Great Throughts Treasury

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Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

All the opinions in the world point out that pleasure is our aim.

Age | Mind | Pleasure | Wisdom | World |

William (Morley Punshon) McFee

The artist isn't particularly keen on getting a thing done, as you call it. He gets his pleasure out of doing it, playing with it, fooling with it, if you like. The mere completion of it is an incident.

Pleasure | Wisdom |

Friedrich Nietzsche, fully Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

The preponderance of pain over pleasure is the cause of our fictitious morality and religion.

Cause | Morality | Pain | Pleasure | Religion | Wisdom |

Samuel Pepys

Most men that do thrive in the world do forget to take pleasure during the time that they are getting their estate, but reserve that till they have got one, and then it is too late for them to enjoy it.

Men | Pleasure | Reserve | Time | Wisdom | World |

Jane Porter

Our griefs, as well as our joys, owe their strongest colors to our imaginations. There is nothing so grievous to be borne that pondering upon it will not make it heavier; and there is no pleasure so vivid that the animation of fancy cannot enliven it.

Nothing | Pleasure | Will | Wisdom |

Samuel Richardson

What pleasure can those over-happy persons know, who, from their affluence and luxury, always eat before they are hungry and drink before they are thirsty?

Happy | Luxury | Pleasure | Wisdom |

Joshua Reynolds, fully Sir Joshua Reynolds

Excellence is never granted to man, but as the reward of labor. It argues, indeed, no small strength of mind to persevere in the habits of industry, without the pleasure of perceiving those advantages which, like the hands of a clock, whilst they make hourly approaches to their point, yet proceed so slowly as to escape observation.

Excellence | Industry | Labor | Man | Mind | Observation | Pleasure | Reward | Strength | Wisdom |

Francis Quarles

Things temporal are sweeter in the expectation, things eternal are sweeter in the fruition; the first shames thy hope, the second crowns it; it is a vain journey, whose end affords less pleasure than the way.

Eternal | Expectation | Hope | Journey | Pleasure | Wisdom |

Friedrich Schiller, fully Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

If you wish to be like the gods on earth, to be free in the realms of the dead, pluck not the fruit from the garden! In appearance it may glisten to the eye; but the perishable pleasure of possession quickly avenges the curse of curiosity.

Appearance | Curiosity | Earth | Pleasure | Wisdom |

William Shenstone

The works of a person that builds begin immediately to decay, while those of him who plants begin directly to improve. In this, planting promises a more lasting pleasure than building; which, were it to remain in equal perfection, would at best begin to moulder and want repairs in imagination. Now trees have a circumstance that suits our taste and that is annual variety.

Imagination | Perfection | Pleasure | Taste | Wisdom | Circumstance |

Madame Swetchine, fully Anne Sophie Swetchine née Sophia Petrovna Soïmonov or Soymanof

As we advance in life the circle of our pains enlarges, while that of our pleasure contracts.

Life | Life | Pleasure | Wisdom |

Robert Louis Stevenson, fully Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson

An aspiration is a joy for ever, a possession as solid as a landed estate, a fortune which we can never exhaust and which gives us year by year a revenue of pleasure activity.

Aspiration | Fortune | Joy | Pleasure | Wisdom | Aspiration |