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The key that unlocks energy is Desire. It's also the key to a long and interesting life. If we expect to create any drive, any real force within ourselves, we have to get excited.

Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions; desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary.
The more wild and incredible your desire, the more willing and prompt God is in fulfilling it, if you will have it so.
A desire arises in the mind. It is satisfied immediately another comes. In the interval which separates two desires a perfect calm reigns in the mind. It is at this moment freed from all thought, love or hate. Complete peace equally reigns between two mental waves.
An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing.
The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.
The want of a thing is perplexing enough, but the possession of it, is intolerable.
You can't expect to prevent negative feelings altogether. And you can't expect to experience positive feelings all the time. The Law of Emotional Choice directs us to acknowledge our feelings but also to refuse to get stuck in the negative ones.
All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
By starving emotions we become humorless, rigid and stereotyped; by repressing them we become literal, reformatory and holier-than-thou; encouraged, they perfume life; discouraged, they poison it.
Emotion is the surest arbiter of a poetic choice, and it is the priest of all supreme unions in the mind.
All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.
There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.
We find nothing easier than being wise, patient, superior. We drip with the oil of forbearance and sympathy, we are absurdly just, we forgive everything. For that very reason we ought to discipline ourselves a little; for that very reason we ought to cultivate a little emotion, a little emotional vice, from time to time. It may be hard for us; and among ourselves we may perhaps laugh at the appearance we thus present. But what of that! We no longer have any other mode of self-overcoming available to us: this is our asceticism, our penance.
Each of us makes his own weather, determines the color of the skies in the emotional universe which he inhabits.
The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.
The question of sexual dominance can exist only in the nightmare of that soul which has armed itself, totally, against the possibility of the changing motion of conquest and surrender, which is love.
For once you must try not to shirk the facts: mankind is kept alive by bestial acts.
The more developed sexual passion, in both sexes, is very largely an emotion of power, domination, or appropriation. There is no state of feeling that says mine, mine, more fiercely.
You can't remember sex. You can remember the fact of it, and recall the setting, and even the details, but the sex of the sex cannot be remembered, the substantive truth of it, it is by nature self-erasing, you can remember its anatomy and be left with a judgment as to the degree of your liking of it, but whatever it is as a splurge of being, as a loss, as a charge of the conviction of love stopping your heart like your execution, there is no memory of it in the brain, only the deduction that it happened and that time passed, leaving you with a silhouette that you want to fill in again.
If I were asked for a one line answer to the question What makes a woman good in bed? I would say, A man who is good in bed.
There are very few jobs that actually require a penis or vagina. All other jobs should be open to everybody.
The easiest way to be cheated is to believe yourself to be more cunning than others.
Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest.
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.
It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
The craftiest trickery are too short and ragged a cloak to cover a bad heart.
We like to be deceived.
Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment.
Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy -- the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.
Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed was the ninth beatitude.
The man who appeals to the best side of his fellows is rarely disappointed.
Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly be corrupt.
What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious.
The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts. It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person.
Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society.
Suspicion is the cancer of friendship.
We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal.
It is not what he had, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.
When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart -- not his head.
It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
Just as a fire is covered by smoke and a mirror is obscured by dust, just as the embryo rests deep within the womb, wisdom is hidden by selfish desire.
Human history is the sad result of each one looking out for himself.
Selfishness is one of the qualities apt to inspire love.
As selfishness and complaint pervert and cloud the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.
Lovers never get tired of each other because they are forever talking about themselves.
He who is wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package.
None are so empty as those who are full of themselves.
As individuals and as a nation, we now suffer from social narcissism. The beloved Echo of our ancestors, the virgin America, has been abandoned. We have fallen in love with our own image, with images of our making, which turn out to be images of ourselves.
I've never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them.
It is possible to have a strong self-love without any self-satisfaction, rather with a self-discontent which is the more intense because one's own little core of egoistic sensibility is a supreme care.
Always hold your head up but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.
A person wrapped up in himself makes a small package.
He who is enamored of himself will at least have the advantage of being inconvenienced by few rivals.
Whenever nature leaves a hole in a person's mind, she generally plasters it over with a thick coat of self-conceit.
Conceit in weakest bodies works the strongest.
Conceit is incompatible with understanding.
Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.
Let us be about setting high standards for life, love, creativity, and wisdom. If our expectations in these areas are low, we are not likely to experience wellness. Setting high standards makes every day and every decade worth looking forward to.
Expect your every need to be met. Expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level...
Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.
Life is largely a matter of expectation.
I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine.
Other people may not have had high expectations for me... but I had high expectations for myself.
We expect everything and are prepared for nothing.
Our limitations and success will be based, most often, on your own expectations for ourselves. What the mind dwells upon, the body acts upon.
There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.
Never shall I forget the time I spent with you. Please continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours.
When friendship disappears then there is a space left open to that awful loneliness of the outside world which is like the cold space between the planets. It is an air in which men perish utterly.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend.
Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache; do be my enemy for friendship's sake.
A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil -- but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small silly presents every so often -- just to save it from drying out completely
Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
Friendship without self-interest is one of the rare and beautiful things of life.
Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.
He is a fine friend. He stabs you in the front.
I'm treating you as a friend asking you to share my present minuses in the hope that I can ask you to share my future pluses
Total loyalty is possible only when fidelity is emptied of all concrete content, from which changes of mind might naturally arise.
Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.
Unless you can find some sort of loyalty, you cannot find unity and peace in your active living.
If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.
Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice.
Every harlot was a virgin once.
Now my innocence begins to weigh me down.
I know we're not saints or virgins or lunatics; we know all the lust and lavatory jokes, and most of the dirty people; we can catch buses and count our change and cross the roads and talk real sentences. But our innocence goes awfully deep, and our discreditable secret is that we don't know anything at all, and our horrid inner secret is that we don't care that we don't.
Nothing looks so like innocence as an indiscretion.
Who would not rather trust and be deceived?
The highest compact we can make with our fellow is --Let there be truth between us two forevermore.
She knew how to trust people... a rare quality, revealing a character far above average.
The toughest thing about the power of trust is that it's very difficult to build and very easy to destroy. The essence of trust building is to emphasize the similarities between you and the customer.
My father used to say: Never suspect people, It's better to be deceived or mistaken, which is only human, after all, than to be suspicious, which is common.
When lovely woman stoops to folly, and finds too late that men betray, what charm can soothe her melancholy, what art can wash her guilt away?
You have to penetrate a woman's defenses. Getting into her head is a prerequisite to getting into her body.
The trouble with Ian is that he gets off with women because he can't get on with them.
Pursuit and seduction are the essence of sexuality. It's part of the sizzle.
If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence. As it is, the best of us walk about well wadded with stupidity.
How frail the human heart must be --a mirrored pool of thought...
What we think of as our sensitivity is only the higher evolution of terror in a poor dumb beast. We suffer for nothing. Our own death wish is our only real tragedy.
The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.
Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are.
It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinions; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
Love is a great beautifier.
It is by loving and by being loved that one can come nearest to the soul of another.
One does not fall in love; one grows into love, and love grows in him.
Love talked about is easily turned aside, but love demonstrated is irresistible.
Love never reasons, but profusely gives; it gives like a thoughtless prodigal its all, and then trembles least it has done to little.
In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love
Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action.
I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.
Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.
The spiritualization of sensuality is called love: it is a great triumph over Christianity.
Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish it's source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of withering, of tarnishing.
When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before.
Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence.
The best way to know God is to love many things.
Love does not just sit there, like a stone; it had to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.
People need loving the most when they deserve it the least.
The story of a love is not important -- what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.
The truth is that there is only one terminal dignity -- love. And the story of a love is not important -- what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.
Love and a cough cannot be hid.
Love is like pi -- natural, irrational, and very important.
Love is the master key which opens the gates of happiness.
Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.
One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life; that word is love.
Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise then you will discover the fullness of your life.
To fall in love is easy, even to remain in it is not difficult; our human loneliness is cause enough. But is a hard quest worth making to find a comrade through whose steady presence one becomes steadily the person one desires to be.
As love without esteem is capricious and volatile; esteem without love is languid and cold.
We live in the world when we love it.
A life without love in it is like a heap of ashes upon a deserted hearth, with the fire dead, the laughter stilled and the light extinguished.
We really have to understand the person we want to love. If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love. If we only think of ourselves, if we know only our own needs and ignore the needs of the other person, we cannot love.
The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.

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