„The truth is, I do indulge myself a little the more in pleasure, knowing that this is the proper age of my life to do it; and out of my observation that most men that do thrive in the world, do forget to take pleasure during the time that they are getting their estate, but reserve that till they have got one, and then it is too late for them to enjoy it with any pleasure.“

—  Samuel Pepys, March 10, 1666
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Samuel Pepys
Beamter im englischen Schatzamt, Tagebuchautor 1633 - 1703
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„Do you know that conversation is one of the greatest pleasures in life? But it wants leisure.“

—  W. Somerset Maugham British playwright, novelist, short story writer 1874 - 1965
The Trembling of a Leaf (1921), ch. 3

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„Nelly, I am Heathcliff - he's always, always in my mind - not as a pleasure, any more then I am always a pleasure to myself - but, as my own being.“

—  Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
Context: My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff - he's always, always in my mind - not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself - but as my own being; Context: I can not express it; but surely you and everybody have a notion that there is, or should be an existence of yours beyond you. What were the use of creation if I were entirely contained here? My great miseries in this world have been Heathcliff's miseries, and I watched and felt each from the beginning; my great thought in living is himself. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger. I should not seem a part of it. My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff - he's always, always in my mind - not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself - but as my own being; so, don't talk of our separation again - it is impracticable. Catherine Earnshaw (Ch. IX).

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„A cultured, sensitive, observant man is a pleasure to be with in any age.“

—  Poul Anderson American science fiction and fantasy writer 1926 - 2001
Chapter 9 (p. 97)

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„The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.“

—  Charles Lamb English essayist 1775 - 1834
Quoted in "Table Talk" http://books.google.com/books?id=LIxUAAAAcAAJ&q=%22greatest+pleasure+I+know+is+to+do+a+good+action+by+stealth+and+to+have+it+found+out+by+accident%22&pg=PA14#v=onepage in The Athenaeum magazine (4 January 1834).

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„I love to write and I assure you I write regularly… But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it.“

—  Jerome David Salinger American writer 1919 - 2010
Interview in The Baton Rouge Advocate (1980), as quoted in "J.D. Salinger, author of 'Catcher in the Rye,' dies" in The Washington Post (28 January 2010) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/28/AR2010012803177.html

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„Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? It's to see my dividends coming in.“

—  John D. Rockefeller American business magnate and philanthropist 1839 - 1937
Remark to a neighbor, quoted by John Lewis in Cosmopolitan (1908)

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