Quotes about pleasure

In my experience, Matthew 5:8—”Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”—has been the most helpful verse in the Bible in battling the temptation to lust. The key is that Jesus fights pleasure with pleasure.

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His reason, or what we commonly take to be reason in our own world, was all in favour of tasting this miracle again; the childlike innocence of fruit, the labours he had undergone, the uncertainty of the future, all seemed to commend the future. Yet something seemed opposed to this ‘reason’. It is difficult to suppose that this opposition ca... read more


A pleasure is full grown only when it is remembered. You are speaking as if pleasure were one thing and the memory another. It is all one thing… What you call remembering is the last part of the pleasure… When you and I met, the meeting was over very shortly, it was nothing. Now it is growing something as we remember it. But we still... read more


Man is more himself, man is more manlike, when joy is the fundamental thing to him, and grief the superficial. Melancholy should be an innocent interlude, a tender and fugitive frame of mind; praise should be the permanent pulsation of the soul. Pessimism is at best an emotional half-holiday; joy is the uproarious labour by which all things ... read more


Where do we get the idea that it is wrong to spend one’s time doing something pleasurable? Surely not from the Bible, which endorses pleasure in principle.

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If divine glory really is in creation then ought we not linger in creation? Instead of blowing through the earthly pleasure at 90 mph, shouldn’t we slow to a stroll and take in as much creation as we can? Isn’t hurrying through on our way to praise of God equivalent of applauding after the first three notes of a symphony? W... read more


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