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Quotes about Desires

Let these Desires quotes help you to let go of your troubles and move on to a joyful and inspiring life.

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere,
and many of us will have to pass
through the valley of the shadow of death
again and again before we reach
the mountaintop of our desires.
- Nelson Mandela

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Our desires always disappoint us;
for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction,
yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation.
- Elbert Hubbard

Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity,
reduce selfishness, have few desires.
- Lao Tzu

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.
- Socrates

 

I distrust those people who know so well
what God wants them to do,
because I notice it always coincides
with their own desires.
- Susan B. Anthony

If thou wilt make a man happy,
add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
- Epicurus

Every one desires to live long,
but no one would be old.
- Abraham Lincoln


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When we come into the present,
we begin to feel the life around us again,
but we also encounter whatever we have been avoiding.
We must have the courage to face whatever is present -
our pain, our desires, our grief,
our loss, our secret hopes our love -
everything that moves us most deeply.
- Jack Kornfield

Love allows your beloved the freedom to be unlike you.
Attachment asks for conformity to your needs and desires.
Love imposes no demands.
Attachment expresses an overwhelming demand - "Make me feel whole."
Love expands beyond the limits of two people.
Attachment tries to exclude everything but two people.
- Deepak Chopra in The Path to Love

I pray that my greatest desires will always be for
exactly what Spirit is offering me at that very moment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.
Seek discipline and find your liberty.
- Frank Herbert

One that desires to excel
should endeavor in those things
that are in themselves most excellent.
- Epictetus

I am no longer sure of anything.
If I satiate my desires, I sin but I deliver myself from them;
if I refuse to satisfy them,
they infect the whole soul.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

Men are so simple and yield so readily to the desires
of the moment that he who will trick will always find
another who will suffer to be tricked.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

By annihilating the desires, you annihilate the mind.
Every man without passions has within him no principle of action,
nor motive to act.
- Claude Adrien Helvetius

Take the trouble to stop and think of the other person's feelings,
his viewpoints, his desires and needs.
Think more of what the other fellow wants,
and how he must feel.
- Maxwell Maltz

Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires
but according to our powers.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

God authors desires in your heart, then fulfills His
Will by enabling you to realize those desires.
- Edwin Louis Cole

He who reigns within himself and rules passions,
desires, and fears is more than a king.
- John Milton

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him
who conquers his enemies;
for the hardest victory is over self.
- Aristotle

You will live your life secure in that you are no longer
manipulated by what other people want you to do and be,
but are directed by your own inner desires.
- H. Stanley Judd

When a person really desires something,
all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.
- Paulo Coelho

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

To me, Shakespeare uses the supernatural elements to
reveal his character's inner desires and fears.
- John Foster

Literature for me isn't a workaday job,
but something which involves desires,
dreams and fantasy.
- Antonio Tabucchi

No nation now sets forth to despoil another upon the
avowed ground that it desires the spoils.
- Elihu Root

The moguls are driven by their respective desires for profit -
period.
- Todd Gitlin

A lot of people just go to movies that feed into their
preexisting and not so noble needs and desires:
They just go to action pictures,
and things like that.
- Roger Ebert

My own will and desires were now very much broken,
and my heart was with much earnestness turned to the Lord,
to whom alone I looked for help in the dangers before me.
- John Woolman

Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength
from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.
- Sigmund Freud

Whatever it is your heart desires, please go for it,
it's yours to have.
- Gloria Estefan

We were sent to this country by the President,
who desires to promote the welfare of Japan,
and are quite different from the ambassadors of other countries.
- Townsend Harris

As a result of that, America desires a moderate Islam;
an Islam that America can control; an Islam that America
can give direction to and give orders to its leaders.
- Louis Farrakhan

Listen to the desires of your children.
Encourage them and then give them the autonomy to make their own decision.
- Denis Waitley

Energy is an eternal delight, and he who desires,
but acts not, breeds pestilence.
- William Blake

Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

Blessedness consists in the accomplishment of our desires,
and in our having only regular desires.
- Saint Aurelius Augustine

In moderating, not satisfying desires,
lies peace.
- Ben Hecht

Music is the career I'm lucky enough to get paid for,
but I have other desires and passions.
- Layne Staley

Most of us are consumed with our own thoughts and desires
and are not always thinking about what other people may want.
This is not necessarily being egocentric;
it is just being human.
- Bo Bennett

Those who restrain their desires, do so because theirs
is weak enough to be restrained.
- William Blake

To me that's what art is about - when you don't really
have any control over your desires to do it.
- Noah Taylor

If what the heart approves conforms to proper patterns,
then even if one's desires are many,
what harm would they be to good order?
- Xun Zi

The child who desires education will be bettered by it;
the child who dislikes it disgraced.
- John Ruskin

Indignation is a submission of our thoughts,
but not of our desires.
- Bertrand Russell

First rule of Economics 101: our desires are insatiable.
Second rule: we can stomach only three Big Macs at a time.
- Douglas Horton

Men govern nothing with more difficulty than their tongues,
and can moderate their desires more than their words.
- Baruch Spinoza

They who overcome their desires once can overcome them always.
- Pierre Corneille

Desire nothing, give up all desires and be happy.
- Swami Sivananda

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

An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality;
our desires being often but precursors of the things
which we are capable of performing.
- Samuel Smiles

Unfortunately, however, I have too many desires to make a good Buddhist.
- Jim Coleman

Only he who desires is amiable and not he who is satiated.
- Thomas Mann

You know that we have a great variety of ways to gratify our own desires.
- Elias Hicks

God grant you all your desires and accept my own hearty
thanks for all your attention to me.
Although indeed, those attentions have tried me more
than death can now terrify me.
- Jane Grey

Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.
- Jonathan Swift

Good advertising does not just circulate information.
It penetrates the public mind with desires and belief.
- Leo Burnett

Most people think that shadows follow,
precede or surround beings or objects.
The truth is that they also surround words,
ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories.
- Elie Wiesel

One might as well try to ride two horses moving in different directions,
as to try to maintain in equal force two opposing or
contradictory sets of desires.
- Robert Collier

We trifle when we assign limits to our desires,
since nature hath set none.
- Christian Nestell Bovee

Almost all our desires, when examined,
contain something too shameful to reveal.
- Victor Hugo

Those who forget good and evil and seek only to know
the facts are more likely to achieve good than those
who view the world through the distorting medium of their own desires.
- Bertrand Russell

The bad man desires arbitrary power.
What moves the evil man is the love of injustice.
- John Rawls

To the totality of purposes of the perfect Law there belong the abandonment,
depreciation, and restraint of desires in so far as possible.
- Maimonides

My films are the expression of momentary desires.
I follow my instincts, but in a disciplined way.
- Roman Polanski

Conjugal love, or the friendship of spouses,
can persist even after sexual desires have weakened,
withered, and disappeared.
- Mortimer Adler

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

Intellects whose desires have outstripped their understanding.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

We all have different desires and needs,
but if we don't discover what we want from ourselves and what we stand for,
we will live passively and unfulfilled.
- Bill Watterson

Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet:
there's always one determined to face in an opposite
direction from the way the arranger desires.
- Marcelene Cox

No man is poor who does not think himself so.
But if in a full fortune with impatience he desires more,
he proclaims his wants and his beggarly condition.
- Jeremy Taylor


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