“In my body you search the mountain
for the sun buried in its forest.
In your body I search for the boat
adrift in the middle of the night.”
– Octavio Paz.
“Sometimes, the inessential is essential.”
– T.L. Rese.
“I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.”
– Oscar Wilde.
“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.”
– Lord Byron.
“As one who has often felt this need, and who has found refreshment in wild places, I attest to the recreational value of wilderness.”
– George Aiken.
“Sleep my little baby-oh
Sleep until you waken
When you wake you’ll see the world
If I’m not mistaken…
Kiss a lover
Dance a measure,
Find your name
And buried treasure…
Face your life
Leave no path untaken.”
– Neil Gaiman.
“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.”
– Leonardo da Vinci.
“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.”
– John Lubbock.
“The liar at any rate recognizes that recreation, not instruction, is the aim of conversation, and is a far more civilized being than the blockhead who loudly expresses his disbelief in a story which is told simply for the amusement of the company.”
– Oscar Wilde.
“Many of us pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that we hurry past it.”
– Søren Kierkegaard.
“There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.”
– Andrew Jackson.
“I do have a childlike enthusiasm at times. I certainly enjoy life and get pleasure sometimes in childish things.”
– Brian Baumgartner.
“I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.”
– Rita Mae Brown.
“Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness. We eat specific foods to enjoy their fleeting presence on our tongues. We read for the pleasure of thinking another person’s thoughts.”
– Sam Harris.