— Percy Bysshe Shelley English Romantic poet 1792 - 1822
A Defence of Poetry http://www.bartleby.com/27/23.html (1821)
„Labor is itself a pleasure.“
Labor est etiam ipse voluptas.
— Percy Bysshe Shelley English Romantic poet 1792 - 1822
„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.
„Pain itself is merely a consequence of the desire for pleasure, the desire t destroy, to annihilate; in its supreme form, pain is a variety of pleasure.“
— Elfriede Jelinek Austrian writer 1946
The Piano Teacher (1988), P 107
„For all knowledge and wonder (which is the seed of knowledge) is an impression of pleasure in itself.“
— Francis Bacon English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, and author 1561 - 1626
The Advancement of Learning (1605), Book I, i, 3
„You can’t treat values like workers, hiring and firing them at will and assigning each a place in an imposed division of labor. The taste for freedom and pleasure can’t be compartmentalized.“
— Bob Black American anarchist 1951
The Libertarian as Conservative (1984), Context: Murray Rothbard thinks egalitarianism is a revolt against nature, but his day is 24 hours long, just like everybody else’s. If you spend most of your waking life taking orders or kissing ass, if you get habituated to hierarchy, you will become passive-aggressive, sado-masochistic, servile and stupefied, and you will carry that load into every aspect of the balance of your life. Incapable of living a life of liberty, you’ll settle for one of its ideological representations, like libertarianism. You can’t treat values like workers, hiring and firing them at will and assigning each a place in an imposed division of labor. The taste for freedom and pleasure can’t be compartmentalized.
„One of the main purposes of dreaming, therefore, is to increase man’s pleasure, which means to increase the quality of living itself.“
— Jane Roberts American Writer 1929 - 1984
Dreams, Evolution and Value Fulfillment, Volume Two (1986), Session 933, Page 463
„Nietzsche … criticizes Schopenhauerian aesthetics for not freeing itself from Kant’s moralistic: ‘that is beautiful which gives us pleasure without interest’.“
— John Carroll Australian professor and author 1944
Break-Out from the Crystal Palace (1974), p. 95
— Martin Farquhar Tupper English writer and poet 1810 - 1889
Nature's Nobleman (1844), Context: Away with false fashion, so calm and so chill, Where pleasure itself cannot please; Away with cold breeding, that faithlessly still Affects to be quite at its ease; For the deepest in feeling is highest in rank, The freest is first of the band, Nature's own Nobleman, friendly and frank, Is a man with his heart in his hand!
„It has been said that the modern world is divided between the hot and hasty pursuit of affairs in the hours of labor, and the no less eager chase of pleasure in the hours of leisure. But even our pleasures are calculated and business like. We measure our enjoyments by the sum expended. Our salons are often little better than bazaars of fashion.“
— Felix Adler German American professor of political and social ethics, rationalist, and lecturer 1851 - 1933
Founding Address (1876)
„Of the laws of nature on which the condition of man depends, that which is attended with the greatest number of consequences is the necessity of labor for obtaining the means of subsistence, as well as the means of the greatest part of our pleasures.“
— James Mill Scottish historian, economist, political theorist and philosopher 1773 - 1836
Government (1820), Context: Of the laws of nature on which the condition of man depends, that which is attended with the greatest number of consequences is the necessity of labor for obtaining the means of subsistence, as well as the means of the greatest part of our pleasures. This is no doubt the primary cause of government; for if nature had produced spontaneously all the objects which we desire, and in sufficient abundance for the desires of all, there would have been no source of dispute or of injury among men, nor would any man have possessed the means of ever acquiring authority over another. The results are exceedingly different when nature produces the objects of desire not in sufficient abundance for all. The source of dispute is then exhaustless, and every man has the means of acquiring authority over others in proportion to the quantity of those objects which he is able to possess. In this case the end to be obtained through government as the means, is to make that distribution of the scanty materials of happiness which would insure the greatest sum of it in the members of the community taken altogether, preventing every individual or combination of individuals from interfering with that distribution or making any man to have less than his share.
„The fallacy of that book is, that Mandeville defines neither vices nor benefits. He reckons among vices everything that gives pleasure. He takes the narrowest system of morality, monastick morality, which holds pleasure itself to be a vice, such as eating salt with our fish, because it makes it taste better; and he reckons wealth as a publick benefit, which is by no means always true. Pleasure of itself is not a vice.“
— Bernard Mandeville Anglo-Dutch writer and physician 1670 - 1733
Criticism, Dr. Johnson in conversation, April 15, 1778, reported in James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1791) p. 948.