Desire Quotes

We are always striving for things forbidden, and coveting those denied us.

Ovid

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

Publilius Syrus

Desire is the very essence of man.

Benedict de Spinoza

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

Confucius

We are all motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is, the more he is inspired by glory

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Desire of having is the sin of covetousness.

William Shakespeare

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.

Bill Cosby

He that flatters you more than you desire either has deceived you or wishes to deceive.

Italian Proverb

One must desire something to be alive.

Margaret Deland

Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough, You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.

Sir James M. Barrie

Each man has his own desires; all do not possess the same inclinations.

Persius

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

Nicole Kidman

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

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

Forgetfulness is not to be purchased with a wish; and I cannot bestow my esteem on all who desire it, unless they deserve it too.

Anne Bront

I perceive, with joy, my most valued friend, that the cloud of your displeasure has past away; the light of your countenance blesses me once more, and you desire the continuation of my story: therefore, without more ado, you shall have it.

Anne Bront

The desire to impress is an efficient means of bringing out ones least impressive qualities.

Derren Victor Brown

If it were not my purpose to combine barbarian things with things Hellenic, to traverse and civilize every continent, to search out the uttermost parts of land and sea, to push the bounds of Macedonia to the farthest Ocean, and to disseminate and shower the blessings of the Hellenic justice and peace over every nation, I should not be content to sit quietly in the luxury of idle power, but I should emulate the frugality of Diogenes. But as things are, forgive me Diogenes, that I imitate Herakles, and emulate Perseus, and follow in the footsteps of Dionysos, the divine author and progenitor of my family, and desire that victorious Hellenes should dance again in India and revive the memory of the Bacchic revels among the savage mountain tribes beyond the Kaukasos

Alexander III

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

Aristotle

Everyone confusedly conceives of a good in which the mind may be at rest, and desires it; wherefore everyone strives to attain it.

Durante degli Alighieri

The true servants of God are not solicitous that He should order them to do what they desire to do, but that they may desire to do what He orders them to do.

St. Augustine of Hippo

My stiffest earthly assignment is ended and my major life's work is done. My country is now free and I have been honoured to be its first indigenous head of state. What more could one desire in life?

Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe

The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall.

Francis Bacon

I have no desire to prove anything by it. I have never used it as an outlet or a means of expressing myself. I just dance.

Fred Astaire

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Updated On : April 17, 2014
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