There is one evil in all passionate desires, even the noblest—namely, that they leave us subject to the will of others, and in so far dependent.
 Anatole France, The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard (1881). copy citation

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Author Anatole France
Source The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard
Topic evil desire
Date 1881
Language English
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“It was perfectly evident that the two rascals had a secret understanding, and had only devised this auction-sale, with the aid of a professional appraiser, to force the bidding on the manuscript I wanted so much up to an outrageous figure. I was completely at their mercy. There is one evil in all passionate desires, even the noblest—namely, that they leave us subject to the will of others, and in so far dependent. This reflection made me suffer cruelly; but it did not conquer my longing to won the work of Clerk Alexander. While I was thus meditating, I heard a coachman swear. And I discovered it was I whom he was swearing at only when I felt the pole of a carriage poke me in the ribs.” source