You can tell the man who rings true from the man who rings false, not by his deeds alone, but also his desires.
If your desires are not great, a little will seem much to you; for small appetite makes poverty equivalent to wealth.
Good means not merely not to do wrong, but rather not to desire to do wrong.
Immoderate desire is the mark of a child, not a man.
It is hard to fight desire; but to control it is the sign of a reasonable man.
One great difference between a wise man and a fool is, the former only wishes for what he may possibly obtain; the latter desires impossibilities.
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