Aristotle on Desires

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.”

~ Aristotle

Marcel Proust on Desire

“If happiness, or at least the absence of suffering, can be found, it is not the satisfaction, but the gradual reduction and the eventual extinction of desire that one should seek.”

~ Marcel Proust

Epictetus on Desires

“To (children) who put their hand into a narrow necked earthen vessel and bring out figs and nuts, this happens; if they fill the hand, they cannot take it out, and then they cry. Drop a few of them and you will draw things out. And do you part with your desires: do not desire many things and you will have what you want. ”

Epictetus, Discourses