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Longing Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Longing

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

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

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Deep in my heart I'm concealing things
that I'm longing to say.
Scared to confess what I'm feeling -
frightened you'll slip away.
- the movie Evita

Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him,
penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with
its spirit of divine discontent and longing.
- Kenneth Grahame

People of this world are deluded.
They're always longing for something -
always,
in a word, seeking.
- Bodhidharma

 

The desire is thy prayers; and if thy desire is without ceasing,
thy prayer will also be without ceasing.
The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer.
- Saint Augustine

It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing
while we are thoroughly alive.
There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good,
and we must hunger after them.
- George Eliot

People want the right to die at a time of their own choosing.
Too many families have watched helplessly as a relative dies slowly,
longing for death.
- Polly Toynbee

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My children are 10 and three, and the longing and the
need for them is incredibly powerful.
- Treat Williams

Sacrifices are concerned with the feelings of devotion and longing.
- Xun Zi

We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves.
We encourage one another in mediocrity.
I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself.
- Charles Lamb

Is there anything better than to be longing for something,
when you know it is within reach?
- Greta Garbo

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong,
have governed my life: the longing for love,
the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.
- Bertrand Russell

Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Longing is like the rosy dawn.
After the dawn out comes the sun.
Longing is followed by the vision of God.
- Ramakrishna

The Creator has not given you a longing to do that
which you have no ability to do.
- Orison Swett Marden

A poet laureate of adolescent sexuality and middle-age longing.
- William A. Henry III

The longing to produce great inspirations didn't produce
anything but more longing.
- Sophie Kerr

Do you think that the people of South Africa,
or anywhere on the continent of Africa,
or India, or Pakistan are longing to be kicked around all over again?
- Arundhati Roy

Hence the end of the world should be awaited with all
longing by all believers.
- William Ames

The orgasm has replaced the cross as the focus of longing and fulfillment.
- Malcolm Muggeridge

Ardent love or desire introduced, as passionately longing
to please and glorify the Divine Being,
to be in every respect conformed to him,
and in that way to enjoy him.
- David Brainerd

I've never really had anybody close to me die.
I think the song is about a feeling that I have that,
it still applies.
It's a feeling of longing, once again.
- Jon Crosby

That hunger of the flesh, that longing for ease,
that terror of incarceration, that insistence on tribal honour being obeyed:
all of that exists,
and it exists everywhere.
- Ben Kingsley

America is a country ready to be taken,
in fact, longing to be taken by political leaders ready
to restore democracy and trust to the political process.
- Arianna Huffington

There is a third dimension to traveling,
the longing for what is beyond.
- Jan Myrdal

I'm doing lots of interviews and stuff.
I'm longing for the days of getting up,
not having to put on makeup and do my hair and just going to the studio.
- Stevie Nicks

Death is the great hope of all life;
the desire to expend itself; to be used and consumed
by its own longing for itself.
- Bryant H. McGill

Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices,
a rottenness begins in his conduct.
- Thomas Jefferson

Every year we celebrate the holy season of Advent,
O God.
Every year we pray those beautiful prayers of longing and waiting,
and sing those lovely songs of hope and promise.
- Karl Rahner

There is an immense, painful longing for a broader,
more flexible, fuller, more coherent,
more comprehensive account of what we human beings are,
who we are and what this life is for.
- Saul Bellow

Even the pyramids might one day disappear,
but not the Palestinians longing for their homeland.
- Eduard Shevardnadze

The act of longing for something will always be more
intense than the requiting of it.
- Gail Godwin

My longing to improve my looks via The Body Shop is
being replaced by my longing to improve my looks via Photoshop.
- Gina Barreca

I was five years old when I wrote my first song.
It was out of longing for my father that I wrote it.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon

If some longing goes unmet, don't be astonished.
We call that Life.
- Anna Freud

I longed to arrest all beauty that came before me,
and at length the longing has been satisfied.
- Julia Margaret Cameron

To put meaning in one's life may end in madness,
But life without meaning is the torture Of restlessness
and vague desire-It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.
- Edgar Lee Masters

My longing for truth was a single prayer.
- Edith Stein

Well, the musicals give emphasis to love,
longing, melancholy, sadness.
All of that is always there.
- Ismail Merchant

I like movies about longing and desperation,
and dark and light things, stories about people struggling to raise children,
and to have relationships and be intimate with each other.
- Laura Dern

Happiness is the longing for repetition.
- Milan Kundera

A book is good company.
It is full of conversation without loquacity.
It comes to your longing with full instruction,
but pursues you never.
- Henry Ward Beecher

I am fond of them, of the inferior beings of the abyss,
of those who are full of longing.
- Richard Wagner

When we went to cover it I thought we would change
it to a song of loving and longing instead of the sex
machine song Kylie turned it into.
I've met Kylie and told her we were covering her song and she was pleased.
- Wayne Coyne

It is said that many children who live in the central provinces,
away from the ocean, have a great longing to see it.
I who had never been away from the monotonous country
surrounding us looked forward eagerly to seeing the mountains.
- Pierre Loti

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They came through you but not from you and though they
are with you yet they belong not to you.
- Khalil Gibran

Yet, it ought to be obvious that good music generally
occupies a higher plane that mere politics.
Great writers can express moods through melody and
capture experiences we share most powerfully -
love,
lust, longing; joy, rage, fear; triumph,
yearning and confusion.
- Tony Snow

The lonely wanderer, who watches by the seashore the
waves that roll between him and his home,
talks of cruel facts, material barriers that,
just because they are material, and not ideal,
shall be the irresistible foes of his longing heart.
- Josiah Royce

The name of my ailment was longing, and it was not
cured till I finally went to the department store and
counted out the money in small coins before the dismayed clerk.
When I came to the house, I held up the instrument
before the eyes of the astonished household.
- William Christopher Handy

The longing for peace is rooted in the hearts of all men.
But the striving, which at present has become so insistent,
cannot lay claim to such an ambition as leading the way to eternal peace,
or solving all disputes among nations.
- Alva Myrdal

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul.
It is daily admission of one's weakness.
It is better in prayer to have a heart without words
than words without a heart.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I think, then, that man, after having satisfied his first longing for facts,
wanted something fuller - some grouping,
some adaptation to his capacity and experience,
of the links of this vast chain of events which his sight could not take in.
- Alfred de Vigny

You can lose people without them dying,
and I have, from moving, from traveling.
The emotion is real, it just doesn't actually have to do with death.
I'm singing about what I know, and it's a song about
longing for somebody who's disappeared in your life.
- Jon Crosby

It is a political thriller.
It's very action packed and it's very exciting,
but at the same time it's a very big soulful love story about longing and loss.
They're not separate, they're completely dependent on one another.
- Rachel Weisz

And so much of my life has been about returning home and longing for home,
wanting my children to know about my roots.
And I thought I can't be the only one to feel this
way so I thought it would be an interesting topic to explore.
- Sela Ward

'Free' is more of that 'familiarity breeds contempt' kind of thing.
It's about saying 'Wait, I'm longing for something
more than I have and I don't know what it is that I want,
but I know I want it.' It has nothing to do with what I'm going through,
personally.
- Jon Crosby

Women have always been the strong ones of the world.
The men are always seeking from women a little pillow
to put their heads down on.
They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants.
- Coco Chanel

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

Not everything that casts a long shadow is to be feared.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours.
- Irish Blessing

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin

It takes a long time to grow an old friend.
- John Leonard

If I had no sense of humor,
I would long ago have committed suicide.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Brief is life but love is long.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Every good relationship, especially marriage, is based on respect.
If it's not based on respect,
nothing that appears to be good will last very long.
- Amy Grant

When people get married because they think
it's a long-time love affair,
they'll be divorced very soon,
because all love affairs end in disappointment.
But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity.
- Joseph Campbell

I think we dream so we don't have to be apart for so long.
If we're in each other's dreams, we can be together all the time.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

So long as the memory of certain
beloved friends lives in my heart,
I shall say that life is good.
- Helen Keller


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