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Desire quotes and quotations

Dwell not upon thy weariness, thy strength shall be according to the measure of thy desire.
Arab Proverb

Desire is the essence of a man.
Benedict Spinoza

We grow like flowers, and bear desire, The odor of the human flowers.
Richard Henry Stoddard

Passing into higher forms of desire, that which slumbered in the plant, and fitfully stirred in the beast, awakes in the man.
Henry George

Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need.
Gaston Bachelard

One must desire something to be alive.
Margaret Deland

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.
Aristotle

You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world.
Sheila Graham

There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
George Bernard Shaw

Naked I seek the camp of those who desire nothing.
Horace

Desire is the very essence of man.
Benedict de Spinoza

Methinks I have a great desire to a bottle of hay. Good hay, sweet hay, hath no fellow.
William Shakespeare

There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
George Bernard Shaw

Man is an animal which, alone among the animals, refuses to be satisfied by the fulfilment of animal desires.
Alexander Graham Bell

We pursue that which retreats from us.
Martin Hiedegger

I do desire we may be better strangers.
William Shakespeare

By annihilating the desires, you annihilate the mind. Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act.
Claude Adrien Helvétius

The first principle of success is desire -- knowing what you want. Desire is the planting of your seed.
Robert Collier

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
Bible

The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.
Anne Louise Germaine de Stael

It's so much better to desire than to have. . . . The moment of desire, when you know something is going to happen -- that's the most exalting.
Anouk Aimee

Give me my robe, put on my crown, I have Immortal longings in me.
William Shakespeare

All human activity is prompted by desire.
Bertrand Russell

Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Some desire is necessary to keep life in motion, and he whose real wants are supplied must admit those of fancy.
Samuel Johnson

You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.
James Allen

It's not who jumps the highest -- it's who wants it the most
Buck Williams

A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs.
Mark Twain

If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake everything on obtaining it.
Brendan Francis

Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire.
Patti Smith

The desire of the moth for the star, Of the night for the morrow, The devotion to something afar From the sphere of our sorrow.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.
Aristotle

More than we use is more than we want.
Gaelic Proverb

In men of the highest character and noblest genius there is to be found an insatiable desire for honour, command, power, and glory.
Cicero

What man knows is everywhere at war with what he wants.
Joseph Wood Krutch

There are two tragedies in life. One is not get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
George Bernard Shaw

How helpless we are, like netted birds, when we are caught by desire!
Belva Plain

When you relinquish the desire to control your future, you can have more happiness.
Nicole Kidman

Every human mind is a great slumbering power until awakened by a keen desire and by definite resolution to do.
Edgar F. Roberts

We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none.
Christian Nestell Bovee

Desire, like the atom, is explosive with creative force.
Paul Vernon Buser

We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes.
Marcel Proust

The thing we long for, that we are For one transcendent moment.
James Russell Lowell

The wise man will love; all others will desire.
Afranius

We desire nothing so much as what we ought not to have.
Publilius Syrus

Why then, can one desire too much of a good thing?
William Shakespeare

He that flatters you more than you desire either has deceived you or wishes to deceive.
Italian Proverb

Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.
William Blake

Again, men in general desire the good, and not merely what their fathers had.
Aristotle

What makes the engine go? Desire, desire, desire.
Stanley Kunitz

Oh! could I throw aside these earthly bands That tie me down where wretched mortals sigh-- To join blest spirits in celestial lands!
Francesco Petrarch

He who desires is always poor.
Claudianus

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. And that is not happiness.
F. H. Bradley

Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.
Rebecca West

We are always striving for things forbidden, and coveting those denied us.
Ovid

One must not lose desires. They are mighty stimulants to creativeness, to love, and to long life.
Alexander A. Bogomoletz

Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough, You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.
Sir James M. Barrie

Each man has his own desires; all do not possess the same inclinations.
Persius

Had doting Priam checked his son's desire, Troy had been bright with fame, and not with fire.
William Shakespeare

Desire creates the power.
Raymond Holliwell