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desires Quotes

100+ of the best book quotes about desires
  1. #1
    “She ruled in beauty o’er this heart of mine,
    A noble lady in a humble home,
    And now her time for heavenly bliss has come,
    ’Tis I am mortal proved, and she divine.
    The soul that all its blessings must resign,
    And love whose light no more on earth finds room
    Might rend the rocks with pity for their doom,
    Yet none their sorrows can in words enshrine;
    They weep within my heart; no ears they find
    Save mine alone, and I am crushed with care,
    And naught remains to me save mournful breath.
    Assuredly but dust and shade we are;
    Assuredly desire is mad and blind;
    Assuredly its hope but ends in death.”
  2. #2
    “When you lose your desire for things that do not matter, you will be free.”
  3. #3
    “Dreams seem to be spurred on not by reason but by desire, not by the head but by the heart, and yet what complicated tricks my reason has played sometimes in dreams, what utterly incomprehensible things happen to it!”
  4. #4
    “The Buddha said that suffering was caused by desire, we’d learned, and that the cessation of desire meant the cessation of suffering. When you stopped wishing things wouldn’t fall apart, you’d stop suffering when they did. ”
  5. #5
    “Money is a guarantee that we may have what we want in the future. Though we need nothing at the moment it insures the possibility of satisfying a new desire when it arises.”
  6. #6
    “Success is getting what you want..
    Happiness is wanting what you get.”
  7. #7
    “The shape of my life is, of course, determined by many things; my background and childhood, my mind and its education, my conscience and its pressures, my heart and its desires.”
  8. #8
    “Daughter, dismiss thy fears; to thy desire The fates of thine are fix’d, and stand entire.”
    author
    Virgil
    book
    The Aenid
    character
    Jove
    concepts
    desiresfearfate
  9. #9
    “I desired more...than was within my reach. Who blames me? Many call me discontented. I couldn’t help it: the restlessness is in my nature; it agitated me to pain sometimes.”
  10. #10
    “Once Everest was determined to be the highest summit on earth, it was only a matter of time before people decided that Everest needed to be climbed.”
  11. #11
    “If any two men desire the same thing, which nevertheless they cannot both enjoy, they become enemies; and in the way to their end (which is principally their own conservation, and sometimes their delectation only) endeavour to destroy or subdue one another.”
  12. #12
    “As I stare at it,I can feel little invisible strings, silently tugging me toward it. I have to touch it. I have to wear it. It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.”
  13. #13
    “For we pay a price for everything we get or take in this world; and although ambitions are well worth having, they are not to be cheaply won, but exact their dues of work and self-denial, anxiety and discouragement.”
  14. #14
    “Above all, pay attention to your own hearts with their lusts, for they are ‘deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.’ Set your faces with flint-like resolve since you have all power in heaven and earth on your side.”
  15. #15
    “But whatsoever is the object of any man’s appetite or desire, that is it which he for his part calleth good; and the object of his hate and aversion, evil; and of his contempt, vile and inconsiderable. For these words of good, evil, and contemptible are ever used with relation to the person that useth them: there being nothing simply and absolutely so; nor any common rule of good and evil to be taken from the nature of the objects themselves.”
  16. #16
    “I accepted the assignment because I was in the grip of the Everest mystique. In truth, I wanted to climb the mountain as badly as I’d ever wanted anything in my life.”
  17. #17
    “I don’t know if a little music aint about the nicest thing a fellow can have.”
  1. #18
    “That which men desire they are said to love, and to hate those things for which they have aversion. So that desire and love are the same thing.”
  2. #19
    “I tried to do as she would wish it. The Lord will pardon me and excuse the conduct of them He sent me.”
  3. #20
    “Love sought is good, but given unsought better.”
  4. #21
    No. No games. He wanted her and didn’t care who knew it. He definitely and absolutely wanted her, longed for her.
  5. #22
    “Sometimes the most dangerous thing of all in matters of love was to be granted your heart’s desire.”
  6. #23
    “When you want to attract something into your life, make sure your actions don’t contradict your desires.. Think about what you have asked for, and make sure that your actions are mirroring what you expect to receive, and that they’re not contradicting what you‘ve asked for. Act as if you are receiving it. Do exactly what you would do if you were receiving it today, and take actions in your life to reflect that powerful expectation. Make room to receive your desires, and as you do, you are sending out that powerful signal of expectation.”
  7. #24
    “If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.”
  8. #25
    “But a desire to choose the hardest might be a confession of weakness in itself.”
  9. #26
    “Henry sang slowly and with great sincerity and conviction...
    ‘Lord lift me up, and let me stand
    By faith on Heaven’s tableland
    A higher plane, that I have found
    Lord, plant my feet on Higher Ground.’
    I sat down, completely stunned. Henry’s voice was filled with desire. I experienced his song as a precious gift.”
  10. #27
    “Just in proportion as the desire grows, our fear lest it should be a mercenary desire will die away and finally be recognized as an absurdity. But probably this will not, for most of us, happen in a day; poetry replaces grammar, gospel replaces law, longing transforms obedience, as gradually as the tide lifts a grounded ship.”
  11. #28
    “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
  12. #29
    “Now, if we are made for heaven, the desire for our proper place will be already in us, but not yet attached to the true object, and will even appear as the rival of that object.”
  13. #30
    “Behind [the elders] was the big and ancient silk-cotton tree which was sacred. Spirits of good children lived in that tree waiting to be born. On ordinary days young women who desired children came to sit under its shade.”
  14. #31
    “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
  15. #32
    “To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.”
  16. #33
    “Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
  17. #34
    “If you start by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work towards getting it.”

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  1. #35
    ″ If a trans-temporal, transfinite good is our real destiny, then any other good on which our desire fixes must be in some degree fallacious, must bear at best only a symbolical relation to what will truly satisfy.”
  2. #36
    “The scriptural picture of heaven is therefore just as symbolical as the picture which our desire, unaided, invents for itself; heaven is not really full of jewelry any more than it is really the beauty of Nature, or a fine piece of music.”
  3. #37
    “Verily, there is nothing, right or wrong, which belief, plus burning desire, cannot make real.”
  4. #38
    “The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”
  5. #39
    “But the question to precede all others, which finally determines the course of our lives is What do I really want? Was it to love what God commands, in the words of the collect, and to desire what He promises? Did I want what I wanted, or did I want what He wanted, no matter what it might cost?”
  6. #40
    “The best world shakers were the ones who understood the true power of words. They were the ones who could climb the highest. One such word shaker was a small, skinny girl. She was renowned as the best word shaker of her region because she knew how powerless a person could be WITHOUT words. That’s why she could climb higher than anyone else. She had desire. She was hungry for them.”
  7. #41
    “All Joy reminds. It is never a possession, always a desire for something longer ago or further away or still ‘about to be’.”
  8. #42
    “It is not good to want a thing too much. It sometimes drives the luck away. You must want it just enough . . . ”
  9. #43
    “If you work hard enough, assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.”
  10. #44
    “Chinese parents believe that they know what is best for their children and therefore override all of their children’s own desires and preferences.”
  11. #45
    “Thou must also take heed of another kind of wandering, for they are idle in their actions, who toil and labour in this life, and have no certain scope to which to direct all their motions, and desires.”
  12. #46
    “Being listened to and heard is one of the greatest desires of the human heart. And those who learn to listen are the most loved and respected.”
  13. #47
    “But if it be so that there be no gods, or that they take no care of the world, why should I desire to live in a world void of gods, and of all divine providence?”
  14. #48
    “I recognize the desire to surprise your own life. ‘You must change your life,’ as the poet Rilke said.”
  15. #49
    “Each of us harboured the desire to make our own small contribution to the creation of a better world, and saw that, as professionals, the surest means of doing so would be to serve the great gentlemen of our times in whose hands civilization had been entrusted.”
  16. #50
    “The desire of God’s heart is immeasurably larger than our imaginations can conjure.”
  17. #51
    “You need to know it’s your actions that will make you a good person, not desire.”
  1. #52
    “He ought to tell Crowley. No, he didn’t. He wanted to tell Crowley. He ought to tell Heaven.”
  2. #53
    “The freedom now desired by many is not freedom to do and dare but freedom from care and worry.”
  3. #54
    What I wanted more than anything was one silver bell from Santa’s sleigh.
  4. #55
    “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.”
  5. #56
    “The two desires struggle within me: the desire to be safe, and the desire to know. I cannot tell which one will win.”
  6. #57
    “His life will be better. I could be the one to change that for him. And suddenly that desire, the desire to help him, is even stronger than my selfish desire to keep him close.”
  7. #58
    “The rage rises again, and I don’t even want to control it. But what can I do about it? What can I do to avenge my brother, or even try to save the others?”
  8. #59
    “You told me! I told you!”
  9. #60
    “But I don’t want him. I want someone else. It feels strange to have spent so much time wishing for something, for someone, and then one day, suddenly, to just stop.”
  10. #61
    “A mass movement attracts and holds a following not because it can satisfy the desire for self-advancement, but because it can satisfy the passion for self-renunciation.”
  11. #62
    “The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.”
  12. #63
    “The irony is that while God doesn’t need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don’t really want Him most of the time.”
  13. #64
    “When they say the heart wants what it wants, they’re talking about the poetic heart—the heart of love songs and soliloquies, the one that can break as if it were just-formed glass.
    They’re not talking about the real heart, the one that only needs healthy foods and aerobic exercise.”
  14. #65
    “Gram and Gramps knew that I wanted to see Momma, but that I was afraid to.”
  15. #66
    “The fruit of labours, in the lives to come,
    Is threefold for all men,--Desirable,
    And Undesirable, and mixed of both;
    But no fruit is at all where no work was.”
  16. #67
    “Heaven’s justice goads them on, that fear Is turn’d into desire.”
  17. #68
    “Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.”

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  1. #69
    “August is not the only one consumed by thoughts of Marlena. I lie on my horse blanket at night wanting her so badly I ache. A part of me wishes she would come to me – but not really, because it’s too dangerous. I also can’t go to her, because she’s sharing a bunk in the virgin car with one of the bally broads.”
  2. #70
    “They all talked at once, their voices insistent and contradictory and impatient, making of unreality a possibility, then a probability, then an incontrovertible fact, as people will when their desires become words.”
  3. #71
    “I have wanted . . . to commit a murder myself. I recognized this as the desire of the artist to express himself! . . . But—incongruous as it may seem to some—I was restrained and hampered by my innate sense of justice. The innocent must not suffer.”
  4. #72
    “Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
    Her infinite variety. Other women cloy
    The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry
    Where most she satisfies. ”
  5. #73
    “The Christian says, ‘Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex.”
  6. #74
    “They who know truth in truth, and untruth in untruth, arrive at truth, and follow true desires.”
  7. #75
    “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud.”
  8. #76
    “People who are afflicted by sickness or poverty or love or thirst or any other unsatisfied desires are prone to anger and easily roused.”
  9. #77
    “Preceding accomplishment must be desire. Thy desires must be strong and definite.”
  10. #78
    “Confuse not the necessary expenses with thy desires.”
  11. #79
    “Who cares what you want? The only thing that matters is what is good for you. Your mother and I only care about what is good for you. You go to school, you become a doctor, you be successful. Then you never have to work in a store like this. Then you have money and respect, and all the things you want will come. You find a nice girl and have children and you have the American Dream. Why would you throw your future away for temporary things that you only want right now?”
  12. #80
    “But he fell gradually in love and began to speculate wildly on marriage.”
  13. #81
    Just remember that self-discipline is not self-suppression. Suppression is when you resist and fight against your desires, keeping them as buried and unexpressed as possible.
  14. #82
    “Who wants to want according to a little table?”
  15. #83
    “Kids chase the love that eludes them.”
  16. #84
    “In Eugene Sue, she studied descriptions of furnishings; she read Balzac and George Sand, seeking in them the imagined satisfaction of her own desires.”
  17. #85
    “Where the willingness is great the difficulties cannot be great.”
  1. #86
    “Not only did I rediscover every experience of my life, I had to live each unfulfilled desire as well—as though they’d been fulfilled. I saw that what transpires in the mind is just as real as any flesh and blood occurrence
  2. #87
    “Desire is an odd thing. As soon as it’s sated, it transmutes. If we receive golden thread, we desire the golden needle.”
  3. #88
    “But all parts of the body must be ready for the other, all atoms must jump in one direction for desire to occur.”
  4. #89
    “Don’t we forgive everything of a lover? We forgive selfishness, desire, guile. As long as we are the motive for it.”
  5. #90
    “You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal.”
  6. #91
    “All my empty dreams suddenly lost their charm and my heart began to throb with a bewildering passion for the wisdom of eternal truth.”
  7. #92
    “Grief eats away its heart for the loss of things which it took pleasure in desiring, because it wants to be like you, from whom nothing can be taken away.”
  8. #93
    “Our minds sometimes see what our hearts wish were true.”
  9. #94
    “Oh, it’s delightful to have ambitions. I’m so glad I have such a lot. And there never seems to be any end to them-- that’s the best of it. Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.”
  10. #95
    “Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.”
  11. #96
    “It provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Macbeth
    concept
    desires
  12. #97
    “It’s the hardest thing in the world—to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage.”
  13. #98
    “I learned to recognise the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both.”
  14. #99
    “Oh, how I wish I were tall enough to go on the sea,” said the fir-tree.
  15. #100
    “She hardly knew at times what it was she feared, and what she hoped for. Whether she feared or desired what had happened or what was going to happen and exactly what she longed for, she could not have said.”
  16. #101
    “All I wanted was to be loved for myself.”
  17. #102
    “I used to want a great many things before, and to be angry that I did not have them. Theoretically, I was satisfied. I flattered myself that I had limited my wants. But I was subject to irritation; I used to have morbid sterile hateful fits of hunger, of desire. Now I really am satisfied, because I can’t think of anything better. It’s just as when one has been trying to spell out a book in the twilight, and suddenly the lamp comes in. I had been putting out my eyes over the book of life, and finding nothing to reward me for my pains; but now that I can read it properly I see that it’s a delightful story.”
  1. #103
    “This is the Master-ring, the One Ring to rule them all. This is the One Ring that he lost many ages ago, to the great weakening of his power. He greatly desires it — but he must not get it.”
  2. #104
    “It is wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope. Well, let folly be our cloak, a veil before the eyes of the Enemy! For he is very wise, and weighs all things to a nicety in the scales of this malice. But the only measure that he knows is desire, desire for power; and so he judges all hearts. Into his heart the thought will not enter that any will refuse it.”
  3. #105
    “So, attend carefully to your posture. Quit drooping and hunching around. Speak your mind. Put your desires forward, as if you had a right to them — at least the same right as others. Walk tall and gaze forthrightly ahead. Dare to be dangerous. Encourage the serotonin to flow plentifully through neural pathways desperate for its calming influence.”
  4. #106
    “for you will always gravitate toward that which you, secretly, most love.”
  5. #107
    “You can satisfy the people, for their object is more righteous than that of the nobles, the latter wishing to oppress, while the former only desire not to be oppressed.”
  6. #108
    “There was once a young man who wished to gain his Heart’s Desire.”
    author
    Neil Gaiman
    book
    Stardust
    character
    Tristran
    concepts
    heartdesires
  7. #109
    “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud.
  8. #110
    “I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that country and to help others to do the same.”
  9. #111
    “I hardly knew Hannah Baker. I mean, I wanted to. I wanted to know her more than I had the chance. […] [W]e never had the chance to get closer. And not once did I take her for granted. Not once.”
  10. #112
    “How I feel is that if I wanted anything I’d take it. That’s what I’ve always thought all my life. But it happens that I want you, and so I just haven’t room for any other desires.”
  11. #113
    “You see, gentlemen, reason is an excellent thing, there’s no disputing that, but reason is nothing but reason and satisfies only the rational side of man’s nature, while will is a manifestation of the whole life, that is, of the whole human life including reason and all the impulses. ”
  12. #114
    “You can’t have anything, you can’t have anything at all. Because desire just cheats you. It’s like a sunbeam skipping here and there about a room. It stops and gilds some inconsequential object, and we poor fools try to grasp it--but when we do the sunbeam moves on to something else, and you’ve got the inconsequential part, but the glitter that made you want it is gone--”
  13. #115
    “My own corruption is violent, tumultuous, enticing, and entangling. As it conceives sin, it wars within me and against me.”
  14. #116
    “A U.S. of modern A. where the State is not a team or a code, but a sort of sloppy intersection of desires and fears, where the only public consensus a boy must surrender to is the acknowledged primacy of straight-line pursuing this flat and short-sighted idea of personal happiness.”
  15. #117
    “You know, I can feel the fear that you carry around and I wish there was... something I could do to help you let go of it because if you could, I don’t think you’d feel so alone anymore.”
  16. #118
    “The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so.”
  17. #119
    “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
  1. #120
    “If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever.”
  2. #121
    “Only by managing my thinking and shifting my thoughts from desire to deeds would I be able to bring about positive change. I needed to go from wanting to doing.”
  3. #122
    “There are a great many things that I wish to do, and don’t get to.”
  4. #123
    “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”
  5. #124
    We think we have many desires, but in fact we have only one. What is it?”
    “To live,” said Camilla.
    “To live forever,” said Bunny, chin cupped in palm.”
  6. #125
    “We need hope as much as we need bread and...”
  7. #126
    “Desire is both imitative (we like what others like) and competitive (we want to take away from others what they have). As children, we wanted to monopolize the attention of a parent, to draw it away from other siblings. This sense of rivalry... makes people compete for the attention.”
  8. #127
    “Brody is the toy that all the other kids want to own, so obviously Selah wants to be the one to lock him down. He’s a fill-in-the-blank... it could be a purse, a car, a trip, a new pair of shoes. She’s constantly in pursuit of shiny things, and well, he is very shiny.”
  9. #128
    “I had a dream about you. We couldn’t decide on a sunrise. You wanted a tan, I only cared about the view. Then World War III fulfilled both our desires.”
  10. #129
    “Yet, desires and and impulses are as much a part of a perfect human being, as beliefs and restraints;”
  11. #130
    “It is not because men’s desires are strong that they act ill; it is because their consciences are weak.”
  12. #131
    “A person whose desires and impulses are his own- are the expression of his own nature, as it has been developed and modified by his own culture- is said to have character.”
  13. #132
    “To eliminate the agitation and disappointment of desire, we need but awaken to the fact that we have everything we want and need right now.”
  14. #133
    “By identifying with our desires and taking them too seriously, we not only increase our susceptibility to disappointment, we actually create a climate inhospitable to the free and easy fulfillment of those desires.”
  15. #134
    “[I]t is rather the case that we desire something because we believe it to be good than that we believe a thing to be good because we desire it. It is the thought that starts things off.”
  16. #135
    “Love. Where does it come from? Who lit this flame in us? No war can put it out, conquer it. I was a prisoner. You set me free. ”
  17. #136
    “The desire to see and the desire to ratify what one has seen are desires at odds with one another, if only because they proceed from separate places in the imagination.”
  18. #137
    “No ego can last for long without the need for more. Therefore, wanting keeps the ego alive much more than having. The ego wants to want more than it wants to have. And so the shallow satisfaction of having is always replaced by more wanting.”
  19. #138
    ″ I say to you that we do not seek the struggle.”
  20. #139
    “If we are taken over by craving, no matter who or what is before us, all we can see is how it might satisfy our needs. This kind of thirst contracts our body and mind into a profound trance.”
  21. #140
    “If you know who you are, make the changes you must in order to learn and grow, and then give everything you’ve got to your dreams, you can achieve anything your heart desires.”
  22. #141
    “The very desire to find shortcuts makes you eminently unsuited for any kind of mastery.”
  23. #142
    All movement is a sign of thirst.
    Most speaking really says
    “I am hungry to know you.”
    Every desire of your body is holy;
    Every desire of your body is holy.
    Dear one,
    Why wait until you are dying
    To discover that divine
    Truth?”
  24. #143
    “I wouldn’t let her talk to me, but as I talked I would want her to reach out a soft white hand and stroke my head and say, “Poor think! Oh, you poor, poor thing!”
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