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Lust is an intense desire or craving, especially for sexual activity. It can take many forms, such as the lust for knowledge, the lust for power and of course, the lust for sex.
- The whole economic system of Capitalism is an offshoot of a devouring and overwhelming lust, of a kind that can hold sway only in a society that has deliberately renounced the Christian asceticism and turned away from Heaven to give itself over exclusively to earthly gratifications. ... It is the result of a secularization of economic life, and by it the hierarchical subordination of the material to the spiritual is inverted. The autonomy of economics has ended in their dominating the whole life of human societies: the worship of Mammon has become the determining force of the age. And the worst of it is that this undisguised “mammonism” is regarded as a very good thing, an attainment to the knowledge of truth and a release from illusions. Economic materialism formulates this to perfection when it brands the whole spiritual life of man as a deception and a dream.
- Nikolai Berdyaev, The End of Our Time (1919), as translated by Donald Atwater (1933), p. 92
- Of woman's unnatural, insatiable lust, what country, what village doth not complain?
- Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), Part. 3. Sec. 2.
- Men are always worried that the freak train is pulling out of the station and they're going to miss it.
- the character Pam James in the twentieth-century American television series Martin (episode “Love Is In Your Face Part 1”, season 2, episode 18, 1994)
- Neither do thou lust after that tawney weed tobacco.
- Ben Jonson, Bartholomew Fair (1614), Act II, scene vi.
- They are only safe
That know to soothe the prince's appetite,
And serve his lusts.
- Philip Massinger, The Roman Actor (1626), Act I, scene i.
- Lust is an arrogant and haughty beast and far from subtle.
- Mervyn Peake, Titus Alone (1959), Chapter 42.
- Love is more cruel than lust.
- Algernon Charles Swinburne, Dolores (1866), stanza 20.
- Ring out the narrowing lust of gold.
- Quid non mortalia pectora cogis,
Auri sacra fames?
- Lust carries her sharp whip
At her own girdle.
- John Webster, The White Devil (1612), Act II, scene i.
- Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust,
Like diamonds, we are cut with our own dust.
- John Webster, Duchess of Malfi (1623), Act V, scene v.
- Natural freedoms are but just:
There's something generous in mere lust.
- John Wilmot, A Ramble in St. James' Park (1672).
- "Lust is the offspring of a thousand sighs,
- "Intrigue, deception, and as many lies;
- "A strange compound of hidden, plotting ill,
- "To fire with rage, to torture, or to kill"
- John Lyon -Lust (1853)
- Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life.
- Proverbs 6:25-26 (NIV)
- Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
- Matthew 5:27-28 (KJV).
- Make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
- Romans 13:14 (KJV).
- Silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts.
- 2 Timothy 3:6 (KJV).
- Abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.
- 1 Peter 2:11 (KJV).
- For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.