When some desire
that we should be ashamed of is attributed to us, we notice that we have never had it consciously, in the sense of saying to ourselves, "I wish that would happen.
For if a desire
should come into conflict with reason we shall then reason and not desire
, because it will be impossible retaining our reason to be senseless in our desires
, and in that way knowingly act against reason and desire
to injure ourselves.
Then now, I said, you will understand what our object was in selecting our soldiers, and educating them in music and gymnastic; we were contriving influences which would prepare them to take the dye of the laws in perfection, and the colour of their opinion about dangers and of every other opinion was to be indelibly fixed by their nurture and training, not to be washed away by such potent lyes as pleasure-- mightier agent far in washing the soul than any soda or lye; or by sorrow, fear, and desire
, the mightiest of all other solvents.
Virtue is the desire
of things honourable and the power of attaining them.
If it is a good soul, it will desire
and do the good action, and the contrary if it is a bad soul.
He was soon aware that there was springing up in his heart a desire
At the sea would she suck, and drink its depths to her height: now riseth the desire
of the sea with its thousand breasts.
I was being prepared for the stronger desire
of later years.
The first theory, of assassination, was quickly abandoned when it was subjected to the light of reason, for it was evident that an assassin could have dispatched the little Prince at the same time that he killed the Lady Maud and her lover, had such been his desire
Now, leave me, and desire
my valet de chambre to come hither.
And, in fine, I could not have restrained my desires
, nor remained satisfied had I not followed a path in which I thought myself certain of attaining all the knowledge to the acquisition of which I was competent, as well as the largest amount of what is truly good which I could ever hope to secure Inasmuch as we neither seek nor shun any object except in so far as our understanding represents it as good or bad, all that is necessary to right action is right judgment, and to the best action the most correct judgment, that is, to the acquisition of all the virtues with all else that is truly valuable and within our reach; and the assurance of such an acquisition cannot fail to render us contented.
Secondly, that what is commonly called love, namely, the desire
of satisfying a voracious appetite with a certain quantity of delicate white human flesh, is by no means that passion for which I here contend.