this most unpleasant chapter in our history. -John Agyekum Kufuor

I do not ask, O Lord, that life may be a pleasant road. -Adelaide Anne Procter

Feedback is a pleasant thing. I get a lot of letters from unexpected people in unexpected places. -Brian Aldiss

As it fell upon a day in the merry month of May, sitting in a pleasant shade which a grove of myrtles made. -Richard Barnfield

It seems unpleasantly refined to put things off till someone knows. -William Empson

I've worked with very few that I considered unpleasant. Dennis the Menace was a joy to work on. -Gale Gordon

Death can really absorb a person. Lik most people, I would find it pleasant not to have to go, but you just accept that it's more or less inevitable. -Graham Chapman

It's always good to have no expectations when you see a film. Then you can be pleasantly disappointed or surprised. -Bill Paxton

Garner up pleasant thoughts in your mind, for pleasant thoughts make pleasant lives. -John Wilkins

I many no longer depend on pleasant impulses to bring me before the Lord. I must rather response to principles I know to be right, whether I feel them to be enjoyable or not. -Jim Elliot

One of the pleasantest things about book writing is that sometimes it brings one in touch with old friends. -Rachel Field

To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. -Jonathan Edwards

A pleasant voice, which has to include clear enunciation, is not only attractive to those who hear it… its appeal is permanent. -Loretta Young

Editing is the only process. The shooting is the pleasant work. The editing makes the movie, so I spend all my life in editing. -Garry Marshall

We must learn to understand humanity better so that we can create an environment that is more beneficial to people, more rewarding, more pleasant to experience. -John Portman

I was meant to be a composer and will be I'm sure. Don't ask me to try to forget this unpleasant thing and go play football – please. -Samuel Barber

The race problem in the United States is the type of unpleasant problem which we would rather do without but which refuses to be buried. -Charles Hamilton Houston

Men value things in three ways: as useful, as pleasant or sources of pleasure, and as excellent, or as intrinsically admirable or honorable. -Mortimer Adler

Color does not add a pleasant quality to design – it reinforces it. -Pierre Bonnard

It's a pleasant thing to be young, and have ten toes. -Robert Louis Stevenson

The first couple of days on the detox diet aren't pleasant. -Carol Vorderman

It's not been a pleasant life. -Benny Hinn

It's pleasant and bothersome and embarrassing all at once. Especially when you haven't done much and are a celebrity. -Nastassja Kinski

It's hard not to get a big head in the film industry, there are people on a set paid to cater to your every need, from the minute you arrive until you go home. It's kind of strange, but not unpleasant. -Eric Stoltz

When I'm writing a novel, I'm dealing with a double life. I live in the present at the same time that I live in the past with my characters. It is this that makes a novelist so eccentric and unpleasant. -John Phillips Marquand

Hills are unpleasant, so I like to get them over with as quickly as possible. -Bob Bartlett

The pleasant surprise for me is that when I look into Tony's eyes, he's still 100% present, sharing everything that's going on. Acting with him is like a beautiful dance. -Genie Francis

I still have never met Harry Saltzman, and was told he is quite unpleasant. -Lana Wood

We don't often look into these unpleasant details of our great struggle. We all prefer to think that every man who wore the blue or gray was a Philip Sidney at heart. -Rebecca Harding Davis

Among all his creatures in heaven or earth, God hath not made any like unto the sun in the firmament, the beams whereof are beautiful and pleasant, and do give comfort in all places to all things. -John Jewel

If anyone wonders why the airlines are not doing well it is because flying has been made such an unpleasant and degrading experience. -Keith Henson

Whatever man uses without the fear of God, whatever he applies to the mere gratifying of his flesh, cannot fail to operate as a poison to the soul, however pleasant and salutary it may appear to be to the body. -Johann Arndt

No matter how nice the company one might be with, however, it is never pleasant to have a rifle pointed at one's back. -Meg Cabot

It's a fun day, a day which kicks off the start of our tour, it's got great tradition – Australian cricketers just love tradition – and it's been a really pleasant day. -Matthew Hayden

Influence is a very unpleasant subject and I deal with it in a maybe irresponsible way, which is to really ignore it. It would be a nightmare if we started to really think about it; it would tie our hands, it would tie everyone else's hands. -Rem Koolhaas

I will say that since our capture we have met with uniform kindness, and while in the penitentiary our relations with the officers have been cordially pleasant, and for their considerate and kind disposition we feel profoundly grateful. -Cole Younger

Okay, the experience itself was a pleasant experience. -Betty Hill

One of the pleasant duties of America's most famous announcers during the relatively short swing era of the big bands was to host late-night remotes from some of the most famous ballrooms throughout the country. -Nick Clooney

Less Than Zero and American Psycho were both really different, so I was just like, Okay, he's just really doesn't have anything pleasant to say, you know? But I get it. I get at least why it's difficult and what he's really doing. -Shannyn Sossamon

This has taught me that being pleasant is always so much more productive, for I know well the rewards for being good-natured. -Marie Windsor

The problem is that once the rules of art are debunked, and once the unpleasant realities the irony diagnoses are revealed and diagnosed, 'then' what do we do? -David Foster Wallace

I have been agreeably disappointed in my idea of the camels. They are far from unpleasant to ride; in fact, it is much less fatiguing than riding on horseback, and even with the little practice I have yet had, I find it shakes me less. -William John Wills

The country up here is beautiful; everything green and pleasant; and if you saw it now, you would not believe that in two months' time it could have such a parched and barren appearance as it will then assume. -William John Wills

While I was pleasantly surprised by the relatively high number of jobs created in April, the fact is that job creation during this recovery period has significantly lagged both historical experience in recovery, and the projections of the Bush Administration. -Barney Frank

I am convinced that material things can contribute a lot to making one's life pleasant, but, basically, if you do not have very good friends and relatives who matter to you, life will be really empty and sad and material things cease to be important. -David Rockefeller

Money can add very much to one's ability to lead a constructive life, not only pleasant for oneself, but, hopefully, beneficial to others. -David Rockefeller

It is always pleasant to learn that someone takes an interest in a work which one enjoyed writing. -James Schuyler

Telling the community a serial killer is out there stirs up a lot of unpleasant attention. -Pat Brown

I am not generally regarded as a pleasant or socially minded fellow. -Caryl Chessman

One of the last episodes was all about a flood. We were working in the rain till all hours, and it was muddy and it was cold and it was damp, and it was hours under the hoses. That was not pleasant. That was not pleasant. -Derek Jacobi

I'm relatively physically adept and I like throwing myself around. Once, twice, but then you get to nine, ten, eleven and to try and make it look realistic all the time, that's not very pleasant. -Marton Csokas

I will never forget my beautiful days with you in Shanklin, they are certainly the most pleasant ones of my life. Look, I have tears in my eyes just to think about it. I am furious to be here, it is the end of happiness for a whole year. -Camille Claudel

I took all my wax studies and threw them in the fire… that's the way it is when something unpleasant happens to me. I take my hammer and I squash a figure. -Camille Claudel

There are some things that we know are just not as pleasant as the lies that we tell ourselves, and in that sense in order to endure existence everyone endures a certain amount of dishonesty in their everyday lives. -Todd Rundgren

I like to get paid for doing basic research, so it's pleasant to write some nonfiction about it. -Bruce Sterling

It is as pleasant as it is unusual to see thoroughly good people getting their deserts. -Charles Williams

No kidding. That's really true. You're paying your own bills through this. It's not a pleasant experience. -Bruce Babbitt

Well, it's not a pleasant experience. And it's a terribly political process, because that thing was initiated by the Congress and by, you know, our adversaries in the Congress. -Bruce Babbitt

While I would agree that I write about serious subjects, and that they're not necessarily the most pleasant subjects or even the most pleasant people, as a writer I just think about the humorous aspects of these things – that's what keeps me going when I'm writing a story. -Ann Beattie

I thought, frankly, that it would be more pleasant to write a memoir than it was. -Jim Harrison

They tend to be civil servants, often diplomats drawn from the Foreign Office, who may be very pleasant, intelligent people, but once they get inside the Palace they're riveted to the status quo and they lose track of public opinion in the real world. -Anthony Holden

I think that the quality of all bands is steadily improving and it is a pleasant thought to me that perhaps the efforts of Sousa's Band have quickened that interest and improved that quality. -John Philip Sousa

There's that thing about the '80s, the '40s and the '60s, and the '30s, the '50s and the '70s. Something about those odd decades in this century that weren't too pleasant. -Paul Kantner

Today's business and health care climate may not be pleasant. Cutbacks, pay cuts and layoffs do not make anyone's job easy. But that does not mean that the humor need stop. -Allen Klein

Home wasn't a pleasant place to live, growing up. -David Morse

You do get some weirdos, but if there are any nice people out there who want to write to me pleasantly, then they'll get a pleasant reply back! -Katie Price

I've been working on my autobiography, just pecking away in longhand. The more you write, the more you remember. The more you remember, the more detail you recall. It's not all pleasant! -Pat Morita

Ross Hunter was my assistant on Take Me to Town, He was a young man, an actor before that, and learned a lot on the picture. During shooting, Goldstein left, and Ross was most pleasant. He never interfered. -Douglas Sirk

After the many rumours that we had heard about Hitler and the published criticisms we had read about him, we were pleasantly impressed. His appearance was neither pretentious nor affected. -Hjalmar Schacht

We could imagine nothing pleasanter than to spend all of our lives digging for relics of the past. -Heinrich Schliemann

The first, that their pretensions to this possession of an art properly so called in their art of speaking are entirely unfounded; and the second, that they are involved in a profound mistake in their confusion of the good with the pleasant. -Friedrich Schleiermacher

1972 was a year of many pleasant and rewarding experiences for me: -Chuck Mangione

Daddy was real gentle with kids. That's why I expected so much out of marriage, figuring that all men should be steady and pleasant. -Loretta Lynn

I expected to be a farmer like my father and brothers. Life seemed pleasant and orderly. -Lawrence Welk

The professional world was much more unpleasant than I thought. I was always wishing I could get back that enthusiasm I had when I was doing shows at college. -Francis Ford Coppola

I associate my motion picture career more with being unhappy and scared, or being under the gun, than with anything pleasant. -Francis Ford Coppola

I always found the film world unpleasant. It's all about the schedule, and never really flew for me. -Francis Ford Coppola

And I don't say that we didn't expect it, but we were pleasantly surprised to see the generosity of their foreign policy; and the generosity of their foreign policy at that moment was expressed through the Marshall Plan. -Gianni Agnelli

Each year we look for a big name that is attractive to the public and pleasant for the girls. -Marcello Mastroianni

Great numbers of the Indians pass our camp on their hunting excursions: the day was clear and pleasant, but last night was very cold and there was a white frost. -Meriwether Lewis

And thought struggles against the results, trying to avoid those unpleasant results while keeping on with that way of thinking. That is what I call 'sustained incoherence. -David Bohm

It's kind of scary sometimes, I've seen this a lot in Asia. Children are given music lessons, very intensively I might add and involving great technical expertise sometimes, but you can tell that they have been told only to play happy pleasant music. -Michael Tilson Thomas

However, very recently I have come to an understanding that complex music is not necessarily pleasant. -Nobuo Uematsu

A visit to a cinema is a little outing in itself. It breaks the monotony of an afternoon or evening; it gives a change from the surroundings of home, however pleasant. -Ivor Novello

I commonly went ashore every day, either upon business, or to recreate myself in the fields, which were very pleasant, and the more for a shower of rain now and then, that ushers in the wet season. -William Dampier

I used to think it was hard to write, and I still find the process more or less unpleasant, but if I know what I'm doing it rattles along, then the rewrite whips it into shape rather quickly. -Jonathan Franzen

There are, of course, all sorts of other unpleasant regimes outside the walls as well – the military dictators of Latin America and the apartheid regime of South Africa. -Barbara Amiel

I was coerced into taking piano lessons in the early '50s. It was a quite unpleasant experience. -Robert Quine

If I become defensive and upset right away, then that's going to adversely affect how I deal with it and it's probably not going to be good press for me and probably be bad just because I'm angry. Just be open and pleasant. -Brandon Routh

The Inhabitants of Carolina, thro' the Richness of the Soil, live an easy and pleasant Life. -John Lawson

I'm easy driving, But I'm not a person who loves living pleasantly above all else. I'm not that way at all. I might think I'm that, but I'm not really that. -Ray Davies

I was worried people would laugh at me when I started to talk the language, but they were just pleasantly surprised that I could. The sense of humour here is great – once I could have a giggle, I settled down. -Parminder Nagra

Teaching was the most pleasant thing I did. -Earl Butz

Solitude is pleasant. Loneliness is not. -Anna Neagle

My father knew the charming side of my mother, and my mother thought that he was attentive and pleasant and was an architect, which was a respectable profession, but I don't think that they actually got to know one another deeply. -Christopher Durang

I've always had a kind of visual eye, and it was a pleasant exercise for that. -Adrian Edmondson

Dogs are very, very pleasant with people that they're connected to. -Kristin Davis

The problem is the following, black music is increasing encumbered by white elements, often pleasant but always superfluous, easily and advantageously replaced with black elements. -Boris Vian

There were different challenges along the way. Certainly the food shortage was unpleasant. -Leroy Chiao

In this connection, faith and experience teach us many truths by means of the short-cut of authority and by the proofs of very pleasant and agreeable feelings. -Nicolas Malebranche

I was pleasantly surprised after the book came out. It was like, hey, the home team put down a nice score. -Rocco DiSpirito

I can always remember that experience in Hawaii pleasantly on account of Elvis. -Minnie Pearl

The sense of smell explores; deleterious substances almost always have an unpleasant smell. -Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Nothing is more pleasant than to see a pretty woman, her napkin well placed under her arms, one of her hands on the table, while the other carries to her mouth, the choice piece so elegantly carved. -Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Don't blame the messenger because the message is unpleasant. -Ken Starr

To make pleasures pleasant shortens them. -Charles Buxton

When you deal with your brother, be pleasant, but get a witness. -Hesiod

Nothing is more unpleasant than a virtuous person with a mean mind. -Walter Bagehot

Money can't buy you happiness but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery. -Spike Milligan

When I go abroad I always sail from Boston because it is such a pleasant place to get away from. -Oliver Herford

It is so pleasant to come across people more stupid than ourselves. We love them at once for being so. -Jerome K. Jerome

People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant. -Helen Keller

It's not pleasant when you lose your whole football team. -Chuck Noll

To have a great man for an intimate friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it. -Homer

To be a king and wear a crown is a thing more glorious to them that see it than it is pleasant to them that bear it. -Elizabeth I

It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. -Lewis Grizzard

The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's leisure. -Sydney J. Harris

There are so many unpleasant things in the world already that there is no use in imagining any more. -Lucy Maud Montgomery

The bourgeois prefers comfort to pleasure, convenience to liberty, and a pleasant temperature to the deathly inner consuming fire. -Hermann Hesse

There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they're necessary to reach the places we've chosen to go. -Richard Bach

It is most pleasant to commit a just action which is disagreeable to someone whom one does not like. -Victor Hugo

Housework is a breeze. Cooking is a pleasant diversion. Putting up a retaining wall is a lark. But teaching is like climbing a mountain. -Fawn M. Brodie

Youth is in a grand flush, like the hot days of ending summer; and pleasant dreams thrall your spirit, like the smoky atmosphere that bathes the landscape of an August day. -Donald G. Mitchell

One of the pleasant things those of us who write or paint do is to have the daily miracle. It does come. -Gertrude Stein

Could a man live by it, it were not unpleasant employment to be a poet. -Oliver Goldsmith

Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages. -James Madison

The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless. It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves. -Eric Hoffer

I prefer a pleasant vice to an annoying virtue. -Moliere

The last act is bloody, however pleasant all the rest of the play is: a little earth is thrown at last upon our head, and that is the end forever. -Blaise Pascal

I always knew in my heart Walt Whitman's mind to be more like my own than any other man's living. As he is a very great scoundrel this is not a pleasant confession. -Gerard Manley Hopkins

People's personalities, like buildings, have various facades, some pleasant to view, some not. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful. -Norman Vincent Peale

Get correct views of life, and learn to see the world in its true light. It will enable you to live pleasantly, to do good, and, when summoned away, to leave without regret. -Robert E. Lee

To have a great man for a friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it. -Horace

Continuous eloquence wearies. Grandeur must be abandoned to be appreciated. Continuity in everything is unpleasant. Cold is agreeable, that we may get warm. -Blaise Pascal

For my own part I think no innocent species of wit or pleasantry should be suppressed: and that a good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation. -James Boswell

In the best of all possible worlds, February 14 is a pleasant and sentimental opportunity to lavish your partner with attention or move your relationship to the next level. -Pepper Schwartz

Villa Grande has in many ways symbolized an important, but less than pleasant, part of our history. -Kjell Magne Bondevik

No other people have a government more worthy of their respect and love or a land so magnificent in extent, so pleasant to look upon, and so full of generous suggestion to enterprise and labor. -Benjamin Harrison

Sure, I suffered a lot. But it's not like the end of the world and it's not who I am. I lead quite a pleasant life and I'm able to divorce a perceived reality from my actual experience of life. -Ben Affleck

So I've seen life as one long learning process. And if I see – you know, if I fly on somebody else's airline and find the experience is not a pleasant one, which it wasn't in – 21 years ago, then I'd think, well, you know, maybe I can create the kind of airline that I'd like to fly on. -Richard Branson

Barbara Boxer is the most bitterly partisan, most anti-defense senator in the United States Senate today. I know that because I've had the unpleasant experience of having to serve with her. -John McCain

My instinct as a philosopher is that we are effectively approaching a multicentric world, which means we need to ask new, and for the traditional left, unpleasant questions. -Slavoj Zizek

Prada is extremely directed in terms of communicating what they like and what they don't like. That is actually extremely pleasant because it clarifies very easily what you can do and what you need to do. -Rem Koolhaas

We Hoosiers hold to some quaint notions. Some might say we 'cling' to them, though not out of fear or ignorance. We believe in paying our bills. We have kept our state in the black throughout the recent unpleasantness, while cutting rather than raising taxes, by practicing an old tribal ritual – we spend less money than we take in. -Mitch Daniels

The end of poetry is not to create a physical condition which shall give pleasure to the mind… The end of poetry is not an after-effect, not a pleasurable memory of itself, but an immediate, constant and even unpleasant insistence upon itself. -Laura Riding

This is what customers pay us for – to sweat all these details so it's easy and pleasant for them to use our computers. We're supposed to be really good at this. That doesn't mean we don't listen to customers, but it's hard for them to tell you what they want when they've never seen anything remotely like it. -Steve Jobs

I'm kind of embarrassed by how quickly I adjusted to L.A. I really love it. It's so pleasant. -Ed Helms

As it turns out, as an adult I can have a very unpleasant, fierce and unforgiving temper at times. But I don't think I had that when I was a kid. -Will Oldham

Rarely do I attach guilt to something pleasant. Life's too short. -Robin Gibb

When I shoot actors, I have that dilemma. I want the actor to be good, and sometimes I have to push them to a place that isn't pleasant. I always think: 'Is it worth doing for the sake of the movie?' But I have to remember the bigger picture. -Michel Gondry

The day-to-day making of policy is arguing all the time. You're trying to get the right approach and the right answer, and there are moments that aren't very pleasant. But in the end, you look at the overall product. -Madeleine Albright

I don't like movies about serial killers, necessarily; it's too real and unpleasant for me. -Sam Raimi

If it takes talking about unpleasant truths to change Washington, then so be it. -Scott McClellan

When you get released from the NFL it's not a pleasant experience and I may have sulked for about two or three years. Then I was like, 'You know what? It's time to get back on the wagon.' I have nothing to be ashamed of. -Stephen Baker

I view the experiences that I have had – both the tough ones and the pleasant ones – as gifts. -Deval Patrick

People knew that Murdoch's media estate in the UK was too powerful and it was doing very unpleasant things. -Meredith Whitney

The bravest person I've ever met was a young boy going through massive amounts of treatment for a very rare, complex and unpleasant disease. I last saw him at a Discworld convention, where he chose to take part in a game as an assassin. He died not long afterwards, and I wish I had his fortitude and sense of style. -Terry Pratchett

It would be my guess that Madonna is not a very happy woman. From my own experience, having gone through persona changes like that, that kind of clawing need to be the center of attention is not a pleasant place to be. -David Bowie

Radio, which was a much better medium than television will ever be, was easy and pleasant to listen to. Your mind filled automatically with images. -Dick Cavett

It's such a pleasant surprise when you come on set and you find someone in charge like Ken Branagh or James Ivory. You know that you're going to do a day's work and at the end of it, it's going to be good. -Anthony Hopkins

The paparazzi terrify and torment people and endanger people and it's really unpleasant. -Barbara Broccoli

There are many times when I think I would have rather died with my husband. It would have been pleasanter, simpler. But it would have been worse for the children and the family in general. -Nina Bawden

Now, although my life is still pleasant, the days of easy money are over. -Ben Stein

I was always frightened by taverns. They just seemed like very unpleasant places to go. -Matt Groening

I love when people underestimate me and then become pleasantly surprised. -Kim Kardashian

You always want to feel you're not the only one going through something unpleasant. -Rick Springfield

When I took part in European leaders summits, it was sometimes unpleasant for me to hear Romanian, Polish, Portuguese, and Italian friends speak English, although I admit that on an informal basis, first contacts can be made in this language. Nevertheless, I will defend everywhere the use of the French language. -Francois Hollande

I'm not clean or even vaguely pleasant to be around in a domestic situation. -Daniel Radcliffe

I've never had any idea that what I like would resonate with the audience, and I'm pleasantly surprised when it does. -Tom Petty

If I don't feel like I'm doing the job well, and I don't know how to get there, or I'm too scared, or whatever, I'm not a happy guy and I'm not pleasant. I'm not pleasant to be around. -Philip Seymour Hoffman

If people are constantly reading about you, and you're overexposed, they've got no reason to go see your movies. Also, it's not pleasant or nice to have your privacy invaded. -John Cusack

I really never look at my health issues as 'Woe is me.' I've seen the reality of that. And it's not a pleasant thing. -Rick Majerus

There are characters that have made me uncomfortable. I did a film called 'Rob Roy,' and I played Killearn, who was this sort of greasy fallen-angel character who was voyeuristic and sleazy and really unpleasant. It was a great role, but I didn't especially enjoy living with this awful man for the length of time it took to make the movie. -Brian Cox

I feel that it means a lot to the people of Iran that my film is represented at the Oscars, and it makes me happy to bring them that joy, that I'm representing them and that I'm able to give them that element of pleasure to be the envoy from Iran. It's a very pleasant thing. -Asghar Farhadi

I have a problem with a lot of men's fragrances because they are very strong. Somebody somewhere thinks that masculine means powerful smells, and I find them overbearing and not very pleasant. -Clive Owen

My past is not pleasant; I grew up in a very tough town, Waterbury, Connecticut. I grew up in New York, too, but Waterbury was tougher. -Dylan McDermott

Now, if you are like me – if you are like practically anybody in America – then you probably hold some negative opinions about the French, based upon movies, rumors, recent headlines, unfortunate run-ins with Parisian waiters, or… you know… all that unpleasantness surrounding the Vichy regime. -Elizabeth Gilbert

It seems I have a hard time being attracted to someone unless I respect what they do on some level. Otherwise, I would feel disdain for them. Which is not always pleasant in a relationship. Sometimes it's fun though. -Eric Stoltz

Exposing any subject that is unpleasant or controversial means risking judgment and making some people feel uncomfortable. -Carre Otis

I have nothing to say about my childhood. It was a perfectly pleasant upbringing – it's not like it was unhappy or anything. -Graham Norton

The only way to go on holiday is with your expectations at ground level. Convince yourself before you go that the weather's going to be dreadful and there will be nylon sheets. You'll then be pleasantly surprised. -Jenny Eclair

I know I can be bolshy and really unpleasant, and it always happens if I lose confidence in the people I'm working with. If I've got no confidence in what I'm doing and they don't provide me with some assurance that we're doing the right thing then I bully people. I'm a horrible bully. -Kristin Scott Thomas

A children's author on a soapbox is not a pleasant sight but I have become drawn into issues, slightly unwillingly, relating to young people, literacy and youth justice: just look at the number of young people we have locked up in prison, and the uselessness of it. -Anthony Horowitz

I find writing very difficult. It's hard and it hurts sometimes, and it's scary because of the fear of failure and the very unpleasant feeling that you may have reached the limit of your abilities. -Tony Kushner

People idealize or reminisce about their 20s, but nobody tells you beforehand that it's hard and unglamorous and often very unpleasant. -Zosia Mamet

I think feminism's a bit misinterpreted. It was about casting off all gender roles. There's nothing wrong with a man holding a door open for a girl. But we sort of threw away all the rules, so everybody's confused. And dating becomes a sloppy, uncomfortable, unpleasant thing. -Zosia Mamet

Awards are always a pleasant surprise. They are the candy-floss parts of our job – a lovely added extra to attract people's attention. The bottom line is that you want to sell tickets. -Sophie Thompson

There's so much nonsense tossed around about L.A. and how horrible it is and 'don't go out there' and all that stuff. So I went out to L.A. and I was pleasantly surprised. -Josh Radnor

I'll say this, and this has nothing to do with gender or sexuality: You do not want to get licked in the face repeatedly by another human being. You just don't. It's not pleasant. -Josh Radnor

I maintain that I never expect anything, therefore I'm always pleasantly surprised. -Lianne La Havas

There are certain ways of being that people don't find acceptable or very pleasant in regular life, but you go out on stage and do pretty much the same thing and they find it spellbinding. -Michael Shannon

I don't always expect good from people. I always expect the bad and I am pleasantly surprised when they are nice. -Nick Wechsler

I guess it's easier to think badly and then be pleasantly surprised. -Ellie Kemper

To have a film where there's an evil figure and a good person fights against the evil figure and everything becomes a happy ending, that's one way to make a film. But then that means you have to draw, as an animator, the evil figure. And it's not very pleasant to draw evil figures. -Hayao Miyazaki

We rushed into renewable energy without any thought. The schemes are largely hopelessly inefficient and unpleasant. I personally can't stand windmills at any price. -James Lovelock

On land, you can walk away from people, from unpleasant situations. But when you're on a ship for 14 months with 49 other people, if you don't resolve your issues it literally could mean – and this would be an extreme circumstance – the sinking of the ship. You learn a lot about other people. You learn a lot about yourself. -Billy Campbell

Everything is accessible to everyone all the time, and I think there are wondrous things to treasure with what the Internet has made available to journalists. But I think it's also had some effects that are less pleasant. It has chipped away at a sense of privacy and secrecy. -Bill Keller

The thing about youthful offenders is that no one seems to care about them. Most people don't like adolescents – even the good ones can be snarky and unpleasant. Combine the antipathy we feel toward the average teenager with the fear inspired by youth violence, and you have a population that no one wants to deal with. -Ayelet Waldman

You want to be burning calories after you work out. The problem becomes for most people – it's not pleasant, it's painful. You have to have the pain tolerance to be able to deal with that, which a lot of people do not. -Brett Hoebel

Divorce is never a pleasant experience. You look upon it as a failure. But I learned to be a different person once we broke up. Sometimes you learn more from failure than you do from success. -Michael Crawford

My father was an aspiring country singer and songwriter. He just didn't get that off that ground. I was afraid, very tentative to do anything with music for years. I didn't tell him I was playing in bands when I was away from home, because it had been such an unpleasant experience and a letdown for him. -Ronnie Dunn

Cape Town's beaches are superb and while the water on the Atlantic side is damn cold, it's very pleasant on the other side. Bring your golf clubs if you play – Cape Town has some fabulous golf courses. -Wilbur Smith

My parents are very humble people who have simple lives… they live in a pleasant little town in China. -Liu Wen

Comedically, unpleasantness is great fun. -Teller

The place we want to explore unpleasantness in the real world is in art. -Teller

Until the nineteen-seventies, Western countries paid little attention to corruption overseas, and bribery was seen as an unpleasant but necessary part of doing business there. In some European countries, businesses were even allowed to deduct bribes as an expense. -James Surowiecki

The essence of procrastination lies in not doing what you think you should be doing, a mental contortion that surely accounts for the great psychic toll the habit takes on people. This is the perplexing thing about procrastination: although it seems to involve avoiding unpleasant tasks, indulging in it generally doesn't make people happy. -James Surowiecki

When Americans think of college these days, the first word that often comes to mind is 'debt.' And from 'debt' it's just a short hop to other unpleasant words, like 'payola,' 'kickback,' and 'bribery.' -James Surowiecki

I don't want to approach reading from the viewpoint of that it's a pleasant adjunct to your life. I want to approach it from the idea that you have to read or you're going to suffer. There's a difference to be made – and you can make it if you read with your child. -Walter Dean Myers

Debating clubs among boys are very useful, not only as affording pleasant meetings and interesting discussions, but also as serving for training grounds for developing the knowledge and the qualities that are needed in public life. -Annie Besant

New Zealanders have conventions and pleasantries, but we are direct. We are encouraged to be transparent with our behavior and not to employ passive aggression. -Daniel Gillies

I'm not 100% nice all the time, so I find it quite hard to be really pleasant. -Alexa Chung

Every principle of liberty enunciated in any civilized country on earth, with very few exceptions, was intended entirely for men, and when women tried to force the putting into practice of these principles, for women, then they discovered they had come into a very, very unpleasant situation indeed. -Emmeline Pankhurst

I tend to always carry a camera with me. I live next to a fire station, and I've got lots of photos of the hook and ladder coming out of the house. And I like food, so I tend to photograph wonderfully presented food all the time. To me those are very pleasant memories. -Gordon Bell

The new Disney cartoon 'Bambi' is interesting because it's the first one that's been entirely unpleasant. -Manny Farber

When I stopped making films, they were getting on to the more realistic films and the explicit films and all. They were depicting life as it is, and some of it was unpleasant. I gradually moved away from that. -Danny Kaye

Dead bodies do get a grayish blue/purple hue because blood pools in the capillaries and the body starts to decompose. It's not smurf blue, but it's not a pleasant shade. -Ann Hood

Politicians don't like to face unpleasant realities. In truth, nobody does, but as individuals, we have no choice; if we neglect to plan ahead, we are held accountable. Fail to meet your responsibilities at work, and you get fired. Ignore your car's gas gauge, and you get stranded. -Nathan Myhrvold

Men there have been who have done the essayist's part so well as to have earned an immortality in the doing; but we have had not many of them, and they make but a poor figure on our shelves. It is a pity that things should be thus with us, for a good essayist is the pleasantest companion imaginable. -William Ernest Henley

If you look at the Earth without architecture, it's sometimes a little bit unpleasant. So there is this basic human need to do shelter in the broadest sense of the word, whether it's a movie theater or a simple log cabin in the mountains. This is the core of architecture: To provide a space for human beings. -Peter Zumthor

If you see a gaggle of teenagers walking towards you, you tend not to make eye contact, because you know they're going to recognise you. You learn to adapt: 99.999 per cent of people aren't looking to be harmful or unpleasant; they just want something, a photograph or an autograph. -Robert Sheehan

I suppose there are actors who are worried about their public image. But I've never had any trouble playing unpleasant characters. It is only a part. Which is why you do it -because you are interested in exploring something you never could or would be. -Aidan Gillen

Crime is a job and it's boring. It's also unpleasant. -Andrew Dominik

Deep walkability describes a city that is built in such a way that you can move from one area to another on foot, on bicycle, on transit and have an experience that remains a pleasant one, that you feel you are welcome not just in the neighborhood but moving between neighborhoods. -Alex Steffen

I find the parallels between how some investors refuse to recognise the trends and our reaction to some of our environmental challenges very powerful. There is an unwillingness to process unpleasant data. -Jeremy Grantham

Investment bubbles and high animal spirits do not materialize out of thin air. They need extremely favorable economic fundamentals together with free and easy, cheap credit, and they need it for at least two or three years. Importantly, they also need serial pleasant surprises in such critical variables as global GNP growth. -Jeremy Grantham

I enjoy darker sardonic wit more than knock-knock jokes. I spent the first healthy chunk of my career playing all-American, pleasant, average, nice people, so it's fun to have some complications there. -Neil Patrick Harris

There has been a rather unpleasant sensibility apparent in Frank Miller's work for quite a long time. -Alan Moore

Frankly, I have always dreaded writing – there always seemed to be pain involved, unpleasant self-examination and a lot of fear. -Trent Reznor

I've spent so much of my adult life in relationships that it's actually quite pleasant to be alone at last. I turned thirty-six the other day, which staggers me when I think about it. -Matt Roper

Nausea is a normal but unpleasant effect of pregnancy and a really good sign that it is going well. Women who experience nausea in early pregnancy are less likely to miscarry. -Emily Oster

I was pleasantly disappointed on entering Bohemia. Instead of a dull, uninteresting country, as I expected, it is a land full of the most lovely scenery. There is every thing which can gratify the eye – high blue mountains, valleys of the sweetest pastoral look and romantic old ruins. -Bayard Taylor

It's extraordinary what children put up with. I happened to see two of my uncles put my father up against the wall of my grandmother's house and knock his teeth out, because he'd been unpleasant to my mother. The next day I went upstairs and found my father making a rather half-hearted attempt to gas himself. -Jack Straw

That's what I love about Chicago… It is the staccato aspect of the skyscrapers. But the ground is very loose, very relaxed. It makes Chicago far more pleasant than other cities. -Ben van Berkel

A love song must respect the canons of music beauty, entering the fibers of those who are listening. It must make them dream and pleasantly introduce them to the universe of love. -Andrea Bocelli

Life is life, and one has experiences that are painful and some that are very pleasant, and one has reward and sacrifice and more reward and disappointment and joy and happiness, and it's always going to be the same. -Mel Gibson

Life's experiences, whether they be pleasant or unpleasant, torturous or excruciatingly wonderful and blissful, you know, season you somehow and you learn from them. -Mel Gibson

We all know the place you're in has a big impact on how you feel. How you feel has an impact on the quality of work. Why wouldn't we put a lot of effort into making the place we work as efficient and productive and pleasant as possible? -Jesse Schell

My first experience in the Netherlands was very pleasant, extremely pleasant. I mean, I got my residence permit, refugee status, within four weeks of arrival. People treated me extremely well. -Ayaan Hirsi Ali

I have gone to many theaters where it is so unpleasant with the commercials before the movie, the volume, and the disrespect of the filmgoers. So I understand people not wanting to go to the theater. -Jeff Garlin

I've made so many people angry that they kind of blur into one unpleasant memory of people staring at you with somewhere between passive aggression and active aggression. -John Oliver

The particular way I'm going to die is not going to be particularly pleasant. It will probably be physically uncomfortable, and it won't be an easy thing for my wife and kids to watch. I think it will be a real challenge to see if I can squeeze the lemons hard enough to still get lemonade the last few weeks. -Randy Pausch

You know, the standard state for people is 'mildly pleasant.' Negative emotions are quite rare, and extremely positive emotions are rare. But people are mildly pleased most of the time, they're mildly tired a lot of the time, and they wish they were somewhere else a substantial part of the time – but mostly they're mildly pleased. -Daniel Kahneman

I think it's a problem when something's a dream because it'll never live up to your expectations. It's better to go somewhere thinking it'll be horrible, and then be pleasantly surprised. -Karl Pilkington

I'm a nice guy to anyone I meet, until they show me they don't deserve niceness. I'll turn very quickly. But I'm pretty pleasant overall. -Noel Clarke

In a way, I'd rather go into an interview and be disliked, and have unpleasant things written about me, than to have a wonderful, glowing article written that is in no way a reflection of who I am. -Romola Garai

Thank God, I have sort of a pan-European accent rather than Russian, which doesn't sound very pleasantly to Americans. For them, we speak with a rather rude pitch, and that might be our actors' problem there. Now I've begun working with language coaches in Los Angeles to get rid of the accent completely. -Yuliya Snigir

If someone says something unpleasant, I can't say it doesn't smart a bit. It always does. Someone can take a really nasty swipe if they want because it kind of feels powerful for a person to write in a paper and get that thing out there. -Annie Lennox

I really had to imagine the kind of person that I would have been if I had never left my hometown. I don't think I would have been a very pleasant person. -Patton Oswalt

'American Graffiti' was unpleasant because of the fact that there was no money, no time, and I was compromising myself to death. -George Lucas

Fame can be very dangerous, because you can start to enjoy that part of it. And that's not the good part of what I do for a living. The good part is the making of films. The unpleasant part is the fame part, if you're not careful. -George Clooney

As any Brit will understand, things get a little easier when you don't have to be number one any more. Really, the fall of an empire is not as bad as everyone thinks. It's like retirement. People fear retirement, but it can turn out be rather pleasant. -John Oliver

One of the problems with defending free speech is you often have to defend people that you find to be outrageous and unpleasant and disgusting. -Salman Rushdie

Apart from a period of crisis during my adolescence, when my voice was changing and I could not tame it – it was like a kicking foal that does not listen to reason – I have always been told I have a pleasant and recognizable voice. -Andrea Bocelli

When you have children, your house smells very unpleasant all the time. -Jo Brand

It is really funny to see people that you know acting unpleasantly just because there are TV cameras on. -Penn Jillette

President Obama hasn't been elected by the American people in order to be pleasant to Russia. -Vladimir Putin

What's it like to envision the ten-thousand-year environmental impact of tossing a plastic bottle into the trash bin, all in the single second it takes to actually toss it? Or the ten-thousand-year history of the fossil fuel being burned to drive to work or iron a shirt? It may be environmentally progressive, but it's not altogether pleasant. -Douglas Rushkoff

There is the natural tendency that all of us are vulnerable to, to deny unpleasant realities and to look for any excuse to push them away and resolve to think about them another day long in the future. -Al Gore

What happens is I speak to people outside of my circle of friends and they have already formed an opinion of me based on the things that people have written. That is the effect of journalism on my life, and sometimes it isn't very pleasant. -Robbie Williams

I like being a foreigner. For me, to live in California is very pleasant – I'm more comfortable not feeling a part of everything, not feeling responsible for the government or the roads or the health system. -Eric Idle

If someone's liver doesn't work, we blame it on the genes; if someone's brain doesn't work properly, we blame the school. It's actually more humane to think of the condition as genetic. For instance, you don't want to say that someone is born unpleasant, but sometimes that might be true. -James D. Watson

What is beauty, anyway? It's more than something pleasant looking. If it doesn't stop us in our tracks and make us unable to move for a moment, unable to put into words what's closing off the breath in our throats, then maybe it's pretty, but it probably isn't beauty. -Alan Alda

The Coke bottle is a masterpiece of scientific, functional planning. In simpler terms, I would describe the bottle as well thought out, logical, sparing of material and pleasant to look at. -Raymond Loewy

I have spent my life on the road waking in a pleasant, or not so pleasant hotel, and setting off every morning after breakfast hoping to discover something new and repeatable, something worth writing about. -Paul Theroux

I have inherited my father's sense of humour about myself. It's a lot more pleasant to make fun of yourself than when someone else does. -Stephen Sondheim

In Paris, you're as far as possible from the land of pleasant smiles. -Kanye West

It is more pleasant to remember others than to be remembered. -Henry J. Heinz

There is something about building up a comradeship – that I still believe is the greatest of all feats – and sharing in the dangers with your company of peers. It's the intense effort, the giving of everything you've got. It's really a very pleasant sensation. -Edmund Hillary

Unpleasant reading on the subject of anger tells us that there's not really anything wrong with it. In limited amounts. It can even be a good thing. A pressure valve. -Dick Cavett

The trouble with Hollywood films is that they always have a pleasant ending. -Martin Parr

I lived at the Gramercy Park Hotel for about 10 years. It was terrific. It was a pleasantly run-down hotel of the '70s and '80s with a mix of older, rent-controlled apartment dwellers, Europeans and new wave and punk bands. The room service was great, the hamburger was terrific, and they had a doctor who made house calls. -Paul Shaffer

There have been hours in my unhappy life, many of them, when the contemplation of death as the end of earthly sorrow – of the grave as a resting place for the tired and worn out body – has been pleasant to dwell upon. -Solomon Northup

There are few sights more pleasant to the eye than a wide cotton field when it is in bloom. It presents an appearance of purity, like an immaculate expanse of light, new-fallen snow. -Solomon Northup

Money can add very much to one's ability to lead a constructive life, not only pleasant for oneself, but, hopefully, beneficial to others. My grandfather, along with Carnegie, was a pioneer in philanthropy, which my father then practiced on a very large scale. The Christian ethic played an essential part in my upbringing. -David Rockefeller

Music is the same to me as it was to Goethe – a pleasant noise. I am an eye man, not an ear man. -Fritz Lang

Sometimes the very best way to deal with unpleasant things is to depict them in ways that allow people to laugh at them and destroy the power of unsayable things, rather than refusing to acknowledge them. -Chuck Palahniuk

Teasing and a sense of humor, if you can develop that in your kids, and if you can exercise it with the kids, just makes for a pleasanter atmosphere. -P. J. O'Rourke

One baby is a patient baby, and waits indefinitely until its mother is ready to feed it. The other baby is an impatient baby and cries lustily, screams and kicks and makes everybody unpleasant until it is fed. Well, we know perfectly well which baby is attended to first. That is the whole history of politics. -Emmeline Pankhurst

Truly, love is delightful and pleasant food, supplying, as it does, rest to the weary, strength to the weak, and joy to the sorrowful. It in fact renders the yoke of truth easy and its burden light. -Saint Bernard

Being taken for granted is an unpleasant but sincere form of praise. Ironically, the more reliable you are, and the less you complain, the more likely you are to be taken for granted. -Gretchen Rubin

Watching TV is companionable: you share an experience, you can comment on the action here and there for a bit of conversation… it's a way of showing someone that you want his or her company and engaging in a low-key, pleasant, undemanding way. -Gretchen Rubin

A beautiful city is Richmond, seated on the hills that overlook the James River. The dwellings have a pleasant appearance, often standing by themselves in the midst of gardens. In front of several, I saw large magnolias, their dark, glazed leaves glittering in the March sunshine. -William Cullen Bryant

The sweet quality is set opposite to the bitter, and is a gracious, amiable, blessed and pleasant quality, a refreshing of the life, an allaying of the fierceness. It maketh all pleasant and friendly in every creature; it maketh the vegetables of the earth fragrant and of good taste, affording fair, yellow, white and ruddy colours. -Jakob Bohme

I was actually tone deaf until I had tumors in my ears – I had very small ear canals – removed. Once they fixed that, I was actually able to sing in a pleasant manner. -Lauren Worsham

A bad or mediocre meal is more than just an unpleasant taste, it is an unnecessary negation of one of life's pleasures – a wasted chance to refine our palates, learn about the world, and share a rewarding experience. -Tyler Cowen

What surprised me most about fame is how unpleasant it can be. I used to think it was going to be so fun. I got excited about the parties. You don't anticipate friends being jealous of you and critics giving your music bad reviews. Media and rumors – that stuff hurts. -Eve

In fourth grade, I learned that reading was serious business, not just a pleasant way to pass the time, and that like medicine or engineering, it had a definite, valuable purpose: to foster 'comprehension.' -Walter Kirn

Through devotion, your family cares become more peaceful, mutual love between husband and wife becomes more sincere, the service we owe to the prince more faithful, and our work, no matter what it is, becomes more pleasant and agreeable. -Saint Francis de Sales

Economists specialize in pointing out unpleasant trade-offs – a skill that is on full display in the health care debate. We want patients to receive the best care available. We also want consumers to pay less. And we don't want to bankrupt the government or private insurers. Something must give. -Sendhil Mullainathan

Most people prepare for travels by reading about their destination; it always seemed an odd approach to me. I find it much easier and more pleasant to focus with the sights and smells of a place rattling around in my mind. -Michael Specter

The first interviews I gave were entirely unpleasant. You have people trying to trip you up with impolite questions that have nothing to do with the books. It's simply vulgar curiosity, and I won't have it. -Patrick O'Brian

I don't look backwards. I'm pleasantly surprised, and I feel really proud of the team and what we were able to accomplish together. But really, where I'm focused is the future and where Nest is going. -Tony Fadell

When I watch a romantic comedy, I feel like they're selling something that doesn't exist. Two beautiful, but extremely unpleasant, people are terrible to each other for an hour, accidentally kiss, then decide to like each other during an extremely vague montage. That isn't how people fall in love. -Rainbow Rowell

Where do thoroughbreds go after they lose one too many races, throw one too many riders, or develop a limp? Many thousands of thoroughbreds end up being slaughtered for horse meat. The unpleasant truth is horse meat is eaten in Europe and Asia. -Jane Velez-Mitchell

A lot of people from my generation can't write songs anymore, or it's really hard and it's an unpleasant experience. I don't feel that way at all. -Robbie Robertson

Any hand that I've shaken, any person that I met when I was Joe Blow, now that I'm this guy Kevin Hart, has come back. That's why I treat everybody with respect. I'm always a nice pleasant guy to meet because when they come back to you, they remember. -Kevin Hart

My methods produce lasting behavioral change without unpleasant consequences, because the change does not come from an effort of will. It comes from examining your deep-rooted beliefs of who you are and how the world functions. As you examine these beliefs and make changes in them, you literally become a different person. -Srikumar Rao

It's always, you know, a pleasant exercise to imagine my own death because then I'm so happy when I can stop. -William T. Vollmann

I have my own difficulty with movies in which the suffering of the characters is too real, and many find it difficult to watch comedies that rely too heavily on embarrassment; the vicarious reaction to this is too unpleasant. -Paul Bloom

I have nothing but contempt for Gadhafi. I'm not a Gadhafi supporter in any way. However, it's not clear to me that it's a vital and compelling national security objective of the United States that we ought to use military force to remove him from power. He's not the only unpleasant and unsavory dictator in the world. -Pat Toomey

It is truly not fun to be the family that sticks out in an all-white community. On the other side, I have five brothers and sisters; we all look exactly the same, and we're very, very tight. The lessons about race were not pleasant, but there are things that I loved about my childhood. -Soledad O'Brien

Film, for me, is in two stages. One is when I write the script more or less on my own – that's the nice bit. And then comes for me the unpleasant bit when they all go off, 100 people – actors and camera people and film and sound – and I stay away. When they go into the editing room, I come in again, and that's the bit I like. -Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Tiangong 1, our home in space, was comfortable and pleasant. -Liu Yang

Luckily, with 'The Collector' the first time around, it really took off in the DVD world and foreign, so it was just a pleasant surprise that a couple of years later there we were, doing it again. -Josh Stewart

Someone said adversity builds character, but someone else said adversity reveals character. I'm pleasantly surprised with my resilience. I persevere, and not just blindly. I take the best, get rid of the rest, and move on, realizing that you can make a choice to take the good. -Brooke Shields

Our thoughts about an event can have a dramatic effect on how we go through the event itself. When our expectations are low, it's easy to be pleasantly surprised. When they're not, we're vulnerable to painful disappointment. Because of this, many people spend a good deal of effort trying to avoid developing high hopes about anything. -Martha Beck

If you go into an underground train in London – probably anywhere, but chiefly in London – there's that sense of almost entering a ghostly dimension. People are very still and quiet; they don't exchange many pleasantries. -Seamus Heaney

I think when you have lawyers arguing over whether you can keep a detainee at 46 degrees… for two hours, that's not torture. It may be unpleasant, it may be coercive… but let's say what torture actually is, and that's not it. -Alex Berenson

I was terrified of getting the chemo. It's not pleasant. And the radiation is not pleasant. -Farrah Fawcett

Octavia Spencer rocks. But just as a human being, she's so down-to-earth. Talk about being pleasantly surprised. You walk onto set, and she's making these jokes, and she's playing around with the cast and the crew, and she invited all to her house for a dinner party. She's just a genuinely good person. -Ciara Bravo

My children just want to get at the world; it is so pleasantly surprising to witness that. -Michael Leunig

To be a pleasant person, you would at least need to see the point of being a pleasant person, or have it explained to you at some sort of 'finishing school' where you could actually learn the laws of propriety and the skills of appearing well-adapted, easygoing and attractively trouble free. But where do you learn these things? I don't know. -Michael Leunig

I grew up in the suburbs, so I figured 'Why not try downtown living?' And, honestly, I love it. I've been very pleasantly surprised at how much downtown Indianapolis has to offer. -Andrew Luck

I am a big, confident, happy woman who had a loving childhood, a pleasant career, and a wonderful marriage. I feel very lucky. -Maeve Binchy

Anytime you have a tight race and you lose, it's not pleasant. -Vern Buchanan

I don't know if likeable, pleasant characters have enough conflict for me to want to do them. I admire those people, but I've never been that kind of screen presence who can do nothing. I need to do something. -Michael Douglas

I usually get all my stress and anger out at the gym. But when I get out, I'm kind of a pleasant person – really. -Natalie Martinez

There used to be a certain condescension to Mozart. His music was regarded as pleasant. He was a porcelain figure playing a porcelain harpsichord. -Peter Shaffer

I view the experiences that I have had – both tough ones and the pleasant ones – as gifts. They've been full of lessons. And I've learned to be open to those lessons. -Deval Patrick

All men are chums who will never leave each other in the lurch. A chum doesn't forgive, he just forgets – women forgive everything but never forget. Being forgiven is very unpleasant. -Tove Jansson

Again and again, I find something eerie in many Irish occasions – the unrelenting whiteness, the emotional tribal attachments, the violent prejudices lurking beneath apparently pleasant social surfaces, the cosy smugness of belonging. -Tom Paulin

I'm a quiet person, and I live a quiet, pleasant, ordinary, simple life. -Mary McGarry Morris

One year, I was a patron of a new opera. It was, to put it kindly, unpleasant to the ear. The friends I went with hated it. Keeping quiet about my contribution, I was outed when one of them, reading the program at the restaurant during dinner, saw my name. -Karen DeCrow

Articles themselves are condensed to narrow columns of text across 5, 6, 7 pages, and ads that are really distracting for the reader, so it's not a pleasant experience to 'curl up' with a good website. -Mike McCue

I have little doubt that gerontologists will eventually find a way to avoid, or more likely, delay, the unpleasantries of extended life. -S. Jay Olshansky

I get cast as a lot of sympathetic characters. I'd like to play someone really unpleasant. -Taron Egerton

I always love to be careful with my expectations so that life has pleasant surprises for me. -Sebastian Thrun

I'm really trying to be in the now – that's so spiritual and stuff. It's just so much more pleasant and sane. -Robin Wright

I was on the beach every summer. That was the pleasant part of my childhood because we were right by the sea. We'd take a picnic, and I'd spend hours in the water until I turned blue. You couldn't get me out of there. -Olga Kurylenko

I had my bad-boy moment in my teens. I'll never do that again. It wasn't pleasant, and I learned my lesson. It was sexy and mysterious, and it's like, 'Look how cool they are,' but it's just not worth it. He was lying to me and accusing me of cheating – but then I realized he was the one cheating. -Jessica Biel

Slack is gratifying to work on in the same way that Flickr was. The mission is to make people's working lives simpler, more pleasant, more productive. -Stewart Butterfield

Wherever I can get a fast track, I'll try to because I can't stand the airport experience. If you can afford priority boarding, then do it. Nobody wants an unpleasant experience before it starts. -Anton du Beke

I don't think the world is a particularly pleasant place. -Ruth Rendell

Christmas time! That man must be a misanthrope indeed, in whose breast something like a jovial feeling is not roused – in whose mind some pleasant associations are not awakened – by the recurrence of Christmas. -Charles Dickens

There are people who read Tolstoy or Dostoevski who do not insist that their endings be happy or pleasant or, at least, not be depressing. But if you're writing mysteries – oh, no, you can't have an ending like that. It must be tidy. -Martha Grimes

On reflection, I am always pleasantly surprised when ordinary members of the public stop me in the street to say, 'Thank you,' I guess for making travel and other goods and services affordable to them. -Stelios Haji-Ioannou

Once you get over the culture shock, Filey is a pleasant spot, particularly at the beginning or end of the summer, when the hotels are half full. The brave go in winter, when the wind can be bitter and biting and Filey resumes its real life as a tiny, introverted fishing community. -David Hewson

People tell me that I should eat more, but they don't know me: I eat a lot. It's pretty unpleasant that people assume every model is anorexic and bulimic. -Elizabeth Jagger

A single woman with a very narrow income must be a ridiculous, disagreeable old maid – the proper sport of boys and girls; but a single woman of good fortune is always respectable, and may be as sensible and pleasant as anybody else. -Jane Austen

I've worked with the old dames and knights – Edith Evans, Ralph Richardson – they're the most incredibly humble, kindly people because they are so big that they don't need to be unpleasant. -Ron Moody

Shooting in Los Angeles is always pleasant and comfortable. Shooting in New York is like being on 'Survivor.' -Bruce Eric Kaplan

I don't want to say that sanctions are ridiculous and that we couldn't care less; these are not pleasant things… We find little joy in that, but there are no painful sensations. We have lived through tougher times. -Sergei Lavrov

I don't do pride. It seems to me to be a very unpleasant thing. -Ruth Rendell

L.A. is a very strange place. On the surface, it has an innocent appearance, like the stranger with the pleasant face that smiles and shakes your hand. But then you learn it is actually a lot less nice than you think, and there's a whole deeper, darker level. -Zach Galligan

It was weird – writing is a stupid thing to do. I come up here in the morning to a pleasant room in the roof of my house and imagine I'm a black South American football superstar; then I have to imagine I'm a female pop celebrity who's pregnant. It's a completely mad way to spend your time. -Mal Peet

When the crying child is immediately isolated, and it is explained to him at the same time that whoever annoys others must not be with them, if this isolation is the absolute result and cannot be avoided, in the child's mind a basis is laid for the experience that one must be alone when one makes oneself unpleasant or disagreeable. -Ellen Key

In real life, if I were firing you, I'd tell you what a great job you did, how fantastic you are, and how you can do better someplace else. If somebody steals, that's different, but generally speaking, you want to let them down as lightly as possible. It's not a very pleasant thing. I don't like firing people. -Donald Trump

Effective listening is something that can absolutely be learned and mastered. Even if you find attentive listening difficult and, in certain situations, boring or unpleasant, that doesn't mean you can't do it. You just have to know what to work on. -Travis Bradberry

I started out printing silk screen t-shirts. I sold ink pens. I worked construction. I worked at a gas station. I pumped gas. I was a mechanic for a little bit. I went into sewers, down into sewer lines. I had a lot of somewhat unpleasant gigs for a time there. -Johnny Depp

When you are in an unpleasant environment that makes you feel uncomfortable, one of the key ways to improve that situation is through design. That's why I think it is so important to help develop and showcase young designers, as they are our future. -Yelena Baturina

Cleaning cat litter is an unpleasant daily chore for me, but the DuraScoop makes it much less unpleasant. -Mark Frauenfelder

There's this assumption that all children have the luxury of a childhood where their innocence is always respected and their main occupation is pleasant play – at the age of 18 or 21, they are then thrust into the real world and shown its uglier side, but not before. -Margo Lanagan

I heard somewhere that whenever you write a book, people will ask you One Question about it over and over. And while I'm no expert in these matters, this is proving to be true. My first book dealt with a not-that-pleasant degenerate type, and the One Question was, 'Is this an autobiographical story?' -Patrick deWitt

Almost all words do have color, and nothing is more pleasant than to utter a pink word and see someone's eyes light up and know it is a pink word for him or her, too. -Gladys Taber

As you eat more healthily, your palate changes – it's amazing. Your taste buds constantly adapt: from minute to minute, in fact. If you drank orange juice right now, it would taste sweet. But if you first ate some sweets then drank the same juice, it could taste unpleasantly bitter. -Michael Greger

Make yourself do unpleasant things so as to gain the upper hand of your soul. -W. E. B. Du Bois

The monotony of a long heroic poem may often be pleasantly relieved by judicious interruptions in the perfect succession of rhymes, just as the metre may sometimes be adorned with occasional triplets and Alexandrines. -H. P. Lovecraft

I had always studied French and was obsessed with French films. I hated the way American films always had happy endings. I liked the way French films had dark and unpleasant characters; it was much more realistic. -Jerry Hall

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that pirates did wear eye patches and have peg legs and have brightly colored beads. I never knew what the beads were for. They really were for frightening and terrifying their prey. -Robert Kurson

When I was growing up, nothing unpleasant was shown in the home. And when I was in art school, the only art that was presented to me was Abstract Expressionism. But I was interested in the grim stuff. It seemed more exciting. -Peter Saul

Cars are a fairly unpleasant thing to have to draw. -John Allison

A habit leads a man so gently in the beginning that he does not perceive he is led – with what silken threads and down what pleasant avenues it leads him! By and by, the soft silk threads become iron chains, and the pleasant avenues Avernus! -Thomas Bailey Aldrich

I believe that there are many herbs and many trees that are worth much in Europe for dyes and for medicines; but I do not know, and this causes me great sorrow. Arriving at this cape, I found the smell of the trees and flowers so delicious that it seemed the pleasantest thing in the world. -Christopher Columbus

All of us have been trained by education and environment to seek personal gain and security and to fight for ourselves. Though we cover it over with pleasant phrases, we have been educated for various professions within a system which is based on exploitation and acquisitive fear. -Jiddu Krishnamurti

I greatly enjoyed the Hawaiian Islands. They are a real little paradise in spite of the influx of Americans who have made it one of their most pleasant 'centers of resort': the soft climate and luxuriance of the tropics; the greenness, the fragrance, the flowers – extraordinary flowers covering the tallest trees and turning them into huge bouquets. -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The only thing about kissing anyone on screen is that forced intimacy is never pleasant. If you don't want to be kissing someone, it's hard to get over that barrier, and so there's a reluctance to be that close to someone. -Matthew Daddario

I was a little hesitant at first because there's so many ways you can get 'Straight Outta Compton' wrong. You know, it's such a great story; it's such a classic tale. I was a little nervous 'cause it's like a very narrow road to success with that type of story – you got to get it right – but when I read it, I was pleasantly surprised. -F. Gary Gray

That is the job of a comedian: To take unpleasant subject matter and forcibly, with his hands, wring the funny out of it. -Katt Williams

I am very much aware of my own double self. The well-known one is very under control; everything is planned and very secure. The unknown one can be very unpleasant. I think this side is responsible for all the creative work – he is in touch with the child. He is not rational; he is impulsive and extremely emotional. -Ingmar Bergman

I've had particularly unpleasant stuff, and it has been reported that I've had death threats. Twitter and Facebook give people who have always been out there a platform from which to hurl abuse, and all I can do is try to block it out and remind myself that tweets are transient and get lost in the ether after a few moments. -Nicola Sturgeon

Journalists always explain that people are mad at them because they tell the truth, which is often unpleasant or uncomfortable to hear. However, they fail in situations where there is more than one truth. -Yair Lapid

I always make a point of keeping the most pleasant-sounding name for the murderer. As he or she is bound to come to an unpleasant end, it seems the very least the author can do. -Ngaio Marsh

I'd like to be remembered for being a fairly pleasant person and for having gotten along for the most part with a lot of the people I've worked with. And for having a wonderful life and for having enjoyed practically every minute of it… I think I'm one of the luckiest people in the world. -Harry Morgan

Pre-production and post-production is something that I've never been exposed to. I was pleasantly surprised that you could accomplish a lot during pre-production. -Jason Bateman

In 1922, I got a small stipend from the Swedish-American Foundation and went to Cambridge, England, for a few months and thereafter to Harvard University. In the summer, Cambridge was rather empty, but I am grateful for many pleasant talks about economics with Austin Robinson who, in the summer of 1922, seemed to be about as lonely as I was. -Bertil Ohlin

I truly believe that the people who have a negative view of Trump will be pleasantly surprised when he becomes the leader of our country. I also believe he will make positive changes that will benefit the people who need it most. -Chuck Norris

It is surprising how many people who don't read believe they have a book in them. Why? Nobody would imagine that Alfred Brendel took up the piano on a whim at 25 when he found accountancy unpleasant. -Justin Cartwright

Pleasant speech yields joy to all, and observing this, is there any need for unpleasant speech? -Thiruvalluvar

As there is in Germany – as well as in Russia and Italy – no art which is not approved of by the government, any criticizing remark about the present policy made by me would easily be taken as a hostile act. I cannot have my name put up against an official report from Germany without risking very unpleasant consequences. -Walter Gropius

It wasn't such a pleasant experience. We went through 14 hours with contractions every two minutes, no epidural, no nothing. Every two minutes, I would pass out. I went to the hospital on Saturday, and Levi was born on Monday. -Camila Alves

My father usually does not talk to me about my films, and it was a pleasant moment when he appreciated me the first time. -Mahesh Babu

As goods become more standardized – and mass production has that effect, standardizing product – the distinguishing factor between one store and another is going to be how skillful stores are in satisfying customers and making it a pleasant experience instead of a hostile experience. -Stanley Marcus

One thing I struggled with early in my career was the delicate balance between my performance and my identity. When things on the field went well, I was cheerful and felt important. When things went poorly, my countenance and self-concept plummeted, and I was not pleasant to be around. -Benjamin Watson

I had jobs from the age of 14, when I arrived in London as a refugee. Aged 17, I'd get up at 4 A.M. to work as a cleaner before school. It wasn't pleasant. -Alek Wek

In my career, I really set out not to develop too strong a persona so that you wouldn't have a hard time imagining me in any given role. I wanted to pleasantly confuse the audience on who I was. -Jeff Bridges

American women are so fortunate. When I got married, all I wanted in the world was a dryer so I didn't have to hang up my diapers. And now women have paper diapers and all sorts of conveniences in the home. And it is the man and the technology that has made the home such a pleasant place for women to be. -Phyllis Schlafly

Even the most seemingly unpleasant situations – if you become aligned with it, something good will emerge from that. -Eckhart Tolle

To a shameful extent, the charm of marriage boils down to how unpleasant it is to be alone. -Alain de Botton

Idealism is no good. Any concrete dedication to an abstract condition results in unpleasant things like wars. -Thomas Pynchon

I cannot think that when God sent us into the world, he had irreversibly decreed that we should be perpetually miserable in it. If our taking up the Cross imply our bidding adieu to all joy and satisfaction, how is it reconcilable with what Solomon expressly affirms of religion, that 'her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace?' -John Wesley

I've been in a position before where a president has turned to me in the Oval Office in a difficult moment, without any pleasantries, and said, 'I'm asking you as your president and Commander in Chief to take command of the international security force in Afghanistan.' The only response can be, 'Yes, Mr. President.' -David Petraeus

Having read my share of tell-alls over the year, including some that were passed off as autobiographies, I mostly feel sad – sometimes for the writer and sometimes for all the people in his way. I hope that the process of writing the tell-all gives some release and closure on what clearly was an unpleasant and unfulfilling life experience. -Brad Feld

I was clearly brought into the whole thing about acting by my mother. She loved the theater. She had a very pleasant singing voice, which she used to sing for her ladies' club. -Norman Lloyd

I was in my second year at NYU. I knew what I wanted to do, and I just walked out of college. So, from the age of 17, I've been able to do what I wanted, and that makes for a kind of contentment, a fairly pleasant demeanor. -Norman Lloyd

Often, when Jim Carrey plays it straight, all of the vitality is drained from his face; he looks like a root-canal patient trying out a pleasant expression for his oral surgeon. -Elvis Mitchell

The pleasantly crude 'Hall Pass' reminds us of what's been missing from movies: Those squirm-inducing moments in comedy that produce enough discomfort that, at points, what we're watching is half a heartbeat away from a horror film. -Elvis Mitchell

I thought talking to human beings was just something that could make things complicated and unpleasant. So I didn't talk much. I just watched people. -Ernie Banks

I am one of those people who are out of touch with their emotions. I tend to treat my emotions like unpleasant relatives – a long-distance call once or twice or year is more than enough. If I got in touch with them, they might come to stay. -Molly Ivins

No connection to the average voter – Clinton has an air of superiority. Despite her wide smile and pleasant appearance, she is envisioned as someone who is trying to hide something all the time. -Fabrizio Moreira

When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, 'How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity.' -Donald Trump

Grammy nominations are certainly pleasant, but you can forget about them and lead a perfectly happy life – provided you have the approval of the musicians you work with. -Kurt Elling

You have to be fulfilled in order for everyone else to be fulfilled. I'm a way happier, more pleasant person to be around when I take time for myself. -Jenna Dewan

The King of Spain displayed his esteem for me in a manner that I confess flattered me pleasantly when, after the death of Don Luis de Haro, he stated publicly in front of all the foreign ambassadors that he wanted to follow my example in not having a prime minister any longer. -Louis XIV

I am a writer, and the duty of a writer is not only to furnish pleasant pursuits for the mind and taste: he will be held accountable if things useful to the soul are not disseminated by his works and if nothing remains after him as a precept for mankind. -Nikolai Gogol

We had friendly and pleasant relationships with all that worked in our films – many happy memories. -Stan Laurel

It's a very unpleasant topic. But we are in an outright war against jihadist Islamic fascism. And this war is, is, I think, metastasizing, almost far quicker than governments can handle it… We have Boko Haram and other groups that will eventually partner with ISIS in this global war. -Steve Bannon

Somebody saying something offensive to you or insulting to you is not pleasant, but it's part of life. -Megyn Kelly

One needs to live every day according to God's commandments. And then any kind of difficulty or unpleasantness will be manageable. -Fedor Emelianenko

I remember the first time I smelled B.O. was at a cross-country meet. But it wasn't unpleasant, in a strange way. That's what you got when you worked hard. -Mick Foley

Nothing is more pleasant for me than to be on location in the country that I love, in any of our western landscapes, being out there with a camp outfit and a film company. -George Stevens

I grew up in the Fifties and Sixties and remember how unpleasant all kinds of food could be then. -Art Malik

We cannot turn away because a topic is unpleasant or vile. Why? Because one way to rid our society of evil is to confront it boldly. -Kimberly Guilfoyle

The hardest thing is to tell the truth about oneself. One doesn't like to remember unpleasant details, but forgetting them makes one's life seem disorganized. -Marjory Stoneman Douglas

To live well, to enjoy all things that make life pleasant, is the right of every man who constantly uses his strength judiciously and lawfully. -William Cobbett

It is right and necessary that all should have work to do which shall be worth doing and be of itself pleasant to do, and which should be done under such conditions as would make it neither over-wearisome nor over-anxious. -William Morris

You sometimes get the feeling that people think getting back together after a hiatus to write and record a record is work, you know, arduous and unpleasant. Being able to write and record – that's a privilege. I don't forget the long days I spent working in a restaurant, when I wanted to be done so I could go home and work on a song. -Chris Cornell

Know what your characters want, know what they need most, know what they fear most, and don't be fearful of facing it, no matter how unpleasant it may be. -Mark Waid

Productive givers focus on acting in the long-term best interests of others, even if it's not pleasant. They have the courage to give the critical feedback we prefer not to hear, but truly need to hear. They offer tough love, knowing that we might like them less, but we'll come to trust and respect them more. -Adam Grant

I am continually pleasantly surprised by how many people are showing up at shows and are younger than our first record. -Isaac Hanson

It should be quite clear that it is possible for unpleasant people who are small in various ways other than in their artistic genius to produce great art. Art and morality have no necessary connection. -Fred Kaplan

I grew up knowing only war, so for me, it was the way things were. It wasn't pleasant by any means. -Julie Andrews

I mean… directing is a holy, unpleasant experience, to be perfectly honest. -Taylor Sheridan

Shanghai, the city where I was born and spent my first four and a half years. It's not necessarily the most pleasant or most comforting place, but I have blood memory there, my core was formed there, so I need to go back often, or else I become empty, lost, without meaning. -Jenny Zhang

I'm always thinking about songs and how I can sing a song that would resonate with my voice, my persona. I want it to be a pleasant experience that's not just about hearing my voice. I remember some singers whose voices were so pretty, it didn't matter what they sang – you loved it. -Johnny Mathis

I was reading scripts, doing coverage, for CAA. Reading hundreds and hundreds of scripts across the board, from blind submissions to 'Brokeback Mountain'. It was not always a pleasant task but something, in hindsight, I'm glad I did. -D. B. Weiss

There is nothing more unpleasant than watching someone on a TV or movie set act like they are entitled to a particular kind of treatment just because they have been doing it for longer. We are all in the same boat – one job at a time. -Adam Scott

I assumed that 'Gone Girl' would do incrementally better than 'Dark Places,' and that would be great. So the fact that it did more than that was kind of an incredibly pleasant surprise. -Gillian Flynn

Humor can prove to be the conversational lubricant you need to remove the tension from the most unpleasant management- and accountability-related conversations. -Clay Clark

When a woman is anything but pleasant, she is labeled as whiny, hysterical, etc. -Petra Collins

Women's emotions are constantly labeled. Any slight deviation from 'pleasantness,' and we are labeled as hysterical. When we are angry, sad, depressed, or manic, we are immediately seen as unfeminine or ugly or weak. -Petra Collins

I was pleasantly surprised with 'Salvage.' I went to Australia and New Zealand for the novel and met a lot of people who had experienced the earthquakes in Christchurch. They responded very strongly to the book because they had been through these natural disasters and were trying to figure out how to rebuild. -Jesmyn Ward

I had a hard time going to school. I probably wasn't the most pleasant young person to be around. I kept a very tight circle of trusted people. -Dean Ambrose

I'd rather not think about the unpleasant side of the experience. 'Bigg Boss' is the biggest reality-show in India and perhaps in the world. I went into it on a clean slate. -Pratyusha Banerjee

My prior stint at 'Newsweek' was a very different world. So it's what it's like to be in one of these kooky software startups as a grown up. It's not entirely pleasant! It's like, 'Oh, I don't fit.' -Daniel Lyons

Most of us walk around with our ears switched off because so much noise is unpleasant. -Julian Treasure

If you arrive at a concert ready to play your piece, that's not nearly good enough. You must have your music ready to the point where you can play it on a short rehearsal, after a long plane flight, on a strange piano, having had an unpleasant lunch, in an unfriendly atmosphere. You have to be so over-prepared that you can cope with anything. -Stephen Hough

Commercials certainly pay more than films. I was pleasantly surprised at the profitability of commercials when I did my first ad for a popular soap brand years ago. I was paid a huge amount of money for a mere 30 seconds of screen presence. After that, ads have been a regular feature in my career. -Amruta Khanvilkar

Procrastination comes in two types. Some of us procrastinate in order to pursue restful activities – spending time in bed, watching TV – while others delay difficult or unpleasant tasks in favor of those that are more fun. -Daniel Levitin

When you go into to vacationing with kids, what people don't get is that there is a portion of it that's going to be unpleasant because you're traveling with children. When people have these expectations that it's going to be perfect or amazing, that has never been my experience. -Busy Philipps

I always talk to all the crew. I always make it pleasant. I always nurture a relationship that makes people feel like they're important, like they're a part of the collaboration. I feel that way about the young actors on set. I don't talk to them like I'm the mentor; I talk to them like they're my peers. And I learned that from Meryl Streep. -Viola Davis

I really want to emphasise this – 'Strictly' is a positive show. It's interesting that it gets cast into this, understandably, the ordinary net of reality shows, but there's no part of it which feels nihilistic or unpleasant. It's all about learning something and doing well, and you feel this overwhelming sense of people wanting you to do well. -Robert Rinder

I rode a bike around town when I was a kid, with my friends, but I never got into cycling as a sport or activity. But, it is really pleasant. It's really nice to hit the mountains with all the trees and everything. I get it. -Andy Samberg

Life is not a matter of theories. Life is a matter of facts. It calls on the young and the old alike to face these facts, even though they are hard and sometimes unpleasant. -Heywood Broun

Sadness is a necessary emotion. It's maybe not the most pleasant one to have, but it's cathartic. -Phyllis Smith

Flying commercial airlines has become an all-too-often unpleasant experience. -Dan Lipinski

I prefer to create friction. Because if you're not pushing buttons, you're just making something pleasant; it's probably been done before, and it's not making anyone feel anything. -Aubrie Sellers

Being offended is, in itself, an unpleasant sensation, just like pain in your mouth is an unpleasant sensation, but if you have the right amount with the right amount of food, it actually makes the food taste good. So if you have just the right combination, people will laugh despite feeling like it's wrong. -Dan Mintz

Obviously, the Night's King is clearly a symbol of something very unpleasant in our psyche, and he even raises wights from the dead, which is probably everybody's worst fear, being actually used after we're dead. -Richard Brake

I've played a lot of these characters that aren't particularly pleasant and pretty powerful, bad people, and one thing I've discovered is that there's a real stillness to these guys. -Richard Brake

For most students at universities around the country, studying entrepreneurship is a pleasant intellectual diversion, not a professional choice, path, or commitment. -Andrew Yang

I was an only child, so I was very demanding. I enjoyed it thoroughly, but I wasn't very pleasant. -Christopher Plummer

You show up at high school, there's all these kids you don't know, and you're terrified that people will have some kind of wrong or unpleasant impression of you. You just don't want anything to ruin your public persona, because you actually have a public persona in high school. -Jesse Andrews

The Padma Shri came as a very pleasant surprise. I am deeply honoured. I don't know what I did to deserve it, but I must have done something right to be honoured by our government. -Sridevi

Film festivals are usually unpleasant experiences on some level. The lines are ridiculous, the crowds are ridiculous, or the schedules are impossibly arranged: 'You say that there's a film you really want to see? Try the 8 A.M. show! Oh, it's too bad you didn't get to bed until 2 A.M. the night before.' -Yance Ford

When I look at me, I think I'm a good catch. Why wouldn't somebody like me for me? I'm a pleasant person. I'm an intelligent person. I'm a good person. I'm not bad looking. Why wouldn't I be able to get somebody to like me? -Tina Knowles

To spend time in Silicon Valley in a year of political upheaval is, on one level, soothing. It is pleasant to hear talk of wearables, walled gardens, and disruptive beverages in between updates about mass deportation. -Anand Giridharadas

I've been really pleasantly surprised by 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' I'd never really heard of that gang before, that comic series before. And I think when you go into those, watching those sort of films, you watch them with no expectation as well, so you're always kind of pleasantly surprised, I think. -Benedict Wong

Montserrat is a very pleasant place to do nothing. The islanders know this, and they know this is why tourists go there, but they are not totally comfortable with the notion. -Mark Kurlansky

Under promise and over deliver. People will be pleasantly surprised that you gave more than they expected. And remember that there is always room for us to be better and do better. That's what I am calling for. Not just everybody else – myself, too. -Luvvie Ajayi

It is so easy to be pleasant and charming and positive when life is going swimmingly well. You are winning. You are healthy. You are happy. But what happens when life throws darts at you? -Julie Foudy

A first preview is not exactly a pleasant experience for directors and actors. You're never as raw as when the audience first comes in. -John Tiffany

My sexuality is not black and white. I'm a gay man who has occasionally drifted. I am not bi. I've had perfectly pleasant romances with women, but they weren't sustainable. My passion wasn't there. I would always be looking at guys. -Kehinde Wiley

For a sailor used to travelling light and looking after himself, many aspects of life as a royal came as an unpleasant shock to Prince Philip. -Ingrid Seward

For wok cooking, use oils with a high smoke point and low polyunsaturated-fat content: grapeseed oil, peanut oil, etc. Sesame oil and olive oil will burn and taste bitter. Oils with high polyunsaturated-fat contents like soybean oil will also make your food texturally unpleasant. -Andrew Zimmern

Truthfully, the process of making 22 episodes of television a year is not very pleasant. -Joshua Jackson

When a customer is really not happy, it's a very unpleasant experience. -John L. Flannery

DJing is really, really pleasant. It's like having people over and making hors d'oeuvres. -James Murphy

People come to the theatre in search of a real encounter with other human beings, and we must give them what they come for. Our capacity to do that is the measure of being human. And if the price is that we sometimes say something not very pleasant – well, that's precisely why people want us, in the end: because we speak the truth. -Haris Pasovic

There's only one thing, in the end, and that's singing truth in a pleasant way. -Donovan

Our bodies have a finely tuned, built-in detoxifying system: It's called our liver, and it can detoxify our bodies better than any cleanse or fast without the unpleasantness and danger of muscle cramps, dehydration, and diarrhea associated with artificial cleanses. -Harley Pasternak

Pick the one thing that you've really been putting off, that seems too big or too scary or too whatever, and do it this week. You might be very pleasantly surprised. -Jen Sincero

Saying that something is accessible gives it this implication that people need something, and thinking that we know what people need or want is really unpleasant. I don't like to think that way, like, predicting what it is that the people want. -Julia Holter

Working out is for both the mind and body, and being in a beautiful setting is conducive to a more pleasant experience. The more you enjoy your surroundings, the more likely you are to work out longer and harder. -David Kirsch

When he was not talking about race, David Duke was a very pleasant guy to talk to. He was a very nice conversationalist. He seemed like a regular guy on the phone when the subject wasn't on race and on Jews and ethnicity. -Ron Stallworth

I like to keep my expectations low and my aspirations high in my career and my life. That way I'm pleasantly surprised more often than desperately disappointed. -Jason O'Mara

I started using my blog to get information about cities I was about to visit, asking followers what the main problems there were. Many mentioned misconduct of politicians and other things I wanted to talk about during my shows. Then, before a show in one city, local politicians called saying they would sue if I said something unpleasant. -Beppe Grillo

A footballer must be prepared to be welcomed when all is well and to receive criticism when things are not working out. Of course, it is not easy nor pleasant to hear negative things about you. -Edinson Cavani

'Tim Timtya' was different from what I usually do. I had to develop a texture to go with the song. In fact, many told me I sounded like Shreya Goshal, which came as a pleasant surprise. Transitioning from tracks like 'Sunny Sunny' to this one was quite different. -Neha Kakkar

There are really three parts to the album, and there's, like, quite a lot of hip-hop on there. I guess it is a worry that people who love 'Human' might think they're buying the album and that's a blueprint for it, but it's definitely not. Hopefully they'll be pleasantly surprised. -Rag'n'Bone Man

Los Angeles is a weird mixture of every influence that Europe has dropped in its melting pot. It is hot, arid, picturesque, seething, banal, sometimes plain pleasant, and sometimes awesome. -Steven Berkoff

Personally, I've always got along great with Mesut, found him extremely pleasant as a human being. He always supported me and was one of the best players I've ever played with. -Marco Reus

I think melancholy is kind of a misunderstood emotion. I don't think it's necessarily an unpleasant or bad emotion. -Johann Johannsson

Unfortunately, my departure from Madrid was not pleasant, but those things are in the past, and I have learned a lot and matured. -Robinho

In my concerts, I'm always doing new songs, so someone seeing me for the first time or many times before will be pleasantly surprised and hopefully entertained. -Engelbert Humperdinck

Watching people move to nice music is very pleasant. -James May

I was once very unpleasantly groped while I was broadcasting by a famous individual who shall remain nameless. When I told the staff afterwards what had happened, everybody thought it was amusing. There was a shrugged shoulder approach to the whole thing. -Sandi Toksvig

What's important is that a customer should get off the airplane feeling, 'I didn't just get from A to B. I had one of the most pleasant experiences I ever had, and I'll be back for that reason.' -Herb Kelleher

One of the key components of Miitomo is that you are connecting with your friends. That is a significant measure to ensure that the user experience is consistently pleasant. -Reggie Fils-Aime

Even people who aren't pleasant to deal with – it's often because they're unhappy, and something's still not resolved for them. -Anita Dobson

What really excites me is the prospect of making people actually enjoy thinking about difficult topics, to laugh even while seriously engaging these very unpleasant subjects. -ContraPoints

We can't treat issues as taboo because we find them unpleasant. -Amber Rudd

There are times when there's been some discontent and muttered threats from audience members. I take no notice, and in any case, I always have John Carroll around to deflect unpleasantness. -Stephen Hendry

I don't enjoy being recognised. It's unpleasant. -Dennis Hopper

I was actually quite surprised how many more mythologies there are about mermaids than the ones our society knows. I was so pleasantly surprised for 'Siren' to add quite an original idea to that: One that is a predator. One that is very intelligent but still has to survive in the ocean with all of its challenges. -Eline Powell

I'm almost always trying to be funny, even when I'm on my own. I think it's the desire to channel my anger and frustration into something more positive than sitting at home being unpleasant. -Jon Richardson

When you're out there doing things, your adrenaline is rushing so much. But getting kicked in the face is never fun. There have been a lot of different painful things, but when you're kicked in the face or kneed in the face, it's not the most pleasant thing. -Lana

When I first met Salman Butt, he was a senior player, and he was a star for Pakistan, and I was a junior, but he had a very good image amongst the juniors. It wasn't that he was only nice to me: he was close to all the juniors, cracking jokes and socialising with them and being pleasant to them. -Mohammad Amir

I prefer selective memories. Some songs and some co-workers are all that I want to remember, as memories are not always so pleasant. -Asha Bhosle

When it comes to being called a pronoun, sometimes I like to call other people 'me.' I go, like, 'Oh, these mes voted for Trump. This me is begging for change. This me is driving me to the airport.' I find that useful instead of going, like – because it's so pleasant to go 'you.' -Pete Holmes

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