REASON, v.i. To weight probabilities in the scales of desire.
Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)
Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
Contributed by: Zaady
MARTYR, n. One who moves along the line of least reluctance to a desired death.
HOPE, n. Desire and expectation rolled into one.
DUTY, n. That which sternly impels us in the direction of profit, along the line of desire.
CURIOSITY, n. An objectionable quality of the female mind. The desire to know whether or not a woman is cursed with curiosity is one of the most active and insatiable passions of the masculine soul.
AMBITION, n. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.
The delight that consumes the desire, The desire that outruns the delight.
Algernon Swinburne (1837 - 1909)
I've lived to bury my desires, And see my dreams corrode with rust; Now all that's left are fruitless fires That burn my empty heart to dust.
Alexander Sergeievich Pushkin
One must not lose desires. They are mighty stimulants to creativeness, to love and to long life.
Alexander A. Bogomoletz
A man desires praise that he may be reassured, that he may be quit of his doubting of himself; he is indifferent to applause when he is confident of success.
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