Desire Quotes

I was born, I think, with the desire to make beautiful books brave books that would preserve the glories of the Dream untarnished, and would re-create them for battered people, and re-awaken joy and magnanimity.

James Branch Cabell

Often the best way to overcome desire is to satisfy it.

W. Somerset Maugham

Wonder implies the desire to learn.


Wonder is the desire for knowledge.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

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

Neil Armstrong

Complete adaptation to environment means death. The essential point in all response is the desire to control environment.

John Dewey

Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions; desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary.

Blaise Pascal

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.

Robert Frost

Good men, whether they be Christians or rationalists, do not desire to discriminate between races, but the distinctions implanted by Nature are too conspicuous to escape the observation of our senses.

Arthur Keith

The trouble in modern democracy is that men do not approach to leadership 'til they have lost the desire to lead anyone.

William Henry Beveridge,1st Baron Beveridge of Tug

The vulgar man is always the most distinguished, for the very desire to be distinguished is vulgar.

Chesterton, Gilbert K.

The world is burning in the fire of desire, in greed, arrogance and excessive ego.

Sri Guru Granth Sahib

Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, does not consider glory and fame to be of great account unless they are achieved through having my subjects respect Dhamma and practice Dhamma, both now and in the future. For this alone does Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, desire glory and fame. And whatever efforts Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, is making, all of that is only for the welfare of the people in the next world, and that they will have little evil. And being without merit is evil. This is difficult for either a humble person or a great person to do except with great effort, and by giving up other interests. In fact, it may be even more difficult for a great person to do.

Ashoka the Great

All men are my children. What I desire for my own children, and I desire their welfare and happiness both in this world and the next, that I desire for all men. You do not understand to what extent I desire this, and if some of you do understand, you do not understand the full extent of my desire.

Ashoka the Great

A shot glass of desire is greater than a pitcher of talent.

Andy Munthe
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