One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
~ William Shakespeare
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
The essence of pleasure is spontaneity.
Pleasure is the bait of sin.
No pleasure endures unseasoned by variety.
In everything satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures.
Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys.
Christian Nestell Bovee
Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
Perhaps all pleasure is only relief.
William S. Burroughs
In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls.
Honore de Balzac
The urge to gamble is so universal and its practice is so pleasurable, that I assume it must be evil.
Heywood Campbell Broun
We can often endure an extra pound of pain far more easily than we can suffer the withdrawal of an ounce of accustomed pleasure.
Sydney J. Harris
Hark ye of little pleasure! See your way clearly as your destiny reveals its truth! Seek not completion lest your touch be forever dismissed!
Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth.
Why not seize the pleasure at once, how often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparations.
Men may scoff, and men may pray, but they pay every pleasure with a pain.
Human beings need pleasure the way they need vitamins.
Flesh goes on pleasuring us, and humiliating us, right to the end.
I take it as a prime cause of the present confusion of society that it is too sickly and too doubtful to use pleasure frankly as a test of value.
There is something self-defeating in the too-conscious pursuit of pleasure.
Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume.
Jean de Boufflers