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Every desire bears its death in its very gratification. Curiosity languishes under repeated stimulants, and novelties cease... Options
Daemon
Posted: Thursday, November 5, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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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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This was written during the Industrial Revolution, which saw a lot of change, but not as much as the Information Age and the modern era. Technology progesses almost exponentially, our senses are bombarded with constant stimulus, and our attention spans, intellectual curiosity, and capacity to wonder seem to diminish in inverse proportion. I wonder what Mr. Irving would make of social networking, for example. :-(

It has been said that we have seen more cultural change in the last 30 years than in all of the human history that proceeded us.

Hyperbole perhaps, but not that far off either.
RoadRunner
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My parents said the same thing as Mr. Irving when I was a kid when they saw their world changed. To me it was new and I had to accept and adopt it. Now at my age - at sunset, I see the world changes and my kids accept and adopt it as I was. Life goes on as bright as yesterday. The world does not left me behind; I just walk at a different pace; mind my own business; enjoy a moment of my time which belong to me - after a life long effort.
pedro
Posted: Thursday, November 5, 2015 3:53:16 AM
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But try not to let your cynicism rub off on your children too soon. Santa should last a couple of years at least.
Bully_rus
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Yeah, spend your desires carefully... It is better to lose your money than desire.
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Diminishing marginal returns . . .
Gary98
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Bully_rus wrote:
Yeah, spend your desires carefully... It is better to lose your money than desire.


I will try to keep both, and mete them out gradually.
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Context from : Bracebridge Hall - The Schoolmaster

"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.

Read the book:http://www.online-literature.com/irving/bracebridge-hall/22/
ddaniel
Posted: Thursday, November 5, 2015 1:50:41 PM

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really just a question...is he stating one, two, or three things...he's all over the board
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Posted: Thursday, November 5, 2015 6:38:21 PM
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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)


This is particularly the destiny of most desires for pleasure: soon after granted, gratification grinds to a halt.
Virginia Lathan
Posted: Thursday, November 5, 2015 10:41:26 PM

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Quote:
If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to mankind as it is...infinite

William Blake

Engage yourself in leisurely reflecting on life's infinite possibilities. Then as you casually stroll through Wonderland, you'll have a sense of awe about all things great and small.
Virginia Lathan
Posted: Thursday, November 5, 2015 10:44:53 PM

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RoadRunner wrote:
My parents said the same thing as Mr. Irving when I was a kid when they saw their world changed. To me it was new and I had to accept and adopt it. Now at my age - at sunset, I see the world changes and my kids accept and adopt it as I was. Life goes on as bright as yesterday. The world does not left me behind; I just walk at a different pace; mind my own business; enjoy a moment of my time which belong to me - after a life long effort.




That'll work Angel
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Posted: Saturday, November 7, 2015 2:46:02 PM
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Gratification dulls the senses and demands soon after the first hit an "up the ante" for how the next hit should feel.
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