Desire quotes and sayings

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

We never desire strongly, what we desire rationally.
Francois de la Rochefoucauld

If you desire many things, many things will seem but a few.
Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.
Jim Rohn

The desire not to be anything is the desire not to be.
Ayn Rand

In moderating, not in satisfying desires, lies peace.
Reginald Heber

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

The desire to know is natural to good men.
Leonardo da Vinci

By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
Anonymous

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

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

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

The desire to write grows with writing.
Desiderius Erasmus

Your feet will bring you to where your heart is.
Irish Proverb

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

Serendipity. Look for something, find something else, and realize that what you’ve found is more suited to your needs than what you thought you were looking for.
Lawrence Block

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

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

Be careful what you set your heart upon – for it will surely be yours.
James Baldwin

Desire is half of life; indifference is half of death.
Kahlil Gibran

Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.
Jean de La Fontaine

Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don’t. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever.
Philip Andrew Adams

I do desire we may be better strangers.
William Shakespeare

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

Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.
Bertrand Russell

Burning desire to be or do something gives us staying power – a reason to get up every morning or to pick ourselves up and start in again after a disappointment.
Marsha Sinetar

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

Pearls lie not on the seashore. If thou desirest one thou must dive for it.
Chinese 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

There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he be willing to climb himself.
Andrew Carnegie

There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no greater guilt than discontentment. And there is no greater disaster than greed.
Lao tzu

Life is not holding a good hand; life is playing a poor hand well.
Danish proverb

One essential to success is that your desire be an all obsessing one, your thoughts and aims be co-ordinated, and your energy be concentrated and applied without letup.
Claude M. Bristol

Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass.
Paul J. Meyer

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

There is nothing like desire for preventing the thing one says from bearing any resemblance to what one has in mind.
Marcel Proust

There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.
Napoleon Hill

Sooner murder an infant in its cradle than nurse unacted desires.
William Blake

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

Some prices are just too high, no matter how much you may want the prize. The one thing you can’t trade for your heart’s desire is your heart.
Lois McMaster Bujold

Wonder implies the desire to learn.
Aristotle

Out of need springs desire, and out of desire springs the energy and the will to win.
Denis Waitley

O, she is the antidote to desire.
William Congreve

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.
G. K. Chesterton

Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.
Confucius

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

If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
C.S. Lewis

A woman’s appetite is twice that of a man’s; her sexual desire, four times; her intelligence, eight times.
Anonymous

A sight to dream of, not to tell!
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I would rather be poor in a cottage full of books than a king without the desire to read.
Thomas Babington Macaulay

I have certainly known more men destroyed by the desire to have a wife and child and to keep them in comfort than I have seen destroyed by drink and harlots.
William Butler Yeats

As soon as you stop wanting something you get it. I’ve found that to be absolutely axiomatic.
Andy Warhol

There is wishful thinking in Hell as well as on earth.
C. S. Lewis

And pluck till time and times are done The silver apples of the moon The golden apples of the sun.
W. B. Yeats

Appetite comes with eating.
Francois Rabelais

But he did not understand the price. Mortals never do. They only see the prize. Their hearts desire, their dream….But the price of getting what you want is getting what you once wanted.
Neil Gaiman

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