In men of the highest character and noblest genius there is to be found an insatiable desire for honour, command, power, and glory.
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.
There is no greater impediment to progress in the sciences than the desire to see it take place too quickly.
I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
I did not want to think so much about her. I wanted to take her as an unexpected, delightful gift, that had come and would go again — nothing more. I meant not to give room to the thought that it could ever be more. I knew too well that all love has the desire for eternity and that therein lies its eternal torment. Nothing lasts. Nothing.