Short pleasures, long pains. [ Proverb ]
Great pleasures are serious. [ Voltaire ]
God made all pleasures innocent. [ Mrs. Norton ]
Our pleasures and our discontents
Are rounds by which we may ascend. [ Longfellow ]
Tranquil pleasures last the longest. [ Bovee ]
Pains are the wages of ill pleasures. [ Proverb ]
No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures. [ Johnson ]
Illusion is the first of all pleasures. [ Voltaire ]
Most pleasures embrace but to strangle. [ Montaigne ]
First our pleasures die - and then
Our hopes, and then our fears - and when
These are dead, the debt is due.
Dust claims dust - and we die too. [ Shelley ]
The shortest pleasures are the sweetest. [ Farquhar ]
Diseases are the price of ill pleasures. [ Proverb ]
To purchase Heaven has gold the power?
Can gold remove the mortal hour?
In life can love be bought with gold?
Are friendship's pleasures to be sold?
No - all that's worth a wish - a thought.
Fair virtue gives unbribed, unbought.
Cease then on trash thy hopes to bind,
Let nobler views engage thy mind. [ Dr. Johnson ]
Flowers are like the pleasures of the world. [ William Shakespeare ]
Where penury is felt the thought is chained.
And sweet colloquial pleasures are but few. [ Cowper ]
Look not on pleasures as they come, but go.
Defer not the least virtue; life's poor span
Make not an ell by trifling in thy woe.
If thou do ill, the joy fades, not the pains;
If well, the pain doth fade, the joy remains. [ George Herbert ]
Sweet are the pleasures that to verse belong.
And doubly sweet a brotherhood in song. [ Keats ]
Its pomp, its pleasures, and its nonsense all. [ Thomson ]
For age but tastes of pleasures youth devours. [ Dryden ]
A guardian angel over his life presiding.
Doubling his pleasures, and his cares dividing. [ Samuel Rogers ]
They talk of short-lived pleasures - be it so -
Pain dies as quickly; stern, hard-featured pain
Expires, and lets her weary prisoner go.
The fiercest agonies have shortest reign. [ Bryant ]
Riches are coveted to minister to our pleasures.
'Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam.
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home. [ John Howard Payne ]
Oh! liberty, thou goddess, heavenly bright.
Profuse of bliss, and pregnant with delight!
Eternal pleasures in thy presence reign.
And smiling plenty, leads thy wanton train;
Eased of her load, subjection grows more light
And poverty looks cheerful in the sight;
Thou makest the gloomy face of nature gay,
Giv'st beauty to the sun, and pleasure to the day. [ Addison ]
Pleasures are enhanced that are sparingly enjoyed. [ Juv ]
Love renders chaste the most voluptuous pleasures. [ Virey ]
Simple pleasures are the last refuge of the complex. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]
Pleasures can undo a man at any time, if yielded to. [ Feltham ]
Those are miserable pleasures that must end in pain. [ Proverb ]
Wishes, at least, are the easy pleasures of the poor. [ Douglas Jerrold ]
In love, great pleasures come very near great sorrows. [ Mlle. de Lespinasse ]
Choose such pleasures as recreate much and cost little. [ Fuller ]
Our pleasures are mostly imagined, but our griefs real. [ Proverb ]
Great pleasures are much less frequent than great pains. [ Hume ]
Man is not depraved by true pleasures, but by false ones. [ De Lacretelle ]
That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. [ Thoreau ]
The fruit derived from labor is the sweetest of pleasures. [ Vauvenargues ]
Detested sport, that owes its pleasures to another's pain. [ Cowper ]
One of the sweetest pleasures of a woman is to cause regret. [ Gavarni ]
Youth might be wise; we suffer less from pains than pleasures. [ Bailey ]
We tire of those pleasures we take, but never of those we give. [ J. Petit-Senn ]
The pleasures of the rich are bought with the tears of the poor. [ Proverb ]
The greatest of all pleasures is to give pleasure to one we love. [ Boufflers ]
The pleasures of thought are remedies for the wounds of the heart. [ Mme. de Stael ]
Pleasures are like liqueurs: they must be drunk but in small glasses. [ Romainville ]
Incredulity robs us of many pleasures, and gives us nothing in return. [ Lowell ]
Wisdom is the talent of buying virtuous pleasures at the cheapest rate. [ Fielding ]
Custom, which diminishes the intense, increases the moderate, pleasures. [ Ramsay ]
Every age has its pleasures, its style of wit, and its peculiar manners. [ Boileau ]
Old age is a tyrant that forbids the pleasures of youth on pain of death. [ La Rochefoucauld ]
The same refinement which brings us new pleasures exposes us to new pains. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]
If all our wishes were gratified, most of our pleasures would be destroyed. [ Whately ]
Pleasures are sins: we regret to offend God; but, then, pleasures please us. [ Marguerite de Valois ]
Age is a tyrant who forbids at the penalty of life all the pleasures of youth. [ La Rochefoucauld ]
As I approach a second childhood, I endeavor to enter into the pleasures of it. [ Lady Montagu ]
I should rejoice if my pleasures were as pleasing to God as they are to myself. [ Marguerite de Valois ]
The worst of enemies are flatterers, and the worst of flatterers are pleasures. [ Bossuet ]
Nowadays we no longer laugh: we only smile, and our pleasures come very near ennui. [ De Bernis ]
As we advance in life the circle of our pains enlarges, while that of our pleasures contracts. [ Madame Swetchine ]
One's duty as a gentleman should never interfere with one's pleasures in the slightest degree. [ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest ]
Neither exalt your pleasures, nor aggravate your vexations, beyond their real and natural state. [ Johnson ]
Mistake not. Those pleasures are not pleasures that trouble the quiet and tranquillity of thy life. [ Jeremy Taylor ]
The pleasures of the palate deal with us like Egyptian thieves who strangle those whom they embrace. [ Seneca ]
All joys do not cause laughter; great pleasures are serious: pleasures of love do not make us laugh. [ Voltaire ]
The sun is in the heaven; and the proud day, attended with the pleasures of the world, is all too wanton. [ William Shakespeare ]
People should be guarded against temptation to unlawful pleasures by furnishing them means of innocent ones. [ Channing ]
We wish others to possess, or to acquire, all the qualities and virtues that can serve our pleasures or interests. [ De Finod ]
Of all the riches that we hug, of all the pleasures we enjoy, we can carry no more out of this world than out of a dream. [ Bonnell ]
It is very strange and very melancholy that the paucity of human pleasures should persuade us to call hunting one of them. [ Dr. Johnson ]
Old age, especially an honored old age, has so great authority that this is of more value than all the pleasures of youth. [ Cicero ]
We anticipate our own happiness, and eat out the heart and sweetness of worldly pleasures by delightful forethought of them. [ Tillotson ]
Often a man is irregular in his conduct solely because his position does not allow him the monotonous pleasures of marriage. [ La Beaumelle ]
Health is so necessary to all the duties as well as pleasures of life that the crime of squandering it is equal to the folly. [ Dr. Johnson ]
All earthly delights are sweeter in expectation than enjoyment; but all spiritual pleasures more in fruition than expectation. [ Feltham ]
Only the refined and delicate pleasures that spring from research and education can build up barriers between different ranks. [ Mme. de Stael ]
Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasures takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]
Our cares are the mothers, not only of our charities and virtues, but of our best joys and most cheering and enduring pleasures. [ Simms ]
Fickleness has its rise in the experience of the deceptiveness of present pleasures, and in ignorance of the vanity of absent ones. [ Pascal ]
There are no pleasures where women are not; and with the French, champagne itself has no flavor, unless served by the hand of beauty. [ Romieu ]
One of the greatest pleasures of life is conversation, and the pleasures of conversation are enhanced by every increase of knowledge. [ Sydney Smith ]
I confess I should be glad if my pleasures were as pleasing to God as they are to me: in that case, I should often find matter for rejoicing. [ Marguerite de Valois ]
Men who could willingly resign the luxuries and sensual pleasures of a large fortune cannot consent to live without the grandeur and the homage. [ Johnson ]
It is books that teach us to refine our pleasures when young, and which, having so taught us, enable us to recall them with satisfaction when old. [ Leigh Hunt ]
Custom is the great leveller. It corrects the inequality of fortune by lessening equally the pleasures of the prince and the pains of the peasant. [ Henry Home ]
The world never forgives our talents, our successes, our friends, nor our pleasures. It only forgives our death. Nay, it does not always pardon that. [ Elizabeth, Queen of Roumania ]
It is books that teaches us to refine our pleasures when young, and which, having so taught us, enables us to recall them with satisfaction when old. [ L. Hunt ]
There cannot live a more unhappy creature than an ill-natured old man, who is neither capable of receiving pleasures, nor sensible of doing them to others. [ Sir W. Temple ]
Which of us that is thirty years old has not had his Pompeii? Deep under ashes lie life, youth, the careless sports, the pleasures and passions, the darling joy. [ William M. Thackeray ]
Whatever professes to benefit by pleasing must please at once. The pleasures of the mind imply something sudden and unexpected; that which elevates must always surprise. [ Dr. Johnson ]
He that hath so many causes of joy, and so great, is very much in love with sorrow and peevishness, who loses all these pleasures, and chooses to sit down on his little handful of thorns. [ Jeremy Taylor ]
Sensual pleasures are like soap bubbles, sparkling, evanescent. The pleasures of intellect are calm, beautiful, sublime, ever enduring and climbing upward to the borders of the unseen world. [ Aughey ]
Nobody can live by teaching any more than by learning; both teaching and learning are proper duties of human life, or pleasures of it, but have nothing whatever to do with the support of it. [ John Ruskin ]
The culture of flowers is one of the few pleasures that improves alike the mind and the heart, and makes every true lover of those beautiful creations of Infinite Love, wiser, purer, and nobler. [ J. Vick ]
He who allows his happiness to depend too much on reason, who submits his pleasures to examination, and desires enjoyments only of the most refined nature, too often ends by not having any at all. [ Chamfort ]
No possession can surpass, or even equal, a good library to the lover of books. Here are treasured up for his daily use and delectation, riches which increase by being consumed, and pleasures which never cloy. [ John Alfred Langford ]
The more we can be raised above the petty vexations and pleasures of this world into the eternal life to come, the more shall we be prepared to enter into that eternal life whenever God shall please to call us hence. [ Dean Stanley ]
Grief, like night, is salutary. It cools down the soul by putting out its feverish fires; and if it oppresses her, it also compresses her energies. The load once gone, she will go forth with greater buoyancy to new pleasures. [ Dr. Pulsford ]
As the rose-tree is composed of the sweetest flowers, and the sharpest thorns; as the heavens are sometimes overcast — alternately tempestuous and serene — so is the life of man intermingled with hopes and fears, with joys and sorrows, with pleasures and with pains. [ Burton ]
We have often thought it strange that moralists should have written and spoken of the mutability of human life as if it were a thing to be dreaded and mourned over; to our mind, mutability is the soul of poetry, and the source of nearly all the most delightful and sacred pleasures of life. [ Stubbs ]
Pain itself is not without its alleviations. It may be violent and frequent, but it is seldom both violent and long-continued; and its pauses and intermissions become positive pleasures. It has the power of shedding a satisfaction over intervals of ease, which, I believe, few enjoyments exceed. [ Paley ]
The sovereign good of man is a mind that subjects all things to itself and is itself subject to nothing; such a man's pleasures are modest and reserved, and it may be a question whether he goes to heaven, or heaven comes to him; for a good man is influenced by God Himself, and has a kind of divinity within him. [ Seneca ]
I look upon enthusiasm, in all other points but that of religion, to be a very necessary turn of mind; as indeed it is a vein which nature seems to have marked with more or less strength, in the tempers of most men. No matter what the object is, whether business pleasures or the fine arts: whoever pursues them to any purpose must do so con amore. [ Melmoth ]
The habit of reading is the only enjoyment I know in which there is no alloy. It lasts when all other pleasures fade. It will be there to support you when all other resources are gone. It will be present to you when the energies of your body have fallen away from you. It will last you until your death. It will make your hours pleasant to you as long as you live. [ Trollope ]
The man whose bosom neither riches nor luxury nor grandeur can render happy may, with a book in his hand, forget all his torments under the friendly shade of every tree; and experience pleasures as infinite as they are varied, as pure as they are lasting, as lively as they are unfading, and as compatible with every public duty as they are contributory to private happiness. [ Zimmermann ]
Since I have known God in a saving manner, painting, poetry, and music have had charms unknown to me before. I have received what I suppose is a taste for them, or religion has refined my mind and made it susceptible of impressions from the sublime and beautiful. O, how religion secures the heightened enjoyment of those pleasures which keep so many from God, by their becoming a source of pride! [ Henry Martyn ]
It is not so much in buying pictures as in being pictures, that you can encourage a noble school. The best patronage of art is not that which seeks for the pleasures of sentiment in a vague ideality, nor for beauty of form in a marble image, but that which educates your children into living heroes, and binds down the flights and the fondnesses of the heart into practical duty and faithful devotion. [ Ruskin ]
Almost all men are over-anxious. No sooner do they enter the world than they lose that taste for natural and simple pleasures so remarkable in early life. Every hour do they ask themselves what progress they have made in the pursuit of wealth or honor; and on they go as their fathers went before them, till, weary and sick at heart, they look back with a sigh of regret to the golden time of their childhood. [ Rogers ]
Poetry reveals to us the loveliness of nature, brings back the freshness of youthful feeling, revives the relish of simple pleasures, keeps unquenched the enthusiasm which warmed the springtime of our being, refines youthful love, strengthens our interest in human nature, by vivid delineations of its tenderest and softest feelings, and, through the brightness of its prophetic visions, helps faith to lay hold on the future life. [ Channing ]
Men cannot labor on always. They must have intervals of relaxation. They cannot sleep through these interTafs. What are they to do? Why, if they do not work or sleep, they must have recreation. And if they have not recreation from healthful sources, they will be very likely to take it from the poisoned fountains of intemperance. Or, if they have pleasures, which, though innocent, are forbidden by the maxims of public morality, their very pleasures are liable to become poisoned fountains. [ Orville Dewey ]
What is more pleasing than the sight of the affectionate mother, watching with untiring devotion over her helpless child? Who can contemplate her devotion to the object of her love, enduring his waywardness, forgiving his faults, relieving his pains, and enjojdng his pleasures; pouring incessantly into his opening soul the mature wisdom of her counsels, and following him with her untiring prayers, as he finally goes forth to battle with the temptations and trials of life, without feeling that the true mother's heart is the noblest of heaven's gifts? [ H. Winslow ]