Quotes on Desire

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
~ Ayn Rand
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The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.
~ Maya Angelou
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To the person who desires nothing and does not get entangled in desires, the manifold changes of nature are one panorama of beauty and sublimity.
~ Swami Vivekananda
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Have you ever wondered which hurts the most, saying something and wishing you had not, or saying nothing, and wishing you had?
~ Author Unknown
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One day you will wake up & there won't be any more time to do the things you've always wanted.
~ Paulo Coelho
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If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.
~ Nora Roberts
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You do not succeed because you do not know what you want, or you don't want it intensely enough.
~ Frank Crane
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Hope is the feeling that the feeling you have isn't permanent.
~ Jean Kerr
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It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
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Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.
~ Bill Cosby
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Those who restrain their desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.
~ William Blake
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A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal that is worth achieving.
~ Ayn Rand
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Desire presses ever forward unsubdued.
~ Sigmund Freud
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Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
~ Napoleon Hill
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I just try to be the best I can be and hope that is the best ever.
~ Tiger Woods
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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
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Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.
~ Confucius
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All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
~ Aristotle
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Desire! That's the one secret of every man's career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire.

~ Bobby Unser
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Desire nothing, give up all desires and be happy.
~ Swami Sivananda
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Profound desire, true desire is the desire to be close to someone.
~ Paulo Coelho
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The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.
~ Madame de Stael
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Desire urges me on, while fear bridals me.
~ Giordano Bruno,
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Freedom from desire leads to inner peace.
~ Lao Tzu
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Our visions begin with our desires.
~ Audre Lorde
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The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.
~ Maya Angelou
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I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life.
~ Adeline Virginia Woolf
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Free from desire, you realize the mystery, caught in the desire, you see only the manifestations.
~ Lao Tzu
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We fear what we most desire.
~ Harley King
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When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.
~ Napoleon Hill
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I desire the things which will destroy me in the end.
~ Sylvia Plath
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There is no fulfillment that is not made sweeter for the prolonging of desire.
~ Jacqueline Carey
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Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with desire.
~ Roland Gerard Barthes
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Faith is not Desire. Faith is Will. Desires are things that need to be satisfied, whereas Will is a force. Will changes the space around us.
~ Paulo Coelho
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Ultimately, it is the desire, not the desired, that we love.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
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Oh to have you with me, to have you here, not to be alone, but to be with you, my beauty, you of all souls! You.
~ Anne Rice
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I desire the things which will destroy me in the end.
~ Sylvia Plath
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There is no fulfillment that is not made sweeter for the prolonging of desire.
~ Jacqueline Carey
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Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with desire.
~ Roland Gerard Barthes
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Faith is not Desire. Faith is Will. Desires are things that need to be satisfied, whereas Will is a force. Will changes the space around us.
~ Paulo Coelho
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Ultimately, it is the desire, not the desired, that we love.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
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Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.
~ William Blake
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There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.
~ George Bernard Shaw
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Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
~ Epicurus
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Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.
~ Dan Brown
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To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.
~ Federico García Lorca
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Desire of having is the sin of covetousness.
~ William Shakespeare
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The stronger the desire, the greater the motivation. The stronger the motivation, the greater the achievement.
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Desire creates thought. Thought produces action.
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The most difficult thing to do is to control your desires – you should ask yourself what you ought to desire.
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If you desire to be happy, you must first ask if you deserve to be happy. If you desire to be respected, you must first make yourself respectable.
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To control your desires, you need to be strong in resisting temptations mentally and sensuously.
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All negative and harmful desires, if uncontrolled, would turn human beings into the worst monsters on earth.
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Those who used to desire many things tend to desire less at old age – and they are happier.
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The desire for a good life produces hardworking, creative and productive people. The desire for power and money creates greedier, unethical and immoral men.
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Desire is the key that unlocks the door to motivation, courage, determination, excellence and action.
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The desire for the pleasures of psychedelic drugs is a deadly desire. The addicts are killing themselves slowly with the pills.
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No desire is nobler than the desire to do the right things in life.
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Desirable desires are priceless, undesirable desires are costly.
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The less you desire the happier you are. The more you desire the greedier you become.
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No desire, no motivation, no success.
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Desire is the power that makes people do the best or the worst. Desire can build you up or break your down.
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When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
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The less you desire, the happier you are!
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Desire is not a wish or a hope – it’s a dynamic passion burning in the mind and heart.
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The best thing to do is keeping the positive and healthy desires awake, and keeping the negative and unhealthy desires asleep.
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Men are law-abiding because of their desire to avoid te pain of the consequences of bad behaviors, and the desire to be good does make a difference in life.
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The desire to achieve and prove yourself is the root of success. The stronger the desire, the greater the success.
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All human activity is prompted by desire.
– Bertrand Russell
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Desire is the very essence of man.
– Benedict de Spinoza
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Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
– Napoleon Hill
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To succeed in life and achieve results, you must understand and master three mighty forces— desire, belief, and expectation.
– A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
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It is of the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.
– Aristotle
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The desire of death will not always lead you to death but the fear of death will.
– Santosh Kalwar
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Why then, can one desire too much of a good thing?
– William Shakespeare
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Without a strong desire to achieve something nothing is accomplished.
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The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential…there are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
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We always long for the forbidden things, and desire what is denied us.
– Francois Rabelais
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The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.
– Napoleon Hill
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The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.
– Ayn Rand
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The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.
— Maya Angelou
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The first principle of success is desire — knowing what you want. Desire is the planting of your seed.
– Robert Collier
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To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.
– Federico García Lorca
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The intelligent desire self-control; children want candy.
– Rumi
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There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.
– George Bernard Shaw
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What we insistently desire, over time, is what we become.
– Neal A. Maxwell
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In every living thing there is the desire for love.
– D.H. Lawrence
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I do desire we may be better strangers.
– William Shakespeare
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If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake everything on obtaining it.
– Brendan Francis
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Roots of desires are hidden so deep in inner recesses of mind that it can’t be detected just on the surface alone. Go deeper in mind to see roots of all desires and eradication happens merely by observation of it.
– Anandmurti Gurumaa
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When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.
– Paulo Coelho
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Love is often gentle, desire always a rage.
– Mignon McLaughlin
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Ultimately, it is the desire, not the desired, that we love.
– Friedrich Nietzsche
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Everyone believes very easily whatever he fears or desires.
– Jean de La Fontaine
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Desire is half of life, indifference is half of death.
– Kahlil Gibran
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Desire grows by what it feeds on.
– L.M. Montgomery
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Where such men love they have no desire and where they desire they cannot love.
– Sigmund Freud
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The object of your desire is not an object.
– Jack Gardner
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If you don’t want it bad enough to risk losing it- you don’t want it bad enough.
– Tom Krause
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The desire for an abudant life is what drives us to do what we do to become successful.
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Sadness does not last forever when we walk in the direction of that which we always desired.
– Paulo Coelho
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If you start by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work towards getting it.
– Paulo Coelho
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Give expression to the noble desires that lie in your heart.
– Gordon B Hinckley
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Desire is the key that opens the door when opportunity knocks.
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He begins to die, that quits his desires.
– George Herbert
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The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. And that is not happiness.
– F. H. Bradley
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Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need.
– Gaston Bachelard
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Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need.
– Gaston Bachelard
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We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none.
– Christian Nestell Bovee
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Profound desire, true desire is the desire to be close to someone.
– Paulo Coelho
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For love is no part of the dreamworld. Love belongs to desire, and desire is always cruel.
– Neil Gaiman
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All day and all night my desire for you unwinds like a poisonous snake.
– Samar Sen
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There are few things we should keenly desire if we really knew what we wanted.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal that is worth achieving.
– Ayn Rand
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A 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
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When we kill our desires we stink like any corpse.
– Harold Norse
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Desire is the key to motivation. It is the key to develop a healthy personality and a positive attitude towards oneself and others.
– Amit Abraham
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It’s wonderful to feel desired. There’s a sense of power in it, really.
– Nancy Horan
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We are all created by desire and we all die because of desire.
– Santosh Kalwar
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Every man has his secret desire, I suppose, and mine is someday to own a farm.
– A.G. Street
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Desiring money kills desire. Money kills desire.
– André Chamson
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One must count ones riches by the means one has to satisfy his desires.
– Abbé Prévost
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We fear what we most desire.
– Harley King
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One loves ultimately one’s desires, not the thing desired.
– Friedrich Nietzsche
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Desire urges me on, while fear bridals me.
– Giordano Bruno
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It’s hard to feel desire when you don’t feel desirable.
– Christine Feehan
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I began with the desire to speak with the dead.
– Stephen Greenblatt
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The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.
– Madame de Stael
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Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire.
– Patti Smith
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