If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.
The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.
There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
There is more pleasure in loving than in being beloved.
Nothing is work unless you'd rather be doing something else.
Flesh goes on pleasuring us, and humiliating us, right to the end.
Perhaps the most lasting pleasure in life is the pleasure of not going to church.
Writer's block is what you get if you're too full of yourself and trying to be García Márquez. You sit and stare at the wall and nothing happens for you. It's like imagining you're a tree and trying to sprout leaves. Once you come to your senses and accept who you are, then there's no problem. I'm not García Márquez. I'm a late-middle-aged midlist fair-to-middling writer with a comfortable midriff, and it gives me quite a bit of pleasure.
Pains of love be sweeter far than all other pleasures are.