The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory.
A government that can at pleasure accuse, shoot, and hang men, as traitors, for the one general offence of refusing to surrender themselves and their property unreservedly to its arbitrary will, can practice any and all special and particular oppressions it pleases.
Is any man free except the one who can pass his life as he pleases?
No man pleases by silence; many I please by speaking briefly.
My work is all that I think about because I spent so many years not doing anything. Therefore, work pleases me, which is success in itself.
I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does.
Most people who ask for advice from others have already resolved to act as it pleases them.
It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory.
Instead, it appears to be a particular mark of beauty that it is considered with tranquil satisfaction; that it pleases if we also do not possess it and we are still far removed from demanding to possess it.
When the drama attains a characterization which makes the play a revelation of human conduct and a dialogue which characterizes yet pleases for itself, we reach dramatic literature.