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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.

Detail: Luxuria (Lust), in The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things, by Hieronymus Bosch

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  • 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.
  • Lust is disordered desire for or inordinate enjoyment of sexual pleasure. Sexual pleasure is morally disordered when sought for itself, isolated from its procreative and unitive purposes.
  • They [certain Egyptian heretics] exercise genital acts, yet prevent the conceiving of children. Not in order to produce offspring, but to satisfy lust, are they eager for corruption.
  • 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)
  • Job was dear to God, perfect and upright before Him; Job 2:3 yet hear what he says of the devil: His strength is in the loins, and his force is in the navel.
    The terms are chosen for decency's sake, but the reproductive organs of the two sexes are meant. Thus, the descendant of David, who, according to the promise is to sit upon his throne, is said to come from his loins. And the seventy-five souls descended from Jacob who entered Egypt are said to come out of his thigh. Genesis 46:26 So, also, when his thigh shrank after the Lord had wrestled with him, Genesis 32:24-25 he ceased to beget children. The Israelites, again, are told to celebrate the passover with loins girded and mortified. Exodus 12:11 God says to Job: Gird up your loins as a man. Job 38:3 John wears a leathern girdle. Matthew 3:4 The apostles must gird their loins to carry the lamps of the Gospel. Luke 12:35 When Ezekiel tells us how Jerusalem is found in the plain of wandering, covered with blood, he uses the words: Your navel has not been cut. Ezekiel 16:4-6 In his assaults on men, therefore, the devil's strength is in the loins; in his attacks on women his force is in the navel.
    Do you wish for proof of my assertions? Take examples. Sampson was braver than a lion and tougher than a rock; alone and unprotected he pursued a thousand armed men; and yet, in Delilah's embrace, his resolution melted away. David was a man after God's own heart, and his lips had often sung of the Holy One, the future Christ; and yet as he walked upon his housetop he was fascinated by Bathsheba's nudity, and added murder to adultery. 2 Samuel xi Notice here how, even in his own house, a man cannot use his eyes without danger. Then repenting, he says to the Lord: Against you, you only, have I sinned and done this evil in Your sight. Being a king he feared no one else. So, too, with Solomon. Wisdom used him to sing her praise, and he treated of all plants from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springs out of the wall; 1 Kings 4:33 and yet he went back from God because he was a lover of women. 1 Kings 11:1-4 And, as if to show that near relationship is no safeguard, Amnon burned with illicit passion for his sister Tamar. 2 Samuel xiii
    • Jerome, Letter 22 to Eustochium, p.11-12; as qtd. in "CHURCH FATHERS: Letter 22 (Jerome)", New Advent, translated by W.H. Fremantle, G. Lewis and W.G. Martley. From Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Second Series, Vol. 6. Edited by Philip Schaff and Henry Wace. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1893.) Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight.
  • 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.
  • Lust is an arrogant and haughty beast and far from subtle.
  • Quid non mortalia pectora cogis,
    Auri sacra fames?
    • Fell lust of gold! abhorred, accurst!
      What will not men to slake such thirst?
    • Virgil, Aeneid (29–19 BC), Book III, lines 56-57 (translated by John Conington).
  • Lust carries her sharp whip
    At her own girdle.
  • Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust,
    Like diamonds, we are cut with our own dust.
  • Natural freedoms are but just:
    There's something generous in mere lust.
"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"

Bible edit

  • 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.
  • Make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
  • Silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts.
  • Abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.
  • 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.

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