„All pleasure is a vice, for seeking pleasure is what everybody does in life, and the only dark vice is doing what everybody does.“
„Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic.“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
The New York Herald-Tribune Magazine (6 March 1938)
— James W. Prescott American psychologist 1930
Context: Laboratory experiments show that... When the brain's pleasure circuits are 'on,' the violence circuits are 'off,' and vice versa.
„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 politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719
Act III, scene i.
— Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
— Robert Erskine Childers Irish nationalist and author 1870 - 1922
„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
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.
— Walter Bagehot British journalist, businessman, and essayist 1826 - 1877
„Whoever did not live in the years neighboring 1789 does not know what the pleasure of living means.“
— Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord French diplomat 1754 - 1838
Reported in Memoirs pour Servir a l'histoire de nous Temps by François Guizot, Volume I, p. 6.
„Everybody's got something. In the end, what choice does one really have but to understand that truth, to really take it in, and then shop for groceries, get a haircut, do one's work; get on with the business of one's life.
That's the hope, anyway.“
— David Rakoff, Half Empty
— W. Somerset Maugham British playwright, novelist, short story writer 1874 - 1965
„We seek—we find—
And find the charm has with the search declined.
Affections—pleasures—all in which we trust, —
What do they end in?—Nothing, or disgust.“
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
(1st July 1826) Moralising
„It is sometimes said that this is a pleasure-seeking age. Whether it be a pleasure-seeking age or not, I doubt whether it is a pleasure-finding age.“
— Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon British Liberal statesman 1862 - 1933
Context: It is sometimes said that this is a pleasure-seeking age. Whether it be a pleasure-seeking age or not, I doubt whether it is a pleasure-finding age. We are supposed to have great advantages in many ways over our predecessors. There is, on the whole, less poverty and more wealth. There are supposed to be more opportunities for enjoyment: there are moving pictures, motor-cars, and many other things which are now considered means of enjoyment and which our ancestors did not possess, but I do not judge from what I read in the newspapers that there is more content. Indeed, we seem to be living in an age of discontent. It seems to be rather on the increase than otherwise and is a subject of general complaint. If so it is worth while considering what it is that makes people happy, what they can do to make themselves happy, and it is from that point of view that I wish to speak on recreation.
„The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it, and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful.“
— Henri Poincaré French mathematician, physicist, engineer, and philosopher of science 1854 - 1912
Context: The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it, and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful it would not be worth knowing, and life would not be worth living. I am not speaking, of course, of the beauty which strikes the senses, of the beauty of qualities and appearances. I am far from despising this, but it has nothing to do with science. What I mean is that more intimate beauty which comes from the harmonious order of its parts, and which a pure intelligence can grasp. Part I. Ch. 1 : The Selection of Facts, p. 22