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Out of need springs desire and out of desire springs the energy and the will to win.

Denis Waitley

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

My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my own sake.

Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.

Praise shames me, for I secretly beg for it.

The starting point of all achievement is desire.

The desire to reach the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise and most possible.

You don’t become what you want, you become what you believe.

A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.

Not to get what you have your heart set on is almost as bad as getting nothing at all.

My thought has been shaped by books, my desires by pictures.

Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.

Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly.

Sometimes I need to be a stranger to myself. Only then my soul can show me not what I want, but what I need to see.

There is no fear for one whose mind is not filled with desires.

If you need something desperately and find it, this is not an accident; your own craving and compulsion leads you to it.

All get what they want; they do not always like it.

Negative desires can cause no evil if you do not allow yourself to be seduced by them.

Whatsoever that be within us that feels, thinks, desires and animates is something celestial, divine and consequently imperishable.

Industry need not wish.

What we need is love to guide and protect us on.

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.

I wish to change there minds, not kill them for weaknesses we all posses.

Love is like a child, that longs for everything it can come by.

When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.

Desire of having is the sin of covetousness.

Peace above all things is to be desired, but blood must sometimes be spilled to obtain it on equable and lasting terms.

When God desires to destroy a thing he entrusts its destruction to the thing itself. Every bad institution of this world ends by suicide.

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.

Edgar Allan Poe

Freedom from the desire for an answer is essential to the understanding of a problem.

Every time you state what you want or believe, you're the first to hear it. It's a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don't put a ceiling on yourself.

Our destiny changes with our thought, we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to d,o when our habitual thought corresponds with our desire.

By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.

Desire is storm, greed is whirlpool, pride is precipice, attachment is avalanche, ego is volcano. Discard desire and you are liberated.

Beauty is desired in order that it may be befouled, not for its own sake but for the joy brought by the certainty of profaning it.

Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not to put this plan into action.

Napoleon Hill

A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.

Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.

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

Bertrand Russell

Curiosity n. An objectionable quality of the female mind. The desire to know whether or not a woman is cursed with curiosity is one of the most active and insatiable passions of the masculine soul.

When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.

I will indulge my sorrows and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair.

A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more valuable kindnesses hereafter.

Where sense is wanting, everything is wanting.

Boredom: the desire for desires.

A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body - the wishbone.

God's desire is that we excel.

Joel Osteen

If things do not turn out as we wish, we should wish for them as they turn out.

We should aim rather at leveling down our desires than leveling up our means.

Always desire to learn something useful.

All that spirits desire spirits attain.

Every person is a God in embryo. Its only desire is to be born.

Deepak Chopra

What you do not wish upon yourself extend not to others.

A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it, action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving.

Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion and knowledge.

By reading the characteristic features of any man's castles in the air, you can make a shrewd guess as to his underlying desires which are frustrated.

Desire leads to ultimate ruin.

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.

Dispel desire, Develop true love.

Wealth and rank are what people desire but unless they are obtained in the right way they may not be possessed.

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

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

A lie does not consist in the indirect position of words, but in the desire and intention, by false speaking to deceive and injure your neighbour.

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and, at last, you create what you will.

'Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it.

I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery.

Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions, desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary.

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

Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.

Desire plus life is man, Life minus desire is God.

If you're bored with life - you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things - you don't have enough goals.

Experience, as a desire for experience, does not come off. We must not study ourselves while having an experience.

Fantasy mirrors desire. Imagination reshapes it.

I believe everyone should have a broad picture of how the universe operates and our place in it. It is a basic human desire. And it also puts our worries in perspective.

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later.

The more I know of the world the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!

Jane Austen

Desire makes man forget his real nature and reduces him to be status of a beast.

Sai Baba

Duty - that which sternly impels us in the direction of profit along the line of desire.

We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.

Every man makes a god of his own desire.


Have no desire to place before God.

Sai Baba

There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means - either may do - the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.

It is not the possessions, but the desires of mankind which require to be equalized.

Everything is perfect in the universe - even your desire to improve it.

He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year.

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.

If you start by promising what you don't even have yet, you'll lose your desire to work towards getting it.

I arise in the morning, torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

E. B. White

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

It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.

Time and memory are true artists, they remold reality nearer to the heart's desire.

The child who desires education will be bettered by it, the child who dislikes it disgraced.

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants and the other is getting it.

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

Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.

Every man is rich or poor according to the proportion between his desires and his enjoyments.

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

God intends to give us what we need, not what we now think we want.

C. S. Lewis

Can one desire too much of a good thing?

William Shakespeare

Maids want nothing but husbands and when they have, them they want everything.

William Shakespeare

All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.

An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.

The best kind of wealth is to give up inordinate desires.

The fundamental desire of life is the desire to exist.

Desire is the worst enemy, it ruins many a human life. Desire, when fulfilled, breeds further desire.

Sai Baba

He who desires sense gratification must give up all thoughts of acquiring knowledge, and he who seeks knowledge must not hope for sense gratification.

Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?

William Shakespeare

It sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.

I call that man awake who, with conscious knowledge and understanding, can perceive the deep unreasoning powers in his soul, his whole innermost strength, desire and weakness, and knows how to reckon with himself.

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.


The desire for power in excess caused angels to fall, the desire for knowledge in excess caused man to fall, but in charity is no excess, neither can man or angels come in danger by it.

Expectation is the root of all heartache.

William Shakespeare

He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence

Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.

God sometimes does try to the uttermost those whom he wishes to bless.

Every intense desire is perhaps a desire to be different from what we are.

Eric Hoffer

A psychologist once told me that, for a boy, being in the middle of a conflict between two women is the worst possible situation. There's always a desire to please each one.

Hillary Clinton

And priests in black gowns were walking their rounds, And binding with briars my joys and desires.

Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he's buying.

Fran Lebowitz

My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.

A memory is a beautiful thing, it's almost a desire that you miss.

What is evil? Killing is evil, lying is evil, slandering is evil, abuse is evil, gossip is evil, envy is evil, hatred is evil, to cling to false doctrine is evil, all these things are evil. And what is the root of evil? Desire is the root of evil, illusion is the root of evil.


Desire is a bonfire that burns with greater fury, asking for more fuel. Desire is the sole cause of sorrow and distress.

If a man could have half of his wishes he would double his troubles.

I have never seen a man as fond of virtue as of women.

America is a Nation with a mission - and that mission comes from our most basic beliefs. We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace - a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and woman.

George W. Bush

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, desire.


Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me? And why should I not speak to you?

Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.

Wilson Mizner

Sometimes I think it's possible to mistake desire for clarity, and talking in a no-nonsense way for aggression.

There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.

If you desire many things, many things will seem few.

Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.

Napoleon Hill

Craving, not having, is the mother of a reckless giving of oneself.

Eric Hoffer

If we desire to avoid insult we must be able to repel it, if we desire to secure peace one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity it must be known that we are at all times ready for War.

Learning is like a cow of desire. It like her yields in all seasons. Like a mother it feeds you on your journey. Therefore learning is a hidden treasure.

Complete adaptation to environment means death. The essential point in all response is the desire to control environment.

John Dewey

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.

When you want something all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

Let the wave of memory, the storm of desire, the fire of emotion, pass through without affecting your equanimity.

Fancy and Fantasy rule the mind of man. You desire one thing in the morning, at noon you change over to something else. That desire will not persist until evening. If your desire is fulfilled you praise God and parade your devotion. But if it does not prevail you throw God overboard and parade your disbelief!

Lenience will operate with greater force in some instances than rigor. It is therefore my first wish to have all of my conduct distinguished by it.

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

Have no desires to place before GOD whatever HE does with, you however HE treats you is the gift that HE likes best to give you!

Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.

Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.

Fame is ultimately about the cycles of desire and how to do away with them or manage them well.

Lady Gaga

Abstinence sows sand all over The ruddy limbs & flaming hair, But Desire Gratified Plants fruits of life & beauty there.

Devotional singing induces in you a desire for experiencing the truth, to glimpse the beauty that is God, to taste the bliss that is the Self. It encourages man to dive into himself and be genuinely his real Self.

Death is a release from the impressions of the senses, and from desires that make us their puppets, and from the vagaries of the mind, and from the hard service of the flesh.

Marcus Aurelius

For the majority of instances where money is desired for the admitted object of blessing others the real underlying motive is a love of popularity and a desire to pose as a philanthropist or reformer....If your real desire is to do good there is no need to wait for money before you do it, you can do it now this very moment and just where you are.

James Allen

Every man desires to acquire Ananda. From where can Ananda be acquired ? Faith alone can win Ananda.

Desire destroys devotion, anger destroys wisdom, greed destroys work - hence these bad qualities must be sacrificed. With good and sweet words, keeping desires under check and control (for ultimate removal) one should start on the path of sacrifice.

The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch which hurts and is desired.

William Shakespeare

Of all the needs (there are none imaginary) a lonely child has the one that must be satisfied if there is going to be hope, and a hope of wholeness is the unshaken need for an unshakable God.

Maya Angelou

A ''Bay Area Bisexual'' told me I didn't quite coincide with either of her desires.

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man's happiness really lies in contentment.

Again men in general desire the good and not merely what their fathers had.

Bring me my bow of burning gold! Bring me my arrows of desire! Bring me my spear! O clouds unfold! Bring me my chariot of fire!

As is the desire of Providence so functions one's intellect, one's activities are also controlled by Providence, and by the will of Providence one is surrounded by helpers.

Better murder an infant in its cradle than nurse an unacted desire.

Our necessities never equal our wants.

Benjamin Franklin

He whose hands are clean does not like to hold an office, he who desires nothing cares not for bodily decorations, he who is only partially educated cannot speak agreeably, and he who speaks out plainly cannot be a deceiver.

Desire is like the shadow caused by the morning sun, it gets longer when you run to catch, it makes you a fool.

The family is the association established by nature for the supply of man's everyday wants.


Friendship is the expression of unshakable LOVE, LOVE that is noble, pure, free from desire or egoism.

Another point, you desire that I should come to your houses, you pray to Me to do so you grieve when I do not come, you start reviling yourself that you are poorer than others, that you are spiritually underdeveloped perhaps and so on. I have no place in My heart for such distinctions and differences.