Quotes about pleasures

He had always disliked the people who encored a favourite air in an opera—’That just spoils it’ had been his comment. But this now appeared to him as a principle of far wider application and deeper moment. This itch to have things over again, as if life were a film that could be unrolled twice or even to be made to work backwards … w... read more


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


Ironic, isn’t it? We go striving for accolades to please ourselves and our Father, when He desires most for us simply to enjoy Him and let the rivers of His pleasures spill out to others.

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Gratitude exclaims, very properly, “How good of God to give me this.” Adoration says, “What must be the quality of that Being whose far-off and momentary coruscations are like this!” One’s mind runs back up the sunbeam to the sun… If this is Hedonism, it is also a somewhat arduous discipline. But it is worth some labour.

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God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world

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