Quotes of Desire

“ The wise man will love; all others will desire. ”

- Afranius

“ One must not lose desires. They are mighty stimulants to creativeness, to love, and to long life. ”

- Alexander A. Bogomoletz

“ Man is an animal which, alone among the animals, refuses to be satisfied by the fulfilment of animal desires. ”

- Alexander Graham Bell

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

- Arab Proverb

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

- Aristotle

“ I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies. ”

- Aristotle

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

- Aristotle

“ How helpless we are, like netted birds, when we are caught by desire! ”

- Belva Plain

“ If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake everything on obtaining it. ”

- Brendan Francis

“ In men of the highest character and noblest genius there is to be found an insatiable desire for honour, command, power, and glory. ”

- Cicero

“ Let your desires be ruled by reason. (Appetitus Rationi Pareat) ”

- Cicero

“ He who desires is always poor. ”

- Claudianus

“ While we don't have much say over the desires that we have, we certainly can decide which we prefer-and then search for ways to act on that basis. ”

- Daniel Akst

“ There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it. ”

- George Bernard Shaw

“ 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. ”

- George Washington

“ Man is the only animal whose desires increase as they are fed; the only animal that is never satisfied. ”

- Henry George

“ Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires. ”

- Lao tzu

“ 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

“ 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

“ One must desire something to be alive. ”

- Margaret Deland

“ A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs. ”

- Mark Twain

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

- Nicole Kidman

“ Desires are only the lack of something: and those who have the greatest desires are in a worse condition than those who have none, or very slight ones. ”

- Plato

“ We desire nothing so much as what we ought not to have. ”

- Publilius Syrus

“ Desire creates the power. ”

- Raymond Holliwell

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

- Rebecca West

“ What makes the engine go? Desire, desire, desire. ”

- Stanley Kunitz

“ Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained. ”

- William Blake

“ Every man has business and desire, Such as it is. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ At Christmas I no more desire a roseThan wish a snow in May's new-fangled mirth;But like of each thing that in season grows. ”

- William Shakespeare
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