Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.
It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite.
The ultimate end of human acts is eudaimonia, happiness in the sense of living well, which all men desire; all acts are but different means chosen to arrive at it.
Often devotion to virtue arises from sated desire.
The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
Poetry being the sign of that which all men desire, even though the desire be unconscious, intensity of life or completeness of experience, the universality of its appeal is a matter of course.
The great increase in longevity has produced a surge in the desire to accumulate assets for retirement. It has outpaced the ability of the private sector to produce assets, so we need a larger government debt.
Death is not evil, for it frees man from all ills and takes away his desires along with desire’s rewards.
Whatever we, as prospective participants unaware of our specific features, would desire society to be like is what, morally speaking, we ought to institute.
Thus they have an idol that they petition for victory in war; another for success in their labors; and so for everything in which they seek or desire prosperity, they have their idols, which they honor and serve.