Behold your Master!

Qui que tu sois, voici ton maître
Il l’est, le fût, ou le doit être.

—Verses by Voltaire

These verses about Eros roughly translate as:
Whosoever you might be, behold your master
He is, was, or ought to become so.
They were initially written by Voltaire specifically for Falconet’s sculpture L’Amour Menaçant. Both the statue and the epigram were so popular that they became an inspiration for many artists afterward.

Photography, picture of a statue of cupid as a boy with a finger to his lips
Etienne-Maurice Falconet, Seated Cupid (L’Amour Menaçant), 1757
Photography, picture of a Detail of Bottée's cupid statue L'Amour à l'affut showing verses by Voltaire
Detail of Bottée’s L’Amour à l’affut with verses by Voltaire
Photograph, picture of Louis-Alexandre Bottée's sculpture L'Amour à l'affut
Louis-Alexandre Bottée, L’Amour à l’affut, 1888


It is said that desire is a product of the will, but the converse is in fact true: will is a product of desire.

Denis Diderot

Desire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade. 

Marcel Proust

Desire is the fountainhead of two streams, one flowing through the evocative, the other through the flesh. Desire fuels dreams, enflames our passions, and feeds the creative thrust, forging experience into the memories that shape the soul. Whereas Desire thrives on harmony, greed is the insatiable acquisitiveness that leads to mayhem and destruction.

From A Book to Free the Soul ©
mythology picture, image, print of the gods/goddesses Ceres, Bacchus, Venus and Eros
Hendrick Goltzius, Without Ceres and Bacchus Venus would Freeze, Ink and oil on canvas, ca 1600