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Reform is not pleasant, but grievous; no person can reform themselves without suffering and hard work, how much less a nation.
It is most pleasant to commit a just action which is disagreeable to someone whom one does not like.
The last act is bloody, however pleasant all the rest of the play is: a little earth is thrown at last upon our head, and that is the end forever.
When I go abroad I always sail from Boston because it is such a pleasant place to get away from.
There may be good, but there are no pleasant marriages.
Rainer Maria Rilke
It is a pleasant thing to reflect upon, and furnishes a complete answer to those who contend for the gradual degeneration of the human species, that every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.
'Tis pleasant, sure, to see one's name in print. A book's a book, although there's nothing in 't.
The past always looks better than it was. It's only pleasant because it isn't here.
Finley Peter Dunne
To have a great man for a friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.
A nation without dregs and malcontents is orderly, peaceful and pleasant, but perhaps without the seed of things to come.
To have a great man for an intimate friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.
How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.
The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless. It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves.
One of the pleasant things those of us who write or paint do is to have the daily miracle. It does come.
The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's leisure.
Sydney J. Harris
Pleasant it is, when over a great sea the winds trouble the waters, to gaze from shore upon another's great tribulation; not because any man's troubles are a delectable joy, but because to perceive you are free of them yourself is pleasant.
The dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution is one of the pleasant falsehoods which men repeat after one another till they pass into commonplaces, but which all experience refutes.
John Stuart Mill
We never reflect how pleasant it is to ask for nothing.
President Obama hasn't been elected by the American people in order to be pleasant to Russia.
So I've seen life as one long learning process. And if I see - you know, if I fly on somebody else's airline and find the experience is not a pleasant one, which it wasn't in - 21 years ago, then I'd think, well, you know, maybe I can create the kind of airline that I'd like to fly on.
Daddy was real gentle with kids. That's why I expected so much out of marriage, figuring that all men should be steady and pleasant.
You know, the standard state for people is 'mildly pleasant.' Negative emotions are quite rare, and extremely positive emotions are rare. But people are mildly pleased most of the time, they're mildly tired a lot of the time, and they wish they were somewhere else a substantial part of the time - but mostly they're mildly pleased.
It is so pleasant to come across people more stupid than ourselves. We love them at once for being so.
Jerome K. Jerome
I expected to be a farmer like my father and brothers. Life seemed pleasant and orderly.
The day-to-day making of policy is arguing all the time. You're trying to get the right approach and the right answer, and there are moments that aren't very pleasant. But in the end, you look at the overall product.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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