— Federico Fellini Italian filmmaker 1920 - 1993
Context: Cinema is an old whore, like circus and variety, who knows how to give many kinds of pleasure. Besides, you can’t teach old fleas new dogs. As quoted in in The Atlantic (December 1965)
— W.B. Yeats Irish poet and playwright 1865 - 1939
Context: Labour is blossoming or dancing where The body is not bruised to pleasure soul. Nor beauty born out of its own despair, Nor blear-eyed wisdom out of midnight oil. O chestnut-tree, great-rooted blossomer, Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole? O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance? Among School Children http://poetry.poetryx.com/poems/1437/, st. 8
„I built my soul a lordly pleasure-house,
Wherein at ease for aye to dwell.
I said, "O Soul, make merry and carouse,
Dear soul, for all is well."“
— Alfred, Lord Tennyson British poet laureate 1809 - 1892
"The Palace of Art", st. 1 (1832)
„In my opinion we learn nothing from history except the infinite variety of men’s behaviour. We study it, as we listen to music or read poetry, for pleasure, not for instruction“
— A.J.P. Taylor Historian 1906 - 1990
"The Radical Tradition: Fox, Paine, and Cobbett", p 34
„Alas, the strange varieties or life!
We live 'mid perils and pleasures, like
Characters 'graven on the sand, or hues
Colouring the rainbow. Wild as a sick fancy
And changeful as a maiden, is this dream,
This brief dream on earth - - -“
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
(7th September 1822) Poetical Sketches. Third series - Sketch the First. The Mine (14th September 1822) Poetical Sketches. Third series - Sketch the Second. Gladesmuir see The Improvisatrice (1824) (21st September 1822) Poetical Sketches. Third series - Sketch the Third. The Minstrel of Portugal see The Improvisatrice (1824) (28th September 1822) Poetical Sketches. Third series - Sketch the Fourth. The Castilian Nuptuals see The Vow of the Peacock (1835) (5th October 1822) Poetical Sketches. Third series - Sketch the Fifth. The Lover's Rock see The Vow of the Peacock (1835) (12th October 1822) Poetical Sketches. Third series - Sketch the Sixth. The Basque girl and Henri Quatre see The Improvisatrice (1824)
„His poor soul was flooded with pleasure as he realized that one friend was all that a man needed in order to be well-supplied with friendship.“
— Kurt Vonnegut American writer 1922 - 2007
Chapter 11 “We Hate Malachi Constant Because...” (p. 259)
„In every kind of debauch there enters much coldness of soul. It is a conscious and voluntary abuse of pleasure.“
— Joseph Joubert French moralist and essayist 1754 - 1824
„Dreams nourish the soul just as food nourishes the body. The pleasure of the search and of adventure feeds our dreams.“
— Paulo Coelho Brazilian lyricist and novelist 1947
„Here the ways of men part: if you wish to strive for peace of soul and pleasure, then believe; if you wish to be a devotee of truth, then inquire.“
— Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
Letter to Elisabeth Nietzsche, Bonn, 1865-06-11. Quoted in Walter Kaufmann, The Faith of a Heretic (opening epigram).
„Only on the superficies of the globes is plainly seen the host of souls and of animate existences, and their great and delightful diversity the Creator taketh pleasure“
— William Gilbert (astronomer) English physician, physicist and natural philosopher 1544 - 1603
As quoted in Gilbert, William. 2013 ed. De Magnete https://books.google.com.mx/books?id=QsLDAgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false. Courier Corporation, pp. 311.
„Purification of the soul... consists in scorning the pleasures that arise through the senses, in not feasting the eyes on the silly exhibitions of jugglers or on the sight of bodies which gives the spur to sensual pleasure, in not permitting licentious songs to enter through the ears and drench your souls.“
— Basil of Caesarea Christian Saint 329 - 379
„There are some sordid minds, formed of slime and filth, to whom interest and gain are what glory and virtue are to superior souls; they feel no other pleasure but to acquire money.“
— Jean de La Bruyère 17th-century French writer and philosopher 1645 - 1696
„Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.“
— Joseph Addison politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719
No. 412 (23 June 1712).