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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.


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.

Anne Boleyn

And thus I take my leave of the world and of you all, and I heartily desire you all to pray for me.

Jordan Peele

Part of the desire to live in a post-racial world includes the desire not to have to talk about racism, which includes a false perception that if you are talking about race, then you're perpetuating the notion of race. I reject that.

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.

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Sometimes I'm uncomfortable with the level of fame I've got! It all depends on the day and what's going on. I don't desire any more fame. I don't need it.

Robert Lewandowski

I motivate myself by the desire to win more trophies.

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.

Bhagat Singh

I never had any desire to defend myself, and never did I seriously think about it.

Jessica Chastain

Women can be powerful, graceful, and complex, with the ability to make any choice they desire.

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.

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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.

Ilhan Omar

Our immigration policy should be based in compassion and a desire to help the other.

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.

Tracee Ellis Ross

Here is my wish and my desire and my pledge as well: that we remember our true nature and our womanhood. That we own and know that we are more than our bodies and yet our bodies are these sacred, beautiful, rhythmic houses for us.

Thomas Paine

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

Kim Jong-un

Socialism is a sacred cause for realizing the demand and desire of the masses of the people for independence; it is a revolutionary cause that advances amid a fierce struggle against imperialism and all other counterrevolutionary forces.

Andrew Cuomo

My father was against the death penalty, and that was hard in the Son of Sam summer when fear was driving the desire for the death penalty.

Matt Smith

There are great disciplines from being a sportsman that you can transfer into being an artist. The preparation, the sacrifice, the constant desire to improve.

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.

Dennis Rodman

I can score 20 points if I want to, but that's not my desire.

Brendan Fraser

I would act whether or not I was paid. I would be involved in ensemble groups. I would have the desire to tell stories.

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.


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.

Julius Caesar

Men freely believe that which they desire.

Michelle Williams

I don't know what 15-year-old doesn't have a desire to separate themselves from their parents and prove their independence.

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.

Lana Del Rey

When I was young I felt really overwhelmed and confused by the desire not to end up in an office, doing something I didn't believe in.

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.

The ideal feminist world shouldn't be one where women suppress their human instincts for attention and desire. We shouldn't be weighed down with the responsibility of explaining our every move. We shouldn't have to apologize for wanting attention, either. We don't owe anyone an explanation.

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.

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Napolean Hill

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

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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.

Tulsi Gabbard

Each of us wants to be free. But if we want to be free, we also need to appreciate that others also desire the same thing.

I became an actor, and because I had success as an actor, I became famous. I was acting for quite a while before I got famous; television made me famous. I guess that it's television that is responsible for everybody's desire to be famous.

Zig Ziglar

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

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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.

Jeanie Buss

For me, the burning desire has always been about building what my family had.

Horace Mann

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

Lisa Bonet

My desire to participate in the business is not to make more crap.

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.

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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.

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.

Mitt Romney

I stand ready to lead us down a different path where we're lifted up by our desire to succeed, not dragged down by a resentment of success.

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.

Alan Rickman

I want to swim in both directions at once. Desire success, court failure.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

If you desire faith, then you have faith enough.

Bill Murray

I feel that if you really want an Oscar, you're in trouble. It's like wanting to be married - you'll take anybody. If you want the Oscar really badly, it becomes a naked desire and ambition. It becomes very unattractive.

Stevie Wonder

Some people have a desire to be with the same sex. But that's them.

John Adams

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.

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.


I have an intense desire to constantly make music, and I don't feel that way about anything else.

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.

Demi Moore

There's nothing wrong with having a desire to want nice things. It's when we place that as a measure of the value of ourselves that it goes askew.


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.

Emily Ratajkowski

It's absurd to think that desire for attention doesn't drive both women and men. Why are women scrutinized for it more, then?

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.

Eric Clapton

There's a desire in me to express something - to match what I hear in my head.