I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end... I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.
I think that slavery is wrong, morally, socially and politically. I desire that it should be no further spread in these United States, and I should not object if it should gradually terminate in the whole Union.
Great ambition, the desire of real superiority, of leading and directing, seems to be altogether peculiar to man, and speech is the great instrument of ambition.
The desire for possession is insatiable, to such a point that it can survive even love itself. To love, therefore, is to sterilize the person one loves.
It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government.
Man never thinks himself happy, but when he enjoys those things which others want or desire.
The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more.
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving.
Do not ever say that the desire to 'do good' by force is a good motive. Neither power lust nor stupidity are good motives.
It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.