Quotations on Desire

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People desire power. I don't know why they want it so. It seems to me it implies a hugely superior intellect which separates them from most of the populace.
- F. Murray Abraham
(Keywords: Power, People, Desire, Intellect, Want)

A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Heart, Desire, Man)

An anxious unrest, a fierce craving desire for gain has taken possession of the commercial world, and in instances no longer rare the most precious and permanent goods of human life have been madly sacrificed in the interests of momentary enrichment.
- Felix Adler
(Keywords: Life, Desire, Gain, Possession, World)

If you desire information on some point of law, you are not likely to ponder over the ponderous tomes of legal writers in order to obtain the knowledge you seek, by your own unaided efforts.
- Felix Adler
(Keywords: Legal, Knowledge, Desire, Information, Law, Order, Writers)

If one wants another only for some self-satisfaction, usually in the form of sensual pleasure, that wrong desire takes the form of lust rather than love.
- Mortimer Adler
(Keywords: Love, Desire, Lust, Pleasure, Self, Wrong)

Of all the gods only death does not desire gifts.
- Aeschylus
(Keywords: Death, Gods, Desire, Gifts)

All sport... is one of the few activities where young people can proceed along traditional avenues, where objectives are clear, where the desire to win is not only permissible, but encouraged.
- Spiro T. Agnew
(Keywords: People, Desire, Objectives)

Through these offices it was my privilege to get to know almost every Jewish person, and those whom I did not come to know through these offices I came to know through love and a desire to know my brethren, the members of my people.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon
(Keywords: Love, People, Desire, Privilege)

The desire to economize time and mental effort in arithmetical computations, and to eliminate human liability to error is probably as old as the science of arithmetic itself.
- Howard Aiken
(Keywords: Science, Time, Arithmetic, Desire, Effort, Error, Old)

I like to have a thing suggested rather than told in full. When every detail is given, the mind rests satisfied, and the imagination loses the desire to use its own wings.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich
(Keywords: Imagination, Desire, Detail, Mind)

Desire then is the invasion of the whole self by the wish, which, as it invades, sets going more and more of the psychical processes; but at the same time, so long as it remains desire, does not succeed in getting possession of the self.
- Samuel Alexander
(Keywords: Time, Desire, Possession, Self, Succeed)

You can mark in desire the rising of the tide, as the appetite more and more invades the personality, appealing, as it does, not merely to the sensory side of the self, but to its ideal components as well.
- Samuel Alexander
(Keywords: Appetite, Desire, Personality, Self)

The line of life is a ragged diagonal between duty and desire.
- William R. Alger
(Keywords: Life, Desire, Duty)

If you real desire is to be good, there is no need to wait for the money before you do it; you can do it now, this very moment, and just where you are.
- James Allen
(Keywords: Money, Desire, Now)

You cannot escape the results of your thoughts. Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain or rise with your thoughts, your vision, your ideal. You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.
- James Lane Allen
(Keywords: Thoughts, Vision, Desire, Environment, May, Present, Results, Will)

I loved living and breathing theatre so much that I decided I had to find a way to bring my desire to act and my ability to support myself together. I'd run through the possibilities in Washington, so that meant moving to New York.
- Karen Allen
(Keywords: Ability, Act, Desire, Living, Possibilities, Support, Theatre, Washington)

One of the most difficult things everyone has to learn is that for your entire life you must keep fighting and adjusting if you hope to survive. No matter who you are or what your position is you must keep fighting for whatever it is you desire to achieve.
- George Allen, Sr.
(Keywords: Life, Hope, Desire, Fighting)

The Polar Express is about faith, and the power of imagination to sustain faith. It's also about the desire to reside in a world where magic can happen, the kind of world we all believed in as children, but one that disappears as we grow older.
- Chris Van Allsburg
(Keywords: Imagination, Power, Faith, Children, Desire, Magic, World)

My art springs from my desire to have things in the world which would otherwise never be there.
- Carl Andre
(Keywords: Art, Desire, World)

Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.
- Mario Andretti
(Keywords: Success, Motivation, Determination, Goal, Commitment, Desire, Excellence, Key, Pursuit, Will)

I've never been married and I've no more desire to be married now than I ever have. I hate bureaucracy and I am not religious.
- Francesca Annis
(Keywords: Bureaucracy, Desire, Hate, Now, Religious)

Wonder is the desire for knowledge.
- Thomas Aquinas
(Keywords: Knowledge, Desire, Wonder)

The ultimate end of human acts is eudaimonia, happiness in the sense of living well, which all men desire; all acts are but different means chosen to arrive at it.
- Hannah Arendt
(Keywords: Happiness, Men, Desire, End, Living, Sense)

Dedicate yourself to the good you deserve and desire for yourself. Give yourself peace of mind. You deserve to be happy. You deserve delight.
- Hannah Arendt
(Keywords: Peace, Delight, Desire, Mind)

Love is simply the name for the desire and the pursuit of the whole.
- Aristophanes
(Keywords: Love, Desire, Name, Pursuit)

The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Beginning, Desire, Property, Reform)

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Nature, Habit, Actions, Chance, Desire, Passion, Reason)

I have no desire to prove anything by dancing. I have never used it as an outlet or a means of expressing myself. I just dance. I just put my feet in the air and move them around.
- Fred Astaire
(Keywords: Dance, Dancing, Desire, Feet)

Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Being, Desire, First, Humility)

A person who has sympathy for mankind in the lump, faith in its future progress, and desire to serve the great cause of this progress, should be called not a humanist, but a humanitarian, and his creed may be designated as humanitarianism.
- Irving Babbitt
(Keywords: Faith, Sympathy, Progress, Cause, Desire, Future, Mankind, May)

Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need.
- Gaston Bachelard
(Keywords: Creation, Desire, Man)

It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Power, Desire, Liberty, Man, Self)

The instinct to impersonate produces the actor; the desire to provide pleasure by impersonations produces the playwright; the desire to provide this pleasure with adequate characterization and dialogue memorable in itself produces dramatic literature.
- George P. Baker
(Keywords: Actor, Desire, Instinct, Literature, Pleasure)

There is a great interest in comparative religion and a desire to understand faiths other than our own and even to experiment with exotic cults.
- Emily Greene Balch
(Keywords: Religion, Desire, Interest)

A movie star is someone people look at and go, 'I want to be like that person'. There's the responsibility of desire. It's not something I'm interested in trying. I would fail miserably at it, so why even bother?
- Christian Bale
(Keywords: People, Desire, Responsibility, Trying, Want)

Discrimination due to age is one of the great tragedies of modern life. The desire to work and be useful is what makes life worth living, and to be told your efforts are not needed because you are the wrong age is a crime.
- Johnny Ball
(Keywords: Age, Life, Work, Crime, Desire, Discrimination, Living, Worth, Wrong)

You have indeed done much since the new century began to give shape and substance to the growing, the insistent desire that war may be banished from the earth.
- Henry Campbell Bannerman
(Keywords: War, Desire, Earth, May)

It is great good health to believe, as the Hindus do, that there are 33 million gods and goddesses in the world. It is great good health to want to understand one's dreams. It is great good health to desire the ambiguous and paradoxical.
- Clive Barker
(Keywords: Health, Dreams, Gods, Desire, Want, World)

The Bible, as a revelation from God, was not designed to give us all the information we might desire, nor to solve all the questions about which the human soul is perplexed, but to impart enough to be a safe guide to the haven of eternal rest.
- Albert Barnes
(Keywords: God, Soul, Bible, Desire, Information, Questions, Rest)

I've always thought of the project as a sort of sexually driven digestive system, that it was a consumer and a producer of matter. And it is desire driven, rather than driven by hunger or anything like that.
- Matthew Barney
(Keywords: Thought, Desire, Hunger, Project)

You lose your anonymity just like a helium balloon with a string. Therefore people are going to have their own opinion and they're going to write in whatever clever manner they desire.
- Kim Basinger
(Keywords: People, Desire, Opinion)

O, once in each man's life, at least, Good luck knocks at his door; And wit to seize the flitting guest Need never hunger more. But while the loitering idler waits Good luck beside his fire, The bold heart storms at fortune's gates, And conquers its desire.
- Lewis J. Bates
(Keywords: Life, Heart, Desire, Fire, Fortune, Guest, Hunger, Luck, Man, Storms, Wit)

I have no desire to be president of the United States. Zero desire. I don't think that I would be electable. And there are far too many people that are far smarter than me to be president. I'd like to find one with some honor and integrity. I haven't seen them yet, but they'll show up.
- Glenn Beck
(Keywords: People, Desire, Honor, Integrity, President, states, United)

A desire to be in charge of our own lives, a need for control, is born in each of us. It is essential to our mental health, and our success, that we take control.
- Robert Foster Bennett
(Keywords: Health, Success, Control, Desire, Mental health)

As my career has progressed, I've had the pleasure of playing with the baddest jazz cats on the planet. But that doesn't change my desire to entertain folks. That's really who I am.
- George Benson
(Keywords: Change, Career, Cats, Desire, Jazz, Pleasure)

The real end of prayer is not so much to get this or that single desire granted, as to put human life into full and joyful conformity with the will of God.
- Charles Bent
(Keywords: Life, God, Conformity, Desire, End, Prayer, Will)

What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win.
- Patty Berg
(Keywords: Determination, Dedication, Desire, Will)

There is such a desire to give everybody a piece, we're probably wasting a great deal of homeland security money trying to be politically correct, when we really need to make sure that our cities get the money they need.
- Shelley Berkley
(Keywords: Money, Cities, Desire, Security, Trying)

The very desire for guarantees that our values are eternal and secure in some objective heaven is perhaps only a craving for the certainties of childhood or the absolute values of our primitive past.
- Isaiah Berlin
(Keywords: Values, Childhood, Desire, Heaven, Past)

The fear of failure is so great, it is no wonder that the desire to do right by one's children has led to a whole library of books offering advice on how to raise them.
- Bruno Bettelheim
(Keywords: Fear, Failure, Advice, Books, Children, Desire, Right, Wonder)



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