Pleasures are all alike simply considered in themselves: he that hunts, or he that governs the commonwealth, they both please themselves alike, only we commend that, whereby we ourselves receive some benefit.
(John Selden (1584-1654), British jurist, statesman. "Pleasure," Table Talk (1686).)
It is very strange, and very melancholy, that the paucity of human pleasures should persuade us ever to call hunting one of them.
(Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. repr. In Johnsonian Miscellanies, vol. 1, p. 288, ed. George Birkbeck Hill (1897). Quoted in Anecdotes of Samuel Johnson (1786).)