Believe me, no civilized man ever regrets a pleasure, and no uncivilized man ever knows what a pleasure is.

– Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Chapter 6. This quote defines the character of Lord Henry. He and Basil are artriculating the case for and against an aesthetic pleasure-driven philosophy. Basil feels that a person pays for sin with remorse, suffering and "consciousness of degredation," but Henry makes clear that civilized life is all about the enjoyment of pleasure.