Desire Quotes

In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.

Jane Smiley

Thought gives rise to desire.

Rig Veda

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

Arab Proverb

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

George Bernard Shaw

The first principle of success is desire -- knowing what you want. Desire is the planting of your seed.

Robert Collier

All human activity is prompted by desire.

Bertrand Russell

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

Samuel Johnson

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

Brendan Francis

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


All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.

Samuel Butler

Mathematics as an expression of the human mind reflects the active will, the contemplative reason, and the desire for aesthetic perfection. Its basic elements are logic and intuition, analysis and construction, generality and individuality.

Richard Courant

For whereas the mind works in possibilities, the intuitions work in actualities, and what you intuitively desire, that is possible to you. Whereas what you mentally or "consciously" desire is nine times out of ten impossible; hitch your wagon to a star, or you will just stay where you are.

D. H. Lawrence

All men desire to know


Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.

Ayn Rand

True charity is the desire to be useful to others with no thought of recompense.

Emanuel Swedenborg
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