Gratification is the pleasurable emotional reaction of happiness in response to a fulfillment of a desire or goal. Gratification, like all emotions, is a motivator of behavior and thus plays a role in the entire range of human social system.
- Quotes are arranged alphabetically by author
A - F
- Narcissism is the pursuit of gratification from vanity, or egotistic admiration of one’s own physical or mental attributes, that derive from arrogant pride. The term originated in Greek mythology with Narcissus, who fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool of water...Four dimensions of narcissism as a personality variable have been delineated: leadership/authority, superiority/arrogance, self-absorption/self-admiration, and exploitativeness/entitlement.
- Admn in: Christian Narcissism?, Delusion Resistance Organization.
- People are not only, as the saying goes, falling for the swindle; if it guarantees them even the most fleeting gratification they desire a deception which is nonetheless transparent to them. They force their eyes shut and voice approval, in a kind of self-loathing, for what is meted out to them, knowing fully the purpose for which it is manufactured.
- Theodor W Adorno in: The Culture Industry: Selected Essays on Mass Culture, Routledge, 29 August 2005, p. 103.
- To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve. Shall man's basest desires receive the fullest measure of gratification, and his purest aspirations starve for lack of sustenance?
- James Allen in: As A Man Thinketh" Deluxe Collection of Favorite James Allen Works, Five Complete Books In All, Northpointe Classics, p. 29.
- No matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death, but oh, thrice guilty is he who, for selfish gratification, heedless of her prayers, indifferent to her fate, drove her to the desperation that impelled her to the crime!
- It's no credit to this enormously rich country that there are more oppressive, less decent governments elsewhere. We claim superiority of our institutions. We ought to live up to our own standards, not use misery elsewhere as an endless source of self-gratification and justification.
- The one thing that would utterly destroy the new capitalism is the serious practice of deferred gratification.
- Daniel Bell in: The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism: 20th Anniversary Edition, Basic Books, 5 August 2008, p. 78.
- Angels are Ionelier than men and devils, because they are not always prying after good and evil in one another, and eating the tree of knowledge for Satan's gratification. The Last Judgment is an overwhelming of bad art and science.
- The "great tradition" does not brook even the possibility of libidinal gratification between the pages as an end in itself, and F. R. Leavis's “eat up your broccoli" approach to fiction emphasizes this junk food/whole food dichotomy.
- He was intimate with many thoroughly wicked men; but he pretended to be entirely devoted to the most virtuous of the citizens. He had many things about him which served to allure men to the gratification of their passions; he had also many things which acted as incentives to industry and toil. The vices of lust raged in him; but at the same time he was conspicuous for great energy and military skill. Nor do I believe that there ever existed so strange a prodigy upon the earth, made up in such a manner of the most various, and different and inconsistent studies and desires.
- Workers, the most absolutely necessary part of the whole social structure, without whose services none can either eat, or clothe, or shelter himself, are just the ones who get the least to eat, to wear, and to be housed withal — to say nothing of their share of the other social benefits which the rest of us are supposed to furnish, such as education and artistic gratification.
- Voltairine de Cleyre in Exquisite Rebel: The Essays of Voltairine de Cleyre -- Anarchist, Feminist, Genius, SUNY Press, 10 February 2005, p. 280.
- Air power is an unusually seductive form of military strength, in part because, like modern courtship, it appears to offer gratification without commitment.
- Eliot A. Cohen in: Fritz Allhoff et al., Routledge Handbook of Ethics and War: Just War Theory in the 21st Century, Routledge, 26June 2013, p. 330.
- Our flash wants what it wants, when it wants it. Immediate gratification is a dream killer.
- Caretha Crawford in Hold on to Your Dream: Every God-Given Dream Is Meant to Be Fulfilled!, Charisma Media, 7 January 2014, p. 61.
G - L
- All history attests that man has subjected woman to his will, used her as a means to promote his selfish gratification, to minister to his sensual pleasures, to be instrumental in promoting his comfort; but never has he desired to elevate her to that rank she was created to fill.
- Sarah Grimké in: Gerda Lerner The Creation of Feminist Consciousness: From the Middle Ages to Eighteen-seventy, Oxford University Press, 1993, p. 162.
- Pen-and-paper role-playing is live theater and computer games are television. People want the convenience and instant gratification of turning on the TV rather than getting dressed up and going out to see a live play. In the same way, the computer is a more immediately accessible way to play games.
- The beautiful is and remains beautiful though it arouse no emotion whatever, and though there be no one to look at it. In other words, although the beautiful exists for the gratification of an observer, it is independent of him. In this sense music, too, has no aim (object), and the mere fact that this particular art is so closely bound up with our feelings by no means justifies the assumption that its aesthetic principles depend on this union.
- Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help... We want immediate gratification; we have instant coffee, instant tea, why not instant spirituality?
- Richard J. Hart in: How Christian Are You?, Paulist Press, 2009, p. 183.
- Many writers lay very great stress upon some definite moral purpose, at which they profess to aim their works. Not to be deficient in this particular, the author has provided himself with a moral, — the truth, namely, that the wrong-doing of one generation lives into the successive ones, and, divesting itself of every temporary advantage, becomes a pure and uncontrollable mischief; and he would feel it a singular gratification if this romance might effectually convince mankind.
- The only sensible ends of literature are, first, the pleasurable toil of writing, secondly, the gratification of one's family and friends, and lastly the solid cash.
- In the beginning I was just as ready as anyone to fall into step, to seek out the guilty and to punish the sinners, even to become a leader. Nothing, I felt, would give me more gratification than riding the steed of yellow journalism into crusade, doing the book that would right the old wrongs.
- There is a test point about you somewhere. Perhaps it is pride; you cannot bear an affront; you will not confess a fault. Perhaps it is personal vanity, ready to sacrifice every thing to display. Perhaps it is a sharp tongue. Perhaps it is some sensual appetite, bent on its unclean gratification. Then you are to gather up your moral forces just here, and, till that darling sin is brought under the practical law of Christ, you are shut out of Christ's kingdom.
- The Satanist believes in complete gratification of his ego. Satanism, in fact, is the only religion which advocates the intensification or encouragement of the ego. Only if a person's own ego is sufficiently fulfilled, can he afford to be kind and complimentary to others, without robbing himself of his self-respect. We generally think of a braggart as a person with a large ego; in reality, his bragging results from a need to satisfy his impoverished ego.
- What does it mean to be the best? It means you have to be better than the number two guy. But what gratification is there in that? He's a loser—that’s why he's number two. You have to be better than the best.
- Jarod Kintz in: E-mails from a Madman: Namdam a Morf Sliame, iUniverse, 01-Jun-2006, p. 61.
M - R
- The job of mass entertainment is exactly the opposite of the job of art — the job of mass entertainment is to cajole, seduce and flatter consumers to let them know that what they thought was right is right, and that their tastes and their immediate gratification are of the utmost concern of the purveyor.
- We have all heard the saying “short-term pain for long-term gain.” In many … Children who are young or impulsive, however, often seek immediate gratification.
- Katharina Manassis in:Problem Solving in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: A Skills-Based, Collaborative Approach, Guilford Press, 19 March 2012, p. 78-79.
- It is true that Heaven forbids certain gratifications, but there are means' of compounding with it upon such matters, and of rectifying the evil of the act by the purity of the intention, We shall be able to initiate you into all those secrets...
- In his own unhelpful way my father would tell you. “A woman eats to feed her pussy." Meaning: Anything we do to excess is in compensation for not getting a minimum amount of sexual gratification.
- The more resistance you experience, the more important your unmanifested art/project/enterprise is to you - and the more gratification you will fell when you finally do it.
- Steven Pressfield in the war of Art quoted in: Robin Norgren Spark and Inspire: 30 Days of Meaningful Insight to Spark Your Business and Inspire Your Soul, Lulu.com, p. 23.
- The sexual anxiety is caused by an external frustration of instinctual gratification, and is anchored internally by the fear of the dammed up sexual excitation. This is the mechanism of orgasm anxiety. It is the fear of the organism – which has become unwilling to experience pleasure – of the overpowering excitation of the genital system. Orgasm anxiety forms the basis of the general pleasure anxiety which is an integral part of the human structure.
- The suppression of natural sexual gratification leads to various kinds of substitute gratifications. Natural aggression, for example, becomes brutal sadism which then is an essential mass-psychological factor in imperialistic wars.
- Wilhelm Reich in The Mass Psychology of Fascism (1933) Ch. 1 : Ideology As Material Power, Section 4 : The Social Function of Sexual Suppression quoted in: R. Claire Snyder Citizen-soldiers and Manly Warriors: Military Service and Gender in the Civic Republican Tradition, Rowman & Littlefield, 1999, p. 152.
- It must be remembered that painting is not the mere gratification of sight. As the natural dignity of the subject (of a portrait) is less, the more the ornamental helps are necessary to its embellishments.
- The sensualist will find sensuality in Titian; the thinker will find thought; the saint, sanctity; the colourist, colour; the anatomist, form; and yet the picture will never be a popular one in the full sense, for none of these narrower people will find their special taste so alone consulted, as that the qualities which would ensure their gratification shall be sifted or separated from others; they are checked by the presence of the other qualities which ensure the gratification of other men.
S - Z
- He who seeks Truth
Shall find Beauty
He who seeks Beauty
Shall find Vanity
He who seeks Order
Shall find Gratification
He who seeks Gratification
Shall be Disappointed.
- What is the motive which operates in every man's breast to counteract the impulse towards the gratification of his wants and appetites?
- I started teaching writing at the New Schiil Scrambling for freelance work led to my idea for the instant-gratification –takes-too-long method of journalism.
- Susan Shapiro in Only as Good as Your Word: Writing Lessons from My Favorite Literary Gurus, Seal Press, 2007, p. 182.
- As I understand it, the benefits of multiculturalism are that the sterile white-bread cultures of Britain, Canada and Australia get some great ethnic restaurants and a Commonwealth Games opening ceremony that lasts until two in the morning. But in the case of those Muslim ghettoes - in Sydney, in Oslo, in Paris, Copenhagen and Manchester - multiculturalism means that the worst attributes of Muslim culture - the subjugation of women - combine with the worst attributes of Western culture - licence and self-gratification. Tattoed, pierced Pakistani skinhead gangs swaggering down the streets of Northern England are as much a product of multiculturalism as the turban-wearing Sikh Mountie in the vice-regal escort at Rideau Hall. Yet even in the face of the crudest assaults on its most cherished causes - women's rights and gay rights - the political elite turns squeamishly away.
- Mark Steyn (2002) in: Battered Westerner Syndrome inflicted by myopic Muslim defenders", column, 23 August 2002, Jewish World Review (JWR), 23 August 2002.
- For the mere purpose of entertainment and the excitement of wonder, a display of brilliant electric experiments, even when performed in the most promiscuous and confused order, never fail to afford ample gratification to the curiosity. The studious observer, however, whose business is to inquire into the true beauties of the science, requires the most judicious arrangement of the phenomena that can possibly be devised, in order to facilitate his acquaintance with them, and with the laws by which they are displayed and associated with each other.
- William Sturgeon (1843) in:A course of twelve elementary lectures on Galvanism: University of California Libraries, p. 123-124.
- He read because it gave him instant gratification in a way nothing else did, and, as was the case with all addicts, gratification was the important thing. He liked history, travel, anthropology, cookbooks (which he read in the same way as other books for pleasure); he liked books with specialized information.
- ...body with a concomitant object of gratification, the desire for immortality is in itself the evidence of immortality, as is the existence of its sister state, immutability.
- Cf: the Katha Upanishad: 'When that self who dwells in the body is torn away and freed from the body what remains?That is that.'
- Jeet Thayil in: “Narcopolis”, p. 155.
- The superior gratification derived from the use and contemplation of costly and supposedly beautiful products is, commonly, in great measure a gratification of our sense of costliness masquerading under the name of beauty.
- Though they suffer no restriction of choice, in reality even multi-millionaires soon reach the outer limits of purely personal gratification—which should be some satisfaction to the rest of us.
- Mass consumption, advertising, and mass art are a corporate Frankenstein; while they reinforce the system, they also undermine it. By continually pushing the message that we have the right to gratification now, consumerism at its most expansive encouraged a demand for fulfillment.
- Ellen Willis in: Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music, U of Minnesota Press, 2011, p. 221.