— Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux French poet and critic 1636 - 1711
The Art of Poetry (1674), Chaque âge a ses plaisirs, son esprit et ses mœurs. Canto III, l. 374
— Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux French poet and critic 1636 - 1711
„Even the wolf has its moments of weakness, in which it sides with the lamb and thinks: I hope it runs away.“
— Adolfo Bioy Casares Argentine novelist 1914 - 1999
"El mismo lobo tiene momentos de debilidad, en que se pone del lado del cordero y piensa: Ojalá que huya." Guirnaldas con amores, 1959.
„The Psalms are an everlasting manual to the soul; the book of its immortal wishes, its troubles, its aspirations, and its hopes; sung in every tongue, and in every age; destined to endure while the universe of God has light, harmony, or grandeur, while man has religion or sensibility, while language has sublimity or sweetness.“
— Henry Giles Irish minister 1809 - 1882
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 33.
— W. Somerset Maugham, livro The Summing Up
The Summing Up (1938), p. 290
„If ever Christianity appears in its power, it is when it erects its trophies upon the tomb; when it takes up its votaries where the world leaves them; and fills the breast with immortal hope in dying moments.“
— Robert Hall British Baptist pastor 1764 - 1831
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 137.
„To a man of pleasure every moment appears to be lost, which partakes not of the vivacity of amusement.“
— Joseph Addison politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719
Misattributed, Very often attributed to Addison, this is apparently a paraphrase of a statement by Hugh Blair, published in Blair's Sermons (1815), Vol. 1, p. 219, where he mentions "men of pleasure and the men of business", and that "To the former every moment appears to be lost, which partakes not of the vivacity of amusement".
„Pleasure limits the scope of human possiblity-the pleasure principle is a principle of homeostasis. Desire, on the other hand, finds its boundary, its strict relation, its limit, and it is in the relation to this limit that it is sustained as such, crossing the threshold imposed by the pleasure principle.“
— Jacques Lacan French psychoanalyst and psychiatrist 1901 - 1981
The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psycho Analysis (1978), Of The Subject of Certainty p. 31
— Khalil Gibran Lebanese artist, poet, and writer 1883 - 1931
Your Thought and Mine, Context: My thought is a tender leaf that sways in every direction and finds pleasure in its swaying. Your thought is an ancient dogma that cannot change you nor can you change it. My thought is new, and it tests me and I test it morn and eve. You have your thought and I have mine.
„But pleasures are like poppies spread—
You seize the flow'r, its bloom is shed;
Or like the snow falls in the river—
A moment white—then melts forever.“
— Robert Burns, Tam o' Shanter
Tam o' Shanter (1790), Line 59
„Its contempt of simple pleasures which everyone could enjoy but for its folly? Its eyeless vulgarity which has destroyed art, the one certain solace of labour?“
— William Morris author, designer, and craftsman 1834 - 1896
Context: What shall I say concerning its mastery of and its waste of mechanical power, its commonwealth so poor, its enemies of the commonwealth so rich, its stupendous organization — for the misery of life! Its contempt of simple pleasures which everyone could enjoy but for its folly? Its eyeless vulgarity which has destroyed art, the one certain solace of labour? All this I felt then as now, but I did not know why it was so. The hope of the past times was gone, the struggles of mankind for many ages had produced nothing but this sordid, aimless, ugly confusion. Why I Am A Socialist (1884).
„Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.“
— Dwight D. Eisenhower American general and politician, 34th president of the United States (in office from 1953 to 1961) 1890 - 1969
1950s, The Chance for Peace (1953), Context: Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. … Is there no other way the world may live?
„The friendships of the world are oft
Confederacies in vice, or leagues of pleasure;
Ours has severest virtue for its basis,
And such a friendship ends not but with life.“
— Joseph Addison, livro Cato
Cato, A Tragedy (1713), Act III, scene i.
„Everything that gives pleasure has its reason. To scorn the mobs of those who go astray is not the means to bring them around.“
— Charles Baudelaire French poet 1821 - 1867
Tout ce qui plaît a une raison de plaire, et mépriser les attroupements de ceux qui s'égarent n'est pas le moyen de les ramener où ils devraient être. "Quelques mots d'introduction," Salon de 1845 (May 1845) http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Salon_de_1845_%28Curiosit%C3%A9s_esth%C3%A9tiques%29#Quelques_mots_d.E2.80.99introduction
— Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946
Everybody’s Autobiography (1937), Ch. 3
„I do not believe in recovery. The past, with its pleasures, its rewards, its foolishness, its punishments, is there for each of us forever, and it should be.“
— Lillian Hellman American dramatist and screenwriter 1905 - 1984
Scoundrel Time (1976), Context: Sad is a fake word for me to be using, I am still angry that their reason for disagreeing with McCarthy was too often his crude methods.... Many of the anti-Communists were, of course, honest men. But none of them... has stepped forward to admit a mistake. It is not necessary in this country; they too know that we are a people who do not remember much. I have written here that I have recovered. I mean it only in a worldly sense because I do not believe in recovery. The past, with its pleasures, its rewards, its foolishness, its punishments, is there for each of us forever, and it should be. p. 150
„Time that weakens all things else has but strengthened the impregnable position of the believer's faith and hope and confidence. And as, year by year, the tree adds another ring to its circumference, every age has added the testimony of its events to this great truth. "The grass withereth, and the flower fadeth, but the word of the Lord shall endure forever."“
— Thomas Guthrie British divine 1803 - 1873
The Way to Life: Sermons (1862), P. 107 (The Unchangeable Word).
„We cannot hope to be secure when our government has declared, by its readiness "to act alone," its willingness to be everybody's enemy.“
— Wendell Berry author 1934
Citizenship Papers (2003), A Citizen's Response
— William Cowper, The Task
The Task (1785), Book III, The Garden, Line 326 Of fox-hunting.