Pleasure Quotes and Sayings

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

Submitted by: me on January 15, 2008

It is a clear gain to sacrifice pleasure in order to avoid pain.
– Arthur Schopenhauer

Being willing to delay pleasure for a greater result is a sign of maturity.

One man’s pain is another mans pleasure.

Submitted by: Taylor on February 18, 2009

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

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.

Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.


Don’t just hurry, don’t just haste. Don’t just worry, don’t just waste. Life is a treasure, enjoy the pleasure.

Submitted by: RVM on January 1, 2014

Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.
William Shakespeare

Pleasures that we seek are not happiness at its peak. For it is contentment that gives true fulfillment.

Submitted by: RVM on November 13, 2014

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

With the catching ends the pleasure of the chase.
Abraham Lincoln

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

Pleasure and discipline need to stay close friends.
Terri Guillemets

A pleasure is full grown only when it is remembered.
C.S. Lewis


Pleasure is the business of the young, business the pleasure of the old.
– Fulke Greville

Pleasure is the sun of the morning, the cloud of the meridian, and the storm of the evening.
– William Scott Downey

Whenever you are sincerely pleased you are nourished.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Pleasure is none, if not diversified.
– John Donne

The greatest pleasures are only narrowly separated from disgust.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

The pleasure that is in sorrow is sweeter than the pleasure of pleasure itself.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Pleasure may come from illusion, but happiness can come only of reality.
– Nicolas Chamfort

Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil.

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
– H. Jackson Brown Jr.


No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures.
Samuel Johnson

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.
Thomas Jefferson

Pleasure is the object, duty and the goal of all rational creatures.

The essence of pleasure is spontaneity.
– Germaine Greer

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.

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