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Desire Quotes

To earnestly want or long for something is what can be described as desire. Unless you live an inert life, where you aren’t guided by any particular aspiration or human/material longing, you are likely to be pestered with desires every off and on. From name to fame to material goods and more, human desires are almost unlimited. The biggest hitch about desires is that they often feed upon themselves and no matter what you do to satiate your wants; the list of desires always continues to expand. Here is an amazing list of famous long quotations and sayings to help you delve deep into the subject.

Plato

Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.

Thomas Merton

A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.

Laurence Sterne

The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.

Luis Suarez

All I can say is that I have arrived with the desire to be a success at Barca, that I am hungry to win titles.

Success
Thomas Moore

Came but for friendship, and took away love.

Nicole Kidman

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

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more valuable kindnesses hereafter.

Neil Armstrong

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand.

Salvador Dali

At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.

Napolean Hill

The starting point of all achievement is desire.

Achievement Success Success
Horace Mann

A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.

Adolf Hitler

Generals think war should be waged like the tourneys of the Middle Ages. I have no use for knights; I need revolutionaries.

Ayn Rand

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

Coco Chanel

Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.

Helen Rowland

A man snatches the first kiss, pleads for the second, demands the third, takes the fourth, accepts the fifth - and endures all the rest.

Thomas Paine

If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.

Charles Kingsley

Young blood must have its course, lad, and every dog its day.

Charlie Chaplin

What do you want a meaning for? Life is a desire, not a meaning.

Helen Rowland

A man's desire for a son is usually nothing but the wish to duplicate himself in order that such a remarkable pattern may not be lost to the world.

Christian Bale

I find something fascinating about the quiet man in the background who has no desire to be the center of attention.

Attention
Confucius

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

Saint Augustine

Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.

George Carlin

I think people should be allowed to do anything they want. We haven't tried that for a while. Maybe this time it'll work.

George Carlin

I would never want to be a member of a group whose symbol was a guy nailed to two pieces of wood.

C. S. Lewis

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

Robert Frost

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.

Cameron Diaz

I would love a family. I'm at the age where the wish for a child gets stronger. But who knows.

Kevin Costner

Failure doesn't kill you... it increases your desire to make something happen.

Thomas Mann

Human reason needs only to will more strongly than fate, and she is fate.

Christopher Columbus

My desire was not to pass any island without taking possession, so that, one having been taken, the same may be said of all.

Alexander Hamilton

It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

The love that exists between wife and husband is infatuation. The love that exists among friends and relations is attachment. The love towards material objects is desire. Love in totality, directed towards God is known as devotion.

Wallace Stevens

The point of vision and desire are the same.

Charles Kingsley

There are two freedoms - the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought.

Christopher Columbus

I am not solicitous to examine particularly everything here, which indeed could not be done in fifty years, because my desire is to make all possible discoveries, and return to your Highnesses, if it please our Lord, in April.

Alexander the Great

Who does not desire such a victory by which we shall join places in our Kingdom, so far divided by nature, and for which we shall set up trophies in another conquered world?

Christian Bale

A movie star is someone people look at and go, 'I want to be like that person'. There's the responsibility of desire. It's not something I'm interested in trying. I would fail miserably at it, so why even bother?

George Washington Carver

From a child, I had an inordinate desire for knowledge and especially music, painting, flowers, and the sciences, Algebra being one of my favorite studies.

Music Knowledge Painting
Napolean Hill

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.

Achievement Hope
Mark Wahlberg

James Cagney, Steve McQueen, I loved all those guys. I grew up loving the movies but had no desire to be in them.

Movies
Zig Ziglar

Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.

Money Obstacles Trust
Elisabeth Shue

Robert Kennedy was such an inspiring figure. His interest in politics seemed to come not from a desire for power, but from a need to help our society live up to its ideals.

Kangana Ranaut

I cannot approach someone; I lack the confidence when it comes to the guy I desire. I'm very good when it comes to matchmaking and hooking others up. But I can't help my own cause.

George Washington

If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.

Horace Mann

The teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.

Walt Whitman

Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me? And why should I not speak to you?

D. H. Lawrence

In every living thing there is the desire for love.

Love Living
Sylvester Stallone

Suddenly I've got an overwhelming desire to surround myself with the aura of classical and Romantic art.

Adam Smith

Great ambition, the desire of real superiority, of leading and directing, seems to be altogether peculiar to man, and speech is the great instrument of ambition.

Napolean Hill

Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.

Action
Wallace Stevens

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

Wilson Mizner

Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.

William Butler Yeats

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

William Osler

The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

If you desire faith, then you have faith enough.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Carla Gugino

For me, I never, never, from the moment I started acting, had a desire to be famous.

Brian Tracy

The more you seek security, the less of it you have. But the more you seek opportunity, the more likely it is that you will achieve the security that you desire.

Leonardo da Vinci

The natural desire of good men is knowledge.

Epictetus

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

Eric Hoffer

Every intense desire is perhaps a desire to be different from what we are.

George Bernard Shaw

There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.

When Larry and Sergey founded Google Search, one of the things that struck me is that it was available for everyone to use. We deeply desire our services to work for everyone. And that inherently means we have to work with partners. That is the thesis underlying everything we do.

Albert Camus

Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this desire will dictate all his actions.

Alexandra Daddario

I've really fought to get into rooms, and I'm a big believer in auditioning. It's hard, because I'm insecure, but I have an intense desire to prove myself to people.

Mark Zuckerberg

I think that people just have this core desire to express who they are. And I think that's always existed.

Marcel Proust

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

Hermann Hesse

It is not Kafka's fault that his wonderful writings have lately turned into a fad, and are read by people who have neither the ability nor the desire to absorb literature.

Susan Wojcicki

I have this desire to create things and build things, and Google has enabled me to build and create things and to build products that are used by people all over the globe.

Patrick Swayze

What's powerful about a love scene is not seeing the act. It's seeing the passion, the need, the desire, the caring, the fear.

Baltasar Gracian

When desire dies, fear is born.

Ayn Rand

Do not ever say that the desire to 'do good' by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.

Aristotle

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.

Saint Augustine

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.

Character is just another word for having a perfectly disciplined and educated will. A person can make his own character by blending these elements with an intense desire to achieve excellence. Everyone is different in what I will call magnitude, but the capacity to achieve character is still the same.

Daniel Craig

I've never really had a desire to do Shakespeare. For me, it's just too many lines.

Kristen Stewart

I also have that desire to blurt stuff out, but I've learned I can't do that. Not when you realise the whole world is listening. That's why perhaps I look so uncomfortable in interviews at times.

Susan Wojcicki

The reason I like my job is that I have this desire to create. I have this desire to create things and build things, and Google has enabled me to build and create things and to build products that are used by people all over the globe.

Harry S. Truman

I have no desire to crow over anybody or to see anybody eating crow, figuratively or otherwise. We should all get together and make a country in which everybody can eat turkey whenever he pleases.

Country Eating Togetherness

As a general rule, I do not think it appropriate for judges to heap either praise or censure upon a legislative measure that comes before them, lest it be thought that their validation, invalidation, or interpretation of it is driven by their desire to expand or constrict what they personally approve or disapprove as a matter of policy.

Helen Keller

It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.

Ayn Rand

A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving.

Worth Action
Rita Rudner

I had no desire to be a stand-up comic until I decided to do it.

Denis Waitley

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

Abraham Lincoln

I think that slavery is wrong, morally, socially and politically. I desire that it should be no further spread in these United States, and I should not object if it should gradually terminate in the whole Union.

Napolean Hill

Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win - essential to success.

Success Mind Success
Napolean Hill

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

Leonardo da Vinci

There are four Powers: memory and intellect, desire and covetousness. The two first are mental and the others sensual. The three senses: sight, hearing and smell cannot well be prevented; touch and taste not at all.

Epictetus

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

Edgar Watson Howe

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

George Eliot

I desire no future that will break the ties with the past.

Stephen Hawking

I believe everyone should have a broad picture of how the universe operates and our place in it. It is a basic human desire. And it also puts our worries in perspective.

Sandra Bullock

I have no desire to maintain a lifestyle. I am a horrible celebrity. If I am out in public I dress like a pig.

Napolean Hill

Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.

T. S. Eliot

If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby 'it.'

Michel de Montaigne

There is no desire more natural than the desire for knowledge.

Napolean Hill

Your ability to use the principle of autosuggestion will depend, very largely, upon your capacity to concentrate upon a given desire until that desire becomes a burning obsession.

Lily Collins

From a young age, I've had a desire to put forward this perfect image, whatever perfect was.

Tom Hanks

The nature of the movies is different than it was five years ago, and they're all driven by the possibilities of CGI, which means you can make anything happen on screen that you can possibly desire.

Rachel McAdams

I don't really desire things. I prefer to spend my money on experiences, on meals or travel.