desires

A Quote by Thomas á Kempis on companions, complaints, desires, jesus, love, lovers, mind, miracles, passion, praise, and shame

Jesus hath many lovers of His heavenly kingdom, but few bearers of His Cross. He hath many seekers of comfort, but few of tribulation. He findeth many companions of His table, but few of His fasting. All desire to rejoice with Him, few are willing to undergo anything for His sake. Many follow Jesus that they may eat of His loaves, but few that they may drink of the cup of His passion. Many are astonished at His miracles, few follow after the shame of His Cross. Many love Jesus so long as no adversities happen to them. Many praise Him and bless Him, so long as they receive any comforts from Him. But if Jesus hide Himself and withdraw a little while, they fall either into complaining or into too great dejection of mind.

Thomas a Kempis (1380 - 1471)

Source: Of the Imitation of Christ

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A Quote by Theodore Parker on desires, immortality, and men

All men desire to be immortal.

Theodore Parker (1810 - 1860)

Source: A Sermon on the Immortal Life. Sept. 20, 1846.

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A Quote by Takuan Soho on achievement, departure, desires, failure, mind, power, and success

Consider the core of the mind to be a wagon, with will-power to be carried about in it. Push it to a place where there can be failure, and there will be failure. Push it to a place where there can be success, and there will be success. But whether there is success or failure, if one entrusts himself to the straightness of this wagon of the core of the mind, he will attain right-mindedness in either case. Severing oneself from desire and being like a rock or tree, nothing will ever be achieved. Not departing from desire, but realizing a desireless right-mindedness - this is the Way.

Takuan Soho (1573 - ?)

Source: Takuan Soho in The Unfettered Mind. Trans. W. S. Wilson. Tokyo, 1986., p 62

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A Quote by Susan Brownell Anthony on desires, interest, justice, spirit, weakness, and work

Oh, yes. I'd do it all again; the spirit is willing yet; I feel the same desire to do the work but the flesh is weak. It's too bad that our bodies wear out while our interests are just as strong as ever.

Susan B. Anthony (1820 - 1906)

Source: Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 3, ch. 71. by Anna Howard Shaw, 1908.

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A Quote by Susan Brownell Anthony on desires, distrust, god, and people

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.

Susan B. Anthony (1820 - 1906)

Source: Speech, Jan 1896; in Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 4, ch. 16. by Shaw & Harper, 1902.

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A Quote by Stephen R. Covey on desires, empowerment, knowledge, opportunity, skill, and success

An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.

Stephen Covey (1932 -)

Source: Principle-centered Leadership

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A Quote by St. François de Sales on arrogance, danger, desires, disobedience, evil, extremism, friendship, glory, god, liberals, people, simplicity, slander, vices, wishes, and zeal

While extremely sensitive as to the slightest approach to slander, you must also guard against an extreme into which some people fall, who, in their desire to speak evil of no one, actually uphold and speak well of vice. If you have to do with one who is unquestionably a slanderer, do not excuse him by calling him frank and free-spoken; do not call one who is notoriously vain, liberal and elegant; do not call dangerous levities mere simplicity; do not screen disobedience under the name of zeal; or arrogance, of frankness; or evil intimacy, of friendship. No, my friends, we must never, in our wish to shun slander, foster or flatter vice in others: but we must call evil evil, and sin sin, and so doing we shall serve God's glory.

St. Francois de Sales (1567 - 1622)

Source: Introduction to the Devout Life

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A Quote by Spinoza on desires

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Desire nothing for yourself, which you do not desire for others.

Spinoza

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on desires and genius

Genius never desires what does not exist.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on conflict, desires, good, majorities, truth, and world

The truth must essentially be regarded as in conflict with this world; the world has never been so good, and will never become so good that the majority will desire the truth.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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