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Mignon McLaughlinThe poor have the same basic pleasures as the rich, and the rich will always resent it.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

Xaviera HollanderMy Pleasure is my business.

—  Xaviera Hollander, 1943-, Dutch call girl & author

John KeatsGive me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.

—  John Keats, 1795-1821, English poet

Michel de MontaigneHe who does not give himself leisure to be thirsty cannot take pleasure in drinking.

—  Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592, French thinker

Friedrich NietzscheI am a disciple of the philosopher Dionysus, I would rather be a satyr than a saint.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Georges ClemenceauAll the great pleasures of life are silent.

—  Georges Clemenceau, 1841-1929, French Prime Minister

Ayn RandThe purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Lord ChesterfieldChoose your pleasures for yourself, and do not let them be imposed upon you.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Stanislaw Jerzy LecTo torture a man you have to know his pleasures.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

Marquis de SadeIt is only by way of pain one arrives at pleasure.

—  Marquis de Sade, 1740-1814, French writer

La RochefoucauldWhat often prevents us from abandoning ourselves to one vice is that we have several.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

La RochefoucauldWhen our vices leave us, we like to imagine it is we who are leaving them.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

Henry David ThoreauThat man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.

—  Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862, American writer

Bob MarleyThe good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.

—  Bob Marley, 1945-1981, Jamaican singer

EpicurusPleasure is the first good. It is the beginning of every choice and every aversion. It is the absence of pain in the body and of troubles in the soul.

—  Epicurus, 341-270 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

EpicurusNo pleasure is itself a bad thing, but the things that produce some kinds of pleasure, bring along with them unpleasantness that is much greater than the pleasure itself.

—  Epicurus, 341-270 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

Bible Quotes

Epistles of PaulIf the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”

—  Epistles of Paul ‐ 1 Corinthians 15:32

Ancient Greek

HeraclitusIt is harder to fight against pleasure than against anger.

Χαλεπώτερον ηδονῇ μάχεσθαι ή θυμῷ.

—  Heraclitus, 544-484 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

PlatoPleasure, a most mighty lure to evil.

Ηδονήν, μέγιστον κακού δέλεαρ.

—  Plato, 427-347 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

AntisthenesI'd rather be mad than seek pleasure.

Μανείην μάλλον ή ησθείην.

—  Antisthenes, 445-360 BC, Ancient Greek Cynic philosopher



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