Quotations on Longing

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I was five years old when I wrote my first song. It was out of longing for my father that I wrote it.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon
(Keywords: Father, First, Longing, Old, Song, Years)

Hence the end of the world should be awaited with all longing by all believers.
- William Ames
(Keywords: End, Longing, World)

The desire is thy prayers; and if thy desire is without ceasing, thy prayer will also be without ceasing. The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Desire, Longing, Prayer, Will)

A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never.
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Keywords: Company, Conversation, Longing, Loquacity)

People of this world are deluded. They're always longing for something - always, in a word, seeking.
- Bodhidharma
(Keywords: People, Longing, Word, World)

Ardent love or desire introduced, as passionately longing to please and glorify the Divine Being, to be in every respect conformed to him, and in that way to enjoy him.
- David Brainerd
(Keywords: Love, Being, Desire, Longing, Respect)

The longing we have to communicate cleanly and directly with people is always obstructed by qualifications and often with concern about how our messages will be received.
- John Le Carre
(Keywords: People, Concern, Longing, Will)

Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants.
- Coco Chanel
(Keywords: Men, Women, Mother, Longing, World)

When we went to cover it I thought we would change it to a song of loving and longing instead of the sex machine song Kylie turned it into. I've met Kylie and told her we were covering her song and she was pleased.
- Wayne Coyne
(Keywords: Change, Sex, Thought, Longing, Machine, Song)

You can lose people without them dying, and I have, from moving, from traveling. The emotion is real, it just doesn't actually have to do with death. I'm singing about what I know, and it's a song about longing for somebody who's disappeared in your life.
- Jon Crosby
(Keywords: Life, Death, People, Dying, Emotion, Longing, Singing, Song, Traveling)

I've never really had anybody close to me die. I think the song is about a feeling that I have that, it still applies. It's a feeling of longing, once again.
- Jon Crosby
(Keywords: Feeling, Longing, Song)

'Free' is more of that 'familiarity breeds contempt' kind of thing. It's about saying 'Wait, I'm longing for something more than I have and I don't know what it is that I want, but I know I want it.' It has nothing to do with what I'm going through, personally.
- Jon Crosby
(Keywords: Contempt, Longing, Nothing, Saying, Want)

I like movies about longing and desperation, and dark and light things, stories about people struggling to raise children, and to have relationships and be intimate with each other.
- Laura Dern
(Keywords: Movies, People, Children, Desperation, Light, Longing, Relationships)

It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.
- George Eliot
(Keywords: Hunger, Longing, Wishing)

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Keywords: Soul, Heart, Longing, Prayer, Weakness, Words)

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
- Khalil Gibran
(Keywords: Life, Children, Daughters, Longing, Sons)

The act of longing for something will always be more intense than the requiting of it.
- Gail Godwin
(Keywords: Act, Longing, Will)

Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.
- Kenneth Grahame
(Keywords: Discontent, Earth, Longing, Spirit, Spring)

The name of my ailment was longing, and it was not cured till I finally went to the department store and counted out the money in small coins before the dismayed clerk. When I came to the house, I held up the instrument before the eyes of the astonished household.
- William Christopher Handy
(Keywords: Money, Eyes, Longing, Name)

America is a country ready to be taken, in fact, longing to be taken by political leaders ready to restore democracy and trust to the political process.
- Arianna Huffington
(Keywords: Trust, America, Country, Democracy, Fact, Leaders, Longing, Political leaders)

Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.
- Thomas Jefferson
(Keywords: Eye, Longing, Man)

That hunger of the flesh, that longing for ease, that terror of incarceration, that insistence on tribal honour being obeyed: all of that exists, and it exists everywhere.
- Ben Kingsley
(Keywords: Being, Hunger, Longing, Terror)

Happiness is the longing for repetition.
- Milan Kundera
(Keywords: Happiness, Longing, Repetition)

We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves. We encourage one another in mediocrity. I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself.
- Charles Lamb
(Keywords: Men, Being, Gain, Longing, Mediocrity, Nothing)

It is said that many children who live in the central provinces, away from the ocean, have a great longing to see it. I who had never been away from the monotonous country surrounding us looked forward eagerly to seeing the mountains.
- Pierre Loti
(Keywords: Children, Country, Longing, Mountains, Ocean)

To put meaning in one's life may end in madness, But life without meaning is the torture Of restlessness and vague desire-It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.
- Edgar Lee Masters
(Keywords: Life, Desire, End, Longing, Madness, May, Meaning, Sea)

Well, the musicals give emphasis to love, longing, melancholy, sadness. All of that is always there.
- Ismail Merchant
(Keywords: Love, Longing, Melancholy, Sadness)

The longing for peace is rooted in the hearts of all men. But the striving, which at present has become so insistent, cannot lay claim to such an ambition as leading the way to eternal peace, or solving all disputes among nations.
- Alva Myrdal
(Keywords: Peace, Men, Ambition, Leading, Longing, Nations, Present)

I'm doing lots of interviews and stuff. I'm longing for the days of getting up, not having to put on makeup and do my hair and just going to the studio.
- Stevie Nicks
(Keywords: Hair, Longing, Makeup)

Every year we celebrate the holy season of Advent, O God. Every year we pray those beautiful prayers of longing and waiting, and sing those lovely songs of hope and promise.
- Karl Rahner
(Keywords: God, Hope, Longing, Promise, Songs, Waiting)

Longing is like the rosy dawn. After the dawn out comes the sun. Longing is followed by the vision of God.
- Ramakrishna
(Keywords: God, Vision, Dawn, Longing, Sun)

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.
- Bertrand Russell
(Keywords: Love, Knowledge, Longing, Mankind, Pity, Suffering)

Yet, it ought to be obvious that good music generally occupies a higher plane that mere politics. Great writers can express moods through melody and capture experiences we share most powerfully - love, lust, longing; joy, rage, fear; triumph, yearning and confusion.
- Tony Snow
(Keywords: Music, Love, Politics, Fear, Confusion, Joy, Longing, Lust, Moods, Obvious, Writers, Yearning)

My longing for truth was a single prayer.
- Edith Stein
(Keywords: Truth, Longing, Prayer)

People want the right to die at a time of their own choosing. Too many families have watched helplessly as a relative dies slowly, longing for death.
- Polly Toynbee
(Keywords: Death, Time, People, Longing, Right, Want)

I think, then, that man, after having satisfied his first longing for facts, wanted something fuller - some grouping, some adaptation to his capacity and experience, of the links of this vast chain of events which his sight could not take in.
- Alfred de Vigny
(Keywords: Experience, Events, Facts, First, Longing, Man, Sight)

It is a political thriller. It's very action packed and it's very exciting, but at the same time it's a very big soulful love story about longing and loss. They're not separate, they're completely dependent on one another.
- Rachel Weisz
(Keywords: Love, Time, Action, Longing, Loss)









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