Throughout the ages, Christians have adapted John of Patmos’s visions to changing times, reading their own social, political and religious conflicts into the cosmic war he so powerfully evokes. Yet his Book of Revelation appeals not only to fear and desires for vengeance but also to hope.
That is the best government which desires to make the people happy, and knows how to make them happy.
Energy is an eternal delight, and he who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.
Merely external emancipation has made of the modern woman an artificial being. Now, woman is confronted with the necessity of emancipating herself from emancipation, if she really desires to be free.
He who reigns within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.
Each man has his own desires; all do not possess the same inclinations.
Those who restrain their desires, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.
Our desires, be they spiritual or temporal, should be rooted in a love of the Lord.
Their poverty secured their freedom, since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism.
If what the heart approves conforms to proper patterns, then even if one’s desires are many, what harm would they be to good order?