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It is in his pleasure that a man really lives;
by Agnes Repplier

It is in his pleasure that a man really lives;
it is from his leisure that he constructs the true fabric of self.
- Agnes Repplier

Humor brings insight and tolerance.
Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.
- Agnes Repplier

A kitten is chiefly remarkable for rushing about like mad at nothing whatever,
and generally stopping before it gets there.
- Agnes Repplier

It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish these alert,
gentle, and discriminating friends, who give us just
enough of their regard and complaisance to make us hunger for more.
- Agnes Repplier

 

Humor distorts nothing, and only false gods are laughed
off their earthly pedestals.
- Agnes Repplier

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves,
and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
- Agnes Repplier

It has been wisely said that we cannot really love
anybody at whom we never laugh.
- Agnes Repplier

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Democracy forever teases us with the contrast between
its ideals and its realities,
between its heroic possibilities and its sorry achievements.
- Agnes Repplier

The thinkers of the world should by rights be guardians of the world's mirth.
- Agnes Repplier

It is not what we learn in conversation that enriches us.
It is the elation that comes of swift contact with
tingling currents of thought.
- Agnes Repplier

There is always a secret irritation about a laugh into which we cannot join.
- Agnes Repplier

There are few nudities so objectionable as the naked truth.
- Agnes Repplier

Edged tools are dangerous things to handle,
and not infrequently do much hurt.
- Agnes Repplier

The diseases of the present have little in common with
the diseases of the past save that we die of them.
- Agnes Repplier

Laughter springs from the lawless part of our nature.
- Agnes Repplier

We cannot really love anyone with with whom we never laugh.
- Agnes Repplier

Conversation between Adam and Eve must have been difficult
at times because they had nobody to talk about.
- Agnes Repplier

People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are
very much in the way of civilization.
- Agnes Repplier

It is as impossible to withhold education from the receptive mind,
as it is impossible to force it upon the unreasoning.
- Agnes Repplier

The clear-sighted do not rule the world,
but they sustain and console it.
- Agnes Repplier

The tourist may complain of other tourists,
but he would be lost without them.
- Agnes Repplier

It has been well said that tea is suggestive of a thousand wants,
from which spring the decencies and luxuries of civilization.
- Agnes Repplier

Appreciate again and again, freshly and naively,
the basic goods of life, with awe,
pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy,
however stale these experiences may have become to others.
- Abraham Maslow

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure
in doing good to another.
- Thomas Jefferson

Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit
which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him.
- Henry David Thoreau

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste
that they hurry past it.
- Soren Kierkegaard

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act
is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The great pleasure in life is doing
what people say you cannot do.
- Walter Bagehot

Pleasure disappoints, possibility never
- Soren Kierkegaard

If I were to wish for anything,
I should not wish for wealth and power,
but for the passionate sense of potential -
for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.
Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.
- Soren Kierkegaard

When one has the feeling of dislike for evil,
when one feels tranquil,
one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings;
when one has these feelings and appreciates them,
one is free of fear.
- The Buddha

It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness
of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
- Albert Einstein

A new friend is like new wine;
when it has aged you will drink it with pleasure.
- Ecclesiastes 9:10

There is no pleasure in having nothing to do;
the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it.
- Mary Wilson Little

The greatest battle of all is simply... Life.
This is no child's game. This is the big one -
the Super Bowl - the Game of all games.
The rules of Life are unwritten and unknown.
Perhaps, one could say that there are no rules.
The Judge has ultimate power.
She can call the game at any time - for any reason.
The penalties in the Game are completely arbitrary -
in both timing and severity.
Penalty for what, we ask?
The Judge is silent.
How can I win the Game?
"You can never win," comes the answer,
"So just take pleasure in playing the Game."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are nine requisites for contented living:
HEALTH enough to make work a pleasure;
WEALTH enough to support your needs;
STRENGTH enough to battle with difficulties and forsake them;
GRACE enough to confess your sins and overcome them;
PATIENCE enough to toil until some good is accomplished;
CHARITY enough to see some good in your neighbor;
LOVE enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others;
FAITH enough to make real the things of God;
HOPE enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

My definition of success is to live your life in a way
that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure and very little pain -
and because of your lifestyle, have the people around you feel
a lot more pleasure than they do pain.
- Tony Robbins

Just got back from a pleasure trip: I took my mother-in-law to the airport.
- Henny Youngman

Music produces a kind of pleasure
which human nature cannot do without.
- Confucius

The greatest pleasure when I started making money was
not buying cars or yachts but finding myself able to
have as many freshly typed drafts as possible.
- Gore Vidal

Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has,
it may be inadvisable to draw it out...
Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
- A. E. Housman

Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure?
It's to see my dividends coming in.
- John D. Rockefeller

Love ceases to be a pleasure when it ceases to be a secret.
- Aphra Behn

Don't get me wrong, I think bikes are terrific.
I own several of my own, including a trendy mountain style,
and ride them for pleasure and light exercise.
- Brock Yates

The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
- Dale Carnegie

Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally,
in the end, pleasure.
- Mark Strand

When I eat with my friends, it is a moment of real pleasure,
when I really enjoy my life.
- Monica Bellucci

There is more pleasure in loving than in being beloved.
- Thomas Fuller

God made me fast.
And when I run, I feel His pleasure.
- Eric Liddell

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure,
till you know there is no hook beneath it.
- Thomas Jefferson

Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune.
For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure
in events that dismay the rest of humanity.
- Russell Baker

I refuse to spend my life worrying about what I eat.
There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra
three years in the geriatric ward.
- John Mortimer

I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.
- Clarence Darrow

My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody;
they were my refuge when annoyed -
my dearest pleasure when free.
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
- Leonardo da Vinci

If it's very painful for you to criticize your friends -
you're safe in doing it.
But if you take the slightest pleasure in it,
that's the time to hold your tongue.
- Alice Duer Miller

Work is not man's punishment.
It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.
- George Sand

Speed, it seems to me, provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
- Aldous Huxley

Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from
counting without being aware that it is counting.
- Gottfried Leibniz

The person, be it gentleman or lady,
who has not pleasure in a good novel,
must be intolerably stupid.
- Jane Austen

The philosophy of the common man is an old wife that gives him no pleasure,
yet he cannot live without her, and resents any aspersions
that strangers may cast on her character.
- George Santayana

Sex pleasure in woman is a kind of magic spell;
it demands complete abandon; if words or movements
oppose the magic of caresses,
the spell is broken.
- Simone de Beauvoir

Book love...
is your pass to the greatest, the purest,
and the most perfect pleasure that God has prepared for His creatures.
- Anthony Trollope

Novelty is the great parent of pleasure.
- Robert South

I don't gamble, because winning a hundred dollars doesn't give me great pleasure.
But losing a hundred dollars pisses me off.
- Alex Trebek

I used to own a dingy and can still sail one if pushed,
but I like the pleasure boats.
- John Dyer

The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being
moved by very beautiful things.
- Jean de la Bruyere

Just as a mother finds pleasure in taking her little child on her lap,
there to feed and caress him, in like manner our loving
God shows His fondness for His beloved souls who have
given themselves entirely to Him and have placed all
their hope in His goodness.
- Alphonsus Liguori

I know my corn plants intimately, and I find it a great pleasure to know them.
- Barbara McClintock

It affords me sincere pleasure to be able to apprise
you of the entire removal of the Cherokee Nation of
Indians to their new homes west of the Mississippi.
- Martin Van Buren

In LA, I mean, here's this place full of desperate
and sad people who take their only pleasure from destroying
others for the purposes of their own self-aggrandizement.
- Heather Donahue


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