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Short lived pleasure is the parent of pain.
Pleasure for one hour, a bottle of wine. Pleasure for one year a marriage; but pleasure for a lifetime, a garden.
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.
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.
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
There is no sterner moralist than pleasure.
Sister In Law
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