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Desires Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Desires

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

Our desires always disappoint us;
for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction,
yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation.
- Elbert Hubbard

Related topics: Life Human-Nature Psychology

When we come into the present,
we begin to feel the life around us again,
but we also encounter whatever we have been avoiding.
We must have the courage to face whatever is present -
our pain, our desires, our grief,
our loss, our secret hopes our love -
everything that moves us most deeply.
- Jack Kornfield

I pray that my greatest desires will always be for
exactly what Spirit is offering me at that very moment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I distrust those people who know so well
what God wants them to do,
because I notice it always coincides
with their own desires.
- Susan B. Anthony

 

If thou wilt make a man happy,
add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
- Epicurus

Love allows your beloved the freedom to be unlike you.
Attachment asks for conformity to your needs and desires.
Love imposes no demands.
Attachment expresses an overwhelming demand - "Make me feel whole."
Love expands beyond the limits of two people.
Attachment tries to exclude everything but two people.
- Deepak Chopra in The Path to Love

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.
- Socrates

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Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity,
reduce selfishness, have few desires.
- Lao Tzu

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere,
and many of us will have to pass
through the valley of the shadow of death
again and again before we reach
the mountaintop of our desires.
- Nelson Mandela

Every one desires to live long,
but no one would be old.
- Abraham Lincoln

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.
Seek discipline and find your liberty.
- Frank Herbert

One that desires to excel
should endeavor in those things
that are in themselves most excellent.
- Epictetus

To me, Shakespeare uses the supernatural elements to
reveal his character's inner desires and fears.
- John Foster

We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which
does not recognize anything as for certain and which
has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own desires.
- Joseph Ratzinger

He had not yet learned that the only safe male rebuke
to a scornful female is to stay away from her -
especially if that is what she desires.
- Booth Tarkington

I am no longer sure of anything.
If I satiate my desires, I sin but I deliver myself from them;
if I refuse to satisfy them,
they infect the whole soul.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

We were sent to this country by the President,
who desires to promote the welfare of Japan,
and are quite different from the ambassadors of other countries.
- Townsend Harris

The diligent scholar is he that loves himself,
and desires to have reason to applaud and love himself.
- William Godwin

He who reigns within himself and rules passions,
desires, and fears is more than a king.
- John Milton

Man is the only animal whose desires increase as they are fed;
the only animal that is never satisfied.
- Henry George

Those who forget good and evil and seek only to know
the facts are more likely to achieve good than those
who view the world through the distorting medium of their own desires.
- Bertrand Russell

No nation now sets forth to despoil another upon the
avowed ground that it desires the spoils.
- Elihu Root

Your desires and true beliefs have a way of playing blind man's bluff.
You must corner the inner facts.
- David Seabury

To manifest your hearts desires you must BE what your heart desires.
- Joy Page

To the totality of purposes of the perfect Law there belong the abandonment,
depreciation, and restraint of desires in so far as possible.
- Maimonides

We all have different desires and needs,
but if we don't discover what we want from ourselves and what we stand for,
we will live passively and unfulfilled.
- Bill Watterson

Folly enlarges men's desires while it lessens their capacities.
- Robert South

Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires
but according to our powers.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

You know that we have a great variety of ways to gratify our own desires.
- Elias Hicks

Let him who desires peace prepare for war.
- Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

Faith is an invisible and invincible magnet,
and attracts to itself whatever it fervently desires
and calmly and persistently expects.
- Ralph W. Trine

You will live your life secure in that you are no longer
manipulated by what other people want you to do and be,
but are directed by your own inner desires.
- H. Stanley Judd

I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest,
with visions to be realized, than lord among those
without dreams and desires.
- Khalil Gibran

To educate the intelligence is to expand the horizon
of its wants and desires.
- James Russell Lowell

Since every man desires happiness, it is evidently
no small matter whether he conceives of happiness in
terms of work or of enjoyment.
- Irving Babbitt

Most of us are consumed with our own thoughts and desires
and are not always thinking about what other people may want.
This is not necessarily being egocentric;
it is just being human.
- Bo Bennett

Almost all our desires, when examined,
contain something too shameful to reveal.
- Victor Hugo

It is the awareness of unfulfilled desires which gives
a nation the feeling that it has a mission and a destiny.
- Eric Hoffer

They who overcome their desires once can overcome them always.
- Pierre Corneille

Death is not evil, for it frees man from all ills and
takes away his desires along with desire's rewards.
- Giacomo Leopardi

First rule of Economics 101: our desires are insatiable.
Second rule: we can stomach only three Big Macs at a time.
- Douglas Horton

I am your fairy tale.
Your dream.
Your wishes and desires, and I am your thirst and your
hunger and your food and your drink.
- Klaus Kinski

Men are so simple and yield so readily to the desires
of the moment that he who will trick will always find
another who will suffer to be tricked.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

That is the best government which desires to make the people happy,
and knows how to make them happy.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

Only he who desires is amiable and not he who is satiated.
- Thomas Mann

No man is poor who does not think himself so.
But if in a full fortune with impatience he desires more,
he proclaims his wants and his beggarly condition.
- Jeremy Taylor

We're way too much the same person, Larry.
I mean, you know, way too much the same person.
We have basically the same attitudes,
desires, drives.
And we see ourselves the same way.
- Jim Lampley

When ambitious desires arise in thy heart,
recall the days of extremity thou has passed through.
- Ieyasu Tokugawa

Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength
from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.
- Sigmund Freud

When your desires are strong enough you will appear
to possess superhuman powers to achieve.
- Napoleon Hill

A lot of people just go to movies that feed into their
preexisting and not so noble needs and desires:
They just go to action pictures,
and things like that.
- Roger Ebert

The child who desires education will be bettered by it;
the child who dislikes it disgraced.
- John Ruskin

Take the trouble to stop and think of the other person's feelings,
his viewpoints, his desires and needs.
Think more of what the other fellow wants,
and how he must feel.
- Maxwell Maltz

Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet:
there's always one determined to face in an opposite
direction from the way the arranger desires.
- Marcelene Cox

Their poverty secured their freedom,
since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism.
- Edward Gibbon

An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality;
our desires being often but precursors of the things
which we are capable of performing.
- Samuel Smiles

When all is said and done, the real citadel of strength
of any community is in the hearts and minds and desires
of those who dwell there.
- Everett Dirksen

Most people think that shadows follow,
precede or surround beings or objects.
The truth is that they also surround words,
ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories.
- Elie Wiesel

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

Do not follow vain desires; for verily he who prospers is preserved from lust,
greed and anger.
- Abu Bakr

Purity of speech, of the mind, of the senses,
and of a compassionate heart are needed by one who
desires to rise to the divine platform.
- Chanakya

The questions of philosophy proper are human desires
and fears and aspirations -
human emotions -
taking an intellectual form.
- Chauncey Wright

I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires,
rather than in attempting to satisfy them.
- John Stuart Mill

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

Music is the career I'm lucky enough to get paid for,
but I have other desires and passions.
- Layne Staley

He who desires to worship God must harbor no childish
illusions about the matter but bravely renounce his liberty and humanity.
- Mikhail Bakunin

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 Helvetius

He put in your heart certain wishes and plans;
in my heart,
he put other different desires.
- Sitting Bull

Prayer is not so much the means whereby God's will
is bent to man's desires,
as it is that whereby man's will is bent to God's desires.
- Charles Bent

You can love more than one person in your life,
but things will be different.
There'll be a different dynamic.
Needs and desires change.
- Francesca Annis

Were there no desire there would be no virtue,
and because one man desires what another does not,
who shall say whether the child of his desire be Vice or Virtue?
- Edgar Rice Burroghs


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