Literary Quotations
Browse quotes by source | Browse quotes by author


The most intense pleasures occur in despair.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Notes from the Underground

This store which men and women set on pleasure and pain ... is the mark of the beast upon them—the mark of the beast from which they came! Pain, pain and pleasure, they are for us only so long as we wriggle in the dust.

Nothing in the way of pleasure can ever be given up by the young men of this age.

JANE AUSTEN, Sense and Sensibility

For not to irksome toil, but to delight,
He made us, and delight to reason join'd.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

Pleasure alone makes existence worthwhile. A pleasure-seeker has a difficult time parting from life.


Sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure.

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, Tender Is the Night

More Pleasure Quotes