„Thought is the greatest of pleasures —pleasure itself is only imagination—have you ever enjoyed anything more than your dreams?“

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„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.
Context: No pleasure is in itself evil, but the things which produce certain pleasures entail annoyances many times greater than the pleasures themselves. (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.

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„People seem to enjoy things more when they know a lot of other people have been left out of the pleasure.“

—  Russell Baker writer and satirst from the United States 1925
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„Do you know that conversation is one of the greatest pleasures in life? But it wants leisure.“

—  W. Somerset Maugham British playwright, novelist, short story writer 1874 - 1965
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