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Desire Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Desire

Please enjoy these Desire Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Love is an irresistible desire
to be irresistibly desired.
- Robert Frost

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I hear many people talk about their longing for a balanced life.
What I think they are really expressing
is a desire for a life with less pressure.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Once you know yourself as a genuine seeker,
and when your own inner chamber is quite enlightened,
then comes the natural unfoldment of pure love and compassion
and a genuine desire to serve others.
- Rod Stryker

In order to succeed, your desire for success should
be greater than your fear of failure.
- Bill Cosby

 

All your anxiety is because of your desire for harmony.
Seek disharmony, then you will gain peace.
- Rumi

The starting point of all achievement is desire.
- Napoleon Hill

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor
to be what you desire to appear.
- Socrates

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Freedom from desire leads to inner peace.
- Lao-Tzu

Winners must have two things:
definite goals and a burning desire to achieve them.
- Anonymous

I desire to love myself as I truly am -
and to live courageously.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

The size of your success is measured by
the strength of your desire;
the size of your dream;
and how you handle disappointment along the way.
- Robert Kiyosaki

Mystery creates wonder, and wonder is the basis
of man's desire to understand.
- Neil Armstrong

All teenagers have this desire to somehow run away.
- Joan Chen

There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods;
and that is,
the sincere desire to find out the truth,
whatever it may be.
- Charles Pierce

It is a waste of money to help those who show no desire to help themselves.
- Taylor Caldwell

Love is simply the name for the desire and the pursuit of the whole.
- Aristophanes

The scientist is motivated primarily by curiosity and a desire for truth.
- Irving Langmuir

Most people think that anger is an instinctive response,
and that some people were just born with the temperament
to get angrier faster than others.
That statement is only half right.
Anger is an instinctive response.
We respond to an affront with anger essentially instantaneously -
much too quickly for conscious thought to be called upon.
But the instinct of the anger response
can be trained through conscious repetition,
visualization, and coaching.
Visualization is seeing the event
we desire to master in our mind's eye.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve
the world and a desire to enjoy the world.
This makes it hard to plan the day.
- E. B. White

My desire is to be a forgiving, non-judgmental person.
- Janine Turner

Of all the gods only death does not desire gifts.
- Aeschylus

You can have anything you want -
if you want it badly enough.
You can be anything you want to be,
do anything you set out to accomplish
if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.
- Abraham Lincoln

Freedom is not procured by a full
enjoyment of what is desired,
but by controlling the desire.
- Epictetus

Always desire to learn something useful.
- Sophocles

Those who desire to rise as high as our human condition allows,
must renounce intellectual pride, the omnipotence of clear thinking,
belief in the absolute power of logic.
- Alexis Carrel

If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.
- Louis D. Brandeis

Ambition is the immoderate desire for power.
- Baruch Spinoza

War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain
advantage at the expense of his fellow man.
- Napoleon Hill

It is my desire, in the office of a Christian minister,
to do nothing which I cannot do with my whole heart.
Having said this, I have said all.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Above all, do not lose your desire to walk.
Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being
and walk away from every illness.
I have walked myself into my best thoughts,
and I know of no thought so burdensome
that one cannot walk away from it.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Let today be a day to trust your own inner guidance,
a day to have faith that your steps are carrying you
in the direction you desire,
a day to keep your eyes on the heavens
and believe that your feet will carry you well.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The will to win, the desire to succeed,
the urge to reach your full potential...
these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
- Confucius

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve,
not by the desire to beat others.
- Ayn Rand

Art is the desire of a man to express himself,
to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
- Amy Lowell

No greater thing is created suddenly,
any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig.
If you tell me that you desire a fig,
I answer you that there must be time.
Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
- Epictetus

All progress is based upon a universal innate desire
on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
- Samuel Butler

I see Canada as a country torn between a very northern,
rather extraordinary, mystical spirit which it fears
and its desire to present itself to the world as a Scotch banker.
- Robertson Davies

I believe our editorial decisions reflected our constant
desire to make sure that we fully cover and analyze
any issue and give our viewers all the information they need.
- Jim Walton

I have a tremendous desire to learn,
and to grow,
and to develop whatever I have that will make for any
kind of improvement in me.
- Lawrence Welk

If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked.
- Epictetus

As far as pleasures, you've got to have limits.
You shouldn't have too much of good things,
so you'll always have a desire for more and you won't get bored.
- Compay Segundo

The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who...
looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space...
on the infinite highway of the air.
- Wilbur Wright

Money is not an aphrodisiac: the desire it may kindle
in the female eye is more for the cash than the carrier.
- Marya Mannes

I have no desire to coach basketball.
- Kevin Johnson

If you desire ease, forsake learning.
- Nagarjuna

All men by nature desire knowledge.
- Aristotle

The beginning of a plot is the prompting of desire.
- Christopher Lehmann-Haupt

To desire and expect nothing for oneself and to have
profound sympathy for others is genuine holiness.
- Ivan Turgenev

It is psychological law that whatever we desire to
accomplish we must impress upon the subjective or subconscious mind.
- Orison Swett Marden

I have struck a city - a real city -
and they call it Chicago...
I urgently desire never to see it again.
It is inhabited by savages.
- Rudyard Kipling

There are those who have a desire to love,
but do not have the capacity to love.
- Giovanni Papini

I used to desire many, many things, but now I have just one desire,
and that's to get rid of all my other desires.
- John Cleese

It is very certain that the desire of life prolongs it.
- Lord Byron

I've often been asked to run for office.
I have no desire to do that, I would not want my time
with the family or the company restricted because of
the demands of an elected position.
- Carl Karcher

You might think that it would he the natural desire
of every man to develop as an independent personality,
but this does not seem to be true.
- Herbert Read

If I take a less defensive tone, I'd admit that I couldn't
write today a very jazzy,
contemporary look at America as I did in 1979 in States of Desire.
- Edmund White

It's not any desire on my part to start playing dads,
but it's a convention of drama.
If you don't get the parts of young people going out to nightclubs,
you have to play their fathers.
- Ian Hart

For you see this scripture fulfilled this day and therefore
I desire you as you tender the Lord and the church
and commonwealth to consider and look what you do.
- Anne Hutchinson

Nothing gives us courage more readily than the desire
to avoid looking like a damn fool.
- Dean Koontz

I don't know what keeps me going.
Sometimes I wonder...
I think it's just pure perseverance and wanting to
succeed and having that burning desire to always have success.
- Tanya Tucker

Many people would be more truthful were it not for
their uncontrollable desire to talk.
- Edgar Watson Howe

It belongs to the imperfection of everything human
that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite.
- Soren Kierkegaard

An argument fatal to the communist theory,
is suggested by the fact, that a desire for property
is one of the elements of our nature.
- Herbert Spencer

A desire to be observed, considered,
esteemed,
praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one
of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions
discovered in the heart of man.
- John Adams

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

Either you write songs or you don't.
And if you do write songs like I do,
I think there's a natural desire to want to make records.
- Roger Waters

The reason can give nothing at all Like the response to desire.
- Wallace Stevens

In the ordinary church, it is suppressed by respectability,
by a desire to appear better than we really are.
- E. Stanley Jones

Shakespeare reveals human nature brilliantly:
he shines a light on our instinctive desire to dominate each other.
- Edward Hall

Not that painting would have been a release.
The reason for doing it is the desire to create.
I've got to do it!
I've seen that, I can still remember it,
I've got to paint it.
- Otto Dix


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