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Daemon
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Every desire bears its death in its very gratification. Curiosity languishes under repeated stimulants, and novelties cease to excite and surprise, until at length we cannot wonder even at a miracle.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)
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Every desire bears its death in its very gratification. Curiosity languishes under repeated stimulants, and novelties cease to excite and surprise, until at length we cannot wonder even at a miracle.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)
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Context from: Bracebridge Hall

The Schoolmaster


Since I have heard these anecdotes of poor Slingsby, I have more than
once mused upon the picture presented by him and his schoolmate
Ready-Money Jack, on their coming together again after so long a
separation. It is difficult to determine between lots in life, where
each is attended with its peculiar discontents. He who never leaves his
home repines at his monotonous existence, and envies the traveller,
whose life is a constant tissue of wonder and adventure; while he, who
is tossed about the world, looks back with many a sigh to the safe and
quiet shore which he has abandoned. I cannot help thinking, however,
that the man that stays at home, and cultivates the comforts and
pleasures daily springing up around him, stands the best chance for
happiness. There is nothing so fascinating to a young mind as the idea
of travelling; and there is very witchcraft in the old phrase found in
every nursery tale, of "going to seek one's fortune." A continual change
of place, and change of object, promises a continual succession of
adventure and gratification of curiosity. But there is a limit to all
our enjoyments, and every desire bears its death in its very
gratification. Curiosity languishes under repeated stimulants, novelties
cease to excite surprise, until at length we cannot wonder even at a
miracle.
He who has sallied forth into the world, like poor Slingsby,
full of sunny anticipations, finds too soon how different the distant
scene becomes when visited. The smooth place roughens as he approaches;
the wild place becomes tame and barren; the fairy tints that beguiled
him on still fly to the distant hill, or gather upon the land he has
left behind, and every part of the landscape seems greener than the spot
he stands on.

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Adyl Mouhei
Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 7:32:35 AM

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I think if we can sustain our motivation and make efforts to have clear visions to reach our goals then we can keep our desire alive.
Gary98
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So, only unsatiated hunger remains hunger.
Wilmar (USA)
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Every desire bears its death in its very gratification. Curiosity languishes under repeated stimulants, and novelties cease to excite and surprise, until at length we cannot wonder even at a miracle.
Bully_rus
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Daemon wrote:
Every desire bears its death in its very gratification. Curiosity languishes under repeated stimulants, and novelties cease to excite and surprise, until at length we cannot wonder even at a miracle.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)


Yeah. It is a big deal to be able to get gratification the whole life long, especially from small things. Because our life mostly consists of this minute, nevertheless very important, stuff...
C185445
Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 2:27:45 PM

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I have hobbies and I get gratification out of them even when the sense of novelty and curiosity is smaller once I'm used to the stimulants. It's true when we can't or couldn't do something, curiosity and the very desire tends to makes us idealize the gratification we can get from satisfying our desires related to them. The sense of "desire" is stronger also when there is a sense of novelty. I think it's human nature.

But I disagree about the cynical view of Irvin. The desire can still be strong indefinitely. That's why a lot of people develop enthusiasms for I don't know, watches or sports, and never stop enjoy them until they cannot anymore because they're dead.


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