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The roses of pleasure seldom last long enough to adorn the brow of him who plucks them, and they are the only roses which do not retain their sweetness after they have lost their beauty.

The rule of my life is to make business a pleasure, and pleasure my business.

The seeds of repentance are sown in youth by pleasure, but the harvest is reaped in age by suffering.

The slave of pleasure soon sinks in a kind of voluptuous dotage; intoxicated with present delights, and careless of everything else, his days and nights glide away in luxury or vice, and he has no care, but to keep thought away: for thought is troublesome to him, who lives without his own approbation.

The sweetest pleasures are those which do not exhaust hope.

The worst of enemies are flatterers, and the worst of flatterers are pleasures.

There is little pleasure in the world that is true and sincere beside the pleasure of doing our duty and doing good. I am sure no other is comparable to this.

There is no sterner moralist than pleasure.

Though a taste of pleasure may quicken the relish of life, an unrestrained indulgence leads to inevitable destruction.

To make pleasures pleasant shorten them.

Venture not to the utmost bounds of even lawful pleasures; the limits of good and evil join.

Violent delights have violent ends, and in their triumph die; like fire and powder, which, as they kiss, consume: the sweetest honey is loathsome in his own deliciousness, and in the taste confounds the appetite.

We have not an hour of life in which our pleasures relish not some pain, our sours, some sweetness.

We smile at the ignorance of the savage who cuts down the tree in order to reach its fruit; but the same blunder is made by every person who is over eager and impatient in the pursuit of pleasure.

We tire of those pleasures we take, but never of those we give.

What if a body might have all the pleasures in the world for asking? Who would so unman himself as, by accepting them, to desert his soul, and become a perpetual slave to his senses?

What leads to unhappiness, is making pleasure the chief aim.

When pleasure rules the life, mind, sensibility, and health shrivel and waste, till at last, and not tardily, no joy in earth or heaven can move the worn-out heart to response.

Would you judge of the lawfulness or unlawfulness of pleasure, take this rule: whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the relish of spiritual things; in short, whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind, that is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself.


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