Tell me, Anselmo, if Heaven or good fortune had made thee master and lawful owner of a diamond of the finest quality, with the excellence and purity of which all the lapidaries that had seen it had been satisfied, saying with one voice and common consent that in purity, quality, and fineness, it was all that a stone of the kind could possibly be, thou thyself too being of the same belief, as knowing nothing to the contrary, would it be reasonable in thee to desire
to take that diamond and place it between an anvil and a hammer, and by mere force of blows and strength of arm try if it were as hard and as fine as they said?
He would even risk his cakes and would deliberately desire
the most fatal rubbish, the most uneconomical absurdity, simply to introduce into all this positive good sense his fatal fantastic element.
Do you still feel any desire
to stand up in his defence?
Miss Bingley saw, or suspected enough to be jealous; and her great anxiety for the recovery of her dear friend Jane received some assistance from her desire
of getting rid of Elizabeth.
He conquered a mad desire
to let go sheet and tiller and to clasp her in his arms.
But whatever it was, he was good to see, and she was irritably aware of a desire
to look at him again and again.
The great majority of habitual drinkers are born not only without desire
for alcohol, but with actual repugnance toward it.
45-52) But upon Aphrodite herself Zeus cast sweet desire
to be joined in love with a mortal man, to the end that, very soon, not even she should be innocent of a mortal's love; lest laughter-loving Aphrodite should one day softly smile and say mockingly among all the gods that she had joined the gods in love with mortal women who bare sons of death to the deathless gods, and had mated the goddesses with mortal men.
SOCRATES: And if I went on to say: That is what I desire
to know, Meno; tell me what is the quality in which they do not differ, but are all alike;--would you be able to answer?
Of the opinion respecting things to be feared, what they are and of what nature, which the law implants through education; and I mean by the words `under all circumstances' to intimate that in pleasure or in pain, or under the influence of desire
or fear, a man preserves, and does not lose this opinion.
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.
He may desire
to escape pain, or to enjoy pleasure.