Best Quotes About Pleasure

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge. -Bertrand Russell

I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure. -Clarence Darrow

Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting. -George Orwell

Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune. For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure in events that dismay the rest of humanity. -Russell Baker

There is probably an element of malice in our readiness to overestimate people – we are, as it were, laying up for ourselves the pleasure of later cutting them down to size. -Eric Hoffer

There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. -John Mortimer

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too. -Samuel Butler

If it's very painful for you to criticize your friends – you're safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that's the time to hold your tongue. -Alice Miller

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

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it. -Soren Kierkegaard

I refuse to spend my life worrying about what I eat. There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. -John Mortimer

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home! -Charles Dickens

Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure. -Tony Benn

Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out… Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure. -A. E. Housman

Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth. -Samuel Johnson

Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces. -Sigmund Freud

Sex: the pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

Abstainer: a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure. -Ambrose Bierce

Perhaps all pleasure is only relief. -William S. Burroughs

False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness. -Charles Darwin

It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world. -John Steinbeck

The career of a writer is comparable to that of a woman of easy virtue. You write first for pleasure, later for the pleasure of others and finally for money. -Marcel Achard

There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win. -Muhammad Ali

It is impossible to read for pleasure from something to which you are both father and mother, born in such travail that the writer despises the thing that enslaved him. -Jim Bishop

Universities should be safe havens where ruthless examination of realities will not be distorted by the aim to please or inhibited by the risk of displeasure. -Kingman Brewster, Jr.

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make. -Truman Capote

Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure – that of being Salvador Dali. -Salvador Dali

Our pleasures were simple – they included survival. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

The greatest pleasure when I started making money was not buying cars or yachts but finding myself able to have as many freshly typed drafts as possible. -Gore Vidal

If I displayed this cup, I might look at it once or twice a week. By using it, I get pleasure from it continually. -Lila Acheson Wallace

The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish. -Pope John Paul II

The best an American can look forward to is the lonely pleasure of one who stands at long last on a chilly and inhospitable mountaintop where few have been before, where few can follow and where few will consent to believe he has been. -George F. Kennan

To torture a man you have to know his pleasures. -Stanislaw Lem

It might seem unfair to reward a person for having so much pleasure over the years, asking the maize plant to solve specific problems and then watching its responses. -Barbara McClintock

Give them pleasure – the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare. -Alfred Hitchcock

On that road of the informer, it is always night. I cannot ever inform against anyone without feeling something die within me. I inform without pleasure, because it is necessary. -Whittaker Chambers

It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver. -Niccolo Machiavelli

'Tis the sharpness of our mind that gives the edge to our pains and pleasures. -Michel de Montaigne

The greatest pleasure of life is love. -Euripides

Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society. -Henry St. John

If you pursue good with labor, the labor passes away but the good remains; if you pursue evil with pleasure, the pleasure passes away and the evil remains. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

The choicest pleasures of life lie within the ring of moderation. -Benjamin Disraeli

Old books that have ceased to be of service should no more be abandoned than should old friends who have ceased to give pleasure. -Bernard Baruch

The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure. -Dale Carnegie

The arts are not just instantaneous pleasure – if you don't like it, the artist is wrong. I belong to the generation which says if you don't like it, you don't understand and you ought to find out. -Ethel Barrymore

Moving between the legs of tables and of chairs, rising or falling, grasping at kisses and toys, advancing boldly, sudden to take alarm, retreating to the corner of arm and knee, eager to be reassured, taking pleasure in the fragrant brilliance of the Christmas tree. -T. S. Eliot

Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize. -James Joyce

The mere brute pleasure of reading – the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

The pleasure of reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books. -Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

No one can read with profit that which he cannot learn to read with pleasure. -Thomas Hardy

There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it. -Andrew Jackson

The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books. -Katherine Mansfield

The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth and have it found out by accident. -Charles Lamb

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing. -William Butler Yeats

You find yourself refreshed in the presence of cheerful people. Why not make an honest effort to confer that pleasure on others? Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy. -Lydia M. Child

Your chances of success are directly proportional to the degree of pleasure you desire from what you do. If you are in a job you hate, face the fact squarely and get out. -Michael Korda

Work is not man's punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure. -George Sand

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. -Mary Wortley Montagu

Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified. -Samuel Johnson

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer. -Mahatma Gandhi

Clever people seem not to feel the natural pleasure of bewilderment, and are always answering questions when the chief relish of a life is to go on asking them. -Frank Moore Colby

When a man says he had pleasure with a woman he does not mean conversation. -Samuel Johnson

The greatest and noblest pleasure which we have in this world is to discover new truths, and the next is to shake off old prejudices. -Frederick the Great

The lecturer should give the audience full reason to believe that all his powers have been exerted for their pleasure and instruction. -Michael Faraday

Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another. -Madonna Ciccone

A woman is an occasional pleasure but a cigar is always a smoke. -Groucho Marx

Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? It's to see my dividends coming in. -John D. Rockefeller

Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, observe his pleasures. A man simply cannot conceal himself! -Confucius

Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed. -Joseph Addison

There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it. -Mary Wilson Little

If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of trouble. -Elbert Hubbard

A man's delight in looking forward to and hoping for some particular satisfaction is a part of the pleasure flowing out of it, enjoyed in advance. But this is afterward deducted, for the more we look forward to anything the less we enjoy it when it comes. -Arthur Schopenhauer

Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which nature herself is animated. -Auguste Rodin

We wanted to meet him, for though we were neither of us naive people we had not wholly lost our belief that it is delightful to meet artists who have given us pleasure. -Robertson Davies

Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures for long-term values. -Joshua L. Liebman

Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It's beyond me. -Zora Neale Hurston

Variety is the soul of pleasure. -Aphra Behn

When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear. -Buddha

Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him. -Henry David Thoreau

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another. -Thomas Jefferson

As I have practiced it, photography produces pleasure by simplicity. I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs. -Sam Abell

One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But… I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success. -Thomas A. Edison

There is no such thing as pure pleasure; some anxiety always goes with it. -Ovid

The mind is never satisfied with the objects immediately before it, but is always breaking away from the present moment, and losing itself in schemes of future felicity… The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope. -Samuel Johnson

My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed – my dearest pleasure when free. -Mary Shelley

Pain adds rest unto pleasure, and teaches the luxury of health. -Martin Farquhar Tupper

Next to enjoying ourselves, the next greatest pleasure consists in preventing others from enjoying themselves, or, more generally, in the acquisition of power. -Bertrand Russell

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

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

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. -Samuel Johnson

Incredulity robs us of many pleasures, and gives us nothing in return. -James Russell Lowell

My kitchen linoleum is so black and shiny that I waltz while I wait for the kettle to boil. This pleasure is for the old who live alone. -Florida Scott-Maxwell

One of the most lasting pleasures you can experience is the feeling that comes over you when you genuinely forgive an enemy – whether he knows it or not. -Orlando Aloysius Battista

Illusion is the first of all pleasures. -Voltaire

Surely a King who loves pleasure is less dangerous than one who loves glory? -Nancy Mitford

If we seek the pleasures of love, passion should be occasional, and common sense continual. -Robertson Davies

Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable. -Jane Austen

A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one's life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted. -George Santayana

We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of Time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work. Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose. -Charles Baudelaire

Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty – his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure. -Aldous Huxley

Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time. -Pablo Picasso

People can have many different kinds of pleasure. The real one is that for which they will forsake the others. -Marcel Proust

I never learned anything at all in school and didn't read a book for pleasure until I was 19 years old. -Stanley Kubrick

Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale. -Elsa Schiaparelli

That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest. -Henry David Thoreau

I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure. -John D. Rockefeller

Luxury is an enticing pleasure, a bastard mirth, which hath honey in her mouth, gall in her heart, and a sting in her tail. -Francis Quarles

A man of pleasure is a man of pains. -Edward Young

The fruit derived from labor is the sweetest of pleasures. -Luc de Clapiers

This self-love is the instrument of our preservation; it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind: it is necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it. -Voltaire

Love ceases to be a pleasure when it ceases to be a secret. -Aphra Behn

A babe at the breast is as much pleasure as the bearing is pain. -Marion Zimmer Bradley

The essence of pleasure is spontaneity. -Germaine Greer

You have to pretend that your life is a financial pleasure even when your autographs are bouncing. -Kinky Friedman

The test and the use of man's education is that he finds pleasure in the exercise of his mind. -Jacques Barzun

When from our better selves we have too long been parted by the hurrying world, and droop. Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired, how gracious, how benign is solitude. -William Wordsworth

Good fellowship and friendship are lasting, rational and manly pleasures. -William Wycherley

If one could be friendly with women, what a pleasure – the relationship so secret and private compared with relations with men. Why not write about it truthfully? -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

The eruption of lived pleasure is such that in losing myself I find myself; forgetting that I exist, I realize myself. -Raoul Vaneigem

Variety of mere nothings gives more pleasure than uniformity of something. -Jean Paul

Marriage is the miracle that transforms a kiss from a pleasure into a duty. -Helen Rowland

The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don't, life controls you. -Tony Robbins

The truth is that we can learn to condition our minds, bodies, and emotions to link pain or pleasure to whatever we choose. By changing what we link pain and pleasure to, we will instantly change our behaviors. -Tony Robbins

A fool bolts pleasure, then complains of moral indigestion. -Minna Antrim

One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. -Jane Austen

To a man of pleasure every moment appears to be lost, which partakes not of the vivacity of amusement. -Joseph Addison

The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain. -Aristotle

Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious. -Thomas Aquinas

It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed. -Albert Einstein

Great eagerness in the pursuit of wealth, pleasure, or honor, cannot exist without sin. -Desiderius Erasmus

It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them. -Epictetus

Sinful and forbidden pleasures are like poisoned bread; they may satisfy appetite for the moment, but there is death in them at the end. -Tryon Edwards

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

To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them. -Jacob Bronowski

Buying is a profound pleasure. -Simone de Beauvoir

Sex pleasure in woman is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken. -Simone de Beauvoir

I'm tired of love; I'm still more tired of rhyme; but money gives me pleasure all the time. -Hilaire Belloc

The pleasure of one's effect on other people still exists in age – what's called making a hit. But the hit is much rarer and made of different stuff. -Enid Bagnold

In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls. -Honore de Balzac

The pleasure we derive from the representation of the present is due, not only to the beauty it can be clothed in, but also to its essential quality of being the present. -Charles Baudelaire

Never resist a sentence you like, in which language takes its own pleasure and in which, after having abused it for so long, you are stupefied by its innocence. -Jean Baudrillard

There exists, between people in love, a kind of capital held by each. This is not just a stock of affects or pleasure, but also the possibility of playing double or quits with the share you hold in the other's heart. -Jean Baudrillard

The man whose only pleasure in life is making money, weighs less on the moral scale than an angleworm. -Josh Billings

I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself. -Emily Bronte

I have a great mind to believe in Christianity for the mere pleasure of fancying I may be damned. -Lord Byron

For pleasures past I do not grieve, nor perils gathering near; My greatest grief is that I leave nothing that claims a tear. -Lord Byron

I know that two and two make four – and should be glad to prove it too if I could – though I must say if by any sort of process I could convert 2 and 2 into five it would give me much greater pleasure. -Lord Byron

Though sages may pour out their wisdom's treasure, there is no sterner moralist than pleasure. -Lord Byron

When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery. -Maxim Gorky

Man associates ideas not according to logic or verifiable exactitude, but according to his pleasure and interests. It is for this reason that most truths are nothing but prejudices. -Remy de Gourmont

A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering. -George Gurdjieff

Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

If we had no faults of our own, we should not take so much pleasure in noticing those in others. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things. -Jean de la Bruyere

It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver. -Jean de La Fontaine

I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy. -C. S. Lewis

He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too. -Benjamin Franklin

Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it. -Benjamin Franklin

I distrust Great Men. They produce a desert of uniformity around them and often a pool of blood too, and I always feel a little man's pleasure when they come a cropper. -E. M. Forster

The goal towards which the pleasure principle impels us – of becoming happy – is not attainable: yet we may not – nay, cannot – give up the efforts to come nearer to realization of it by some means or other. -Sigmund Freud

Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure. -Victor Hugo

Fresh air is good if you do not take too much of it; most of the achievements and pleasures of life are in bad air. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure. -Aldous Huxley

The person whose doors I enter with most pleasure, and quit with most regret, never did me the smallest favor. -William Hazlitt

What our children have to fear is not the cars on the highways of tomorrow but our own pleasure in calculating the most elegant parameters of their deaths. -J. G. Ballard

Sensual pleasures have the fleeting brilliance of a comet; a happy marriage has the tranquillity of a lovely sunset. -Ann Landers

It is books that teach us to refine our pleasures when young, and to recall them with satisfaction when we are old. -Leigh Hunt

There cannot live a more unhappy creature than an ill-natured old man, who is neither capable of receiving pleasures, nor sensible of conferring them on others. -William Temple

It is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure. -Tacitus

Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure. -Tacitus

I never wanted to see anybody die, but there are a few obituary notices I have read with pleasure. -Clarence Darrow

Fame and power are the objects of all men. Even their partial fruition is gained by very few; and that, too, at the expense of social pleasure, health, conscience, life. -Benjamin Disraeli

Pains of love be sweeter far than all other pleasures are. -John Dryden

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding. -Leonardo da Vinci

She is such a good friend that she would throw all her acquaintances into the water for the pleasure of fishing them out again. -Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

The imagination is the spur of delights… all depends upon it, it is the mainspring of everything; now, is it not by means of the imagination one knows joy? Is it not of the imagination that the sharpest pleasures arise? -Marquis de Sade

The philosophy of the common man is an old wife that gives him no pleasure, yet he cannot live without her, and resents any aspersions that strangers may cast on her character. -George Santayana

It is a clear gain to sacrifice pleasure in order to avoid pain. -Arthur Schopenhauer

Objects we ardently pursue bring little happiness when gained; most of our pleasures come from unexpected sources. -Herbert Spencer

Tears are the natural penalties of pleasure. It is a law that we should pay for all that we enjoy. -William Gilmore Simms

A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own. -Percy Bysshe Shelley

The pleasure that is in sorrow is sweeter than the pleasure of pleasure itself. -Percy Bysshe Shelley

Adults find pleasure in deceiving a child. They consider it necessary, but they also enjoy it. The children very quickly figure it out and then practice deception themselves. -Elias Canetti

In everything, satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Grief walks upon the heels of pleasure; married in haste, we repent at leisure. -William Congreve

We smile at the ignorance of the savage who cuts down the tree in order to reach its fruit; but the same blunder is made by every person who is over eager and impatient in the pursuit of pleasure. -William Ellery Channing

Remorse, the fatal egg that pleasure laid. -William Cowper

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it. -Thomas Jefferson

Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure. Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader. -Joseph Joubert

The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope. -Samuel Johnson

Women have simple tastes. They get pleasure out of the conversation of children in arms and men in love. -H. L. Mencken

People of substance may sin without being exposed for their stolen pleasure; but servants and the poorer sort of women have seldom an opportunity of concealing a big belly, or at least the consequences of it. -Bernard de Mandeville

The puritan hated bear baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators. -Thomas Babington Macaulay

Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth. -W. Somerset Maugham

It wounds a man less to confess that he has failed in any pursuit through idleness, neglect, the love of pleasure, etc., etc., which are his own faults, than through incapacity and unfitness, which are the faults of his nature. -William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

There is no pleasure to me without communication: there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell it to. -Michel de Montaigne

Virtue is its own reward, and brings with it the truest and highest pleasure; but if we cultivate it only for pleasure's sake, we are selfish, not religious, and will never gain the pleasure, because we can never have the virtue. -John Henry Newman

We tire of those pleasures we take, but never of those we give. -John Petit-Senn

The 1990s, after the reign of terror of academic vandalism, will be a decade of restoration: restoration of meaning, value, beauty, pleasure, and emotion to art and restoration of art to its audience. -Camille Paglia

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

The man of the house can destroy the pleasure of the household, but he cannot make it. That rests with the woman, and it is her greatest privilege. -Arthur Helps

Child! Do not throw this book about; refrain from the unholy pleasure of cutting all the pictures out. -Hilaire Belloc

They eat the dainty food of famous chefs with the same pleasure with which they devour gross peasant dishes, mostly composed of garlic and tomatoes, or fisherman's octopus and shrimps, fried in heavily scented olive oil on a little deserted beach. -Luigi Barzini

I never went to a John Wayne movie to find a philosophy to live by or to absorb a profound message. I went for the simple pleasure of spending a couple of hours seeing the bad guys lose. -Mike Royko

There is a pleasure in being mad which none but madmen know. -John Dryden

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. -Khalil Gibran

As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker. -Annie Dillard

In the lexicon of the political class, the word 'sacrifice' means that the citizens are supposed to mail even more of their income to Washington so that the political class will not have to sacrifice the pleasure of spending it. -George Will

The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade. -Anthony Trollope

Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world. -Walt Disney

I know my corn plants intimately, and I find it a great pleasure to know them. -Barbara McClintock

Travel is the most private of pleasures. There is no greater bore than the travel bore. We do not in the least want to hear what he has seen in Hong Kong. -Vita Sackville-West

Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other. -Laurence Sterne

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. -Voltaire

Forbidden pleasures alone are loved immoderately; when lawful, they do not excite desire. -Quintilian

Alexander at the head of the world never tasted the true pleasure that boys of his own age have enjoyed at the head of a school. -Horace Walpole

Take from the philosopher the pleasure of being heard and his desire for knowledge ceases. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

My definition of success is to live your life in a way that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure and very little pain – and because of your lifestyle, have the people around you feel a lot more pleasure than they do pain. -Tony Robbins

I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success. -Thomas A. Edison

The God of this world is riches, pleasure and pride. -Martin Luther

No verse can give pleasure for long, nor last, that is written by drinkers of water. -Horace

Speed, it seems to me, provides the one genuinely modern pleasure. -Aldous Huxley

Eroticism has its own moral justification because it says that pleasure is enough for me; it is a statement of the individual's sovereignty. -Mario Vargas Llosa

Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality, we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure. -Samuel Johnson

Man is so muddled, so dependent on the things immediately before his eyes, that every day even the most submissive believer can be seen to risk the torments of the afterlife for the smallest pleasure. -Joseph de Maistre

Pain has its reasons, pleasure is totally indifferent. -Francis Picabia

Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion,and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose – and you allow him to make war at pleasure. -Abraham Lincoln

Who ever said that pleasure wasn't functional? -Charles Eames

True artists are almost the only men who do their work for pleasure. -Auguste Rodin

I get a fine warm feeling when I'm doing well, but that pleasure is pretty much negated by the pain of getting started each day. Let's face it, writing is hell. -William Styron

To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations – such is a pleasure beyond compare. -Kenko Yoshida

Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting. -Gottfried Leibniz

Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing. -George A. Sheehan

Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don't collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don't really mean anything. -Norman Lear

He who eats with most pleasure is he who least requires sauce. -Xenophon

I don't gamble, because winning a hundred dollars doesn't give me great pleasure. But losing a hundred dollars pisses me off. -Alex Trebek

I loved the house the way you would any new house, because it is populated by your future, the family of children who will fill it with noise or chaos and satisfying busy pleasures. -Jane Smiley

May we be saved from evil thoughts and deed of enemies of world peace who find pleasure in creating havoc and perpetrating all forms of carnage. -Yahya Jammeh

I drive a lot. Just for pleasure. Sometimes I'll get in the Cadillac and drive around the city or the country, kind of trying to get lost basically. Y'know, just see where roads lead. -Frank Black

After some time, with my eyes closed, I began to enjoy this wonderful play of colors and forms, which it really was a pleasure to observe. Then I went to sleep and the next day I was fine. I felt quite fresh, like a newborn. -Albert Hofmann

Too oft is transient pleasure the source of long woes. -Christoph Martin Wieland

A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth, a link between angels and men. -Martin Farquhar Tupper

Film is fragmented and gets into lots of other people's hands. There are a lot of pleasures that theatre gives me. You get to perform uninterrupted. -Willem Dafoe

One of the pleasures of being an actor is quite simply taking a walk in someone else's shoes. And when I look at the roles I've played, I'm kind of amazed at all the wonderful adventures I've had and the different things I've learned. -Willem Dafoe

Certainly it is wrong to be cruel to animals and the destruction of a whole species can be a great evil. The capacity for feelings of pleasure and pain and for the form of life of which animals are capable clearly impose duties of compassion and humanity in their case. -John Rawls

Agatha Christie has given more pleasure in bed than any other woman. -Nancy Banks Smith

The first draught serveth for health, the second for pleasure, the third for shame, and the fourth for madness. -Anacharsis

One can become enthusiastic over anything. For a time I was delighted with bomb throwing. It gave me a tremendous pleasure to bomb those fellows from above. -Manfred von Richthofen

There is an element of autobiography in all fiction in that pain or distress, or pleasure, is based on the author's own. But in my case that is as far as it goes. -William Trevor

Beauty and brains, pleasure and usability – they should go hand in hand. -Donald Norman

I feel like there is always something trying to pull us back into sleep, that there is this sort of seductive quality in all the hedonistic pleasures that pull on us. -bell hooks

As my career has progressed, I've had the pleasure of playing with the baddest jazz cats on the planet. But that doesn't change my desire to entertain folks. That's really who I am. -George Benson

I felt the most intense pleasure in piercing the stone in order to make an abstract form and space; quite a different sensation from that of doing it for the purpose of realism. -Barbara Hepworth

I want to thank all of the fans and media who made playing in the NFL such a wonderful experience. I have had the pleasure of meeting many of them. -Barry Sanders

Novelty is the great parent of pleasure. -Robert South

Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures. -Thomas Aquinas

Literature is my calling To hold up the mirror to my countrymen comes natural to me; and in the open field of invention I am not without hopes of giving them pleasure. -Thomas Edward Brown

In all worldly things that a man pursues with the greatest eagerness he finds not half the pleasure in the possession that he proposed to himself in the expectation. -Robert South

My private measure of success is daily. If this were to be the last day of my life would I be content with it? To live in a harmonious balance of commitments and pleasures is what I strive for. -Jane Rule

No one should ever say that it was my ignorance if I did or showed forth anything however small according to God's good pleasure; but let this be your conclusion and let it so be thought, that – as is the perfect truth – it was the gift of God. -Saint Patrick

Problem solving is hunting. It is savage pleasure and we are born to it. -Thomas Harris

Half the pleasure of solitude comes from having with us some friend to whom we can say how sweet solitude is. -William Jay

Put this restriction on your pleasures, be cautious that they injure no being that lives. -John Zimmerman

Solitude sharpens awareness of small pleasures otherwise lost. -Kevin Patterson

A simple enough pleasure, surely, to have breakfast alone with one's husband, but how seldom married people in the midst of life achieve it. -Anne Spencer

It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self. -Hugo Black

It's about the pleasure of being in the mountains, traveling efficiently over the terrain, having that sense of dynamic motion which you don't get when you're on foot. -Michael Kennedy

It's always a pleasure to talk about someone else's work. -Chuck Close

The joy of viewing land, the hope of in a few days ranging through the long wished-for spot and the pleasure of again resuming my wonted employment may be readily calculated. -David Douglas

Our fates are in the hands of An Almighty God, to whom I can with pleasure confide my own; he can save us, or destroy us; his Councils are fixed and cannot be disappointed, and all his designs will be Accomplished. -Abraham Clark

Back through the ages of barbarism and civilization, in all tongues, we find this instinctive pleasure in the imitative action that is the very essence of all drama. -George Pierce Baker

But what is drama? Broadly speaking, it is whatever by imitative action rouses interest or gives pleasure. -George Pierce Baker

The instinct to impersonate produces the actor; the desire to provide pleasure by impersonations produces the playwright; the desire to provide this pleasure with adequate characterization and dialogue memorable in itself produces dramatic literature. -George Pierce Baker

Old age is the supreme evil, for it deprives man of all pleasures while allowing his appetites to remain, and it brings with it every possible sorrow. Yet men fear death and desire old age. -Giacomo Leopardi

Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure; men love in haste but they detest at leisure. -Lord Byron

There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more. -Lord Byron

All their sport in the park is but a shadow to that pleasure that I find in Plato; alas good folk, they never felt what true pleasure meant. -Jane Grey

I never yet heard man or woman much abused that I was not inclined to think the better of them, and to transfer the suspicion or dislike to the one who found pleasure in pointing out the defects of another. -Jane Porter

Actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness; wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. By happiness is intended pleasure and the absence of pain. -John Stuart Mill

All desirable things… are desirable either for the pleasure inherent in themselves, or as a means to the promotion of pleasure and the prevention of pain. -John Stuart Mill

Of two pleasures, if there be one which all or almost all who have experience of both give a decided preference, irrespective of any feeling of moral obligation to prefer it, that is the more desirable pleasure. -John Stuart Mill

Everything I do is for the pleasure of Allah. -Cat Stevens

I went and took golf lessons so Dad would let me play with him. I was just terrible… but I was able to have a wonderful time just walking around with Dad. I can see the real pleasure of that game. -David Hyde Pierce

It's such a pleasure to work in these movies, it's almost like it's not really happening. -Fred Willard

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

Love consists in giving without getting in return; in giving what is not owed, what is not due the other. That's why true love is never based, as associations for utility or pleasure are, on a fair exchange. -Mortimer Adler

If one wants another only for some self-satisfaction, usually in the form of sensual pleasure, that wrong desire takes the form of lust rather than love. -Mortimer Adler

It is love rather than sexual lust or unbridled sexuality if, in addition to the need or want involved, there is also some impulse to give pleasure to the persons thus loved and not merely to use them for our own selfish pleasure. -Mortimer Adler

Draw your pleasure, paint your pleasure, and express your pleasure strongly. -Pierre Bonnard

Talk is by far the most accessible of pleasures. It costs nothing in money, it is all profit, it completes our education, founds and fosters our friendships, and can be enjoyed at any age and in almost any state of health. -Robert Louis Stevenson

The pleasures of love are always in proportion to our fears. -Stendhal

I am sure that no man can derive more pleasure from money or power than I do from seeing a pair of basketball goals in some out of the way place. -James Naismith

The greatest pleasure of reading consists in re-reading. -Vernon Lee

A scientist worthy of his name, about all a mathematician, experiences in his work the same impression as an artist; his pleasure is as great and of the same nature. -Henri Poincare

I find pleasure in things that are simple. -Stephan Jenkins

Take pleasure in your dreams; relish your principles and drape your purest feelings on the heart of a precious lover. -Giotto di Bondone

I love good and pleasure, I hate evil and pain, I want to be happy and I am not mistaken in believing, that people, angels and even demons have those same inclinations. -Nicolas Malebranche

If I had my choice, I'd pick a song that tells a story every time. There is a great deal of pleasure in doing the vocal on a number that you can put feeling into. -Vaughn Monroe

The gods look in pleasure on penitent sinners. -Theodor W. Adorno

People must feel that the natural world is important and valuable and beautiful and wonderful and an amazement and a pleasure. -David Attenborough

If a site is done with pleasure and a fun attitude, it's a great way to communicate with your fans. -Christopher Lambert

Of course, there are many, many musicians whose music gives me pleasure, but until I make contact with them, musically or personally, I never assume that anything wonderful will happen. -Hugh Hopper

Oh absolutely. I had the pleasure to get to know a lot of really talented young actors before they even really hit it big. And yet what we all had and shared in common was a love for movies. -Chad Lowe

If people could understand how much pleasure they could have by themselves, I think everyone would be a lot saner. I think that people really need a dose of quality time with one's self. -Lydia Lunch

I'm a total pleasure seeker. I pursue anything that satisfies me. I usually get it. I have specific needs and I know what they are so I can achieve satisfaction. -Lydia Lunch

Show me another pleasure like dinner which comes every day and lasts an hour. -Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

Throughout the human experience people have read history because they felt that it was a pleasure and that it was in some way instructive. The profession of professor of history has taken it in a very different direction. -Donald Kagan

Ah, the pleasure, the joy – a big news story that runs and runs, that is played down by some of our journalistic colleagues, saying 'it'll never happen', only to be confirmed by the Home Secretary. -Kamal Ahmed

I enjoyed playing around with that guy, and it was a pleasure every three, four years, coming back seeing how the wardrobe is. Is he heavy? Is he thin? I had fun. -Burt Young

The pleasure of writing fiction is that you are always spotting some new approach, an alternative way of telling a story and manipulating characters; the novel is such a wonderfully flexible form. -Penelope Lively

I've got to be honest, there's no pleasure when you're working. -Dana Plato

Yet, so far from laboring to know the forbidden tree of worldly pleasures and its various fruits, man gives himself up to a careless and thoughtless state of life, and yields to the lust of the flesh, not considering that this lust is really the forbidden tree. -Johann Arndt

I think a lot of people have a misconception of what the kitchen is about, but you know the grueling part of it is also the pleasure of it. That's why I think you have to have a certain mentality to understand what that is and be able to handle it. -Todd English

I am still being recognized as Joanie and probably will as long as Happy Days is playing on TV and remembered by Happy Days fans. It has and will always be a pleasure and a honor for me to be a part of it. -Erin Moran

In LA, I mean, here's this place full of desperate and sad people who take their only pleasure from destroying others for the purposes of their own self-aggrandizement. -Heather Donahue

Wisely used history can give pleasure and provide us with a useful tool; but we should not become its slaves. -Douglas Hurd

It gives me pleasure to find that public liberty is effectually secured in each and all the policies of the United States, though somewhat differently modeled. -Ezra Stiles

If you live for pleasure, your ability to enjoy it may pass away and your senses grow dim. -Matthew Simpson

For the greater beauty of the instrument, the balls representing the planets are to be of considerable bigness; but so contrived, that they may be taken off at pleasure, and others, much smaller, and fitter for some purposes, put in their places. -David Rittenhouse

I confess that I listen to my own music for my own pleasure. -Herb Alpert

I love making people laugh. It's an addiction and it's probably dysfunctional, but I am addicted to it and there's no greater pleasure for me than sitting in a theater and feeling a lot of people losing control of themselves. -Jay Roach

Having cakes as a business certainly changes things for me – I don't now sit at home doing a cake for the fun of it anymore. But it's an extremely happy and pleasureable business to run because people are generally buying cakes for celebrations. -Jane Asher

Although all the good arts serve to draw man's mind away from vices and lead it toward better things, this function can be more fully performed by this art, which also provides extraordinary intellectual pleasure. -Nicolaus Copernicus

My whole life is geared to play guitar. I play what I want when I want and I hope the listener gets as much pleasure listening to the music as I get playing it. -Jim Sullivan

My mother also had us take piano lessons, and this had a similar effect. I hated those lessons, but I now play regularly for pleasure and have even tried my hand at composing. -Robert B. Laughlin

Finding people who get enormous pleasure from reading books is a more and more unusual experience, and so writers just so much want to be heard. -Susie Bright

I'm doing a book, 'Chasing Science,' about the pleasures of science as a spectator sport. -Frederik Pohl

People don't understand that it was maybe my biggest pleasure to drive an F1 car when it's wet. -Alain Prost

I think there are different ways of being rigorous, and I am asking people to be as rigorous in their pleasure as in their criticism. -Barbara Kruger

The pleasure that I take in writing gets me interested in writing a poem. It's not a statement about what I think anybody else should be doing. For me, it's an interesting tension between interior and exterior. -Marilyn Hacker

I was very influenced by Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, both of whom I had the pleasure of playing with and becoming friends with. -Mick Taylor

The Stones don't really need to do it for money, so they must get some kind of pleasure out of it. They're not like a group that's disbanded and gone away and made a comeback. They've always been there. -Mick Taylor

I just don't want anyone messing around with my pure smoking pleasure. -Max Cannon

In 2003, I had the pleasure of acting in three films. -Janine Turner

Nothing gives me as much pleasure as travelling. I love getting on trains and boats and planes. -Alan Rickman

When I became more involved in music, I had to give up some of my writing in the literary sense. However, on occasion, I would write something for my own pleasure or I would write notes and introductory remarks in the songbooks I put together. -Tom Glazer

There's only one test of a great children's book, or a great children's film, and that is this: If it can be read or viewed with pleasure by adults, then it has the chance to be a great children's film, or a great children's book. -Chuck Jones

The function of intellect is to provide a means of modifying our reactions to the circumstances of life, so that we may secure pleasure, the symptom of welfare. -Edward Thorndike

One of the great virtues, apart from the pleasure of performing these works, is that it's opened up an entirely new, expansive repertoire of American Jewish music. -Neville Marriner

There are a lot of people with a lot of money, and I'm amazed they don't understand what a great pleasure it can be to give. -Robert Mondavi

Being a Brady comes with it's pleasures and its baggage. I'm not one given to a lack of privacy and invasion. -Christopher Knight

It is also one of the pleasures of oral biography, in that the reader, rather than editor, is jury. -George Plimpton

He invented this idea of telling the life story of a great writer through becoming his characters and becoming him. It was such a pleasure and I thought we must find another writer. -Simon Callow

It's the same thing that drives people to want to experience sexual pleasure or have one too many drinks. We all want to experience the other, and to get out of our daily existence. -Adam Arkin

Ever since I began to compose, I have remained true to my starting principle: not to write a page because no matter what public, or what pretty girl wanted it to be thus or thus; but to write solely as I myself thought best, and as it gave me pleasure. -Felix Mendelssohn

Of course there are big differences in length and character and vocabulary, but each level has its particular pleasures when it comes to the words one can use and the way one uses them. -Margaret Mahy

This quality, I mean Geoffrey was with me, was very easy doing – he loved me very much, I loved him very much, and we understood each other so well that it was a pleasure to make music. -Victoria de los Angeles

Sorry, but there is no pleasure in finding new ways of saying the same stuff about projects which tanked. -Alex Cox

We are in this period now where we all are trying to be in shape physically and deny ourselves any pleasure. -Carly Simon

Passion is all but soft, it's not tender, it's violence to which you get hooked by pleasure. -Isabelle Adjani

The greatest part of the job was… that was for nine years it was a pleasure to go to work. -Jason Alexander

I am in no mood to be deceived any longer by the crafty devil and false character whose greatest pleasure is to take advantage of everyone. -Camille Claudel

I derive no pleasure from prosecuting a man, even though I know he's guilty; do you think I could sleep at night or look at myself in the mirror in the morning if I hounded an innocent man? -Jim Garrison

This moment in time, on this tour, you know, I'm discovering a lot of new things. And to be 45 and doing that, it's a mixture of pleasure and pain, I can assure you. -Eric Clapton

Like everybody at that age, I read an awful lot of pulp fiction. But at the same time, I also read quite a bit of history and read that as much for pleasure as part of a curriculum. -John Hume

Besides merely some pleasure that we get out of the combinations of pitches together and lines, I think that there is some satisfaction that we get in the fact of having this diffuse thing organized very concretely and put onto a frame and have it actually decided. -Leo Ornstein

Exhort all your household often that all those who serve you shall know to serve God and you, faithfully and painstakingly, and for the will of God to prefer in all things to do your will and pleasure in all things that are not against God. -Robert Grosseteste

Captain Kirk has been a source of pleasure and income for a long time. -William Shatner

I also derive a great deal of pleasure from horses and dogs… the ocean… and love. -William Shatner

When I'm depressed and I feel low thinking that good movies are not made any more, then I put on his movies and I watch them. I laugh and I cry and I have great pleasure. -Geraldine Chaplin

I was always a great bundle of energy. As a child, instead of walking, I would run. And so running, which is a pain to a lot of people, was always a pleasure to me because it was so easy. -Roger Bannister

Cynicism is tough. A cynic's point of view is really pitiful. I derive pleasure out of a lot of things in life. As long as I'm fairly healthy, it's hard to stay dismal for very long. -Shawn Colvin

These are the people who do studies that your carry-out Chinese meals are saturated in fat. I'd just like to meet them! I mean, what do they do for pleasure? -Robert M. Parker, Jr.

No sane man can afford to dispense with debilitating pleasures; no ascetic can be considered reliably sane. -Robert M. Parker, Jr.

I made a habit always to hear the Indians; and although they very often lie to me, I do not show them any displeasure for it, for I do not believe them and I do not decide anything until I have found out the truth. -Antonio de Mendoza

The chariot was purchased by a private collector who took it home to New York. I take pleasure in knowing that it was built to last for at least a thousand years. -Kit Williams

We are fans because the game also appeals to our local pride, our pleasure in thinking of ourselves as, yes, Americans but nonetheless different from residents of other towns, other states, other regions. -John Thorn

I am happy now, to recall that I was not only his son but his companion, and whenever there was a hunting expedition or any other pleasure, I was always with him. -John Philip Sousa

One of the pleasures of being a Jew, I don't have to tell you, it allows you anti-Semitism. -Joseph Epstein

One of my greatest pleasures is falling into a story someone else has written. -Nora Roberts

I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure. -Nora Roberts

The British system denied any role for human creativity, and instead argued, that if man merely followed his hedonistic desires, pursuing pleasure and avoiding pain, objective laws would naturally guide society to achieve the best allocation of wealth. -Robert Trout

From this bestial view that the human mind consists of only sense certainty, pleasure and pain, Locke developed an equally bestial theory of the nation. Man originally existed in a State of Nature of complete liberty. -Robert Trout

It was really a pleasure to play someone who's literally pushed past her breaking point repeatedly. -Jeri Ryan

Writers are in the entertainment business, and it gives me lots of pleasure to entertain my readers. -Brian Lumley

According to your sympathy, you will take pleasure in your own happiness or in the happiness of other people; but it is always your own happiness you seek. -John Buchanan Robinson

Ordinarily pleasure and pain are regarded as different from sensations. -Ernst Mach

The husband – by primitive instinct partly, certainly by ancient tradition – regards himself as the active partner in matters of love and his own pleasure as legitimately the prime motive for activity. -Havelock Ellis

Doing Tim's film is always going to be the most pleasure. Let me just put it that way. So, without drawing favorites one way or the other, getting back with him and doing Mars Attacks! was certainly a special treat. -Danny Elfman

What we are only now beginning to fully realize is that in seeking material pleasure too constantly, the capacity for enjoyment or fulfillment decreases and eventually becomes exhausted. -Alex Campbell

I'm acting for the pleasure of it. -David Morse

Scientific understanding is often beautiful, a profoundly aesthetic experience which gives pleasure not unlike the reading of a great poem. -Paul Nurse

When I eat with my friends, it is a moment of real pleasure, when I really enjoy my life. -Monica Bellucci

Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well. -Vivienne Westwood

Don't get me wrong, I think bikes are terrific. I own several of my own, including a trendy mountain style, and ride them for pleasure and light exercise. -Brock Yates

An artist is an artist only because of his exquisite sense of beauty, a sense which shows him intoxicating pleasures, but which at the same time implies and contains an equally exquisite sense of all deformities and all disproportion. -Charles Baudelaire

Every single pleasure I can imagine or have experienced is more delightful, more of a pleasure, if you take it in small sips, if you take your time. Reading is not an exception. -Amos Oz

With regard to my family as I said nothing upon the subject before I may tell you that I have six children living, 1 dead and before I have the pleasure of seeing you I expect another. -John Hawley

I have worked in a very close and cordial way with Norwegian representatives at many international meetings, and the pleasure I felt at those associations was equaled only by the profit I always secured from them. -Lester B. Pearson

The good pleasure of God is an act of the divine will freely and effectively determining all things. -William Ames

Now that I near 80, I realize with wistful pleasure that on many occasions I was 10, 20, 40, even 50 years ahead of my time. -Benoit Mandelbrot

As a child, I read science fiction, but from the very beginnings of my reading for pleasure, I read a lot of non-fictional history, particularly historical biography. -Norman Spinrad

I believe scientists have a duty to share the excitement and pleasure of their work with the general public, and I enjoy the challenge of presenting difficult ideas in an understandable way. -Antony Hewish

Passive pleasure is no pleasure at all. -Arthur Adamov

This bored fantastic woman, with her animal nature, giving herself the pleasure of seeing her enemy struck down, not a particularly keen one for her because she is so weary of having all her desires satisfied. -Gustave Moreau

But it has also enabled me to find my feet as a lecturer and a reader of my own plays to audiences who like to hear them; and that experience of immediate appreciation gives greater pleasure and more stimulus towards further activity than even the most laudatory of reviews. -Laurence Housman

A painter must think of everything he sees as being there entirely for his own use and pleasure. -Lucian Freud

Hoist up sail while gale doth last, Tide and wind stay no man's pleasure. -Robert Southwell

It's just such a pleasure to bring a talent you respect to the world. -Tina Weymouth

I confess that reading proofs is a pleasure. It stimulates and inspires me. -Zane Grey

I give so much pleasure to so many people. Why can I not get some pleasure for myself? -John Belushi

The thing about acting is you don't want to let on how enjoyable it is or then everybody would want to become an actress. But it really is. It's a pleasure to go and exchange your identity. -Gena Rowlands

Now the relation which, in the sphere of nature, being and semblance or sensation bear to one another in this antithesis, is the same as that which in ethics exists between good and pleasure or feeling. -Friedrich Schleiermacher

Painting is a source of endless pleasure, but also of great anguish. -Balthus

They all hope I will go broke and I wouldn't like to cause them displeasure. -Florenz Ziegfeld

I took pleasure when I could. I acted clearly and morally and without regret. I'm very lucky. -Jeanne Calment

I knew I was going from the flock of Christ and had no resolution to return, hence serious reflections were uneasy to me, and youthful vanities and diversions were my greatest pleasure. -John Woolman

When men take pleasure in feeling their minds elevated with strong drink, and so indulge their appetite as to disorder their understandings, neglect their duty as members of a family or civil society, and cast off all regard to religion, their case is much to be pitied. -John Woolman

It affords me sincere pleasure to be able to apprise you of the entire removal of the Cherokee Nation of Indians to their new homes west of the Mississippi. -Martin Van Buren

This was the first day of our beginning to take up plants: we had much pleasure in collecting them for the natives offered their assistance and perfectly understood the method of taking them up and pruning them. -William Bligh

Not every song I write is ecstasy. And it can happen only one time. After that, when you sing the same melody and words, it's pleasure, but you don't get wiped out. -Paul Simon

You need great passion, because everything you do with great pleasure, you do well. -Juan Manuel Fangio

I enjoy my work. I haven't been an actor for 30 years without getting pleasure out of the profession. -Bela Lugosi

I'd never had so much pleasure with another human being. -Anne Bancroft

Worldly pleasures, such as flow from greatness, riches, honours, and sensual gratifications, are infinitely worse than none. -David Brainerd

By recollecting the pleasures I have had formerly, I renew them, I enjoy them a second time, while I laugh at the remembrance of troubles now past, and which I no longer feel. -Giacomo Casanova

Happy indeed is the scientist who not only has the pleasures which I have enumerated, but who also wins the recognition of fellow scientists and of the mankind which ultimately benefits from his endeavors. -Irving Langmuir

My father was always anxious to give pleasure to his children. Accordingly, he took me one day, as a special treat, to the top of the grand old tower, to see the chimes played. -James Nasmyth

As for plenty, we had not only for necessity, conveniency and decency, but for delight and pleasure to superfluity. -Margaret Cavendish

The value and rank of every art is in proportion to the mental labor employed in it, or the mental pleasure in producing it. -Joshua Reynolds

It's a great pleasure having survived six generations of TV critics. -Geraldo Rivera

I used to own a dingy and can still sail one if pushed, but I like the pleasure boats. -John Dyer

When I come into the theatre I get a sense of security. I love an audience. I love people, and I act because I like trying to give pleasure to people. -Vivien Leigh

The pains of disconcerted or frustrated habits, and the inherent pleasure there is in following them, are motives which nature has put into our wills without generally caring to inform us why; and she sometimes decrees, indeed, that her reasons shall not be ours. -Chauncey Wright

It was a pleasure to be a gay eyesore. -Lance Loud

The very gradual reductions in my weight which I am able to show, may be interesting to many, and I have great pleasure in stating them, believing that they serve to demonstrate further the merit of the system pursued. -William Banting

The real pleasure was having the chance to enjoy being weightless, and the other was to spend some time looking out at this beautiful Earth that we're all lucky to inhabit. -Robert Crippen

Naturally, business and pleasure can be readily combined, but a certain balance should exist, and the latter should not predominate over the former. -Fredrik Bajer

The two most common charges against the older fiction, that it pleased wickedly and that it taught nothing, had broken down before the discovery, except in illiberal sects, that the novel is fitted both for honest use and for pleasure. -Carl Clinton Van Doren

I've learnt and I just want to be respected for what I've achieved on the pitch. I know I haven't achieved much off it but I do know I've given pleasure to people watching me play football over the years. -Paul Gascoigne

Our sages of blessed memory have said that we must not enjoy any pleasure in this world without reciting a blessing. -Shmuel Yosef Agnon

The real pleasure in writing this, for me, was discovering how little you need. -Jonathan Franzen

But my estimates, for instance, based upon book information, were simply ridiculous, fanciful images of African attractions were soon dissipated, anticipated pleasures vanished, and all crude ideas began to resolve themselves into shape. -Henry Morton Stanley

I love the feel of hitting the ball hard, the pleasure of a rally. It is these things that make tennis the delightful game that it is. -Helen Wills Moody

That was my dream, to drive for Ferrari, but I am not a kid any more. If Ferrari is the best team and if I get the chance to drive for Ferrari, it would be with pleasure. -Jean Alesi

I have, in my partner George Roberts, a person who is the most wonderful man in the world to me. He's like a brother to me. Creating with him, being side by side with him, in whatever we try to do, is a real pleasure to me. -Henry Kravis

I just think it's fun to remind people that good television has exited and it can exist again and just to give them pleasure and enjoy it and make them laugh. -Jenna Elfman

First of all, Shakespeare is about pleasure and interest. He was from the first moment he actually wrote something for the stage, and he remains so. -Stephen Greenblatt

I think the writing of literature should give pleasure. What else should it be about? It is not nuclear physics. It actually has to give pleasure or it is worth nothing. -Stephen Greenblatt

But if Shakespeare himself is maybe about meaning and truth, I don't know, then he is certainly about pleasure and interest, we start with pleasure and interest, but maybe eventually it gets to meaning and truth. -Stephen Greenblatt

I enjoy doing the research of nonfiction; that gives me some pleasure, being a detective again. -Joseph Wambaugh

Ice T was just a pleasure to work with. He was a smart gentleman. -Judd Nelson

At Princeton I gained a great deal of pleasure from success in my classes. knowing that I could accomplish those things, and I realized that my success was directly proportionate to the work I put in. -Brooke Shields

The knowledge and understanding of the world which science gives us and the magnificent opportunity which it extends to us to control and use the world for the extension of our pleasure in it has never been greater than it now is. -Polykarp Kusch

God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure. -Eric Liddell

The book tour has been really interesting and very gratifying. I have not book toured before. I've never had quite as much pleasure, as much satisfaction. -Leonard Nimoy

Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure. -Mark Strand

Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school. -Beverly Cleary

Rap is only one end of a whole spectrum of verbal play and virtuosity. Rap is geared for aural pleasure. -Rita Dove

A carefree quality is a whole aspect of life that I will never understand. I don't think I have ever been carefree and can't see the pleasure of it. -Carter Burwell

To me history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isn't just part of our civic responsibility. To me it's an enlargement of the experience of being alive, just the way literature or art or music is. -David McCullough

To go back and read Swift and Defoe and Samuel Johnson and Smollett and Pope – all those people we had to read in college English courses – to read them now is to have one of the infinite pleasures in life. -David McCullough

Most of the people who act and sing do so for their own pleasure and that of their friends and family. -Kate Smith

Simply enjoy life and the great pleasures that come with it. -Karolina Kurkova

Music is another great pleasure of life. I like all sorts. -Karolina Kurkova

Before I do a play I say that I hope it's going to be for as short a time as possible but, once you do it, it is a paradoxical pleasure. One evening out of two there are five minutes of a miracle and for those five minutes you want to do it again and again. It's like a drug. -Isabelle Huppert

However, the difficulties and pleasures of the writing itself are similar for a novel with a historical setting and a novel with a contemporary setting, as far as I'm concerned. -Helen Dunmore

In fact, 95% of the people in my films have been nothing less than a pleasure to work with. -Guy Ritchie

I don't hate work, composing is not work for me, it's my pleasure; it's my life. So why should I stop? If something is pleasurable and exciting and rewarding, why should one stop? -Gunther Schuller

I mean, I can look back with great pleasure on what has happened in Sudan, and our commitment to people who are persecuted in that kind of way. -George Carey

George Harrison was also a pleasure to work with. He was one of the most famous people I've ever known, but in spite of that fame, he was such a nice and friendly guy. -Alvin Lee

My pleasure was to copy, not to create. -Manuel Puig

I'd forget the piece just before I went out to do the concerto, the panic was too great. This was not anything that gave me pleasure. This was fulfilling somebody else's dream. -Linda Lavin

The ability to take pleasure in one's life is a skill and is a kind of intelligence. So intelligence is a hard thing to evaluate and it manifests itself in so many different ways. I do think the ability to know how to live a life and not be miserable is a sign of that. -Todd Solondz

For the most part, I have a very manageable celebrity. People recognize me from time to time, and they usually say very appreciative things. It affords me a great deal of pleasure. -Armistead Maupin

As far as pleasures, you've got to have limits. You shouldn't have too much of good things, so you'll always have a desire for more and you won't get bored. -Compay Segundo

Just as a mother finds pleasure in taking her little child on her lap, there to feed and caress him, in like manner our loving God shows His fondness for His beloved souls who have given themselves entirely to Him and have placed all their hope in His goodness. -Alphonsus Liguori

What grieves me most in my past offenses, O my loving God, is not so much the punishment I have deserved, as the displeasure I have given You, Who are worthy of infinite love. -Alphonsus Liguori

When I'm writing a song, it gives me more actual pleasure to hear someone else sing it than do it meself. -Shane MacGowan

Boundaries are to protect life, not to limit pleasures. -Edwin Louis Cole

They say that our sovereign is above his laws to his pleasure, and he may make it and break it as he pleases, without any distinction. The contrary is true, or else he should not have sworn to keep it. -Jack Cade

I had the pleasure, as Robin said, to live a childhood dream as many young Americans and Puerto Rican children live that play youth baseball. And I feel honored and very thankful for that opportunity. -Nolan Ryan

But I don't read or listen for pleasure. I have too much else to do. -Piers Anthony

Music can also be a sensual pleasure, like eating food or sex. But its highest vibration for me is that point of taking us to a real understanding of something in our nature which we can very rarely get at. It is a spiritual state of oneness. -Terry Riley

Choreography is mentally draining, but there's a pleasure in getting into the studio with the dancers and the music. -Alvin Ailey

I was never that much a focus of interest in my career. I'm aware of that now, which doesn't give me a lot of pleasure. -Harrison Ford

It distresses me that parents insist that their children read or make them read. The best way for children to treasure reading is to see the adults in their lives reading for their own pleasure. -Kate DiCamillo

When I was in Birmingham I used to go to a place called Redwood Field. I used to get there for a two o'clock game. Where can you make this kind of money playing sports? It was just a pleasure to go out and enjoy myself and get paid for it. -Willie Mays

The same sort of thing happened in my dispute with the National Trust book: Follies: A National Trust Guide, which implied that the only pleasure you can get from Folly architecture is by calling the architect mad, and by laughing at the architecture. -Ian Hamilton Finlay

He greatly valued his possessions, chiefly because they were his, and derived genuine pleasure from contemplating a painting, a statuette, a rare lace curtain – no matter what – after he had bought it and placed it among his household gods. -Kate Chopin

If it doesn't work out there will never be any doubt that the pleasure was worth all the pain. -Jimmy Buffett

Simple pleasures were all the pleasures that I knew as a child. -Willie Stargell

The richness of the world, all artificial pleasures, have the taste of sickness and give off a smell of death in the face of certain spiritual possessions. -Georges Rouault

But for Muslims, everything that they don't have on earth is what they get in heaven. They can drink, they can have sex. All of the forbidden pleasures on earth, you can have in paradise. -Barbara Walters

Justice Ginsburg is a very competent justice, and it is a joy to have her on the court, but particularly for me it is a pleasure to have a second woman on the court. -Sandra Day O'Connor

The act of conducting in itself, of waving my arms in the air and being in charge, I didn't miss. I missed the sensual pleasure of being in contact with music. -Esa-Pekka Salonen

The first thing we become convinced of is that man is organized so as to be far more sensible of pain than of pleasure. -Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

This sense of power is the highest and best of pleasures when the belief on which it is founded is a true belief, and has been fairly earned by investigation. -William Kingdon Clifford

Larry Kasdan has made some of my favorite movies of all time so just to be working with him was a pleasure. Now that I have, I not only respect his work but I just love and respect him as a person. -Timothy Olyphant

Work is the meat of life, pleasure the dessert. -B. C. Forbes

It is always by way of pain one arrives at pleasure. -Marquis de Sade

It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver. -Jean de La Fontaine

To make pleasures pleasant shortens them. -Charles Buxton

Work is both my living and my pleasure. -Harlan Howard

Diseases are the tax on pleasures. -John Ray

Had we not faults of our own, we should take less pleasure in complaining of others. -Francois Fenelon

Just got back from a pleasure trip: I took my mother-in-law to the airport. -Henny Youngman

The only pain in pleasure is the pleasure of the pain. -Anne Rice

Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing. -Bernard Malamud

There is more pleasure in loving than in being beloved. -Thomas Fuller

One of the many pleasures of old age is giving things up. -Malcolm Muggeridge

Some people break promises for the pleasure of breaking them. -William Hazlitt

Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved. -Margaret Fuller

Go to your business, pleasure, whilst I go to my pleasure, business. -William Wycherley

In love, as in gluttony, pleasure is a matter of the utmost precision. -Italo Calvino

Pride is pleasure arising from a man's thinking too highly of himself. -Baruch Spinoza

Self-complacency is pleasure accompanied by the idea of oneself as cause. -Baruch Spinoza

Tragedy delights by affording a shadow of the pleasure which exists in pain. -Percy Bysshe Shelley

We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain. -Alan Watts

One does not get better but different and older and that is always a pleasure. -Gertrude Stein

Next to the pleasure of finding a new mistress is that of being rid of an old one. -William Wycherley

Throw moderation to the winds, and the greatest pleasures bring the greatest pains. -Democritus

Business is always interfering with pleasure – but it makes other pleasures possible. -William Feather

Free will is an illusion. People always choose the perceived path of greatest pleasure. -Scott Adams

It is my pleasure to support a candidate who truly reflects our values and highest ideals. -Martin Sheen

One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter. -Joseph Addison

All this fuss about sleeping together. For physical pleasure I'd sooner go to my dentist any day. -Evelyn Waugh

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. -Jane Austen

Come, for my part I will have only those glorious, manly pleasures of being very drunk, and very slovenly. -William Wycherley

Nobody will laugh long who deals much with opium: its pleasures even are of a grave and solemn complexion. -Thomas de Quincey

The vine bears three kinds of grapes: the first of pleasure, the second of intoxication, the third of disgust. -Diogenes

The vocabulary of pleasure depends on the imagery of pain. -Marina Warner

What leads to unhappiness, is making pleasure the chief aim. -William Shenstone

To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure. -Honore de Balzac

The end is the beginning of all things, Suppressed and hidden, Awaiting to be released through the rhythm Of pain and pleasure. -Jiddu Krishnamurti

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

The rare pleasure of being seen for what one is, compensates for the misery of being it. -Margaret Drabble

It is in his pleasure that a man really lives; it is from his leisure that he constructs the true fabric of self. -Agnes Repplier

Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. -Pope Paul VI

To my great surprise and pleasure, I have had dinner with most of the people living with whom I would like to have dinner. -Holly Near

If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable. -Donald Trump

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

I despise making the most of one's time. Half of the pleasures of life consist of the opportunities one has neglected. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Book love… is your pass to the greatest, the purest, and the most perfect pleasure that God has prepared for His creatures. -Anthony Trollope

I wish thee as much pleasure in the reading, as I had in the writing. -Francis Quarles

We are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain. -Saint Augustine

Lies are essential to humanity. They are perhaps as important as the pursuit of pleasure and moreover are dictated by that pursuit. -Marcel Proust

Come, come, leave business to idlers, and wisdom to fools: they have need of 'em: wit be my faculty, and pleasure my occupation, and let father Time shake his glass. -William Congreve

All earthly delights are sweeter in expectation than in enjoyment; but all spiritual pleasures more in fruition than in expectation. -Francois Fenelon

First our pleasures die – and then our hopes, and then our fears – and when these are dead, the debt is due dust claims dust – and we die too. -Percy Bysshe Shelley

Mind and body obstruct one another's pleasures. -Mason Cooley

I was never that much a focus of interest that I became a 'thing' at an earlier point in my career. I'm aware of having become a 'thing' now, which doesn't give me a lot of pleasure. -Matt Damon

There are not a few among the disciples of charity who require, in their vocation, scarcely less excitement than the votaries of pleasure in theirs. -Charles Dickens

There are minds so impatient of inferiority that their gratitude is a species of revenge, and they return benefits, not because recompense is a pleasure, but because obligation is a pain. -Samuel Johnson

There is pleasure when a sore is scratched, But to be without sores is more pleasurable still. Just so, there are pleasures in worldly desires, But to be without desires is more pleasurable still. -Nagarjuna

There is no more lively sensation than that of pain; its impressions are certain and dependable, they never deceive as may those of the pleasure women perpetually feign and almost never experience. -Marquis de Sade

There is some pleasure even in words, when they bring forgetfulness of present miseries. -Sophocles

There is more difference in the quality of our pleasures than in the amount. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some loves are like a vice that has ceased to give pleasure. -Mason Cooley

Toil and pleasure, dissimilar in nature, are nevertheless united by a certain natural bond. -Livy

I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending. -Fred Rogers

But I owe it to the subject to say, that it has long afforded me what philosophy is so often thought, and made, barren of – the fun of discovery, the pleasures of co-operation, and the satisfaction of reaching agreement. -J. L. Austin

What is exhilarating in bad taste is the aristocratic pleasure of giving offense. -Charles Baudelaire

I have cultivated my hysteria with pleasure and terror. -Charles Baudelaire

How delicious is pleasure after torment! -Pierre Corneille

It is with an old love as it is with old age a man lives to all the miseries, but is dead to all the pleasures. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please. -Epictetus

No pleasure has any savor for me without communication. -Michel de Montaigne

If pleasure was not followed by pain, who would forbear it? -Samuel Johnson

The mere brute pleasure of reading the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

The greatest pleasures are only narrowly separated from disgust. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

After having won a scepter, few are so generous as to disdain the pleasures of ruling. -Pierre Corneille

The pleasures of the mighty are obtained by the tears of the poor. -Samuel Richardson

True, Heaven prohibits certain pleasures; but one can generally negotiate a compromise. -Moliere

Money gives me pleasure all the time. -Hilaire Belloc

It is one of man's curious idiosyncrasies to create difficulties for the pleasure of resolving them. -Joseph de Maistre

Mysterious love, uncertain treasure, hast thou more of pain or pleasure! Endless torments dwell about thee: Yet who would live, and live without thee! -Joseph Addison

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

One declaims endlessly against the passions; one imputes all of man's suffering to them. One forgets that they are also the source of all his pleasures. -Denis Diderot

To the man who loves art for its own sake, it is frequently in its least important and lowliest manifestations that the keenest pleasure is to be derived. -Arthur Conan Doyle

Man is not constituted to take pleasure in the same things always. -Sophocles

If I err in belief that the souls of men are immortal, I gladly err, nor do I wish this error which gives me pleasure to be wrested from me while I live. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Amour is the one human activity of any importance in which laughter and pleasure preponderate, if ever so slightly, over misery and pain. -Aldous Huxley

Such truth, as opposeth no man's profit, nor pleasure, is to all men welcome. -Thomas Hobbes

It's true Heaven forbids some pleasures, but a compromise can usually be found. -Moliere

O love, if I regret the age when one savors you, it is not for the hour of pleasure, but for the one that follows it. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The mind is but too naturally prone to pleasure, but too easily yielded to dissipation. -Frances Burney

A tragedy need not have blood and death; it's enough that it all be filled with that majestic sadness that is the pleasure of tragedy. -Jean Racine

Marriage is the highest state of friendship. If happy, it lessens our cares by dividing them, at the same time that it doubles our pleasures by mutual participation. -Samuel Richardson

Climbing is unadulterated hard labor. The only real pleasure is the satisfaction of going where no man has been before and where few can follow. -Annie Smith Peck

It is not known precisely where angels dwell whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode. -Voltaire

It's always a pleasure to find something that matters. -Don Cornelius

Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy. -Mahatma Gandhi

Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat; the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle. -F. Scott Fitzgerald

Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence. -David Hume

The pleasure of jogging and running is rather like that of wearing a fur coat in Texas in August: the true joy comes in being able to take the damn thing off. -Joseph Epstein

The pleasures of the imagination are as it were only drawings and models which are played with by poor people who cannot afford the real thing. -Georg C. Lichtenberg

The pleasure of those who injure you lies in your pain. Therefore they will suffer if you take away their pleasure by not feeling pain. -Tertullian

The life of a man who deliberately runs through his fortune often becomes a business speculation; his friends, his pleasures, patrons, and acquaintances are his capital. -Honore de Balzac

God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures. -Francis Bacon

Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic. -Bertrand Russell

The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount. -Joseph Addison

Close friends contribute to our personal growth. They also contribute to our personal pleasure, making the music sound sweeter, the wine taste richer, the laughter ring louder because they are there. -Judith Viorst

I hope that posterity will judge me kindly, not only as to the things which I have explained, but also to those which I have intentionally omitted so as to leave to others the pleasure of discovery. -Rene Descartes

Real love is the love that sometimes arises after sensual pleasure: if it does, it is immortal; the other kind inevitably goes stale, for it lies in mere fantasy. -Giacomo Casanova

Come live with me and be my love, And we will all the pleasures prove, That valleys, groves, hills, and fields, Woods, or steepy mountain yields. -Christopher Marlowe

People who have been made to suffer by certain things cannot be reminded of them without a horror which paralyses every other pleasure, even that to be found in reading a story. -Stendhal

The ugly is very appealing to man. It's instinct. One shrinks from the ugly, yet wants to look at it. There's a devilish fascination in it. We extract pleasure from horror. -Sonya Levien

Rascals are always sociable, more's the pity! and the chief sign that a man has any nobility in his character is the little pleasure he takes in others' company. -Arthur Schopenhauer

The joy of giving is indeed a pleasure, especially when you get rid of something you don't want. -Frank Butler

The human heart has hidden treasures, In secret kept, in silence sealed; The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures, Whose charms were broken if revealed. -Charlotte Bronte

Insensibility, of all kinds, and on all occasions, most moves my imperial displeasure. -Frances Burney

We forget our pleasures, we remember our sufferings. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures. -Aristotle

The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures, and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures, cause inconstancy. -Blaise Pascal

Tomorrow is a thief of pleasure. -Rex Harrison

Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones. -Seneca

'Project Runway' was my guilty pleasure while my son was napping or nursing. -Debra Messing

I would say that the surest measure of a man's or a woman's maturity is the harmony, style, joy, and dignity he creates in his marriage, and the pleasure and inspiration he provides for his spouse. -Benjamin Spock

In life there is nothing more unexpected and surprising than the arrivals and departures of pleasure. If we find it in one place today, it is vain to seek it there tomorrow. You can not lay a trap for it. -Alexander Smith

I began directing episodes, which was a great light every couple of months. We never short-changed our audience, but it became something that you had to work at rather than something that was a pleasure. -Patrick Stewart

For certainly there cannot be a higher pleasure than to think that we love and are beloved by the most amiable and best Being. -Mary Astell

When I portray Stabler, I have to shave every day and cut my hair every week! And then, I really like to change my looks for films like 'Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle' where I have the pleasure of playing the ugliest man in the world. -Christopher Meloni

Business is difficult. But it could be approached two ways: Seriously, or with the same way you're doing your job, with entertainment aspect, with pleasure, with fun. And we decided to try to make it as fun that we do our creativity. -Guy Laliberte

Learn the duty as well as taste the pleasure of original work. -Robert James Graves

If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements and worthwhilenesses I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It will have been enough. -Audrey Hepburn

We do not need to eat animals, wear animals, or use animals for entertainment purposes, and our only defense of these uses is our pleasure, amusement, and convenience. -Gary L. Francione

The only break I ever took was to eat. That's all I did. Work, and then quickly eat something. It became my main pleasure, having access to my comfort food. -John Prescott

So what I did was stuff my face with anything around, any old rubbish, burgers, chocolate, crisps, fish and chips, loads of it, till I felt sick – but at least I'd had the pleasure of stuffing my face and feeling really full. -John Prescott

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

I don't actually have a one wellspring of inspiration. Though I'm most often inspired while reading – both fiction and nonfiction. I subscribe to National Geographic, Scientific American, Discover, and a slew of other magazines. And it is while reading articles for pleasure and interest that an interesting 'What if?' will pop into my head. -James Rollins

We have a market-driven society so obsessed with buying and selling and obsessed with power and pleasure and property. -Cornel West

You want your mind to be boggled. That is a pleasure in and of itself. And it's more a pleasure if it's boggled by something that you can then demonstrate is really, really true. -Saul Perlmutter

The cast, led by the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence, is absolutely wonderful across the board. It's such a pleasure to see how they've embodied the characters and brought them to life. -Suzanne Collins

I find it quite hard to sum up my relationship in a sound bite. I feel that it trivializes it for other people's pleasure. It's an adventure. -Emily Blunt

I love travelling, and had the pleasure of being in the most developed country in the world and then parts of two of the most pristine natural areas of the world: the Galapagos islands and the Equador Amazon jungle. The contrast was incredible. -Adam Garcia

I would read the atlas for pleasure. I knew it was weird. It was weird. -Ken Jennings

I love to dance so much. It's one of my guilty pleasures in life and my hobby. -Mia Maestro

I can't tell you what a pleasure it is to just put my hair under a wig cap and slap on a wig that's already done. It's dress up for your hair! -Felicity Huffman

I don't feel guilty in having pleasure! -Paula Radcliffe

You want to feel that you can do something creative that you love without being picked apart and mutilated for other people's pleasure. -Sienna Miller

I had the pleasure of knowing Ronald Reagan before he became Governor of California. He was a truly great human being and we usually spent our time together reminiscing about mutual friends. -James Arness

I use the film industry as a pleasure for work and that kind of thing and it's not a pursuit to make me feel happy in my life. -Thandie Newton

There was a certain feeling I developed as a young person for black people. Somehow they were able to get pleasure out of things that I couldn't see them enjoying. I heard them sing a lot, and I didn't hear white folks going down the cotton rows singing that much. -Sam Phillips

I don't categorize food as bad or a guilty pleasure. -Rachael Ray

My extravagance is my garden – it's the first thing I look at every morning when I wake up. It gives me so much pleasure. -Ina Garten

Now that I have conquered social anxiety disorder, I find pleasure in fans approaching me. -Ricky Williams

The Term Paper Artist' represents two models of writing, one of the little boy bouncing his ball, generating stories for the sheer pleasure of it, and the besieged adult, writing to make a living, having to contend with a very competitive, very unreliable world in which public image counts. -David Leavitt

I obsess everyday about everything. Not only about what we do well but what we can do better… In the end, the only reason I am motivated to do what I do is for the hedonistic pleasures of the table. -Mario Batali

It seems astonishing to be paid for indulging in pure pleasure. For me to go to Coburg is rather as if a trainspotter was sent for a few weeks to Swindon or a chocoholic asked on holiday by Green and Black. -A. N. Wilson

I'm not precisely saying that a really good board meeting at the MLA (Museums, Libraries and Archives Coucil) makes me want to go and write poetry, but there is a pleasure in doing that sort of thing well. -Andrew Motion

My parents both had Oxford degrees, they read important books, spoke foreign languages, drank real coffee and went to museums for pleasure. People like that don't have fat kids: they were cut out to be winners and winners don't have children who are overweight. -Arabella Weir

Music is just such… it's not therapy, but it's a release, it's a joy, it's a pleasure. And it's a job – which is weird, because I don't think of it as a job. -Bryan Adams

If you write satire, the guilty pleasure these days is that there's just so much material about. On the other hand, if you have a family it can be depressing. -Carl Hiaasen

It's a pleasure playing your big hit records and it's a real joy to see the audience. -Martin Fry

I appreciate the 'Surreal Life.' I had a really positive experience on that show, and with those people. I found some love in my heart for religion again, and had the support of a new family of friends. I wouldn't have had the pleasure of meeting those people, if we were not all placed in that fishbowl. -Vince Neil

I really don't have a guilty pleasure. -Ann Marie Buerkle

I'd like, each time out as a writer, to reinvent who I am and what I'm doing. That's one of the great pleasures and rewards of the occupation. -Richard Powers

I am a helicopter pilot. Something that gives me pleasure sometimes is taking my helicopter to go high, 2000 meter, 6000 feet, to go there and feel like a bird. In this moment I feel free. -Roberto Cavalli

When I'm on the road, I wake up early and walk a lot. I'm very healthy. But when I come back home, I am more tempted by guilty pleasures, such as eating too many sweets and sleeping a lot. -Masaharu Morimoto

I am a gourmand. I like to eat. When I have something that I like, I tend to have too much of it. That is a guilty pleasure. -Joel Robuchon

First and foremost I am a chef, whether behind the stove at one of my Northern California restaurants or for the past 15 years in front of the camera on my Food Network cooking shows. Creating new dishes and flavor combinations that bring cooks and our restaurant guests pleasure is my job and I love it. -Tyler Florence

I work in a medium where I get to be totally invisible and I get great pleasure from that, being a pretty self-conscious person. -Terry Gross

The daily act of writing remains as demanding and maddening as it was before, and the pleasure you get from writing – rare but profound – remains at the true heart of the enterprise. On their best days, writers all over the world are winning Pulitzers, all alone in their studios, with no one watching. -Jeffrey Eugenides

I guess my guilty pleasure would be listening to the British audio versions of the 'Harry Potter' books. -David Sedaris

High heels are pleasure with pain. -Christian Louboutin

And going into my studio at night, particularly at night when everybody's asleep, is just a total pleasure for me. -Yanni

I just like art. I get pure pleasure from it. I have a lot of wonderful paintings, and every time I look at them I see something different. -Jack Nicholson

L.A. still ranks as one of my guilty pleasures, along with butter-pecan ice cream and Coldplay albums. -Damian Lewis

I speak of a clinical depression that is the background of your entire life, a background of anguish and anxiety, a sense that nothing goes well, that pleasure is unavailable and all your strategies collapse. -Leonard Cohen

People only have guilty pleasures when they crowbar pleasure down their throat all the time and then they reach for the brownies. Then you should feel guilty because you're killing your body and that's something to be guilty about. -Hal Sparks

I try to read for pleasure whenever I can – it's a great way just to shut it off for a while so your brain doesn't get fried. -Hillary Clinton

It's a real pleasure to go to work when you're in the most extraordinary surroundings, and working with people who are young and interested and creatively keen. -Hugo Weaving

I'm not saying that it's wrong to make huge Hollywood films but it's just a different kind of feeling, a different sort of pleasure. -Roger Michell

Talent will only take you so far, and it is your ability to feel the music and explore a movement that will bring you the greatest pleasure in dance. -Karen Kain

It's a pleasure to play my sister because everything I've accused her of my whole life, I can now re-enact before her eyes. -Chelsea Handler

I subscribe to 'National Geographic,' 'Scientific American,' 'Discover,' and a slew of other magazines. And it is while reading articles for pleasure and interest that an interesting 'What if?' will pop into my head. -James Rollins

I want to write more books, see my first novel made into a film, fight more campaigns, work in more countries. I want to be able to recall experiences that have endured for their pleasure and range and intensity. -Alastair Campbell

Every now and then I read a poem that does touch something in me, but I never turn to poetry for solace or pleasure in the way that I throw myself into prose. -J. K. Rowling

The key to thrillers is vicarious pleasure. -Lee Child

Ever since I bought and started flying an airplane, it's been almost exclusively for business. I love to fly. It's a great joy to me. But rarely do I use it for any kind of pleasure, other than it is a pleasure to fly. -Arnold Palmer

My former bullies pay extra to come backstage and meet me after shows, and I pretend not to know them in front of their friends. It is the most divine pleasure to exact the revenge of the brutalized child that resides within. -Margaret Cho

The pleasure a reader gets is often equal to the pleasure a writer is given. -Paul Theroux

People talk about the pain of writing, but very few people talk about the pleasure and satisfaction. -Paul Theroux

It's not a pleasure torturing actors, although some of them enjoy it. -Ang Lee

I have always tried to live my life with enthusiasm and pleasure. -Joan Collins

Genuine happiness can only be achieved when we transform our way of life from the unthinking pursuit of pleasure to one committed to enriching our inner lives, when we focus on 'being more' rather than simply having more. -Daisaku Ikeda

Daniel Day-Lewis and Sean Penn to me are the two best actors of all time. I'm just glad to have the pleasure to be in an era that they're acting while I'm acting. They're probably the best actors in my mind. -Channing Tatum

No sane man can afford to dispense with debilitating pleasures. No ascetic can be considered reliably sane. -A. J. Liebling

People tell me they open my e-mails first, because they aren't demands and you don't need to reply. They're simply for pleasure. -David Hockney

A little girl who finds a puzzle frustrating might ask her busy mother (or teacher) for help. The child gets one message if her mother expresses clear pleasure at the request and quite another if mommy responds with a curt 'Don't bother me – I've got important work to do.' -Daniel Goleman

The traditional spokespersons for the Evangelicals, such as Chuck Colson and James Dobson, have become alarmed about this drift away from the 'Family Values' issues that they believe should be the overwhelming concerns of Evangelicals. They have expressed their displeasure in letters of protest circulated through the religious media. -Tony Campolo

What could I wish for the present but to take the greatest pleasure in being what I am? -Raoul Vaneigem

People think I take some sort of masochistic pleasure out of putting out music that's gonna be unpopular. -Billy Corgan

I always think of the live show first, where the song is gonna go in the show. That's why they aren't sad songs. When I play, I want to make people happy, not sad. It's such a pleasure for me to do what I do, and I want other people to feel some form of that pleasure, too. -Jason Mraz

I am going to confront the old-fashioned negative thinking which says that all government needs to do to generate growth is cut worker and environmental protections, cut taxes on the rich and stroke 'fat cats' until they purr with pleasure. I'm completely repudiating the idea that government has to get out of the way. -Vince Cable

Perhaps the greatest reading pleasure has an element of self-annihilation. To be so engrossed that you barely know you exist. -Ian Mcewan

I think instead writers and publishers and readers need to go to the places where people are, and make the argument that there is great value to the quiet, contemplative process of reading a novel, that reading great books carefully offers pleasures and consolations that no iPad app ever can. -John Green

The years after 50 can be a time of great productivity, meaningful work, pleasure, creativity, and innovation. It's a huge opportunity. -Jane Pauley

Music is all about training in harmony, training to understand and use musical energy for our greater pleasure by attuning to the natural laws of the universe. -Jane Siberry

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 would like to go and dance in Palestine one day, with great pleasure, great pleasure. -Mikhail Baryshnikov

I hold all of the songs that I have had the pleasure of recording and performing in high regard. -Dionne Warwick

When I was a kid, I had two great guilty pleasures. One was horror movies and the other was martial arts movies. -M. Night Shyamalan

There's a pleasure in being reminded of the value of ordinary life. -Karen Thompson Walker

End-of-the-world stories tend to ring true. I've always been drawn to them, but as I wrote my own, I found surprising pleasure in creating a world that is so radically changed, yet where there's so much meaning and value in every small and ordinary thing we have, and take for granted: hot showers, enough food, friends, routines. -Karen Thompson Walker

Behavioral psychologists have observed that wanting something has a much stronger emotional impact than the pleasure that comes once you have it, or the memory of having had it. -Michael K. Powell

I do get pleasure from very inconsequential things, like shopping for clothes. -Graham Norton

I don't believe in guilty pleasures. If you enjoy something, there's nothing guilty about it. -Busy Philipps

I'll still try to nail acting jobs, but with 'Eastbound,' creating it is what gives me the ultimate pleasure at the end of the day. -Danny McBride

One of the great pleasures of acting is surrendering to someone else's point of view of the world – living inside a character and a story that never would have come out of your mind or heart. -Brit Marling

I personally love a cliffhanger – I think it just extends the pleasure of viewing. -Mireille Enos

I also take pleasure in the so-called negative power in Grotjahn's work. That is, I love his paintings for what they are not. Unlike much art of the past decade, Grotjahn isn't simply working from a prescribed checklist of academically acceptable, curator-approved 'isms' and twists. -Jerry Saltz

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of actually visiting the Playboy Mansion. I saw the peacocks, fed grapes to the monkeys, and even braved the fabled Grotto. After seeing the estate, I understood why anyone would be reluctant to leave. -Diablo Cody

It's always a pleasure to perform for people who love country music. And Australians definitely fall into that category. Each time I go back, I learn something new about the country, and I get to see some of the most beautiful places on the planet. -Joe Nichols

I like to stay hydrated with water throughout the day and snack on apples, but my guilty pleasure would definitely be a caramel macchiato from Starbucks! -Janel Parrish

If I'm in a relationship, I'm 1,000% in it. I love doing things for them and surprising them. And that's just something I thoroughly enjoy and it gives me a lot of pleasure. I just haven't found that right girl yet. -Josh Henderson

I teach a non-fiction writing class at New York University, and one of my great pleasures is deciding on the syllabus. -Susan Orlean

My guilty pleasure is reality TV, as I am really nosey. -Kate Fleetwood

Calling a show a 'guilty pleasure' is like saying 'I'm embarrassed to say I watch it but I can't stop.' That's not a compliment. -Shonda Rhimes

'Kraken' is a very undisciplined book. That's a gamble. If it doesn't come off, it's disastrous. But there are pleasures, I think, to a meandering lack of discipline that you can't get the other way, and vice versa. -China Mieville

I've never cackled with laughter at a single line I've ever written. None of it has given me pleasure. -Pat Conroy

I gallop and jump and ride young horses with intense pleasure. -Jane Smiley

For many years I enjoyed the pleasure of cruising on my yacht all summer long and these were my best holidays. In mid-May, we'd start in St Tropez. I'd collect my bikinis from my home there and then we'd go up to Cannes for the Film Festival, on to Monte Carlo for the Grand Prix and then to Italy. -Ivana Trump

The process of writing a novel is getting to know more about the novel until you know everything about it. And it's been described as a kind of dreamlike state where you're letting the novel make its own shape, and you're putting into it the pleasure of creation, which is intoxicating. -Martin Amis

Bob Dylan continues to release odd and unsettling records, and to do odd and unsettling things on stage. So the term 'still' seems meaningless to me. But the real answer is simple: I listen to Bob Dylan for pleasure more than I listen to anyone else for pleasure. -Greil Marcus

This object that we hold in our hands, a book… that tactile pleasure, it's just not going to go away. -Maggie Stiefvater

I do have a childlike enthusiasm at times. I certainly enjoy life and get pleasure sometimes in childish things. -Brian Baumgartner

I think I get certain pleasure from writing what I'm performing. -Ellie Kemper

Part of the transaction between writer and reader is the pleasure of building a community and encouraging people to play along. -John Hodgman

For me, my guilty pleasure is that if I don't want to do anything one day, I won't. I'll just sit around, not shower, hardly even eat, and just watch TV. -Kris Allen

My guiltiest pleasure is… chocolates with strawberry cream and trashy television – 'Geordie Shore,' 'Katie,' etc. -Ellie Goulding

For 'So Cold the River,' I'm actually working on adapting the book with Scott Silver, who was just nominated for an Oscar for 'The Fighter,' and who also wrote '8 Mile,' which I think is a terrific screenplay. The chance to work with Scott is a tremendous pleasure and I'm learning a lot. -Michael Koryta

Everything people say about grandparenthood is true – it is pleasure without responsibility. It is unquestioned love. -Richard Eyre

My greatest pleasure is to invent. My continual mad ambition is to make something true and beautiful that never existed in the world before. -Peter Carey

I'm an equal opportunity reader – although I don't much read plays. And since I was raised a Presbyterian, pretty much all pleasures are guilty. -Richard Ford

We must accept all of God's will for us, not just those portions that happen to appeal and bring instant gratification and pleasure to us. -Rod Parsley

It gave me a lot of pleasure and pride that 90 percent of the crew for 'Monsoon Wedding,' and most of my film, are women. We get the work done, you know, much lesser play of ego… And I really believe in harmony, I believe in working in a spirit of egolessness and that the film is bigger than all of us. -Mira Nair

Well, everybody faces the fact there really aren't many records stores around to just go and browse. Maybe browse online, yet that tactile feel of flipping through a stack of vinyl remains one of life's simple pleasures. -Billy Gibbons

I'm not advocating we should all be back in the kitchen and cooking all the time, because life's too short and we've got more interesting things to do. But to rediscover the intense pleasure of making a cake and putting it down on the table is ridiculously satisfying, out of all proportion to the work. -Jane Asher

My guilty pleasure is Flamin' Hot Cheetos. -Rachel Bilson

Redeeming subjects from cliche is its own pleasure and privilege. -Leslie Jamison

Whenever I've been stuck on a project, it's always brought me solace to the return to books that moved me in the past. It's a nice way to get outside my own head; and it brings me back to one of the most important reasons I write at all: to bring some pleasure to readers, to make them think or feel. -Leslie Jamison

I definitely rediscovered reading for pleasure by devoting such a large swath of my time to sitting on airplanes. I am now painfully adept at removing my shoes so as to have the least amount of foot surface area touching an airport floor. -Sloane Crosley

At an incredibly divisive point in pop history, Donna Summer managed to create an undeniable across-the-board experience of mass pleasure – after 'Bad Girls,' nobody ever tried claiming disco sucked again. It set the template for what Michael Jackson would do a few months later with 'Off The Wall.' -Rob Sheffield

My guiltiest pleasure? 'Untamed & Uncut'. Videos of people being attacked by animals. Yeah. I don't know why. I just love seeing guys who say, 'I'm gonna stick my hand in that crocodile's mouth and see what happens.' And then it snaps down on them. There you go – that's what you get! It's a wild animal, my friend. -Nathan Fillion

I think I'm a combination of very simple pleasures and the fact I've read a lot of books. I don't think it's a binary opposition across the board in humans and I think I'm an example that it's not. I'm hosting gay marriage rallies and I have tons of guns at home. There's a lot of middle ground in the world and I'm one of those people. -Dax Shepard

People – and I include myself – get fat because they choose pleasure over self-denial. -Julie Burchill

Mind you, I've always been a very off-message type of fat broad; one who gladly admits she reached the size she is now solely through lack of discipline and love of pleasure, and who rather despises people (except those with proven medical conditions) who pretend that it is generally otherwise. -Julie Burchill

Professionally I've evolved with what's required, but the pictures I do for pleasure haven't changed, except for the cars in the background, the clothing. I haven't changed at all. -Elliott Erwitt

A lot of foreign people say, when asking about eating habits, 'What is your guilty pleasure?' I have no guilt. Whatever I do, I enjoy and it's the point. I think if you start to feel guilty about it, that's a problem. So, no guilty pleasures. I have pleasure and no guilt at all. -Eric Ripert

I have these guilty pleasures, these failed films that don't work at all, but I'll watch them if they're on. Like 'The Game.' -Shane Black

I still get enormous pleasure and a sense of fulfillment out of writing a book that I'm proud of. I see myself as a bit like a jewel-maker who can sit back and admire his work. -Wilbur Smith

Everybody loves to spend money at least some of the time – because everybody loves the stuff you can buy with it. The key to the pleasure level of any transaction is the balance between the pain of the payment and the reward of the purchased object. -Jeffrey Kluger

I have an impressionable palate. A well-worded menu or beautifully presented dish excites me. I get a great deal of pleasure just thinking about food. -Gayle King

Working with Mario Testino was a joy. He's very young spirited, and it's always lovely and a pleasure to spend time talking to him about all different things. -Cara Delevingne

When I'm in 'Man vs. Wild' mode, it's not pleasure. Every sensor is firing and I'm on reserve power all the time and I'm digging deep – and that's the magic of it as well, and that's raw and it's great. -Bear Grylls

I do not take any pleasure whatsoever in being a famous person. -Donna Leon

Watching 'The Jeremy Kyle Show' is my guilty pleasure. -Sue Townsend

I grew up around people that enjoyed life day to day and found pleasure in simple things. -Josh Turner

At the time I was taught to read, it was an Eden-like time of my life. My mother adored me. Everyone adored me. So I associate reading with enormous pleasure. -Jamaica Kincaid

When your work is nonfiction about low-income communities, pretty much anything that's not nonfiction about low-income communities feels like a guilty pleasure. -Katherine Boo

I actually have a lot of guilty pleasures. -Nikki DeLoach

I'm not sure the risks I take are any different from what other writers take, since we all serve at the pleasure of the reader. -Stewart O'Nan

I think I'd be a good dad; it would be a pleasure. -Taylor Kinney

My belief is that 'heaven' and 'hell' are metaphorical terms for what you make of your life. In any instant, you have the ability to make your life total pleasure or total hell. -Kelly Slater

Going to a restaurant is one of my keenest pleasures. Meeting someplace with old and new friends, ordering wine, eating food, surrounded by strangers, I think is the core of what it means to live a civilised life. -Adam Gopnik

To me, the idea of heaven would give you certain pleasures, certain joys – but it's very important to have an intellectual understanding of why you want those things. -Alice Sebold

We're designed for persistence hunting, which is a mix of running and walking. What's built into that kind of running is a sense of pleasure. You are designed and built and perfect for this activity, and it should be enjoyable and fun. -Christopher McDougall

The act of seeing any film generally is you knowing more than the characters, even if it's the classic Hitchcock shot of two people talking and a bomb being under the table. Part of the pleasure of it is seeing where people go wrong, and the irony of situations. -Richard Ayoade

When I read 'Paradise Lost,' or 'Richard III,' it is clear that Milton and Shakespeare took real pleasure and satisfaction from creating these epitomes of evil. -Marilynne Robinson

Filmmaking, like any other art, is a very profound means of human communication; beyond the professional pleasure of succeeding or the pain of failing, you do want your film to be seen, to communicate itself to other people. -Kenneth Lonergan

This is what rhyme does. In a couplet, the first rhyme is like a question to which the second rhyme is an answer. The first rhyme leaves something in the air, some unanswered business. In most quatrains, space is created between the rhyme that poses the question and the rhyme that gives the answer – it is like a pleasure deferred. -James Fenton

One of the pleasures of staying with friends is that you get to browse their shelves. I always arrive with a book, but I almost never read it. It would be like sitting at their dinner table and opening a packet of sandwiches. -Simon Hoggart

There was a time when formal clothes were one of life's great pleasures, as well as a way of describing instantly a man's status wealth. Toffs wore the most, the proles the least. Fast forward to 2008 and clothes are still an unrivalled pleasure but some men – and this includes many of our betters – have confused status with fake informality. -Peter York

For me, wearing a tie is a pleasure, a recherche one but a pleasure nonetheless. You could say that I'm avoiding tie avoidance. My own gorgeous collection runs into hundreds and I buy them the way I buy books – I simply can't pass a shop. I have loved them since I could spend my own money on them. -Peter York

One should never learn from one's mistakes. Making the same mistakes, over and over again, is a source of unremitting pleasure. -Peter York

Expand the definition of 'reading' to include non-fiction, humor, graphic novels, magazines, action adventure, and, yes, even websites. It's the pleasure of reading that counts; the focus will naturally broaden. A boy won't read shark books forever. -Jon Scieszka

I find that I take a great deal of pleasure knowing I get up people's noses to some degree. -John Connolly

I've had great pleasure meeting the likes of Newt Gingrich and having a chat with the fellow on a staircase. I found him completely dishonest and totally likeable, because he doesn't care! He knows what a politician is, and he's a perfect embodiment of one. -John Lydon

Often people, when they're confronted with a poem, it's like someone who keep saying 'what is the meaning of this? What is the meaning of this?' And that dulls us to the other pleasures poetry offers. -Billy Collins

Idleness allows you to turn a situation from boredom to pleasure. -Tom Hodgkinson

We no longer sing and dance. We don't know how to. Instead, we watch other people sing and dance on the television screen. Christmas, which was once a festival of active enjoyment, has turned into a binge of purely passive pleasures. -Tom Hodgkinson

Alongside my 'no email' policy, I resolve to make better use of the wonderful Royal Mail, and send letters and postcards to people. There is a huge pleasure in writing a letter, putting it in an envelope and sticking the stamp on it. And huge pleasure in receiving real letters, too. -Tom Hodgkinson

In this age of getting what you want and getting it now, the simple pleasure of browsing is often forgotten. -Tom Hodgkinson

If we are to make life into a pleasure rather than a struggle, then I would suggest that we have to start with our own mental attitudes. -Tom Hodgkinson

Beauty, pleasure, freedom and plenty of sleep: these are the hallmarks of a successful idler's break. Travel should not be hard work. -Tom Hodgkinson

For decades, we've worked under the assumption that mass culture follows a steadily declining path toward lowest-common-denominator standards, presumably because the 'masses' want dumb, simple pleasures and big media companies want to give the masses what they want. -Steven Johnson

Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness. We eat specific foods to enjoy their fleeting presence on our tongues. We read for the pleasure of thinking another person's thoughts. -Sam Harris

The pleasures of mental agility are much overstated, inevitably – as it now appears to me – by those not exclusively dependent upon them. -Tony Judt

When I was first introduced to Buddhism in a high school World Studies class, I dismissed it out of hand. This was during the hedonistic days of the late '60s, and this spiritual path seemed so grim with its concern about attachment and, apparently, anti-pleasure. -Tara Brach

I think happiness is a combination of pleasure, engagement and meaningfulness. -Ian K. Smith

Monday is great if I can spend it in bed. I'm a man of simple pleasures, really. -Arthur Darvill

As human beings, we are the only organisms that create for the sheer stupid pleasure of doing so. Whether it's laying out a garden, composing a new tune on the piano, writing a bit of poetry, manipulating a digital photo, redecorating a room, or inventing a new chili recipe – we are happiest when we are creating. -Gary Hamel

I was a bit of a troubled kid growing up, let's put it that way. I didn't take pleasure in hard work. -Matt Taibbi

I admit that invective is one of my pleasures. This only brings me problems in life, but that's it. I attack, I insult. I have a gift for that, for insults, for provocation. So I am tempted to use it. -Michel Houellebecq

I find it an absolute pleasure to read travel guides, especially the Michelin guides, and their description of places I know I'll probably never visit. I spend a large part of my life reading descriptions of restaurants. -Michel Houellebecq

Since the pleasure of most foods is in the first few bites, eat one thing on your plate at a time, at least at the start of the meal when you can concentrate and enjoy the full flavors. -Mireille Guiliano

In America, you look at food as bad and guilty. In France, we love food and we enjoy food; food is pleasure. -Mireille Guiliano

In France we have a saying, 'Joie de vivre,' which actually doesn't exist in the English language. It means looking at your life as something that is to be taken with great pleasure and enjoy it. -Mireille Guiliano

Make treating yourself a priority and always remember your life is happening now. Don't put off all your dreams and pleasures to another day. In any balanced personal definition of success there has to be a powerful element of living life in the present. -Mireille Guiliano

Nothing good gets written without the writer suffering along the way, in my opinion. Writing should be a pleasure, but unless you feel almost broken many, many times in the journey to a novel, you haven't pushed yourself hard enough. -Mohsin Hamid

Even if you can't afford to travel the world, you can take your children to the museum, zoo or local park. And don't be afraid to take them to grown-up spots. Eating out in a restaurant teaches children how to be quiet and polite and gives them the pleasure of knowing you trust them to behave. -Kimora Lee Simmons

Write every day; never give up; it's supposed to be difficult; try to find some pleasure and reward in the act of writing, because you can't look for praise from editors, readers, or critics. In other words, tips that are much easier to give than to take. -J. R. Moehringer

I may not be much good at most things, but if I didn't have the pleasure of planning and installing shows, and doing it better than anyone else, I would have stopped buying art many years ago. -Charles Saatchi

Happiness, true happiness, is an inner quality. It is a state of mind. If your mind is at peace, you are happy. If your mind is at peace, but you have nothing else, you can be happy. If you have everything the world can give – pleasure, possessions, power – but lack peace of mind, you can never be happy. -Dada Vaswani

Beauty is no dead thing. It is the manifestation of God in nature. There is not one object in nature untouched by man that is not beautiful, for God's manifestation is beauty. It shines through all His works, and not only in those that may give pleasure to man. -Annie Besant

My loving sister Mary has always shared the pain and pleasure of my heartbeat in a unique and special way. We have sung our sad and warm songs together. -John Henrik Clarke

I have a tendency toward the pleasures of the flesh. It's a battle for me, as far as weight and things like that. But I'm curbing them because I want to continue to do comedy, and the two don't mix. So I try to fight those demons. -Chris Farley

Those who are devoted to amusements; who love the society of those who love pleasure, have an aversion to religious exercises. -Ellen G. White

Revision has its own peculiar pleasures and its own peculiar frustrations. The ground rules are already established; the characters already exist. You don't have to bring the characters to life, but you do have to make them more convincing. -Vikram Seth

I like 'Glee' a lot. It's kind of like my guilty pleasure. -Maisie Williams

I kind of love going to weddings – it's a guilty pleasure. I've never been the wedding-y type girl dreaming about the big day, the dress, but I always cry. Always. Even if I don't know the bride that well, I'm verklempt! -Alison Brie

All of my pleasures are guilty, but that's just the way I'm wired. -Jesse Eisenberg

One of the great pleasures of going to see a Daniel Day-Lewis film: you haven't seen him in five years. Where have you been? So, it's a special event, right? Well, if you want to go see a movie that I'm in, it still may be a special event for you, but, you don't feel like you don't know where I've been. -Matthew McConaughey

When I first started painting candyland imagery, I was looking for the best possible metaphor for everything that is pleasure, desire and insatiability. -Will Cotton

Nothing is my guiltiest pleasure. I love it. I love doing it. I love planning to do it, I love loafing and pottering and chilling and daydreaming. -David Morrissey

It's lonely to listen to the pleasure of others, not that I've made a habit of that kind of eavesdropping. There's joy and passion in the next room, in the next bed, but it's not yours. -Ben Marcus

Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to go to Oberlin and wanted the liberal arts. Obviously I really get intense pleasure out of drawing connections between pieces and poems and literature and ideas. -Jeremy Denk

It might be useful to distinguish between pleasure and joy. But maybe everybody does this very easily, all the time, and only I am confused. -Zadie Smith

A lot of people seem to feel that joy is only the most intense version of pleasure, arrived at by the same road – you simply have to go a little further down the track. That has not been my experience. -Zadie Smith

There is a certain aesthetic pleasure in trying to imagine the unimaginable and failing, if you are a reader. -A. S. Byatt

Why do we take pleasure in gruesome death, neatly packaged as a puzzle to which we may find a satisfactory solution through clues – or if we are not clever enough, have it revealed by the all-powerful tale-teller at the end of the book? It is something to do with being reduced to, and comforted by, playing by the rules. -A. S. Byatt

I have never been able to read Agatha Christie – the pleasure is purely in the puzzle, and the reader is toyed with by someone who didn't decide herself who the killer was until the end of the writing. -A. S. Byatt

'EastEnders' has been wonderful to me and it's no secret that it changed my life all of those years ago. I'll be so sad to leave Peggy behind; she's such a wonderful character to play. I have had the pleasure of working with a marvelous cast and crew and have made many lasting good friends. -Barbara Windsor

Using simple equipment and daylight alone is for me a pleasure and a replenishment. -Irving Penn

It doesn't matter if it's black-and-white. If a movie has a story that is filled with emotion, you can have as much pleasure, and it's very good for cinema. -Thomas Langmann

I always cause those who are near to me more suffering than pleasure. -Delmore Schwartz

A government that can at pleasure accuse, shoot, and hang men, as traitors, for the one general offence of refusing to surrender themselves and their property unreservedly to its arbitrary will, can practice any and all special and particular oppressions it pleases. -Lysander Spooner

We tend to run our whole life trying to avoid all that hurts or displeases us, noticing the objects, people, or situations that we think will give us pain or pleasure, avoiding one and pursuing the other. -Joko Beck

I do watch 'American Idol' sometimes. It's not really that pleasurable… I take that back. It is the epitome of a guilty pleasure. Sometimes there's some good singers on that show. -M. Ward

Both dreams and neurotic dream-states have as their function the avoidance of displeasure, but the dream-states also serve to provide a positive pleasure gain. -Karl Abraham

If you are a girl dressing up in the morning thinking about the whole world having a point of view on what you are wearing, it takes the pleasure out of getting dressed. -Olivier Theyskens

I've done a whole lot of things. I've had the pleasure of introducing two presidents, several senators and congressmen. -Roy Acuff

I think good art should always be entertaining, or at least give pleasure of some sort. And my chief goal as a writer has always been to tell a good story and give my readers a good time. -Kenneth Oppel

I will never forget the pleasure and instruction I derived from working with a true master of his art, such as Edward G. Robinson was – and is. Surely his record for versatility, studied characterization – ranging from modern colloquial to the classics – and artistic integrity is unsurpassed. -Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

If men are in a state in which they find it hard to be weaned from their own ways and choose rather to serve the pleasures of the flesh than to serve the Lord, and refuse to accept the Gospel life, there is no common ground between me and them. -Saint Basil

To go to the synagogue with one's father on the Passover eve – is there in the world a greater pleasure than that? What is it worth to be dressed in new clothes from head to foot, and to show off before one's friends? Then the prayers themselves – the first Festival evening prayer and blessing. -Sholom Aleichem

A real pleasure is a pleasure that one enjoys by one's self, without a companion, and without a single argument. -Sholom Aleichem

I'll take no charity! What I get I'll earn by taking it. I would feel no pleasure it being given to me, any more than a huntsman would take pleasure being made a present of a dead fox, in place of getting a run across country after it. -Lady Gregory

Being an athlete helps me get those grandiose emotions of pleasure and pain that are involved in sports. -Yanni

I had a pretty modest upbringing; it was no pleasure cruise. I don't think I would be as happy today if I hadn't been through that. It was tough; I made some bad choices myself. -Vanilla Ice

I love going to the movies and getting Raisinets, a big tub of popcorn and a Coke. That's definitely a guilty pleasure because I can't be doing that all the time. -Sanaa Lathan

Throughout my years, I've had the pleasure of assembling and training what I believe to be the best group of people in the world. People with the presence of mind to deal with any flare-up, including my own. People who share the belief that nothing is impossible. -Red Adair

I've enjoyed the pleasures of working since I was 12 and earned all my own spending money since I was 14. -Joyce Brothers

It's not often a thriller keeps me wound up as well as 'Headhunters' did. I knew I was being manipulated and didn't care. It was a pleasure to see how well it was being done. -Roger Ebert

You want to know my real pleasure? Food. I love chocolate. I can't get enough chocolate. I can't help it. But my biggest pleasure of all is exercise. I really get off on exercise. -Brian Wilson

When you're writing, it's all up to you, and you don't have to make any compromises. And when you're directing, there's this intense pleasure you get from working with all these really talented people, and pooling the efforts towards a common goal. I like all the aspects of film-making. -Henry Selick

In England, I suppose I have been known to once or twice tune into 'Big Brother', which is a pretty terrible guilty pleasure. -Freddie Stroma

I'm more of a handbag girl; my guilty pleasure is bags. I don't even have a clue how many I own. -Poppy Delevingne

I have an inability to relax. I try to make every day a work day. I get pleasure from work… I try to think of sketch ideas, stand-up pieces. I am incapable of leisure and leisure time. -Fred Armisen

One of my greatest pleasures in motor racing is qualifying. You have loads of freedom from pushing a lap the whole way. I've always been very good in qualifying in the past; everything I've done, I've got pole positions. -Bruno Senna

I think the time is ripe for a return to the refinement of lifestyle that the pocket watch embodies. A personal pleasure that you know you have in your pocket, which requires an elegant gesture to use and show to others. -Richard Mille

I read books all the time. I'm just half looking for something to do; I mostly just read for pleasure. Occasionally I stumble across something that could be a movie, but I don't put a book down just because I don't see a movie in it, either. -Andrew Dominik

You watch these reality shows and say, 'Oh, I would do that, except for eating all the gross stuff.' These reality shows are like everyone's little guilty pleasure. To have an opportunity to be on one, why not? Anybody who says, 'No, I don't want to be on one' is kind of lying in the back of their heads. -Cris Judd

If I see an orchid that's fantastically expensive, I'll buy it. It's worth it, for no other reason than it gives me pleasure. -Lee Radziwill

You may earn whatever money you earn as a cricketer, but you want to play for your country. At the end of the day, you want to do something special. There are plenty of people who earn 50 crores or 100 crores as businessmen or big professionals or who are really doing well in business. But what gives pleasure to your mom and dad is the fame. -MS Dhoni

It's always a pleasure on a personal note for me to come back to Australia. -Nick Cave

It's always a pleasure when you can compose guitar parts from a strong vocal and not just put the melody on top of guitar riffs. -Wes Borland

Anyone who's a chef, who loves food, ultimately knows that all that matters is: 'Is it good? Does it give pleasure?' -Anthony Bourdain

The Italians and Spanish, the Chinese and Vietnamese see food as part of a larger, more essential and pleasurable part of daily life. Not as an experience to be collected or bragged about – or as a ritual like filling up a car – but as something else that gives pleasure, like sex or music, or a good nap in the afternoon. -Anthony Bourdain

I don't have much patience for people who are self-conscious about the act of eating, and it irritates me when someone denies themselves the pleasure of a bloody hunk of steak or a pungent French cheese because of some outdated nonsense about what's appropriate or attractive. -Anthony Bourdain

The guilty pleasure I miss most when I'm out slogging on the campaign trail is the chance to sprawl on the chaise and watch a vacuously spunky and generically sassy chick flick. -Maureen Dowd

There is no such thing as a guilty pleasure. -Douglas Wilson

One of the pleasures of looking at the world through mathematical eyes is that you can see certain patterns that would otherwise be hidden. -Steven Strogatz

You can get a certain amount of pleasure as a mathematical spectator, reading and watching some of the most beautiful arguments that have been created in the history of humanity. But that's too passive. -Steven Strogatz

I love spending time with my friends and family. The simplest things in life give me the most pleasure: cooking a good meal, enjoying my friends. -Cindy Morgan

The greatest moments are those when you see the result pop up in a graph or in your statistics analysis – that moment you realise you know something no one else does and you get the pleasure of thinking about how to tell them. -Emily Oster

Part of the joy and pleasure of English is its boundless creativity: I can describe a new machine as bicyclish, I can say that I'm vitamining myself to stave off a cold, I can complain that someone is the smilingest person I've ever seen, and I can decide, out of the blue, that 'fetch' is now the word I want to use to mean 'cool.' -Erin McKean

I'm very proud of the fact that I'm one of Britain's biggest selling poets. That gives me a huge amount of pleasure. -Felix Dennis

I read nonfiction almost exclusively – both for research and also for pleasure. When I read fiction, it's almost always in the thriller genre, and it needs to rivet me in the opening few chapters. -Dan Brown

Years of happiness can be lost in the foolish gratification of a momentary desire for pleasure. -Ezra Taft Benson

I'm not shy, not reclusive, not any of those things, but the idea of a day in front of me when I have nothing to do, is just, oh what pleasure! -Linda Grant

I watch schlock telly. Like the 'Kardashians.' I love it. It's my guilty pleasure. -Dawn French

Anything that has a relationship with pleasure, we reject it. Eating, they talk about cholesterol; making love, they talk about AIDS; you talk about smoking, they talk about cancer. It's a very sick society that rejects pleasure. -Marjane Satrapi

The ultimate pleasure of architecture lies in the most forbidden parts of the architectural act, where limits are perverted and prohibitions are transgressed. -Bernard Tschumi

The most basic task of any museum must be the protection of works of cultural significance entrusted to its care for the edification and pleasure of future generations. -Martin Filler

To sing a duet together means sharing with someone both the pleasure and the responsibility of making music for an audience which is there to feel enjoyment through music. -Andrea Bocelli

Art is not an investment. Art is something you buy because you are financially solvent enough to give yourself a pleasure of living with great works rather than having to just see them in museums. People who are buying art at the top of the market as an investment are foolish. -Arne Glimcher

I love food and I love ingredients and I love reading recipes. It's just a great pleasure. -Cara Buono

My guilty pleasures are the websites where you can look at the fashions and see how different outfits will look. You can even take a picture of yourself and download it and play with the fashions! I love playing with these websites to see what I can learn. -Indra Nooyi

Natural selection has duped us with an emotion that encourages group thinking. It is an emotion that makes us act as if for the good of the group; an emotion that brings pleasure, pride, or even thrills from coordinated group activity. -Mark Pagel

We all know we're going to die one day, but who wants to think about it? What's sustainable is joy, pleasure and freedom. -Dean Ornish

If I eat mindlessly while watching television, reading, or talking with someone else, I can go through an entire meal without tasting the food, without even noticing that I've been eating. The plate is empty but I didn't enjoy the food – I had all of the calories and little of the pleasure. -Dean Ornish

No state of society or laws can render men so much alike but that education, fortune, and tastes will interpose some differences between them; and though different men may sometimes find it their interest to combine for the same purposes, they will never make it their pleasure. -Alexis de Tocqueville

If people do not know what is going to make them better off or give them pleasure, then the idea that you can trust people to do what will give them pleasure becomes questionable. -Daniel Kahneman

I think one of the major results of the psychology of decision making is that people's attitudes and feelings about losses and gains are really not symmetric. So we really feel more pain when we lose $10,000 than we feel pleasure when we get $10,000. -Daniel Kahneman

There is work, and there is pleasure; acting is pleasure. -Sofia Vassilieva

You can be a rapper born and raised in go-go music, violence, drugs, crack, Reagonomics, and still, if you hear 'Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,' you're going to find a way to hum along. Guilty pleasures? It don't matter. Sue me – I like the song. To dance to it is another matter. -Wale

In a perfect world, I only act when I really want to. I don't do most of the stuff that is out there, but it's a joy and a pleasure to do anything that promotes this higher power – this light, if you will. I just think there aren't enough projects in the world that do that. -Olivia Hussey

Once you walk off the set, if you're an actor, the rest isn't your responsibility, which I like a lot. I'm not responsible for the final product, which is why it's always a pleasure when you see it's in the hands of the people afterwards putting it together. -Justin Kirk

There is a guilty pleasure in being rude and knowing that it's acting rather than you. But you get the same release as if you were being rude in life. -Laurence Fox

One of the pleasures of the original 'Grimm's Fairy Tales' is how incredibly ghastly they are. The ugly sisters have their eyes pecked out by crows. -Mark Gatiss

It's always a pleasure when you get to work with people that you actually really like. -Mekhi Phifer

It's not really a guilty pleasure, but I love old cartoons. I could watch Bugs Bunny and Tweety all day long. -Robbie Amell

Whatever it is that I feel, I express it! I am free with my joy, my laughter, my pleasure, my pain, and I am blessed in that way as an actress that I can access those feelings within myself and not be ashamed to show whatever that is that's appropriate for the character. -Kimberly Elise

I certainly can't complain. I work six days a week, if not seven, and eighteen hours out of twenty-four – fortunately, with a great deal of pleasure. Why? Because I only do something if I want to do it; I need to feel a desire, to find pleasure in moving forward, creating, moving, inventing. -Alber Elbaz

My father was in the army, and there wasn't too much money. Yet, we learnt to enjoy the small pleasures of life, to look at the positives. -Suresh Raina

I've owned a lot of dogs in my life – Marcela, Rusty, Petey Pup, Precious, Rosy and Ava. Each were in love with life's simple pleasures, but being people in dog suits, as they seem to be, they each had a defined personality! -Bob Peterson

My guiltiest pleasure is Harry Stephen Keeler. He may have been the greatest bad writer America has ever produced. Or perhaps the worst great writer. I do not know. There are few faults you can accuse him of that he is not guilty of. But I love him. -Neil Gaiman

Vampires get the joy of flying around and living forever, werewolves get the joy of animal spirits. But zombies, they're not rich, or aristocratic, they shuffle around. They're a group phenomenon, they're not very fast, they're quite sickly. So what's the pleasure of being one? -Margaret Atwood

When you're a parent, you sing better. It becomes a pure pleasure, rather than something I have to do. -Celine Dion

You have to be a lover of books without expecting more of them than they give – a little pleasure, a little insight, a moment of escape, a deepening of your own humanity. Not much else. -Anne Roiphe

My taste changes radically all the time, and I listen to whatever feels good. Another thing is that I'm in the studio so much of the time, and I listen to so much loud, aggressive music for work, that for pleasure, I'll listen to something else. -Rick Rubin

Here's a vice: I say yes to too many things. I wish I had the guilty pleasure of saying no. My goal is to try to do less, but more fully. -Sigourney Weaver

My favorite – my very favorite movie, which I suppose is a bit of a guilty pleasure in that it's like, you know, every scene, you know, pushes every button, is 'True Romance' directed by Tony Scott with Patricia Arquette and Christian Slater, and it's a fantastic, fantastic film, very violent, very romantic. -Caterina Scorsone

I love the show 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia;' that's probably a guilty pleasure! I laugh so hard. -Linden Ashby

Feminism is teaching. I've gotten a lot of pleasure pushing younger writers that I've met and worked with. -Erica Jong

The enemy for the fanatic is pleasure, which makes it extremely important to continue to indulge in pleasure. Dance madly. That is how you get rid of terrorism. -Salman Rushdie

In preparing my thesis, I have had the pleasure of collecting testimonies from colleagues such as Placido Domingo but also from singing teachers and musicologists. The entire course of study has confirmed what I already thought, that the value and meaning of opera singing, at the beginning of the third millennium, remain intact. -Andrea Bocelli

Anybody who has had the pleasure of reading an article about themselves in the press knows that, on the whole, there is a huge amount of inaccuracy, value judgment and the use of a crowbar to insert editorial bias that reflects the current political leaning of that particular paper. -Jo Brand

If you're willing to take the humiliation of sticking your head above the crowd, maybe it's, you know, the pleasure will be worth the pain. -Sylvester Stallone

Musical compositions can be very sad – Chopin – but you have the pleasure of this sadness. The cheap consolation is: you will be happy. The higher consolation is the pleasure and recognition of your unhappiness, the pleasure of having recognised that fate, destiny and life are such as they are and so you reach a higher form of consciousness. -Umberto Eco

Having a son is not all pleasure. -Yoko Ono

Kristen Bell is one of my best friends. I've had the pleasure of working with some really great people, and Kristen is just a beautiful, talented young lady. -Chris Lowell

Suffering is too strong a word, but writing is serious work. I pull the stuff up from me – it's not as if it's a pleasure. -Colm Toibin

I write with a sort of grim determination to deal with things that are hidden and difficult, and this means, I think, that pleasure is out of the question. I would associate this with narcissism anyway, and I would disapprove of it. -Colm Toibin

Death is present every day in our lives. It's not that I take pleasure in the morbid fascination of it, but it is a fact of life. -Jose Saramago

I take no pleasure in the fact that the scientific predictions I've relayed to popular audiences turn out to be true. -Al Gore

It takes tough love to order kids to step away from the iPhone or iPad during dinner or to take the devices away if they're interrupting and interfering with everyone else's pleasure at a movie, concert or other public event. -Regina Brett

A beginner must look on himself as one setting out to make a garden for his Lord's pleasure, on most unfruitful soil which abounds in weeds. His Majesty roots up the weeds and will put in good plants instead. Let us reckon that this is already done when the soul decides to practice prayer and has begun to do so. -Saint Teresa of Avila

I have never been able to renounce the light, the pleasure of being, and the freedom in which I grew up. -Albert Camus

Everywhere I go, everyone I talk with, everyone I think about – their salvation is what is on my mind. I love fellowship with Christians, but I can't become preoccupied with the pleasure of fellowship when I know that sinners are sinking into hell. -Kirk Cameron

I grew up babysitting and always enjoyed it. I love family. A couple of my closest friends have kids, and I'm their godfather, and that's one of my greatest pleasures in life, just picking them up from school and hanging out with them. -Matthew Perry

I read a great deal of science fiction with consummate pleasure between, say, the ages of 12 and 16. Then I got away from it. In my mid- to late 20s, I started trying to write it. -William Gibson

I'm always going to be making costumes. It's one of the ways I relax my brain. In addition to the pleasure of having the piece, there is a deep and abiding pleasure for me assembling something in my head – learning to know something in its totality in my head, and then putting together all the constituent parts into a cohesive whole. -Adam Savage

The only thing that I'm obsessed with is sleeping, and actually, it is more than an obsession, it is a pleasure. -Christian Bale

Humility was considered a great virtue in my family household. No show of complacency or self-satisfaction was ever tolerated. Patting yourself on the back was definitely not encouraged, and pleasure or pride would be punishable by death. -Hugh Laurie

The industrial society… recognises nothing except the power to acquire… No other kind of hope or satisfaction or pleasure can any longer be envisaged within the culture of capitalism. -John Berger

Working on 'Malibu Country' with Reba McEntire is truly a gift. She is one of the nicest people that I have ever had a the pleasure to be around. She is so professional and always on time and has it together. It really is a joy to be around her. -Sara Rue

My guilty pleasure is I like to watch a lot of HGTV. I really like watching design shows about houses, like extreme homes. Like buying a bridge and turning it into a house or something like that. I really am interested in home design or something like that… architecture. -Taylor Schilling

Even though everybody's lives are different, in general we're all human beings, and we go through the same things: disappointments, the pleasures of life, life and death. That's always been a really big part of the show to me, making sure the audience feels connected, and that carries through to the album. -Joan Jett

I've seen other comics, with great pleasure, watching their own specials, and I don't know how or why they do it. -Janeane Garofalo

I don't think you should feel guilty about pleasure. Defeats the purpose. -Lena Headey

I'm not a big splurger of money, but my guilty pleasures do lie within BMWs. I get roped in. -Tom Felton

Whenever I think of how much pleasure I have interviewing scientists, I remember that they're having the real fun in actually being able to do the science. -Alan Alda

There's only one reason for my whole life, and that's art. Nothing else counts; nothing else gives me pleasure; nothing else gives me satisfaction. -Philip Johnson

There's a way that you can throw negativity out there that seems rebellious. But I've always taken pleasure in a different kind of rebellion, which is putting a positive spin on everything, trying to enjoy myself at all times. -Zac Efron

All summer, I read fiction because you must read for the pleasure and beauty of it, and not only for research. I don't read thrillers, romance or mystery, and I don't read self-help books because I don't believe in shortcuts and loopholes. -Isabel Allende

The journey matters as much as the destination. By engaging in the moment on set, I've stopped rushing and now find pleasure in the collaborative process – the characters, the costumes – rather than worrying about the finished product. -Michelle Dockery

There's no pleasure in working if you don't do the things you want to do. -Sophia Loren

The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure. -Mikhail Baryshnikov

My guiltiest pleasure in life is 'America's Funniest Home Videos.' I watch them all – old, new – I don't care. Despite how bad the writing is on the show. The people getting hit and hurt, that's hilarious. -Russell Peters

I actually find a lot of pleasure in writing lyrics. -King Krule

I have terrible taste in things: music, movies, TV shows. I love all the guilty pleasures: Bravo, 'Real Housewives.' -Grace Helbig

I'm fascinated with design. I realized early that I had no talent in that direction, but I love talking with architects and designers about what they do. I appreciate applied creativity as a source of pleasure and meaning. -Alex Steffen

I love performing, and I love being in front of people. I love the pressure you get and the pleasure performing brings. -Leo Howard

My greatest pleasure is still flying private. I spend between $300,000 to $500,000, depending on my year, on flying private. -Suze Orman

Hat-making is laborious and time-consuming. It's a very tactile medium, and you can develop the skills, but it's one of those things: you either have it, or you don't. I love bringing something to fruition with my hands that gives people pleasure. -Philip Treacy

Fashion is where I make my living. I'm not knocking it; it's a pleasure to make a living that way. Then there's the deeper pleasure of doing my portraits. -Richard Avedon

I'm a walking billboard. That's my pleasure. -Isabella Blow

If you have a relative who's lost interest in everything and doesn't get out of bed, who doesn't care for things they used to, can't imagine anything that would give them any pleasure, don't fool around with it; get therapy, get help, get medication if that's right for you, or talk therapy, or something. -Dick Cavett

I get great pleasure from stuffed foods, from an apple strudel to a vegetable samosa, from a whole roasted bird with a sweet and savoury stuffing to a vine leaf filled with rice and spices. -Yotam Ottolenghi

To me, wearing glasses is no pleasure, but once I conceded that I simply couldn't properly judge distance without them, I began to experiment. I tried glasses and found them uncomfortable. I switched to contact lenses, and they also bothered me. -Arnold Palmer

I have no guilt about any of my pleasures. -Alison Goldfrapp

The poetry of Walt Whitman. I can return again and again to these magnificent poems and still get pleasure from reading them. -Robert Littell

Even though I don't have a lot of spare time, what I do have I'm very protective of, and so I make sure to have a normal life and to remember that, while it's important to keep in mind these conflicts are ongoing, it's also important to enjoy simple pleasures, too. -Clarissa Ward

The fictional world seems larger, seems to have more dimension and richness when, for example, the protagonist from one novel you've read has a cameo role in another. I think that recognition is a very, very powerful phenomenon; it is one of the deepest and greatest pleasures of reading. -Paul Harding

More and more, as I get older, people come up to me and say, 'Thank you for all the laughter.' And my standard answer is, 'It was my pleasure.' But that's the truth. -Bob Newhart

Maybe people have no idea how much work is behind a picture. It can seem very effortless, but there is a lot of work. It's exactly like doing ballet. It's hours and hours, but when you go onstage, it's just the pleasure of dancing. -Carine Roitfeld

Cooking for my family is always a pleasure when I'm able to do it. My favorite thing to make is really whatever my kids ask for on any given day. It's more about being with them and doing something together. -Joe Bastianich

Sleep is one of the great pleasures of life. Designing my bed linen line seemed like a natural progression for me. Everyone loves getting into a bed made up with beautiful linen. I love sewing, I love fabrics, and I love sleeping. -Twiggy

In the mind, we doubt and suspect, and we get a kind of pleasure, a kind of joy from that. But in the heart, we try to encompass the full world, and by loving the world, we get joy. -Sri Chinmoy

For me, even in my first book, the pleasures of writing anything magical is that it has to be physical. It has to be grounded and very much in this world. Then, I get to play with all the consequences of this new thing. -Aimee Bender

Movies feel like work, and reading fiction feels like work, whereas reading nonfiction feels like pleasure. -Peter Morgan

You think 24-7 when you're a creative person. And I find pleasure in everything – if I'm in a flea market, I'm there on my downtime, but I'm also there searching for the collection. I don't separate the two. -Francisco Costa

As a little kid in a sometimes hard place, I went to the movies as often as I could. Movies – making them, seeing them – is not something that could ever lose its pleasure for me. That puts them on a short list of things that eternally give me joy – love, family, food, movies. -Mike Nichols

Journalists who are devoted to strictly factual reporting take particular pleasure from satirical news outlets that have the liberty to laugh and even mock the hypocrisy that reporters and editors must simply observe without comment. -Tom Rachman

In 'Pictures from an Institution,' Randall Jarrell was able to transcend the academic novel by simply ignoring it, writing a comedy with no plot at all beyond his own pleasure in language and humanity itself. -Cathleen Schine

Smart people make good choices. They dig science and say 'no' to the invasion of sovereign nations for the pleasure of corporations. -Henry Rollins

We loved cars until the '70s or so. Then they became appliances. They turned into motorized cup holders. Most of it has to do with urban sprawl. What began as pleasure ends up in necessity, as so many things do. -P. J. O'Rourke

Directors are denied a great pleasure, which is that of being on stage. -Toni Servillo

The impudence of the sinner displeases God as much as the modesty of the penitent gives him pleasure. -Saint Bernard

I do take this insane pleasure in world-building. I get the world in my head, but I have to make sure everyone else gets it. -Samantha Shannon

I have the distinct pleasure of doing exactly what I want to do and get paid for it. It's a joy. -Ronald D. Moore

Embrace good smells. No cost, no calories, no energy, no time – a quick hit of pleasure. -Gretchen Rubin

A 'treat' is different from a 'reward,' which must be justified or earned. A treat is a small pleasure or indulgence that we give to ourselves just because we want it. Treats give us greater vitality, which boosts self-control, which helps us maintain our healthy habits. -Gretchen Rubin

I embrace treats, but I'm also very wary of treats. Treats help us feel energized, appreciated, and enthusiastic – but very often, the things we choose as 'treats' aren't good for us. The pleasure lasts a minute, but then feelings of guilt, loss of control, and other negative consequences just deepen the lousiness of the day. -Gretchen Rubin

It is inappropriate to discuss matters of business, pleasure or current events in the temple. -L. Lionel Kendrick

Let us instance one respect in which American life has recently undergone a great change. We allude to its increased devotion to pleasure, to happiness, to dancing, to sport… to the delights of the country, to laughter, and to all forms of cheerfulness. -Frank Crowninshield

Work is toil: what one does only to earn a living. If it gives pleasure, it is leisure. -Mortimer Adler

Secularism does not accept many things as absolutes. Its principal objectives are pleasure and self-interest. Often, those who embrace secularism have a different look about them. -James E. Faust

I have too many responsibilities and principles. There's no time for 'guilty' pleasures. -A. R. Rahman

Nothing gives me more pleasure than acting. But I don't enjoy going for award functions or giving interviews. -Anushka Sharma

Motherhood is an amazing feeling, and if you get to relive those special moments while working, it works as an icing on the cake. Kids have always been close to my heart, and working with them is a pleasure for me. -Kajol

When I think about how I want to reach an audience, I just wanted to make pieces that were inspired by something that gave me so much pleasure. -Shepard Fairey

Very different from eros is philia, a serene love much more akin to friendship, with its reciprocal kindnesses. You love each other for the happy experiences and pleasures you share. -Francois Lelord

We go on in our pleasures thinking they're going to last forever. -Billy Graham

Seemingly, man has learned to live without God, preoccupied and indifferent toward Him and concerned only about material security and pleasure. -Billy Graham

Working is actually a pleasure. It's just very time-consuming. It's a way of life. I find that I can work when I travel and work when I run. There is nothing like, on a rainy day, to work. -Helmut Jahn

I'm not in the business of meddling with people's destinies – and yes, my characters are real people to me. They have histories and thoughts and yearnings and hurts and misgivings and pleasures that don't belong to me. -Jonathan Evison

Poetry is that sentiment of the soul, or faculty of the mind, which enables its possessor to appreciate and realize the heights and depths of human experience. It is the power to feel pleasure or suffer pain in all its exquisiteness and intensity. -Orson F. Whitney

Books provide context and allow you to think about things over time. Film is like writing haiku; there is an immense amount of pleasure in paring down and paring down. But it isn't the same. -Geoffrey Ward

Americans generally associate boats with leisure. Vastly less prosperous, Egyptians associate them with nothing but labour. Rowing a boat is something a fisherman is forced to do to make a living; how could such an activity bring me – a woman no less – pleasure? -Rosemary Mahoney

You have to really understand how people speak, and you have to reconstruct it… Most pleasure in writing, you know, is in inventing. -Grace Paley

Living big and joyful and content is almost always the result of our finding satisfaction in life's ordinary day-to-day pleasures. And God must be fond of them, too, for He made so many of them for us to enjoy. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Beauty – what is beauty, forsooth? Form and color; that is, surface only. Fortune – what is fortune? Nothing is ever a pleasure or a real profit to him who has to labour for it. Truth – you die in the pursuit, and the sea beats the beach as it did a thousand years ago. The stolid are alone happy. -Richard Jefferies

May your divinity, Lord, take pleasure in me and lead me above the world to be with you. -Isaac of Nineveh

We are washed both on coming into the world and on going out of it, and we take no pleasure from the first washing nor any profit from the last. -James Stephens

The pleasure of work is open to anyone who can develop some specialised skill, provided that he can get satisfaction from the exercise of his skill without demanding universal applause. -Bertrand Russell

My guilty pleasure is 'Britain's Next Top Model'. -April Pearson

I think that Richard Nixon is a great man and that he is very dedicated to what he does. I had the pleasure of meeting him when I attended the Republican National Convention in Miami. You can really tell that he is willing to go out of his way to help the American people. -Laraine Day

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

The artist who imagines that he puts his best into a portrait in order to produce something good, which will be a pleasure to the sitter and to himself, will have some bitter experiences. -Jacob Epstein

The sight of parents, children and grandparents all descending on a tented field to enjoy the pleasure of ideas and books renews my faith in humanity. -Mariella Frostrup

According to the perverse aesthetics of artistic guilty pleasure, certain books and movies are so bad – so crudely conceived, despicably motivated and atrociously executed – that they're actually rather good. -Walter Kirn

That's why you can't be a true Yankee without winter: because all the best pleasures are earned – the fire, the fried oysters; the warmer seasons, too. Who knows the real worth of summer at the beach without a good taste of the seaside in winter? -Julia Glass

My love of books – not just of their tactile pleasures but of their astonishing variety – was born in a book-filled house; my father is a scholar. -Julia Glass

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