It is crucial to be healthy, for pain wipes out the possibility for pleasure, and severe pain removes the possibility of turning to the world outside the body. So we must establish the idea that it is important to look well, not to look young.
Nobody has ever written as many enjoyable, fun-to-read crime novels as Agatha Christie. It’s all about the storytelling and the pleasure of the reader. She doesn’t want to be deep or highbrow.
A man of pleasure is a man of pains.
Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence.
Such truth, as opposeth no man’s profit, nor pleasure, is to all men welcome.
Great eagerness in the pursuit of wealth, pleasure, or honor, cannot exist without sin.
We do not need to eat animals, wear animals, or use animals for entertainment purposes, and our only defense of these uses is our pleasure, amusement, and convenience.
The olive branch has been consecrated to peace, palm branches to victory, the laurel to conquest and poetry, the myrtle to love and pleasure, the cypress to mourning, and the willow to despondency.
Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure.
I’m not precisely saying that a really good board meeting at the MLA (Museums, Libraries and Archives Coucil) makes me want to go and write poetry, but there is a pleasure in doing that sort of thing well.