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For the rational, psychologically healthy man, the desire for pleasure is the desire to celebrate his control over reality. For the neurotic, the desire for pleasure is the desire to escape from reality.
Pleasure is continually disappointed, reduced, deflated, in favor of strong, noble values: Truth, Death, Progress, Struggle, Joy, etc. Its victorious rival is Desire: we are always being told about Desire, never about Pleasure.
The average man does not get pleasure out of an idea because he thinks it is true; he thinks it is true because he gets pleasure out of it.
H L Mencken
Pleasure is the object, duty and the goal of all rational creatures.
Pleasure is sweeter as recreation than as a business.
I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure.
John D Rockefeller
It is within the experience of everyone that when pleasure and pain reach a certain intensity they are indistinguishable.
Pleasure may come from illusion, but happiness can come only of reality.
Sebastien Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.
A life of pleasure makes even the strongest mind frivolous at last.
Edward G Bulwer-Lytton
Sometimes the pleasure principle gets the best of my better judgment.
I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
Thomas A Edison
The greatest and noblest pleasure which men can have in this world is to discover new truths; and the next is to shake off old prejudices.
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