I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.
— J. R. R. Tolkien

Intellectual work is misnamed; it is a pleasure, a dissipation, and is its own highest reward.
Mark Twain dissipation quote

But there are other things than dissipation that thicken the features. Tears, for example.
— Rebecca West

Dissipation is a form of self-sacrifice.
— Eric Hoffer

They had both noticed that a life of dissipation sometimes gave to a face the look of gaunt suffering spirituality that a life of asceticism was supposed to give and quite often did not.
— Katherine Anne Porter