Men may scoff, and men may pray, but they pay every pleasure with a pain. ~William Henley
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. ~Thomas Carlyle
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. ~Rebecca West
There is something self-defeating in the too-conscious pursuit of pleasure. ~Max Eastman
Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume. ~Jean de Boufflers
In everything satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures. ~Cicero
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it. ~Soren Kierkegaard
In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls. ~Honore de Balzac
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
Pleasure is the bait of sin. ~Plato
Why not seize the pleasure at once, how often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparations. ~Jane Austen
No pleasure endures unseasoned by variety. ~Publilius Syrus
For some, pleasure is a fever they can’t shake. For others, it’s a disease they cannot seem to catch. ~Terri Guillemets
The essence of pleasure is spontaneity. ~Germaine Greer
Perhaps all pleasure is only relief. ~William Burroughs
There is no such thing as pure pleasure; some anxiety always goes with it. ~Ovid, Metamorphoses