Desire Quotes

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Not getting what you desire and getting what you desire can both be disappointing.
In the gratification of every desire lies the creation of more demanding ones.
Desires are given not chosen.
Large desire is endless poverty.

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Slave to desire, my heart yearns.
Desire is the very essence of man.
I should be suspicious of what I want.
What is desire but a wildness of the soul?
The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires.

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My belief is that to have no wants is divine.
I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.
Those who want fewest things are nearest to the gods.
The discipline of desire is the backbone of character.

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The desires of the heart are as crooked as corkscrews.


Desire blinds us, like the pickpocket who sees only the saint's pockets.
Desire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade.
There is often less danger in the things we fear than in the things we desire.
Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.

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


In adversity assume the countenance of prosperity, and in prosperity moderate the temper and desires.


There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.
When natural inclination develops into a passionate desire, one advances towards his goal in seven-league boots.

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People who have what they want are fond of telling people who haven't what they want that they really don't want it.

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To conquer the subtle passion seems to me to be harder far than the physical conquest of the world by the force of arms.
A life directed chiefly toward the fulfillment of personal desires will sooner or later always lead to bitter disappointment.

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Man's many desires are like the small metal coins he carries about in his pocket. The more he has the more they weigh him down.


I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is the victory over self.

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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.


From the satisfaction of desire there may arise, accompanying joy and as it were sheltering behind it, something not unlike despair.

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The voice of the intelligence is soft and weak, said Freud.  It is drowned out by the roar of fear.  It is ignored by the voice of desire.
The world is little, people are little, human life is little.  There is only one big thing—desire.  And before it, when it is big, all is little.
Woe to those who get what they desire. Fulfillment leaves an empty space where your old self used to be, the self that pines and broods and reflects.
I am no longer sure of anything. If I satiate my desires, I sin but I deliver myself from them; if I refuse to satisfy them, they infect the whole soul.
We are told that talent creates its own opportunities.  But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.


The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE.  Keep this constantly in mind.  Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.
Any deeply rooted desire saturates the entire body and mind with the nature of the desire and literally transforms the mind into a powerful magnet that will attract the object of the desire, if it be within reason.