Pleasant Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old pleasant quotes, pleasant sayings, and pleasant proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The truth that survives is simply the lie that is pleasantest to believe.     

H. L. Mencken

Pleasant feeling is impermanent, conditioned, dependently-arisen, bound to decay, to vanish, to fade away, to cease—and so too are painful feeling and neutral feeling. So anyone who, on experiencing a pleasant feeling, thinks: "This is my self", must, at the cessation of that pleasant feeling, think: "My self has gone!     

Gautama Buddha

The test of good manners is to be able to put up pleasantly with bad ones.      

Wendell L. Willkie

Be pleasant until ten o'clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself.     

Elbert Hubbard

The thing that goes farthest towards making life worth while, That costs the least, and does the most, is just a pleasant smile.     

W. D. Nesbit

It is pleasant, when the sea runs high, to view from land the great distress of another.     


Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.     

Isaac Asimov

How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.     

Walter Scott

There's nothing half so pleasant as coming home again.     

Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and well and justly. And it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly without living a pleasant life.     


Do unto yourself as your Neighbours do unto Themselves and look Pleasant.     

George Ade

A man does not buy his wife a fur coat to keep her warm, but to keep her pleasant.     

Seymour Hicks

The pleasant life: a life that successfully pursues the positive emotions about the present, past, and future.     

Martin E.P. Seligman

It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.      

Lewis Grizzard

Hope is a pleasant acquaintance, but an unsafe friend.     

Thomas Chandler Haliburton

It's even pleasant to be sick when you know that there are people who await your recovery as they might await a holiday.     

Anton Chekhov

Praise when merited is not a boon: yet to a generous nature, is it pleasant to utter it.     

Herman Melville

Pleasantest of all ties is the tie of host and guest.     


A test of what is real is that it is hard and rough. Joys are found in it, not pleasure. What is pleasant belongs to dreams.     

Simone Weil

Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.     

Louisa May Alcott

It is so pleasant to come across people more stupid than ourselves. We love them at once for being so.     

Jerome K. Jerome

We dare not trust our wit for making our house pleasant to our friend, so we buy ice cream.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Follow the best way of life you possibly can, and habit will make this way suitable and pleasant to you.     

Leo Tolstoy

All pleasantry should be short; and it might even be as well were the serious short also.      


It is most pleasant to commit a just action which is disagreeable to someone whom one does not like.     

Victor Hugo

Make yourselves nests of pleasant thoughts. None of us knows what fairy palaces we may build of beautiful thought-proof against all adversity. Bright fancies, satisfied memories, noble histories, faithful sayings, treasure houses of precious and restful thoughts, which care cannot disturb, nor pain make gloomy, nor poverty take away from us.     

John Ruskin

The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless. It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves.     

Eric Hoffer

Pleasant words are the food of love.     


A kiss is just a pleasant reminder that two heads are better than one.      

Author Unknown

Take care that the face that looks out from the mirror in the morning is a pleasant face. You may not see it again during the day, but others will.