Sayings about Desires

Large desire is endless poverty. ~ Indian Proverb

What the eye does not admire the heart does not desire. ~ Traditional Proverb

The greatest tranquility is when we desire nothing. ~ Arabian Proverb

Unbridled gratification produces unbridled desire. ~ Traditional Proverb

First deserve, and then desire. ~ English Proverbs

Opportunity creates desire. ~ Dutch Proverbs

The greatest hero is one who has control over his desires. ~ Sanskrit Proverb

What is much desired is not believed when it comes. ~ Spanish Proverb

Covetousness is the father of unfulfilled desires. ~ Yoruba Proverb

To pretend to satisfy one’s desires with worldly goods is like using straw to put out a fire. ~ Chinese Proverb

Who is poor? He who is troubled with too many desires. Who is rich? He who is happy with his lot. ~ Indian Proverb

Love is a crocodile in the river of desire. ~ Sanskrit Proverb

What one desires is always better than what one has. ~ Ethiopian Proverb

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

Hunger goes in a straight line, desire turns in circles. ~ Romanian Proverbs

Limit your desires and you will improve your health. ~ Spanish Proverb

Who chooses will always have desires. ~ Zanzibar Proverb

Much pleasure and little grief is every man’s desire.~ Spanish Proverbs

He who curbs his desires will always be rich enough.~ French Proverb

Quotations about Desire

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

While we desire, we do not enjoy; and with enjoyment desire ceases. ~ William Hazlitt

Where perception is, there also are pain and pleasure, and where these are, there, of necessity, is desire. ~ Aristotle Quotes

Whenever we confront an unbridled desire we are surely in the presence of a tragedy-in-the-making. ~ Quentin Crisp

When you believe, or are led to believe, you are unable to act upon the greatest desires of the soul, the result is mental and spiritual enslavement. ~ Iyanla Vanzant

When we have the means to pay for what we desire, what we get is not so much what is best, as what is costliest. ~ Christian Nestell Bovee

When it comes to desiring, we are all experts. If there were an Olympics of desiring, we would all make the team. ~ William Braxton Irvine

When I desire you a part of me is gone. ~ Anne Carson

Whatsoever is the object of any man’s Appetite or Desire; that is it which he for his part calleth Good: and the object of his Hate and Aversion, evil. ~ Thomas Hobbes

What desire can be contrary to nature, since it was given to man by nature itself? ~ Michel Foucault

Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat. ~ Napoleon Hill

We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature has set none. ~ Christian Nestell Bovee

We should not desire the impossible. ~ Leonardo Da Vinci Quotes

We grow like flowers, and bear desire, The odor of the human flowers. ~ Richard Henry Stoddard

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

We are puppets of our subconscious desires. ~ Carlos Ruiz Zafon

To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves. ~ Federico Garcia Lorca

To be desired by those who are themselves highly desirable is in itself an aphrodisiac. ~ Tobsha Learner

Tis easier to suppress the first Desire, than to satisfy all that follow it. ~ Benjamin Franklin Quotes

Thoughts are to the Desires as Scouts and Spies, to range abroad, and find the way to the things Desired. ~ Thomas Hobbes

Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained. ~ William Blake

Things desired are oftentimes of less value than our present possessions. ~ Edward Counsel

There is no natural desire of what is unnatural. ~ Benjamin Whichcote

There is no fulfillment that is not made sweeter for the prolonging of desire. ~ Jacqueline Carey

There is in every one of us, even those who seem to be most moderate, a type of desire that is terrible, wild, and lawless. ~ Plato

There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it. ~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. ~ Confucius Quotes

The very urge to get rid of desire is still desire, is it not? ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

The strongest of all psychic forces in the world is unsatisfied desire. ~ John Cowper Powys

The object of man’s desire is not to enjoy once only, and for one instant of time; but to assure for ever, the way of his future desires. ~ Thomas Hobbes

The starting point of all achievement is desire. ~ Napoleon Hill Motivational

The more wild and incredible your desire, the more willing and prompt God is in fulfilling it, if you will have it so. ~ Coventry Patmore

The man’s desire is for the woman; but the woman’s desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The man of desire needs the promise of reward to urge him to action. He is as a child working for the possession of a toy. ~ James Allen

The grave is sooner cloy’d than men’s desire. ~ Francis Quarles

The desire to appear clever often prevents our being so.~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

The desire that is satisfied is not a great desire, nor has the shoulder used all its might that an unbreakable gate has never strained. ~ William Butler Yeats

The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.~ Bible

The curtailing of one’s desires is the beginning of wisdom; their entire mastery its consumption. ~ James Allen

The child who desires education will be bettered by it; the child who dislikes it disgraced.~ John Ruskin

The central fire is desire, and all the powers of our being are given us to see, to fight for, and to win the object of our desire. Quench that fire and man turns to ashes. ~ Basil W. Maturin

The beginning of wisdom is to desire it.~ Ibn Gabirol

Some desire is necessary to keep life in motion, and he whose real wants are supplied must admit those of fancy. ~ Samuel Johnson

So long as there is desire or want, it is a sure sign that there is imperfection. A perfect, free being cannot have any desire. ~ Vivekananda

Slaves lose everything in their chains, even the desire of escaping from them.~ Jean Jacques Rousseau

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.~ Frank Herbert

Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire.~ James Montgomery

Plant the seed of desire in your mind and it forms a nucleus with power to attract to itself everything needed for its fulfillment. ~ Robert J. Collier

People who constantly find new disguises for their desires can easily lie to themselves. ~ Hans-Ulrich Rieker

Passing into higher forms of desire, that which slumbered in the plant, and fitfully stirred in the beast, awakes in the man. ~ Henry George

Our visions begin with our desires.~ Audre Lorde

Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires, but according to our powers.~ Henri Frederic Amiel

Our Desires snort and press forward like giddy stallions, but our Means creep sulkily along like snails. ~ Abraham Miller

Our desires cut across one another, and in this confused existence it is rare for happiness to coincide with the desire that clamoured for it. ~ Marcel Proust

One of the most difficult things everyone has to learn is that for your entire life you must keep fighting and adjusting if you hope to survive. No matter who you are or what your position is you must keep fighting for whatever it is you desire to achieve.~ George Allen

Nothing so much prevents our being natural as the desire to seem so.~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire.~ Patti Smith

Natural desires are within bounds; but unnatural lust is infinite. ~ Benjamin Whichcote

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

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand. ~ Neil Armstrong

Men quickly find a theory that adapts itself to their desires. ~ Lewis F. Korns

Many pray with their lips for that for which their hearts have no desire.~ Jonathan Edwards

Man’s many desires are like the small metal coins he carries about in his pocket. The more he has the more they weight him down. ~ Satya Sai Baba

Man is the only animal whose desires increase as they are fed; the only animal that is never satisfied. ~ Henry George

Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need.~ Gaston Bachelard

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.~ Robert Frost

Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it.~ Socrates

Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands.~ Marcus Annaeus Seneca

Let reason govern desire.~ Marcus T. Cicero

Let him who desires peace prepare for war.~ Vegetius

Large natures have usually large desires, and only the small are satisfied with the small. ~ Christian Nestell Bovee

Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.~ William J. Durant

It’s the soul’s duty to be loyal to its own desires.~ Rebecca West

It will not do, my friend, to grant an easy indulgence to natural appetite and desire, for they ever seek to be our masters. ~ T.S. Arthur

It is said that desire is a product of the will, but the converse is in fact true: will is a product of desire. ~ Denis Diderot

It is only by frequent deaths of ourselves and our self-centered desires that we can come to live more fully. ~ Mother Teresa Quotes

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

It is not poverty which produces sorrow, but desire. ~ Epictetus

It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire and many things to fear.~ Francis Bacon

It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite. ~ Soren Kierkegaard

Is it the gods who set this fire in our hearts, or do we each make our fierce desire into a god? ~ Ursula K. Le Guin

In the end there is no desire so deep as the simple desire for companionship. ~ Graham Greene

In moderating, not satisfying desires, lies peace.~ Ben Hecht

Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power. ~ Walter Lippmann

If your desires be endless, your cares and fears will be so too.~ Thomas Fuller

If you real desire is to be good, there is no need to wait for the money before you do it; you can do it now, this very moment, and just where you are.~ James Allen

If you desire faith, then you have faith enough.~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

If we go down into ourselves, we find that we possess exactly what we desire.~ Simone Weil

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. ~ C. S. Lewis

If any two men desire the same thing, which nevertheless they cannot both enjoy, they become enemies. ~ Thomas Hobbes

I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.~ Kahlil Gibran Quotes

Human psychology has a near universal tendency to let belief be coloured by desire. ~ Richard Dawkins

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

How long can you suppress your own desires? Until you understand that in doing so will destroy yourself. ~ Ivan Klima

He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence. ~ William Blake

He is a king who fears nothing; he is a king who desires nothing!~ Marcus Annaeus Seneca

Have the courage of your desire.~ George Robert Gissing

From the unknown, profound desires enter in upon us, and … the fulfilling of those desires is the fulfilling of creation. ~ D. H. Lawrence

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.~ Socrates

Forbid us something, and that thing we desire; but press it on us hard, and we will flee. ~ Geoffrey Chaucer

Everything is perfect in the universe — even your desire to improve it.~ Wayne Dyer

Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.~ Rumi

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

Every time I look at you I get a fierce desire to be lonesome.~ Oscar Levant

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

Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old.~ Jonathan Swift

Every crisis offers you extra desired power.~ William Moulton Marston

Events are influenced by our very great desires.~ William James

Energy is equal to desire and purpose.~ Sheryl Adams

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

Do not desire what you can’t acquire. ~ Ken Alstad

Desires satisfied are but as seeds sown a second time. ~ Edward Counsel

Desires increase as they are fulfilled.~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

Desires are the pulses of the soul; as physicians judge by the appetite, so may you by desires.~ Thomas Manton

Desires are central to the soul’s unfolding and should not be dismissed before giving them careful attention. ~ Thomas Moore

Desire: the starting point of all achievement. ~ Napoleon Hill

Desire, like the atom, is explosive with creative force.~ Paul Vernon Buser

Desire, both the whispers and the shouts, is the map we have been given to find the only life worth living. ~ John Eldredge

Desire will in due time externalize itself as concrete fact.~ Thomas Troward

All movement, of every creature, comes from the desire after something better. ~ Charles Buxton

Desire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade. ~ Marcel Proust

Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek. ~ Mario Andretti

Desire is the ingredient that changes the hot water of mediocrity to the steam of outstanding success. ~ Zig Ziglar

Desire is the essence of a man.~ Baruch Benedict de Spinoza

Desire is the creator; desire is the destroyer. ~ Hari Das Baba

Desire is proof of the availability…~ Robert Collier

Desire is a powerful force that can be used to make things happen.~ Marcia Wieder

Desire is a pain which seeks easement through possession. ~ Jack London

Desire creates the power.~ Raymond Holliwell

Concentrated thoughts produce desired results.~ Zig Ziglar

Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.~ Muhammad Ali

Boredom: the desire for desires.~ Count Leo Tolstoy

Before we passionately desire a thing, we should examine the happiness of its possessor. ~ FranÇOis De La Rochefoucauld

Because they had a vision, a desire, and they took action.~ Thomas J. Vilord

As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death. ~ George Bernard Shaw

As all-consuming as a young girl’s fancies were … a woman’s desires could be twice as dangerous. ~ Teresa Medeiros

Almost every desire a poor man has is a punishable offence.~ Louis-Ferdinand Celine

All men by nature desire to know.~ Aristotle

All human activity is prompted by desire.~ Bertrand Russell

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

A wish is a desire without an attempt.~ Farmer Digest

A single spark of occasion discharges the child of passions into a thousand crackers of desire. ~ Johann Caspar Lavater

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

A desire scorned and neglected is an enemy lying in wait with bared dagger. ~ Abraham Miller

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


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