Desire Quotes

Every European visitor to the United States is struck by the comparative rarity of what he would call a face, by the frequency of men and women who look like elderly babies. If he stays in the States for any length of time, he will learn that this cannot be put down to a lack of sensibility -- the American feels the joys and sufferings of human life as keenly as anybody else. The only plausible explanation I can find lies in his different attitude to the past. To have a face, in the European sense of the word, it would seem that one must not only enjoy and suffer but also desire to preserve the memory of even the most humiliating and unpleasant experiences of the past.

W. H. Auden

People who fail to achieve their goals usually get stopped by frustration. They allow frustration to keep them from taking the necessary actions that would support them in achieving their desire. You get through this roadblock by plowing through frustration, taking each setback as feedback you can learn from, and pushing ahead. I doubt you'll find many successful people who have not experienced this. All successful people learn that success is buried on the other side of frustration.

Anthony Robbins

Pride makes us esteem ourselves; vanity makes us desire the esteem of others.

Hugh Blair

Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality nearer to the heart's desire.

John Dewey

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire, which transcends everything.

Napoleon Hill

The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, Just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.

Napoleon Hill

So rests the sky against the earth. The dark still tarn in the lap of the forest. As a husband embraces his wife's body in faithful tenderness, so the bare ground and trees are embraced by this still, high, light of the morning. I feel an ache of longing to share in this embrace, to be united and absorbed. A longing like carnal desire, but directed towards earth, water, sky, and returned by the whispers of the trees, the fragrance of the soil, the caresses of the wind, the embrace of water and light. Content? No, no, no -- but refreshed, rested -- while waiting.

Dag Hammarskjold

Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.

Montaigne

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 Barthes

Desire and hope will push us on toward the future

Michel de Montaigne

What the eye does not admire the heart does not desire.

Proverb

Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.

George Bernard Shaw

The discipline of desire is the background of character.

John Locke

I desire neither victory nor pleasure nor kingdom, O Krishna. What is the use of the kingdom, or enjoyment, or even life?

Bhagavad Gita

A desire arises in the mind. It is satisfied immediately another comes. In the interval which separates two desires a perfect calm reigns in the mind. It is at this moment freed from all thought, love or hate. Complete peace equally reigns between two mental waves.

Swami Sivananda

The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.

Anne Louise Germaine de Stael

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

Nicole Kidman

Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.

Benjamin Franklin

There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods; and that is, the sincere desire to find out the truth, whatever it may be.

Charles Pierce

A woman's appetite is twice that of a man's; her sexual desire, four times; her intelligence, eight times

Unknown

Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.

William Haley

What all your sex desire is Sovereignty

John Dryden

There is, first, the desire for strength, for achievement, for adequacy, for confidence in the face of the world, and for independence and freedom. Secondly, we have what we may call the desire for reputation or prestige

Abraham Maslow

Pleasure is continually disappointed, reduced, deflated, in favor of strong, noble values: Truth, Death, Progress, Struggle, Joy, etc. Its victorious rival is Desire: we are always being told about Desire, never about Pleasure.

Roland Barthes
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