desires

A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on desires, good, knowledge, and possessions

Our desires always increase with our possessions. The knowledge that something remains yet unenjoyed impairs our enjoyment of the good before us.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Samuel Eliot Morison on ambition, desires, emotion, passion, religion, tenacity, and world

A tough but nervous, tenacious but restless race [the Yankees]; materially ambitious, yet prone to introspection, and subject to waves of religious emotion. . . . A race whose typical member is eternally torn between a passion for righteousness and a desire to get on in the world.

Samuel Eliot Morison (1887 - 1976)

Source: Maritime History of Massachusetts, 1921, ch. 2

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on desires, income, and progress

All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks, Life

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A Quote by Saint Anselm of Canterbury on belief, desires, heart, love, order, reform, truth, and understanding

I acknowledge, Lord, and I give thanks that you have created your image in me, so that I may remember you, think of you, love you. But this image is so obliterated and worn away by wickedness, it is so obscured by the smoke of sins, that it cannot do what it was created to do, unless you renew and reform it. I am not attempting, O Lord, to penetrate your loftiness, for I cannot begin to match my understanding with it, but I desire in some measure to understand your truth, which my heart believes and loves. For I do not seek to understand in order that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this too I believe, that "unless I believe, I shall not understand." (Isaiah 7:9)

Saint Anselm of Canterbury (c. 1033 - 1109)

Source: Preface to the Proslogion

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A Quote by Romain Rolland on art, desires, fanaticism, misery, people, popularity, and superstition

You desire a popular art? Begin by having a "people" whose minds are liberated, a people not crushed by misery and ceaseless toil, not brutalized by every superstition and every fanaticism, a people of itself, and victor in the fight that is being waged today.

Romain Rolland (1866 - 1944)

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A Quote by Roland Huntford on age, corruption, desires, direction, heroism, life, sacrifice, self-sacrifice, victory, and worth

. . . He had by now divested himself of schoolboy attitudes. He was unburdened by the desire to be a martyr or a hero. Any thoughts in that direction, Belgica effectively had quashed. Heroism in the corrupt sense of the age almost by definition, meant wanton self-sacrifice and bungling. For neither had he any taste. He wanted rational attainment; victory, but not at any price. No point upon the globe was worth the cost of a single life.

Roland Huntford

Source: SCOTT and AMUNDSEN The Race to The South Pole referring to polar explorer Roald Amundsen.

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A Quote by Roland Barthes on desires, language, and words

Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with desire.

Roland Barthes (1915 - 1980)

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A Quote by Robertson Davies on books, church, desires, elderly, people, possessions, and secrets

Real bibliophiles do not put their books on shelves for people to look at or handle. They have no desire to show off their darlings, or to amaze people with their possessions. They keep their prized books hidden away in a secret spot to which they resort stealthily, like a Caliph visiting his harem, or a church elder sneaking into a bar. To be a book collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope-fiend with those of a miser.

Robertson Davies (1913 - 1995)

Source: The Table Talk of Samuel Marchbanks

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A Quote by Robert Nozick on argument, behavior, belief, desires, goals, motivation, niceness, originality, people, philosophy, police, proof, study, thought, trying, and understanding

Philosophical argument, trying to get someone to believe something whether he wants to believe it or not, is not, I have held, a nice way to behave towards someone; also it does not fit the original motivation for studying or entering philosophy. That motivation is puzzlement, curiousity, a desire to understand, not a desire to produce uniformity of belief. Most people do not want to become thought-police. The philosophical goal of explanation rather than proof not only is morally better, it is more in accord with one's philosophical motivation.

Robert Nozick

Source: Philosophical Explanations, (from the Introduction) Nozick

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A Quote by Robert James McCracken, D.D. on character, desires, driving, money, motives, needs, religion, and soul

Get to know two things about a man. How he earns his money and how he spends it. You will then have the clue tohis character. You will have a searchlight that shows up the inmost recesses of his soul. You know all you need to knowabout his standards, his motives, his driving desires, his real religion.

Robert McCracken

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