— John D. Rockefeller American business magnate and philanthropist 1839 - 1937
Remark to a neighbor, quoted by John Lewis in Cosmopolitan (1908)
„The small things of life were often so much bigger than the great things, she decided, wondering how many writers and philosophers had said this before her, the trivial pleasures like cooking, one's home, little poems especially sad ones, solitary walks, funny things seen and overheard.“
— Barbara Pym British writer 1913 - 1980
Less than Angels (1955), chapter 9
„To give people pleasure in the things they must perforce use, that is one great office of decoration; to give people pleasure in the things they must perforce make, that is the other use of it.“
— William Morris author, designer, and craftsman 1834 - 1896
The Decorative Arts (1877), Context: To give people pleasure in the things they must perforce use, that is one great office of decoration; to give people pleasure in the things they must perforce make, that is the other use of it. Does not our subject look important enough now? I say that without these arts, our rest would be vacant and uninteresting, our labour mere endurance, mere wearing away of body and mind.
„No pleasure is in itself evil, but the things which produce certain pleasures entail annoyances many times greater than the pleasures themselves.“
— Epicurus ancient Greek philosopher -342 - -270 a.C.
Sovereign Maxims, 8 Variant translation: No pleasure is itself a bad thing, but the things that produce some kinds of pleasure, bring along with them unpleasantness that is much greater than the pleasure itself.
„Only on the superficies of the globes is plainly seen the host of souls and of animate existences, and their great and delightful diversity the Creator taketh pleasure“
— William Gilbert (astronomer) English physician, physicist and natural philosopher 1544 - 1603
De Magnete (1600), As quoted in Gilbert, William. 2013 ed. De Magnete https://books.google.com.mx/books?id=QsLDAgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false. Courier Corporation, pp. 311.
„Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.“
— Samuel Johnson, The Idler, The Idler; Poems
The Idler (1758–1760), Context: Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks. The flowers which scatter their odours from time to time in the paths of life, grow up without culture from seeds scattered by chance. Nothing is more hopeless than a scheme of merriment. No. 58 (May 26, 1759)
— Dante Alighieri Italian poet 1265 - 1321
The Divine Comedy (c. 1308–1321), Inferno, Canto VI, lines 107–108 (tr. Longfellow).
— W. Somerset Maugham British playwright, novelist, short story writer 1874 - 1965
Of Human Bondage (1915), Ch. 45
— Robert Erskine Childers Irish nationalist and author 1870 - 1922
Literary Years and War (1900-1918), The Riddle Of The Sands (1903), p. 1.
„Translation: Solitude is certainly a fine thing; but there is pleasure in having someone who can answer, from time to time, that it is a fine thing.“
— Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac French author, best known for his epistolary essays 1597 - 1654
La solitude est certainement une belle chose, mais il y a plaisir d'avoir quelqu'un qui sache répondre, à qui on puisse dire de temps en temps, que c'est un belle chose. Dissertations chrétiennes et morales (1665), XVIII: "Les plaisirs de la vie retirée".
„Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.“
— Tony Benn British Labour Party politician 1925 - 2014