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Desire quotes (33)

The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.
Jonathan Swift   Category: Desire

I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires rather than in attempting to satisfy them.
John Stuart Mill   Category: Desire

Our deeds follow us and what we have been makes us what we are.
John Dykes   Category: Desire

Desires must be simple and definite. They defeat their own purpose should they be too many too confusing or beyond a mans training to accomplish.
George S. Clason   Category: Desire

It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied and most men live only for the gratification of it.
Aristotle   Category: Desire

When the mind is disturbed it is attracted by ten thousand things. With attraction craving will arise. With craving the desire to obtain things to satisfy craving will emerge. The mind that desires is rooted in earthly existence and is controlled by the pa-kua of Later Heaven.
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We would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Desire

Our desires presage the capacities within us; they are harbingers of what we shall be able to accomplish. What we can do and want to do is projected in our imagination quite outside ourselves and into the future. We are attracted to what is already ours in secret. Thus passionate anticipation transforms what is indeed possible into dreamt-for reality.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Desire

Every human mind is a great slumbering power until awakened by keen desire and by definite resolution to do.
Edgar F. Roberts   Category: Desire

You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.
James Allen   Category: Desire

I used to desire many many things but now I have just one desire and that's to get rid of all my other desires.
John Cleese   Category: Desire

Those who are nearest to God are they who are first to give a salutation.
Prophet Muhammad   Category: Desire

A short cut to riches is to subtract from our desires.
Francesco Petrarca Petrarch   Category: Desire

A king is one who has few things to desire and many things to fear.
Francis Bacon   Category: Desire

Your ability to use the principle of autosuggestion will depend very largely upon your capacity to concentrate upon a given desire until that desire becomes a burning obsession.
Napoleon Hill   Category: Desire

Count not thyself to have found true peace if thou hast felt no grief; nor that then all is well if thou hast no adversary; nor that this is perfect if all things fall out according to thy desire.
Thomas à Kempis   Category: Desire

Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Desire

Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance.
William Shakespeare   Category: Desire

Two things only the people anxiously desire--bread and circuses.
Decimus Junius Juvenalis Juvenal   Category: Desire

Desire and force between them are responsible for all our Actions; desire causes our voluntary acts force our involuntary.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Desire

There are two problems in my life. The political ones are insoluble and the economic ones are incomprehensible.
Alec Douglas-Home   Category: Desire

Our desires attract supporting reasons as a magnet the iron fillings.
W. MacNeile Dixon   Category: Desire

The man of genius knows what he is aiming at; nobody else knows. And he alone knows when something comes between him and his object. In the course of generations however men will excuse you for not doing as they do if you will bring enough to pass in your own way.
Henry David Thoreau   Category: Desire

Ive lived to bury my desires And see my dreams corrode with rust; Now all thats left are fruitless fires That burn my empty heart to dust.
Alexander Sergeievich Pushkin   Category: Desire

To gain a good reputation endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
Socrates   Category: Desire

We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire but gradually our desire changes. The situation that we hoped to change because it was intolerable becomes unimportant. We have not managed to surmount the obstacle as were absolutely determined to do but life has taken us around it led us past it and then if we turn around to gaze at the remote past we can barely catch sight of it so imperceptible has it become.
Marcel Proust   Category: Desire

Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it.
Lord George Gordon Byron   Category: Desire

One of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness from the fetters of ones own ever-shifting desires.
Albert Einstein   Category: Desire

Virtue consists not in abstaining from vice but in not desiring it.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Desire

Greater things are believed of those who are absent.
Publius Cornelius Tacitus   Category: Desire

Discontents arise from our desires oftener than from our wants.
Proverb   Category: Desire

You must intensify and render continuous by repeatedly presenting with suggestive ideas and mental pictures of the feast of good things and the flowing fountain which awaits the successful achievement or attainment of the desires.
Robert Collier   Category: Desire

It is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Desire