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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
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
I many no longer depend on pleasant impulses to bring me before the Lord. I must rather response to principles I know to be right, whether I feel them to be enjoyable or not.
There may be good, but there are no pleasant marriages.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Solitude is pleasant. Loneliness is not.
There are some things that we know are just not as pleasant as the lies that we tell ourselves, and in that sense in order to endure existence everyone endures a certain amount of dishonesty in their everyday lives.
The particular way I'm going to die is not going to be particularly pleasant. It will probably be physically uncomfortable, and it won't be an easy thing for my wife and kids to watch. I think it will be a real challenge to see if I can squeeze the lemons hard enough to still get lemonade the last few weeks.
As it fell upon a day in the merry month of May, sitting in a pleasant shade which a grove of myrtles made.
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.
To have a great man for a friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.
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.
A nation without dregs and malcontents is orderly, peaceful and pleasant, but perhaps without the seed of things to come.
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.
To have a great man for an intimate friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.
One of the pleasant things those of us who write or paint do is to have the daily miracle. It does come.
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.
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.
I look forward to these confrontations with the press to kind of balance up the nice and pleasant things that come to me as president.
President Obama hasn't been elected by the American people in order to be pleasant to Russia.
It would be my guess that Madonna is not a very happy woman. From my own experience, having gone through persona changes like that, that kind of clawing need to be the center of attention is not a pleasant place to be.
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
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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