If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.
The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don't, life controls you.
You too must not count too much on your reality as you feel it today, since like yesterday, it may prove an illusion for you tomorrow.
Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure.
No man can be brave who thinks pain the greatest evil; nor temperate, who considers pleasure the highest good.
Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.
Now my dad is with me, traveling with me and a big part of this whole thing is I like to mix it up a little bit, you know. Who gets to take their father on a private jet across the country and stay in first class hotels? So we're enjoying it, but I'd stop if it's not possible.
The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.
Being a slave to the conditioned mind causes us to keep cycling through periods of pain and pleasure, joy and suffering, love and hate.
The truth is that we can learn to condition our minds, bodies, and emotions to link pain or pleasure to whatever we choose. By changing what we link pain and pleasure to, we will instantly change our behaviors.
The acceptance that all that is solid has melted into the air, that reality and morality are not givens but imperfect human constructs, is the point from which fiction begins.
The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
I don't watch the show - only bits and pieces of all of them. The only one I sat through was the pilot.
The difficulty of writing a good theatre play set in new reality was even greater given that the level of similitude to life that is allowed in a film would not work on the stage.
When I eat with my friends, it is a moment of real pleasure, when I really enjoy my life.
After all we did for Britain, selling that corduroy and making it swing, all we got was a bit of tin on a piece of leather.
There's no reality except the one contained within us. That's why so many people live an unreal life. They take images outside them for reality and never allow the world within them to assert itself.
I'd like to think that the actions we take today will allow others in the future to discover the wonders of landscapes we helped protect but never had the chance to enjoy ourselves.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
In fact, sensations of pleasure and pain, however faint they may be, really constitute an essential part of the content of all so-called emotions.
We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.
First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint the second time.
The great cosmic illusion is a hierophany... One is devoured by Time, not because one lives in Time, but because one believes in its reality, and therefore forgets or despises eternity.
Ordinarily pleasure and pain are regarded as different from sensations.