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Pleasure and Disquietude:

The following quotes illustrate the topic's ambiguity.  Use these to establish the scope of your topic--to begin to specify the subtopics that verbalize various differing opinions on the same issue--to begin to develop a guide to your reading.

"Whenever you are sincerely pleased you are nourished."    Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The average man does not get pleasure out of an idea because he thinks it is true; he thinks it is true because he gets pleasure out of it."    H. L. Mencken

"We tire of those pleasures we take, but never of those we give."    John Petit-Senn

"That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest."    Henry David Thoreau

"The greatest pleasure when I started making money was not buying cars or yachts but finding myself able to have as many freshly typed drafts as possible"    Gore Vidal, Interviewed on 30th anniversary of his 1st book, NY Times 24 Feb 76.

"It was an unspoken pleasure, that having come together so many years, ruined so much and repaired a little, we had endured."    Lillian Hellman, On her relationship with Dashiell Hammett, recalled on her death 30 Jun 84.

Arendt, Hannah.  On Violence.  San Diego, CA:  Harcourt, Brace,
Jovanovich, 1970.
Downs, Hugh.  "Practical Jokes."  Perspectives.  Atlanta, GA:
Turner Publishing, 1995.  Pages 186-190.
Golding, William.  Lord of the Flies.
Puller, Lewis B.  Fortunate Son.  New York:  Grove Weidenfeld, 1991.
Thoreau, Henry David. Walden and Civil Disobedience.  New York:
New American Library, 1980.
Twain, Mark.  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.