• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Desirefulness The state of being desireful; eagerness to obtain and possess. "The desirefulness of our minds much augmenteth and increaseth our pleasure."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Sanskrit word for "war" means "desire for more cows."
    • n desirefulness The state of being desireful; eager longing.
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  • Wayne Dyer
    “Everything is perfect in the universe -- even your desire to improve it.”
  • Epictetus
    “One that desires to excel should endeavor in those things that are in themselves most excellent.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    “Take from the philosopher the pleasure of being heard and his desire for knowledge ceases.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “As long as men are liable to die and are desirous to live, a physician will be made fun of, but he will be well paid.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.”


In literature:

He had waited because mingled with his man's desire for her there had been the other desire.
"December Love" by Robert Hichens
He was desirous of doing his duty to others, but he was specially desirous that others should do their duty to him.
"The Eustace Diamonds" by Anthony Trollope
Hence a disposition manifested itself among these, to unite as labourers for the furtherance of so desirable an object.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
It is a very desirable and highly ornamental plant, and one that is well worthy of extended culture.
"Hardy Ornamental Flowering Trees and Shrubs" by A. D. Webster
She preventeth them that desire her, in making herself first known unto them.
"The Spectator, Volume 2." by Addison and Steele
Whether he desires or detests it, the condition remains the same.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Might not I as well desire you to leave the county, as you desire me?
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
The family desire his presence.
"Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Desires her to love her still, but with a weaning love.
"Clarissa, Volume 7" by Samuel Richardson
But as a rule, in most hearts, however hampered by habit and material desires, there is a deep-seated desire to be worthier and better.
"The Silent Isle" by Arthur Christopher Benson

In poetry:

Pleasing Anguish! gentle Fires!
Tender Wishes! soft Desires!
Smiling Hope, and sprightly Joy,
All her blissful Hours employ.
"The Happy Maid: A Song" by Cornelius Arnold
I said to my heart,—'I am tired,
Am tired of loving in vain;
Since the beauty of the Desired
Shall not be unveiled again.'
"I said to my heart,--'I am tired" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
Ah woman dear, thou must not fret
Thy heart's desire to see!
His hour of honour is not yet—
'Twill come too soon for thee!
"The Mother Mary" by George MacDonald
Well wishing Heaven hath given to earth,
Some hearts of purest fire,
To renovate our sinful birth,
And raise our low desire.
"The Holy Lady" by James Avis Bartley
Is it a type, since Nature's Lyre
Vibrates to every note in man,
Of that insatiable desire,
Meant to be so since life began?
"Phoebe" by James Russell Lowell
No desire opens me: I am full,
I never close myself with refusal-
in the rhythm of my daily soul
I do not desire-I am moved;
"My Life" by Rainer Maria Rilke

In news:

Each brings a desire to serve in this newly redrawn district that includes Avon and part of North Ridgeville in the Sun Sentinel coverage area.
Watch 'The Botany of Desire' documentary, then read the book.
The discussion took place after a screening of The Botany of Desire that was hosted by City Arts & Lectures at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco on September 16, 2009.
Sure, many of us might desire to transform into another person or test drive another personality, but to do it in public, in front of an audience.
"If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable".
Cubed chicken breast meat can be added if desired.
Kelly Dresen enjoys being around horses and desires to cater to others who are fond of the animals.
For many growers, preplant tillage is not an option due to conservation programs or simply the desire to not disturb surface residue.
Hz, and desired reactance values: ?
Stir in pecans if desired.
Destiny and Desire, Part II.
Jennifer O Coulson reviews Tracking Desire: A Journey after Swallow-tailed Kites.
During the final days under its previous owner, the offerings at the Martins Ferry Carryout left a lot to be desired in both variety and quantity.
Long neglected, the country's infrastructure leaves much to be desired.
Metro Ford's showroom is located at 9000 NW Seventh Ave. Metro Ford has the desirable qualities of a big city auto dealership, while at the same time possessing the endearing qualities of a small town business.

In science:

The strategy to locate the desired node in the term is completely generic.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
Implicit restriction is desirable because otherwise a programmer needs to point out a speci fic type whenever a generic strategy is applied in a many-so rted context.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
This is often not desirable, and hence, an extension usually entails a complementary choice.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
As for 3 (·), a flexible order is desirable for yet another reason.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
Due to the lower initial energy density there is less time until freeze-out to produce radial flow, and the resulting spectrum is steeper, as desired; unfortunately, its normalization dN/dy decreases, too.
Elliptic Flow from a Transversally Thermalized Fireball