Men may scoff, and men may pray, but they pay every pleasure with a pain.
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.
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.
There is something self-defeating in the too-conscious pursuit of pleasure.
Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume.
~Jean de Boufflers
In everything satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures.
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
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.
Why not seize the pleasure at once, how often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparations.
No pleasure endures unseasoned by variety.
For some, pleasure is a fever they can't shake. For others, it's a disease they cannot seem to catch.
The essence of pleasure is spontaneity.
Perhaps all pleasure is only relief.
There is no such thing as pure pleasure; some anxiety always goes with it.