— Bette Davis film and television actress from the United States 1908 - 1989
„To a man of pleasure every moment appears to be lost, which partakes not of the vivacity of amusement.“
— Joseph Addison politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719
Very often attributed to Addison, this is apparently a paraphrase of a statement by Hugh Blair, published in Blair's Sermons (1815), Vol. 1, p. 219, where he mentions "men of pleasure and the men of business", and that "To the former every moment appears to be lost, which partakes not of the vivacity of amusement".
„The picture of the mind revives again:
While here I stand, not only with the sense
Of present pleasure, but with pleasing thoughts
That in this moment there is life and food
For future years.“
— William Wordsworth English Romantic poet 1770 - 1850
Context: And now, with gleams of half-extinguished thought, With many recognitions dim and faint, And somewhat of a sad perplexity, The picture of the mind revives again: While here I stand, not only with the sense Of present pleasure, but with pleasing thoughts That in this moment there is life and food For future years. And so I dare to hope, Though changed, no doubt, from what I was when first I came among these hills; Stanza 3.
— Pythagoras ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher -585 - -500 př. n. l.
As quoted in Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, as translated by Robert Drew Hicks (1925) Variant translation: The most momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil. As quoted in Ionia, a Quest (1954) by Freya Stark, p. 94
„A short poem is often called a lyric, which originally meant a poem short enough to be set to music and sung for a moment's pleasure.“
— Herbert Read English anarchist, poet, and critic of literature and art 1893 - 1968
„What had sounded like a great idea in the newsroom, ended up being the longest and most embarrassing moment of my life. Cameras clicked away and Pricasso kept rubbing his bum with colours of purple, pink and orange against my likeness.“
— Pricasso Australian painter 1949
— W. Somerset Maugham British playwright, novelist, short story writer 1874 - 1965