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  • I’m a hedonist when it comes to chocolate.
  • the kind of hedonist utopia that undermines the long-term viability of a civilization
  • She’s fun at a party, but is too much the hedonist to take seriously.
  • Everything should be in balance. The problem with hedonism is that it elevates sensual pleasure at the cost of other goals necessary to be happy. At its most extreme, hedonism sacrifices the next generation.

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  • It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Its swaths of deep brush and arable land made it great for farming but less appealing for honeymoons and hedonism.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • There are far better ways to relax … An appetite for hedonistic pleasure was something bred into him by his ancestors.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He’s a hedonist at heart.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • being prosperous, hedonistic, and at the time not too busy, had been allowing himself the luxury of sleeping until nine or nine-thirty, but fortunately he had to get up early the morning the bomb was dropped to see a house guest off on a train.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Be afraid of nothing… A new Hedonism—that is what our century wants.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray

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  • I still don’t know who cooked that hedonistic meal.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Roarke wasn’t in a partygoing mood, but as Feeney had gone to some trouble to create a monstrously hedonistic atmosphere, he played his part.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • They believed that hedonism was the only way to get rid of their sins.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • In the household of her early youth, in Cracow, Sophie had grown up with wine, her father having possessed a strain of hedonism which caused him to insist (in a country as barren of vineyards as Montana) that her mother’s ample and often elegant Viennese meals be accompanied with some regularity by the fine wines of Austria and the Hungarian plains.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • GAMONT: third planet of Niushe; noted for its hedonistic culture and exotic sexual practices.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The old man watched him with victorious merriment, sitting in his musty blue armchair like some satanic and hedonistic deity on a throne, a stolen U.S. Army blanket wrapped around his spindly legs to ward off a chill.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Most of the students had already departed, eager to begin the routine hedonism of another bare-limbed summer.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • This passage, missing from the standard Assyrian edition of the legend, appears in a much earlier Babylonian fragmentary text.159 It has been frequently remarked that the advice of the sibyl is hedonistic, but it should be noted also that the passage represents an initiatory test, not the moral philosophy of the ancient Babylonians.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Then you are an individualist, a materialist, and, logically, a hedonist.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • A hedonist for the times.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • Medicine is a half-Greek, half-Judeo-Christian product, that is, half result of pagan hedonism, half result of the Judeo-Christian notion of a reasonable God.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Ultimately it is the Christian attitude which is self-interested and hedonistic, since the aim is always to get away from the painful struggle of earthly life and find eternal peace in some kind of Heaven or Nirvana.
    George Orwell  --  Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
  • The beach culture had developed long before the Beach Boys released their first Top 40 hit, "Surfin’ Safari," in 1962, and Jan and Dean their "Surf City" in 1963, with their utterly hedonistic message: Yeah, and there’s two swingin’ honeys for every guy And all you gotta do is just wink your eye These and other songs the Beach Boys Web site now calls "eternal anthems of American youth," and the millions of records they sold helped spread what had been to aficionados not just a sport…
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Hedonist.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • But what is a hedonist?
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Yes: there was to be, as Lord Henry had prophesied, a new Hedonism that was to recreate life, and to save it from that harsh, uncomely puritanism that is having, in our own day, its curious revival.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Hedonism?
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • I thought you and Feeney and a few of your hedonistic friends were going out to rape and pillage.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • He couldn’t find her again in the Allied officers’ night club that evening or in the sweltering, burnished, hedonistic bedlam of the black-market restaurant with its vast bobbing wooden trays of elegant food and its chirping flock of bright and lovely girls.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • And since they need change, the Enemy (being a hedonist at heart) has made change pleasurable to them, just as He has made eating Pleasurable.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • He’d challenge the priest about the scientific impossibility of the miracles, and when the priest continued to ignore him, he’d get mad and yell out something about Pope Alexander VI’s bastard children, or Pope Leo X’s hedonism, or Pope Nicholas III’s simony, or the murders committed in the name of the Church during the Spanish Inquisition.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
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