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".
- 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, Rape of Lucrece, 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.