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Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained. ~ William Blake

Desire is a strong wish or craving.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Anywhere you go,desire is desire. The sun cannot bleach it, nor the tide wash it away...
  • Had doting Priam checked his son's desire,
    Troy had been bright with fame and not with fire.
  • There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

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.
  • Nil cupientium
    Nudus castra peti.
    • Naked I seek the camp of those who desire nothing.
    • Horace, Carmina, Book III. 16. 22.
  • 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.
  • We grow like flowers, and bear desire,
    The odor of the human flowers.

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