— Walter Lippmann American journalist 1889 - 1974
„The first desire is the search for the ideal.“
Vol. IX - The Unity of Religious Ideals, Part I : Seeking for the Ideal http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/IX/IX_5.htm.
The Spiritual Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan
Kontext: Religion is a need of the human soul. In all periods and at every stage of the evolution of humanity there has been a religion which people followed, for at every period the need for religion has been felt. The reason is that the soul of man has several deep desires, and these desires are answered by religion.
The first desire is the search for the ideal. There comes a time when man seeks for a more complete justice than he finds among men, and when he seeks for someone on whom he can rely more surely than he can on his friends in the world. There comes a time when man feels a desire to open his heart to a Being who is above human beings and who can understand his heart.
— Ernesto Che Guevara Argentine Marxist revolutionary 1928 - 1967
On Revolutionary Medicine (1960)
— Octave Mirbeau French journalist, art critic, travel writer, pamphleteer, novelist, and playwright 1848 - 1917
— Joseph Alois Schumpeter Austrian economist 1883 - 1950
Quelle: History of Economic Analysis, p. 43
„I share with you an innate desire to be of public service to this country. It is the lot of our generation to serve as military men first, and then, with an idealism undaunted to enlist with as much zeal to form a lasting peace. All will come right, our cause is just and righteous. This country will not lose.“
— Nile Kinnick College football player 1918 - 1943
Letter to friend Loren Hickerson (December 13, 1941)
— Giovanni Morassutti Italian actor, theatre director and cultural entrepreneur. 1980
From the essay Strasberg Legacy
— Fritz Wotruba Austrian sculptor (23 April 1907, Vienna – 28 August 1975, Vienna) 1907 - 1975
Quelle: The Human Form: Sculpture, Prints, and Drawings, 1977, p. 7.
— William-Adolphe Bouguereau French painter 1825 - 1905
Attributed to Bouguereau in: Sotheby's (Firm). (1994) 19th Century European Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture. p. 123; Cited in: Adolphe William Bouguereau Quotes http://www.artandinfluence.com/2010/10/adolphe-william-bouguereau-quotes.html by Armand Cabrera, Oct. 4, 2010.
— Rod Serling American screenwriter 1924 - 1975
Quelle: The Twilight Zone: Complete Stories
— Sallustius Roman philosopher and writer
III. Concerning myths; that they are divine, and why.
On the Gods and the Cosmos
Kontext: There is this first benefit from myths, that we have to search and do not have our minds idle.
That the myths are divine can be seen from those who have used them. Myths have been used by inspired poets, by the best of philosophers, by those who established the mysteries, and by the Gods themselves in oracles. But why the myths are divine it is the duty of philosophy to inquire. Since all existing things rejoice in that which is like them and reject that which is unlike, the stories about the Gods ought to be like the Gods, so that they may both be worthy of the divine essence and make the Gods well disposed to those who speak of them: which could only be done by means of myths.
„The closer they come to the object of desire the more reluctant they are to grasp it. The search is the thing. The process is the purpose. The final mystery can only be anticlimactic. The story is ended.“
— Ian McDonald, buch The Dervish House
Quelle: The Dervish House (2010), Ch. 6, §2 (p. 207)
„In other searchings it might be the object of the quest that brought satisfaction, or it might be something incidental that one got on the way; but in religion, desire was fulfilment, it was the seeking itself that rewarded.“
— Willa Cather, buch My Mortal Enemy
My Mortal Enemy (1926)
„The ideal universe is a universe so ordered or natured as to allow its inhabitants to understand and dominate it sufficient to satisfy their desires, and inhabited by beings with desires so poised and assorted that there is not only not mutual inhibition of desires, but such a dovetailing and intertwining of the consciousnesses that there is mutual aid in the satisfaction of desire—a universe responsive to the whims of its inhabitants, and inhabited by beings socially harmonious and helpful.“
— J. Howard Moore 1862 - 1916
Quelle: Better-World Philosophy: A Sociological Synthesis (1899), The Social Ideal, p. 146
— Bernard Bailyn, buch The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution
Quelle: The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (1967), Chapter VI, THE CONTAGION OF LIBERTY, p. 237.
— Bart D. Ehrman American academic 1955
Quelle: Forged: Writing in the Name of God
— Henri Lefebvre French philosopher 1901 - 1991
From Critique of Everyday Life: Volume 1 (1947/1991)
Kontext: The method of Marx and Engels consists precisely in a search for the link which exists between what men think, desire, say and believe for themselves and what they are, what they do. This link always exists. It can be explored in two directions. On the one hand, the historian or the man of action can proceed from ideas to men, from consciousness to being - i. e. towards practical, everyday reality - bringing the two into confrontation and thereby achieving archieving criticism of ideas by action and realities. That is the direction which Marx and Engels nearly always followed in everything they wrote; and it is the direction which critical and constructive method must follow initially if it is to take a demonstrable shape and achieve results.
But it is equally possible to follow this link in another direction, taking real life as the point of departure in an investigation of how the ideas which express it and the forms of consciousness which reflect it emerge. The link, or rather the network of links between the two poles will prove to be complex. It must be unravelled, the thread must be carefully followed. In this way we can arrive at a criticism of life by ideas which in a sense extends and completes the first procedure.
„Cain is completely dissatisfied with the security granted to him by God, and so he searches out his own security. … He will satisfy his desire for eternity by producing children, and he will satisfy his desire for security by creating a place belonging to him, a city.“
— Jacques Ellul, buch The Meaning of the City
Quelle: The Meaning of the City (1951), pp. 4-5
— Teal Swan American spiritual teacher 1984
„And there is deep down within all of us an instinct. It's a kind of drum major instinct—a desire to be out front, a desire to lead the parade, a desire to be first. And it is something that runs the whole gamut of life.“
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
1960s, The Drum Major Instinct (1968)