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?
A person is born with desires of the eyes and ears, and a liking for beautiful sights and sounds. If he gives way to them, they will lead him to immorality and lack of restriction, and any ritual principles and propriety will be abandoned.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires but according to our powers.
The questions of philosophy proper are human desires and fears and aspirations – human emotions – taking an intellectual form.
The interval between a cold expectation and a warm desire may be filled by expectations of varying degrees of warmth or by desires of varying degrees of coldness.