Pleasure Sayings and Quotes

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

The greatest pleasures are only narrowly separated from disgust.     

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Pleasure is labour too, and tires as much.     

William Cowper

Pleasure is none, if not diversified.     

John Donne

The pleasures of love are always in proportion to our fears.     


The highest pleasure is only consciousness of freedom from the deepest pain.     

James Parton

Pleasure is continually disappointed, reduced, deflated, in favor of strong, noble values: Truth, Death, Progress, Struggle, Joy, etc. Its victorious rival is Desire: we are always being told about Desire, never about Pleasure.     

Roland Barthes

Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil.     


Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.     


One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.     

Jane Austen

The chief part of a person's happiness consists of pleasure.     

Thomas More

Pleasure is the sun of the morning, the cloud of the meridian, and the storm of the evening.     

William Scott Downey

The choicest pleasures of life lie within the ring of moderation.     

Martin Tupper

We forget our pleasures, we remember our sufferings.     

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Pleasure is something you can easily lose the knack of, if you allow yourself to get out of practice.     

Tom Holt

We go on in our pleasures thinking they're going to last forever.     

Billy Graham

Draw your pleasure, paint your pleasure, and express your pleasure strongly.     

Pierre Bonnard

The greatest and noblest pleasure which men can have in this world is to discover new truths; and the next is to shake off old prejudices.     

Frederick II of Prussia

If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please.     


Our pleasures were simple - they included survival.     

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Pleasure can be supported by an illusion; but happiness rests upon truth.     

Sébastien-Roch Nicolas

Pleasures take to themselves wings and fly away; true knowledge remains forever.     

Dorothea Dix

The pleasures of the mighty are obtained by the tears of the poor.     

Samuel Richardson

If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of trouble.     

Elbert Hubbard

Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit, to become delightful happiness must be tainted with poison.     

Georges Bataille

Pleasure's a sin, and sometimes sin's a pleasure.     

Lord Byron

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.     

Walter Bagehot

The pleasure we derive from the representation of the present is due, not only to the beauty it can be clothed in, but also to its essential quality of being the present.     

Charles Baudelaire

Pleasure is a sort of oblivion, a forgetfulness. Pain is remembrance, you cannot forget pain.     

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Pleasure is a shadow, wealth is vanity, and power a pageant; but knowledge is ecstatic in enjoyment, perennial in frame, unlimited in space and indefinite in duration.     

De Witt Clinton

Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.     

Madonna Ciccone