Desire is a strong wish or craving.
- Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.
- I tell you naught for your comfort,
Yea, naught for your desire,
Save that the sky grows darker yet
And the sea rises higher.
- Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.
- Jean de La Fontaine, As quoted in Subcontact : Slap the Face of Fear and Wake Up Your Subconscious (2001) by Dian Benson, p. 149
- Variant: Everyone believes very easily whatever he fears or desires.
- The ultimate meaning of desire is death.
- Rene Girard, in Mensonge romantique et vérité romanesque [Deceit, Desire and the Novel : Self and Other in Literary Structure] (1961), p. 290.
- I would rather be a poor man in a garret with plenty of books than a king who did not love reading.
- Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay, Letter to his Niece (September 15, 1842).
- Desire is sad.
- W. Somerset Maugham, in "Rain".
- Science ... cannot conceive of any means of achieving that escape from desires we call "contentment" otherwise than through the satisfaction of those desires; it has not yet learnt that there is no limit to the multiplication of desires, nor that, since different people's desires are often mutually incompatible, an indefinite multiplication of desires increases conflict as well as discontent.
- Walter James, 4th Baron Northbourne, "Intellectual Freedom," Studies in Comparative Religion, Vol. 5, No.1. (Winter 1971).
- Nitimur in vetitum semper, cupimusque negata.
- We are always striving for things forbidden, and coveting those denied us.
- Ovid, Amorum (16 BC), III. 4. 17.
- The really clever thing, in affairs of this sort, is not to win a woman already desired by everyone, but to discover such a prize while she is still unknown.
- Cesare Pavese, in This Business of Living, 1940-10-07.
- Anywhere you go,desire is desire. The sun cannot bleach it, nor the tide wash it away...
- I have
Immortal longings in me.
- I do desire we may be better strangers.
- Can one desire too much of a good thing?
- Methinks I have a great desire to a bottle of hay: good hay, sweet hay, hath no fellow.
- Had doting Priam checked his son's desire,
Troy had been bright with fame and not with fire.
- William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece (1594), line 1,490.
- There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
- Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903), Act IV.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 189.
- Passing into higher forms of desire, that which slumbered in the plant, and fitfully stirred in the beast, awakes in the man.
- Henry George, Progress and Poverty, Book II, Chapter 3.
- Nil cupientium
Nudus castra peti.
- Naked I seek the camp of those who desire nothing.
- Horace, Carmina, Book III. 16. 22.
- The thing we long for, that we are
For one transcendent moment.
- James Russell Lowell, Longing.
- Velle suum cuique est, nec voto vivitur uno.
- Each man has his own desires; all do not possess the same inclinations.
- Persius, Satires, V, 53.
- As the hart panteth after the water-brooks.
- Psalms. XLII. 1.
- Oh! could I throw aside these earthly bands
That tie me down where wretched mortals sigh—
To join blest spirits in celestial lands!
- Petrarch, To Laura in Death, Sonnet XLV.
- The desire of the moth for the star,
Of the night for the morrow,
The devotion to something afar
From the sphere of our sorrow.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, To——, One Word is too Often Profaned.
- We grow like flowers, and bear desire,
The odor of the human flowers.
- Richard Henry Stoddard, The Squire of Low Degree, The Princess Answers, I, line 13.