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The exercise of an extraordinary gift is the supremest pleasure in life. 
Mark Twain

Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.
Eckhart Tolle

Sweetest pleasures are the shortest.
American proverb

Humans consistently over-estimate the value or pleasure of what they don't have and over-
estimate the pain or loss of losing something they do have.
Mark Manson

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

The struggling for knowledge hath a pleasure in it like that of wrestling with a fine woman.
George Savile

There is little peace or comfort in life if we are always anxious as to future events. He that
worries himself with the dread of possible contingencies will never be at rest.
Samuel Johnson

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
Aristotle

Happiness is commonly mistaken for passively experienced pleasure or leisure... True
happiness is a verb. It's the ongoing dynamic performance of worthy deeds.
Epictetus

Everyone takes his pleasure where he finds it.
French proverb

Those people who agree with me in believing in lying in bed as one of the greatest pleasures
of life are the honest men.
Lin Yutang

I write because it gives me the greatest possible artistic pleasure to write. If my work
pleases the few I am gratified. As for the mob, I have no desire to be a popular novelist.
It is far too easy.
Oscar Wilde

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

One of the pleasantest things in the world is going a journey; but I like to do it myself. I can
enjoy society in a room; but out of doors, nature is company enough for me. I am then never
less alone than when alone.
William Hazlitt

Every action has its pleasures and its price.
Socrates

So how do the scientists define happiness? Martin Seligman, the pioneer in positive
psycholgy, has broken it down into three, measurable components: pleasure, engagements,
and meaning. His studies have confirmed (though most of us know this intuitively) that people
who pursue only pleasure experience only part of the benefits happiness can bring, while
those who pursue all three routes lead the fullest lives.
Shawn Achor

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

Every pleasure has its corresponding drawback, just as every rose its thorn.
Sir Winston Churchill

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

Burdens are the foundations of ease and bitter things the forerunners of pleasure.
Rumi

Follow pleasure and pleasure will flee; flee pleasure and pleasure will follow thee.
English proverb

Do not look for rest in any pleasure, because you were not created for pleasure: You were
created for joy. And if you do not know the difference between pleasure and joy you have not
yet begun to live.
Thomas Merton

Business first, pleasure after.
English proverb

To enjoy life, you don't need fancy nonsense, but you do need to control your time and realize
that most things just aren't as serious as you make them out to be.
Tim Ferriss

Truly enlightened people, those who experience deep happiness daily, are prepared to put off
short-term pleasure for the sake of long-term fulfillment.
Robin Sharma

Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for
the pleasure of doing it.
Mark Twain

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

Would you live with ease, do what you ought, and not what you please.
Benjamin Franklin

Books are a source of pleasure - the purest and the most lasting. They enhance your
sensation of the interestingness of life. Reading them is not a violent pleasure like the gross
enjoyment of an uncultivated mind, but a subtle delight.
Earl Nightingale

It is only shallow people who require years to get rid of an emotion. A man who is master of
himself, can end sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure.
Oscar Wilde

Pleasure is found first in anticipation, later in memory.
Gustave Flaubert

Others may know pleasure, but pleasure is not happiness. It has no more importance than a
shadow following a man.
Muhammad Ali

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

When the idea of any pleasure strikes your imagination, make a just computation between
the duration of the pleasure and that of the repentance that is likely to follow it.
Epictetus

Pleasure and love are the pinions of great deeds.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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