• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Desirousness The state of being desirous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Sanskrit word for "war" means "desire for more cows."
    • n desirousness The state of being desirous; affection or emotion of desire.
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  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Our desires always disappoint us; for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Nothing so much prevents our being natural as the desire to seem so.”
  • Vegetius
    “Let him who desires peace prepare for war.”
  • Julius Caesar
    “Men freely believe that which they desire.”
  • Nikos Kazantzakis
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.”
  • Jean De La Fontaine
    “Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.”


In literature:

I desire to purchase at face value the twenty certificates.
"The Puppet Crown" by Harold MacGrath
You know my desire to befriend you is everlasting; that I will never cease while I know how to do anything.
"The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Complete" by Abraham Lincoln
My object is to have you fit to live; which, if you are not, I do not desire that you should live at all.
"The PG Edition of Chesterfield's Letters to His Son" by The Earl of Chesterfield
Fritz Wendel still lives, and, if you desire it, I can release him, and he may tell his romantic story.
"Frederick The Great and His Family" by L. Muhlbach
This much-desired retreat was found.
"Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete" by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
I am as rich, Sire, as I desire to be.
"The Essays of Montaigne, Complete" by Michel de Montaigne
Why should it be supposed that he would desire to send his girl away from him?
"The Duke's Children" by Anthony Trollope
The folk desire none better.
"The Fall of the Niebelungs" by Unknown
He walked softly, no doubt with the desire not to disturb Domini.
"The Garden Of Allah" by Robert Hichens
Scarcely had the second bull appeared when Gallardo, by his activity and his desire to shine, seemed to fill the whole plaza.
"The Blood of the Arena" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez

In poetry:

And the hoary one's lips whisper
Haughty words of youthful fire,
And the eyes lit with love lustre
Flame with passionate desire.
"The Gift Of The Terek" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
Their pasture is in no man's land,
Their food the cattle's scorn;
Their rest is mire and their desire
The thicket and the thorn.
"Beast and Man in India" by Rudyard Kipling
O sole desire of my delight!
O sole delight of my desire!
Mine eyelids and eyesight
Feed on thee day and night
Like lips of fire.
"Fragoletta" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
No comrade star, only the mystery
Of that pale orb whose fire
Through immemorial nights has seemed to be
Fulfilled of dim desire.
"Moonrise" by Clinton Scollard
Then with love's remorseful discord,
With its own desire at war,
Sighing turns, while dimly fleeting
Daphne flies the chase afar.
"Daphne" by George Meredith
"Gods! recall thy spark at birth,
Lit his soul with high desire;
Blend him, grind him with the earth,
Tread out old Achea's fire!
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

Regret, longing, and desire as woozy narcotics RAY PRIDE.
Listening to the Congressional Budget Office's Douglas Elmendorf this morning, I recalled the old Lyndon Johnson desire for a one-armed economist.
The love of God — the most desirable above all other things.
Convenience and compliance are 2 important factors in assuring a desired therapeutic outcome with any treatment.
Or, when the foods are widely disparate and only one or two wines are desired.
Exercise is vital to promoting good health throughout life, however to produce the desired results, it needs to be modified during episodes of injury or illness, and as we get older.
This was a very desirable machine, in its day.
Michelle Higgins of the New York Times reports about how, especially in this uncertain economy, the increasingly all inclusive resort is becoming more and more desirable.
The restaurant offers tasty food at fair prices, but the atmosphere leaves something to be desired.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN is seeking Certified Clinical Nurse Specialists to work collaboratively to improve the quality of patient care and promote desired patient outcomes in Rochester and select Mayo Health System locations.
Take all the antioxidants you desire, but without ample glutathione, none of your dollars spent on those anti-aging nutrients will realize their full potential.
Consumers should inform arborists removing trees of their desire to reclaim lumber before trees are felled.
Fuel your desire with these natural techniques guaranteed to get you in the mood.
Desire to criminalize first-time DUI hits roadblocks.
And with cooler weather comes the desire to pull out the knitting or crocheting that was ignored during the summer heat and drought (at least, the knitting and crocheting I ignored because of the heat).

In science:

Since the only valid reason for the Verhulst factor to still be part of the overall dynamic rules lies in the need to keep the size of the population limited, it would be in principle desirable to find an alternative and less costly strategy population-wise for its implementation.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
First of all, they write (pg. 278): “It is certainly not desirable to conflate a process’s complexity with the complexity of whatever apparatus connects the process to the variables we happen to have seized upon as handles”.
Response to Comments on "Simple Measure for Complexity"
Perhaps the main point of contention is that BP desire a“complexity” measure which can become infinite, whereas we purposefully constructed the measure in SDL so that it would not have this property (for α, β ≥ 0).
Response to Comments on "Simple Measure for Complexity"
Finally, taking the inverse Fourier transform of the sequence {fW (i)}, yields {W (i)}, the sequence with the desired correlation function G(i).
Solvable model of a polymer in random media with long ranged disorder correlations
For instance if the group generated by X is GL(n, q) it would be desirable to write any element of GL(n, q) as a word in X .
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey