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The work is an absolute necessity for me. I can't put it off, I don't care for anything but the
work; that is to say, the pleasure in something else ceases at once and I become melancholy
when I can't go on with my work.
Vincent van Gogh

There is more pleasure in loving than in being loved.
English proverb

An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.
Thomas Jefferson

Partake of some of life's sweet pleasures. And yes, get comfortable with yourself.
Oprah Winfrey

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

As the valley gives height to the mountain, so can sorrow give meaning to pleasure; as the
well is the source of the fountain, deep adversity can be a treasure.
William Arthur Ward

I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.
Oscar Wilde

Renunciation precedes happiness. The permanent happiness which men seek in dissipation,
excitement, and abondonment to unworthy pleasures, is found only in the life which reverses
all this - the life of self-control.
James Allen

Pleasure is never as pleasant as we expected it to be and pain is always more painful. The
pain in the world always outweighs the pleasure. If you don't believe it, compare the
respective feelings of two animals, one of which is eating the other.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Many of us pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that we hurry past it.
Soren Kierkegaard

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

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

If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that
would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world
and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
E. B. White

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

There is something self-defeating in the too-conscious pursuit of pleasure.
Max Eastman

People go on marrying because they can't resist natural forces, although many of them may
know perfectly well that they are possibly buying a month's pleasure with a life's discomfort.
Thomas Hardy

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

Nature has placed mankind under the government of two sovereign masters, pain and
pleasure... they govern us in all we do, in all we say, in all we think: every effort we can
make to throw off our subjection, will serve but to demonstrate and confirm it.
Jeremy Bentham

Human beings need pleasure the way they need vitamins.
Lionel Tiger

Why not seize the pleasure at once, how often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish
preparations?
Jane Austen

The pleasures of the world are deceitful; they promise more than they give. They trouble us
in seeking them, they do not satisfy us when possessing them and they make us despair in
losing them.
Madame De Lambert

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