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Desires Quotes

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

Related topics: Values Life Human-Nature Psychology Wisdom Inspirational Positive Simple Simplicity Simple-Living Simple-Life

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

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

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

 

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

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

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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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

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

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

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

Our visions begin with our desires.
- Audre Lorde

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

Your desires and true beliefs have a way of playing blind man's bluff.
You must corner the inner facts.
- David Seabury

Their poverty secured their freedom,
since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism.
- Edward Gibbon

I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest,
with visions to be realized, than lord among those
without dreams and desires.
- Khalil Gibran

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

Each man has his own desires; all do not possess the same inclinations.
- Aulus Persius Flaccus

Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve.
Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle.
It's a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.
- Eric Butterworth

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

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

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

You can love more than one person in your life,
but things will be different.
There'll be a different dynamic.
Needs and desires change.
- Francesca Annis

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

Let him who desires peace prepare for war.
- Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

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

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

Whatever my individual desires were to be free,
I was not alone.
There were many others who felt the same way.
- Rosa Parks

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

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

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

Boredom: the desire for desires.
- Leo Tolstoy

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

When your desires are strong enough you will appear
to possess superhuman powers to achieve.
- Napoleon Hill

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

He put in your heart certain wishes and plans;
in my heart,
he put other different desires.
- Sitting Bull

He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.
- William Blake

Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts,
the more needs and desires it finds.
- Saint Teresa of Avila

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 all is said and done, the real citadel of strength
of any community is in the hearts and minds and desires
of those who dwell there.
- Everett Dirksen

Man is the only animal whose desires increase as they are fed;
the only animal that is never satisfied.
- Henry George

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 diligent scholar is he that loves himself,
and desires to have reason to applaud and love himself.
- William Godwin

The inner thought coming from the heart represents
the real motives and desires.
These are the cause of action.
- Raymond Holliwell

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

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

A short cut to riches is to subtract from our desires.
- Petrarch

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

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

I've always been comfortable with my sexual desires and what I like.
- Izabella Scorupco

A man desires praise that he may be reassured,
that he may be quit of his doubting of himself;
he is indifferent to applause when he is confident of success.
- Alec Waugh

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

Death is the mother of Beauty; hence from her,
alone, shall come fulfillment to our dreams and our desires.
- Wallace Stevens

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

Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of
obstacles to the realization of desires.
- Bertrand Russell

Faith is an invisible and invincible magnet,
and attracts to itself whatever it fervently desires
and calmly and persistently expects.
- Ralph W. Trine

To educate the intelligence is to expand the horizon
of its wants and desires.
- James Russell Lowell

Prayer is not so much the means whereby God's will
is bent to man's desires,
as it is that whereby man's will is bent to God's desires.
- Charles Bent

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

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

When ambitious desires arise in thy heart,
recall the days of extremity thou has passed through.
- Ieyasu Tokugawa

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

He had not yet learned that the only safe male rebuke
to a scornful female is to stay away from her -
especially if that is what she desires.
- Booth Tarkington


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