I am no longer sure of anything. If I satiate my desires, I sin but I deliver myself from them; if I refuse to satisfy them, they infect the whole soul.
A draft doesn’t produce the people we need to satisfy our real manpower shortage. We need specialists to keep our jets flying.
Presidential aspirants reach for the highest office to satisfy some yearning for greatness or even immortality.
It’s a short step from the belief that every child should be wanted to the belief that a child exists to satisfy our wants.
Because most people are not sufficiently employed in themselves, they run about loose, hungering for employment, and satisfy themselves in various supererogatory occupations. The easiest of these occupations, which have all to do with making things already made, is the making of people: it is called the art of friendship.
Those who seek to satisfy the mind of man by hampering it with ceremonies and music and affecting charity and devotion have lost their original nature.
We ogle plants and animals up close on television, the Internet and in the movies. We may not worship the animals we see, but we still regard them as necessary physical and spiritual companions. Technological nature can’t completely satisfy that yearning.
No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses.
After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on – have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear – what remains? Nature remains.
I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.