Quotations on Desire

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Photography, alone of the arts, seems perfected to serve the desire humans have for a moment - this very moment - to stay.
- Sam Abell
(Keywords: Desire, Photography)

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)

Sometimes it's just harder to remind yourself about what you're doing and why you're doing it... Other times, you have a great desire for it, but physically you're not responding the way you want. That presents other challenges. Then sometimes it all comes together.
- Andre Agassi
(Keywords: Desire, Want)

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)

We desire an expansion of relations with regional states and the establishment of extensive public contacts.
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(Keywords: Desire, Public, states)

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)

The interval between a cold expectation and a warm desire may be filled by expectations of varying degrees of warmth or by desires of varying degrees of coldness.
- Samuel Alexander
(Keywords: Desire, Expectation, Expectations, May)

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)

You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as you dominant aspiration.
- James Allen
(Keywords: Desire, Will)

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)

Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.
- Thomas Aquinas
(Keywords: Desire, Salvation)

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)

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand.
- Neil Armstrong
(Keywords: Desire, Man, Mystery, Wonder)

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)

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)

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)

Maybe a thing that you do not like is really in your interest. It is possible that a thing that you may desire may be against your interest.
- Abu Bakr
(Keywords: Desire, Interest, May)

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)

The desire for liberty has also made itself felt as struggle against domestic tyranny or arbitrary rule.
- Emily Greene Balch
(Keywords: Desire, Liberty, Struggle, Tyranny)

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)

I always feel the desire to look for the extraordinary in ordinary things; to suggest, not to impose, to leave always a slight touch of mystery in my paintings.
- Balthus
(Keywords: Desire, Mystery)

And out of a desire essentially to imitate what I was reading, I began to write, like a clever monkey.
- Russell Banks
(Keywords: Desire, Reading)

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)



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