Desire Quotes

One must desire something to be alive.

Margaret Deland

Desire of having is the sin of covetousness.

William Shakespeare

Wealth and rank are what people desire, but unless they are obtained in the right way they may not be possessed.

Confucius

Desire is the very essence of man.

Benedict de Spinoza

We desire nothing so much as what we ought not to have.

Publilius Syrus

Compassion is the desire that moves the individual self to widen the scope of its self-concern to embrace the whole of the universal self

Arnold Toynbee

Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.

J. Isham

True charity is the desire to be useful to others without thought of recompense

Emanuel Swedenborg

knowledge is hidden by selfish desire - hidden by this unquenchable fire for self-satisfaction.

Bhagavad-Gita

This life is a hospital in which every patient is possessed with a desire to change his bed.

Charles Baudelaire

The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals.

William Osler

Do not feel ashamed to forgive and forget. Do not hurry over punishments and do not be pleased and do not be proud of your power to punish. Do not get angry and lose your temper quickly over the mistakes and failures of those over whom you rule. On the contrary, be patient and sympathetic with them. Anger and desire of vengeance are not going to be of much help to you in your administration. Never say to yourself, "I am their Lord, their ruler and all in all over them and that I must be obeyed submissively and humbly" because such a thought will unbalance your mind, will make you vain and arrogant, will weaken your faith in religion and will make you seek support of any power other than that of Allah . If you ever feel any pride or vanity on account of your sway and rule over your subjects then think of the supreme sway and rule of the Lord over the Universe, the extent of His creations, the supremacy of His Might and Glory, His Power to do things which you cannot even dream of doing and His control over you which is more dominating than that which you can ever achieve over anything around you. Such thoughts will cure your mental weakness, will keep you away from vanity and rebellion (against Allah), will reduce your arrogance and haughtiness and will take you back to the sanity which you had foolishly deserted... Try carefully to realize that a ruler can create goodwill in the minds of his subjects and can make them faithful and sincere to him only when he is kind and considerate to them, when he reduces their troubles, when he does not oppress them and when he never asks for things which are beyond their power. These are the principles which you should keep in mind and act upon.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

Boredom: the desire for desires.

Leo Tolstoy

You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering.

Henri-FrÈdÈric Amiel

The strategic adversary is fascism... the fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior, the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us.

Michel Foucault

Hamas' battle is against the Zionist occupation in the Palestinian land. Hamas has no desire to change its battlefield.

Ahmed Yassin

A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.

Tacitus

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.

Socrates

The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.

Robert Kiyosaki

A vice is a failure of desire.

Gerald Stanley Lee

... true manhood, and that, if brought in from without, it may be cast out again. And the temptation had a personal source. There are beings who desire to draw men away from God. The serpent, by its poison and its loathly form, is the natural symbol of such an enemy of man. The insinuating slyness of the suggestions of evil is like the sinuous gliding of the snake, and truly represents the process by which temptation found its way into the hearts of the first pair, and of all their descendants. For ...

Alexander Maclaren

A person may desire to live for hundreds of years if he works according to this truth because that sort of work will not bind him to the law of karma. And there is no alternative to this way for man.

Sri Ishopanishad, Mantra Two

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.

Amy Lowell

All envy is proportionate to desire.

Samuel Johnson
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