Quotes and Sayings about Desire



"People desire power. I don't know why they want it so. It seems to me it implies a hugely superior intellect which separates them from most of the populace."
- F. Murray Abraham
(Related: Power, People, Desire, Intellect, Want)

"With Shakespeare and poetry, a new world was born. New dreams, new desires, a self consciousness was born. I desired to know to know myself in terms of the new standards set by these books."
- Peter Abrahams
(Related: Dreams, Poetry, Books, Consciousness, Self, Shakespeare, World)

"The freedom now desired by many is not freedom to do and dare but freedom from care and worry."
- James Truslow Adams
(Related: Care, Freedom, Now, Worry)

"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
(Related: Heart, Desire, Man)

"An anxious unrest, a fierce craving desire for gain has taken possession of the commercial world, and in instances no longer rare the most precious and permanent goods of human life have been madly sacrificed in the interests of momentary enrichment."
- Felix Adler
(Related: Life, Desire, Gain, Possession, World)

"If you desire information on some point of law, you are not likely to ponder over the ponderous tomes of legal writers in order to obtain the knowledge you seek, by your own unaided efforts."
- Felix Adler
(Related: Legal, Knowledge, Desire, Information, Law, Order, Writers)

"Conjugal love, or the friendship of spouses, can persist even after sexual desires have weakened, withered, and disappeared."
- Mortimer Adler
(Related: Friendship, Love)

"If one wants another only for some self-satisfaction, usually in the form of sensual pleasure, that wrong desire takes the form of lust rather than love."
- Mortimer Adler
(Related: Love, Desire, Lust, Pleasure, Self, Wrong)

"Of all the gods only death does not desire gifts."
- Aeschylus
(Related: Death, Gods, Desire, Gifts)

"Sometimes it's just harder to remind yourself about what you're doing and why you're doing it... Other times, you have a great desire for it, but physically you're not responding the way you want. That presents other challenges. Then sometimes it all comes together."
- Andre Agassi
(Related: Desire, Want)

"All sport... is one of the few activities where young people can proceed along traditional avenues, where objectives are clear, where the desire to win is not only permissible, but encouraged."
- Spiro T. Agnew
(Related: People, Desire, Objectives)

"Through these offices it was my privilege to get to know almost every Jewish person, and those whom I did not come to know through these offices I came to know through love and a desire to know my brethren, the members of my people."
- Shmuel Y. Agnon
(Related: Love, People, Desire, Privilege)

"We desire an expansion of relations with regional states and the establishment of extensive public contacts."
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(Related: Desire, Public, states)

"The desire to economize time and mental effort in arithmetical computations, and to eliminate human liability to error is probably as old as the science of arithmetic itself."
- Howard Aiken
(Related: Science, Time, Arithmetic, Desire, Effort, Error, Old)

"It's so much better to desire than to have."
- Anouk Aimee
(Related: Desire)

"I like to have a thing suggested rather than told in full. When every detail is given, the mind rests satisfied, and the imagination loses the desire to use its own wings."
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich
(Related: Imagination, Desire, Detail, Mind)

"Desire then is the invasion of the whole self by the wish, which, as it invades, sets going more and more of the psychical processes; but at the same time, so long as it remains desire, does not succeed in getting possession of the self."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Time, Desire, Possession, Self, Succeed)

"Hence, in desiring, the more the enjoyment is delayed, the more fancy begins to weave about the object images of future fruition, and to clothe the desired object with properties calculated to inflame the impulse."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Enjoyment, Fancy, Future)

"The interval between a cold expectation and a warm desire may be filled by expectations of varying degrees of warmth or by desires of varying degrees of coldness."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Desire, Expectation, Expectations, May)

"You can mark in desire the rising of the tide, as the appetite more and more invades the personality, appealing, as it does, not merely to the sensory side of the self, but to its ideal components as well."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Appetite, Desire, Personality, Self)

"The line of life is a ragged diagonal between duty and desire."
- William R. Alger
(Related: Life, Desire, Duty)

"You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as you dominant aspiration."
- James Allen
(Related: Desire, Will)

"To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve."
- James Allen
(Related: Desire)

"If you real desire is to be good, there is no need to wait for the money before you do it; you can do it now, this very moment, and just where you are."
- James Allen
(Related: Money, Desire, Now)

"You cannot escape the results of your thoughts. Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain or rise with your thoughts, your vision, your ideal. You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration."
- James Lane Allen
(Related: Thoughts, Vision, Desire, Environment, May, Present, Results, Will)

"I loved living and breathing theatre so much that I decided I had to find a way to bring my desire to act and my ability to support myself together. I'd run through the possibilities in Washington, so that meant moving to New York."
- Karen Allen
(Related: Ability, Act, Desire, Living, Possibilities, Support, Theatre, Washington)

"One of the most difficult things everyone has to learn is that for your entire life you must keep fighting and adjusting if you hope to survive. No matter who you are or what your position is you must keep fighting for whatever it is you desire to achieve."
- George Allen, Sr.
(Related: Life, Hope, Desire, Fighting)

"The Polar Express is about faith, and the power of imagination to sustain faith. It's also about the desire to reside in a world where magic can happen, the kind of world we all believed in as children, but one that disappears as we grow older."
- Chris Van Allsburg
(Related: Imagination, Power, Faith, Children, Desire, Magic, World)

"Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires but according to our powers."
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Related: Duty)

"My art springs from my desire to have things in the world which would otherwise never be there."
- Carl Andre
(Related: Art, Desire, World)

"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek."
- Mario Andretti
(Related: Success, Motivation, Determination, Goal, Commitment, Desire, Excellence, Key, Pursuit, Will)

"Every nation sincerely desires peace; and all nations pursue courses which if persisted in, must make peace impossible."
- Norman Angell
(Related: Peace, Nation, Nations)

"As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them."
- Maya Angelou
(Related: Men, Women, Books, Lonely)

"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
(Related: Change, Love, Life, Needs, Will)

"I've never been married and I've no more desire to be married now than I ever have. I hate bureaucracy and I am not religious."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Bureaucracy, Desire, Hate, Now, Religious)

"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
(Related: God, People, Distrust)

"Wonder is the desire for knowledge."
- Thomas Aquinas
(Related: Knowledge, Desire, Wonder)

"Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do."
- Thomas Aquinas
(Related: Desire, Salvation)

"The ultimate end of human acts is eudaimonia, happiness in the sense of living well, which all men desire; all acts are but different means chosen to arrive at it."
- Hannah Arendt
(Related: Happiness, Men, Desire, End, Living, Sense)

"Dedicate yourself to the good you deserve and desire for yourself. Give yourself peace of mind. You deserve to be happy. You deserve delight."
- Hannah Arendt
(Related: Peace, Delight, Desire, Mind)

"Love is simply the name for the desire and the pursuit of the whole."
- Aristophanes
(Related: Love, Desire, Name, Pursuit)

"The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more."
- Aristotle
(Related: Beginning, Desire, Property, Reform)

"All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire."
- Aristotle
(Related: Nature, Habit, Actions, Chance, Desire, Passion, Reason)

"Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit."
- Aristotle
(Related: Present)

"All men by nature desire knowledge."
- Aristotle
(Related: Men, Nature, Knowledge, Desire)

"I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self."
- Aristotle
(Related: Victory, Enemies, Self)

"Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand."
- Neil Armstrong
(Related: Desire, Man, Mystery, Wonder)

"I have no desire to prove anything by dancing. I have never used it as an outlet or a means of expressing myself. I just dance. I just put my feet in the air and move them around."
- Fred Astaire
(Related: Dance, Dancing, Desire, Feet)

"The desire is thy prayers; and if thy desire is without ceasing, thy prayer will also be without ceasing. The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer."
- Saint Augustine
(Related: Desire, Longing, Prayer, Will)

"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
(Related: Being, Desire, First, Humility)

"Blessedness consists in the accomplishment of our desires, and in our having only regular desires."
- Saint Aurelius Augustine
(Related: Accomplishment)

"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
(Related: Death, Mind, Senses, Service)

"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
(Related: Body, Care, Needs)

"Since every man desires happiness, it is evidently no small matter whether he conceives of happiness in terms of work or of enjoyment."
- Irving Babbitt
(Related: Happiness, Work, Enjoyment, Man)

"A person who has sympathy for mankind in the lump, faith in its future progress, and desire to serve the great cause of this progress, should be called not a humanist, but a humanitarian, and his creed may be designated as humanitarianism."
- Irving Babbitt
(Related: Faith, Sympathy, Progress, Cause, Desire, Future, Mankind, May)

"Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need."
- Gaston Bachelard
(Related: Creation, Desire, Man)

"The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Men, Power, Knowledge, Angels, Desire)

"It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Power, Desire, Liberty, Man, Self)

"The instinct to impersonate produces the actor; the desire to provide pleasure by impersonations produces the playwright; the desire to provide this pleasure with adequate characterization and dialogue memorable in itself produces dramatic literature."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Actor, Desire, Instinct, Literature, Pleasure)

"Do not follow vain desires; for verily he who prospers is preserved from lust, greed and anger."
- Abu Bakr
(Related: Anger, Greed, Lust)

"Maybe a thing that you do not like is really in your interest. It is possible that a thing that you may desire may be against your interest."
- Abu Bakr
(Related: Desire, Interest, May)

"He who desires to worship God must harbor no childish illusions about the matter but bravely renounce his liberty and humanity."
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Related: God, Humanity, Liberty, Worship)

"There is a great interest in comparative religion and a desire to understand faiths other than our own and even to experiment with exotic cults."
- Emily Greene Balch
(Related: Religion, Desire, Interest)

"The desire for liberty has also made itself felt as struggle against domestic tyranny or arbitrary rule."
- Emily Greene Balch
(Related: Desire, Liberty, Struggle, Tyranny)

"A movie star is someone people look at and go, 'I want to be like that person'. There's the responsibility of desire. It's not something I'm interested in trying. I would fail miserably at it, so why even bother?"
- Christian Bale
(Related: People, Desire, Responsibility, Trying, Want)

"Discrimination due to age is one of the great tragedies of modern life. The desire to work and be useful is what makes life worth living, and to be told your efforts are not needed because you are the wrong age is a crime."
- Johnny Ball
(Related: Age, Life, Work, Crime, Desire, Discrimination, Living, Worth, Wrong)

"I always feel the desire to look for the extraordinary in ordinary things; to suggest, not to impose, to leave always a slight touch of mystery in my paintings."
- Balthus
(Related: Desire, Mystery)

"And out of a desire essentially to imitate what I was reading, I began to write, like a clever monkey."
- Russell Banks
(Related: Desire, Reading)

"You have indeed done much since the new century began to give shape and substance to the growing, the insistent desire that war may be banished from the earth."
- Henry Campbell Bannerman
(Related: War, Desire, Earth, May)

"He that desireth to acquire any art or science seeketh first those means by which that art or science is obtained. If we ought to do so in things natural and earthly, how much more then in spiritual?"
- Robert Barclay
(Related: Art, Science, First, Spiritual)

"It is great good health to believe, as the Hindus do, that there are 33 million gods and goddesses in the world. It is great good health to want to understand one's dreams. It is great good health to desire the ambiguous and paradoxical."
- Clive Barker
(Related: Health, Dreams, Gods, Desire, Want, World)

"The Bible, as a revelation from God, was not designed to give us all the information we might desire, nor to solve all the questions about which the human soul is perplexed, but to impart enough to be a safe guide to the haven of eternal rest."
- Albert Barnes
(Related: God, Soul, Bible, Desire, Information, Questions, Rest)

"I've always thought of the project as a sort of sexually driven digestive system, that it was a consumer and a producer of matter. And it is desire driven, rather than driven by hunger or anything like that."
- Matthew Barney
(Related: Thought, Desire, Hunger, Project)

"Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with desire."
- Roland Barthes
(Related: Desire, Language, Words)

"If poetry alters the way in which the reader views the world, then it has had its desired effect."
- John Barton
(Related: Poetry, Effect, World)

"You lose your anonymity just like a helium balloon with a string. Therefore people are going to have their own opinion and they're going to write in whatever clever manner they desire."
- Kim Basinger
(Related: People, Desire, Opinion)

"O, once in each man's life, at least, Good luck knocks at his door; And wit to seize the flitting guest Need never hunger more. But while the loitering idler waits Good luck beside his fire, The bold heart storms at fortune's gates, And conquers its desire."
- Lewis J. Bates
(Related: Life, Heart, Desire, Fire, Fortune, Guest, Hunger, Luck, Man, Storms, Wit)

"This life is a hospital in which every patient is possessed with a desire to change his bed."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: Change, Life, Bed, Desire)

"Many of our constituents have one option for cable TV and one price. Our constituents desire choice."
- Melissa Bean
(Related: Choice, Desire)

"The true way to gain much, is never to desire to gain too much."
- Francis Beaumont
(Related: Desire, Gain)

"I have no desire to be president of the United States. Zero desire. I don't think that I would be electable. And there are far too many people that are far smarter than me to be president. I'd like to find one with some honor and integrity. I haven't seen them yet, but they'll show up."
- Glenn Beck
(Related: People, Desire, Honor, Integrity, President, states, United)

"Most of us are consumed with our own thoughts and desires and are not always thinking about what other people may want. This is not necessarily being egocentric; it is just being human."
- Bo Bennett
(Related: People, Thoughts, Being, May, Thinking, Want)

"A desire to be in charge of our own lives, a need for control, is born in each of us. It is essential to our mental health, and our success, that we take control."
- Robert Foster Bennett
(Related: Health, Success, Control, Desire, Mental health)

"As my career has progressed, I've had the pleasure of playing with the baddest jazz cats on the planet. But that doesn't change my desire to entertain folks. That's really who I am."
- George Benson
(Related: Change, Career, Cats, Desire, Jazz, Pleasure)

"The real end of prayer is not so much to get this or that single desire granted, as to put human life into full and joyful conformity with the will of God."
- Charles Bent
(Related: Life, God, Conformity, Desire, End, Prayer, Will)

"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
(Related: God, Man, Prayer, Will)

"What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win."
- Patty Berg
(Related: Determination, Dedication, Desire, Will)

"There is such a desire to give everybody a piece, we're probably wasting a great deal of homeland security money trying to be politically correct, when we really need to make sure that our cities get the money they need."
- Shelley Berkley
(Related: Money, Cities, Desire, Security, Trying)

"The very desire for guarantees that our values are eternal and secure in some objective heaven is perhaps only a craving for the certainties of childhood or the absolute values of our primitive past."
- Isaiah Berlin
(Related: Values, Childhood, Desire, Heaven, Past)

"There are two futures, the future of desire and the future of fate, and man's reason has never learned to separate them."
- John Desmond Bernal
(Related: Desire, Fate, Future, Man, Reason)

"The fear of failure is so great, it is no wonder that the desire to do right by one's children has led to a whole library of books offering advice on how to raise them."
- Bruno Bettelheim
(Related: Fear, Failure, Advice, Books, Children, Desire, Right, Wonder)

"Duty - that which sternly impels us in the direction of profit, along the line of desire."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Desire, Direction, Duty, Profit)

"Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Ambition, Desire, Enemies, Friends, Living)

"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."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Quality, Soul, Curiosity, Desire, Mind, Woman)

"No doubt unity is something to be desired, to be striven for, but it cannot be willed into being by mere declarations."
- Theodore Bikel
(Related: Being, Doubt, Unity)

"Those who restrain their desires, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained."
- William Blake
"Better murder an infant in its cradle than nurse an unacted desire."
- William Blake
(Related: Desire, Murder)

"Energy is an eternal delight, and he who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence."
- William Blake
(Related: Delight, Energy)

"He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence."
- William Blake
"I have this desire to keep improving, so I find fault."
- Heston Blumenthal
(Related: Desire, Fault)

"I always had a desire to know asylum life more thoroughly - a desire to be convinced that the most helpless of God's creatures, the insane, were cared for kindly and properly."
- Nellie Bly
(Related: Life, God, Desire)

"Liars share with those they deceive the desire not to be deceived."
- Sissela Bok
(Related: Desire)

"And thus I take my leave of the world and of you all, and I heartily desire you all to pray for me."
- Anne Boleyn
(Related: Desire, World)

"I have a desire to create more film, more beauty, more art, more love, but I don't feel desperate. It's not about creating or building a career."
- Lisa Bonet
(Related: Art, Beauty, Love, Building, Career, Desire, Film)

"My desire to participate in the business is not to make more crap."
- Lisa Bonet
(Related: Business, Desire)

"Economic sanctions rarely achieve the desired results."
- Omar Bongo
(Related: Results)

"We read advertisements... to discover and enlarge our desires. We are always ready - even eager - to discover, from the announcement of a new product, what we have all along wanted without really knowing it."
- Daniel J. Boorstin
"Homelessness is the actor's fate; physical incapacity to attain what is most required and desired by such a spirit as I am a slave to."
- Edwin Booth
(Related: Actor, Fate, Spirit)

"Therefore I feel that the aforementioned guiding principle must be modified to read: If you desire peace, cultivate justice, but at the same time cultivate the fields to produce more bread; otherwise there will be no peace."
- Norman Borlaug
(Related: Peace, Time, Desire, Justice, Will)

"There was never in my mind a desire to give in on the subject of freeing the political prisoners."
- Robert Bourassa
(Related: Desire, Mind)

"We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none."
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Related: Nature, Limits, Trifle)

"I have a feeling that being in love sometimes means the projection of your desires onto another person. The important thing is that you like the other person, respect the other person and want to raise children with the other person."
- Eric Braeden
(Related: Love, Being, Children, Feeling, Respect, Want)

"The whole world appears to me like a huge vacuum, a vast empty space, whence nothing desirable, or at least satisfactory, can possibly be derived; and I long daily to die more and more to it; even though I obtain not that comfort from spiritual things which I earnestly desire."
- David Brainerd
(Related: Comfort, Desire, Nothing, Space, Spiritual, World)

"Further, Take heed that you faithfully perform the business you have to do in the world, from a regard to the commands of God; and not from an ambitious desire of being esteemed better than others."
- David Brainerd
(Related: Business, God, Being, Desire, World)

"Ardent love or desire introduced, as passionately longing to please and glorify the Divine Being, to be in every respect conformed to him, and in that way to enjoy him."
- David Brainerd
(Related: Love, Being, Desire, Longing, Respect)

"If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable."
- Louis D. Brandeis
(Related: Desire, First, Law, Respect)

"A woman in love will do almost anything for a man, except give up the desire to improve him."
- Nathaniel Branden
(Related: Love, Desire, Man, Will, Woman)

"Fraternity among nations, however, touches the deepest desire of human nature."
- Hjalmar Branting
(Related: Nature, Desire, Human nature, Nations)

"Nothing retains less of desire in art, in science, than this will to industry, booty, possession."
- Andre Breton
(Related: Art, Science, Desire, Nothing, Possession, Will)

"Part of the western movement is this desire that we, Americans, have to keep pressing on."
- Beau Bridges
(Related: Americans, Desire)

"You must intensify and render continuous by repeatedly presenting with suggestive ideas and mental pictures of the feast of good things, and the flowing fountain, which awaits the successful achievement or attainment of the desires."
- Claude M. Bristol
(Related: Successful, Ideas, Achievement)

"Sad will be the day for any man when he becomes contented with the thoughts he is thinking and the deeds he is doing - where there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger; which he knows he was meant and made to do."
- Phillips Brooks
(Related: Soul, Thoughts, Day, Deeds, Desire, Man, Thinking, Will)

"If I desired to kill the senator why did I not do it? You all admit that I had him in my power."
- Preston Brooks
(Related: Power)

"Some artists shrink from self-awareness, fearing that it will destroy their unique gifts and even their desire to create. The truth of the matter is quite opposite."
- James Broughton
(Related: Truth, Artists, Desire, Gifts, Self, Will)

"We must then build a proper relationship between the richest and the poorest countries based on our desire that they are able to fend for themselves with the investment that is necessary in their agriculture, so that Africa is not a net importer of food, but an exporter of food."
- Gordon Brown
(Related: Food, Agriculture, Countries, Desire, Investment)

"If you desire faith, then you have faith enough."
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
(Related: Faith, Desire)

"The passion of hatred is so long lived and so obstinate a malady that the surest sign of death in a sick person is their desire for reconciliation."
- Jean de la Bruyere
(Related: Death, Desire, Hatred, Passion)

"Kiss me out of desire, but not consolation."
- Jeff Buckley
(Related: Kiss, Desire)

"The majority of the senior class of Vassar does not desire my company and I must confess, having read specimens of their thought and sentiments, that I do not desire the company of the majority of the senior class of Vassar."
- William F. Buckley, Jr.
(Related: Thought, Class, Company, Desire, Majority)

"Some prices are just too high, no matter how much you may want the prize. The one thing you can't trade for your heart's desire is your heart."
- Lois McMaster Bujold
(Related: Heart, Desire, May, Trade, Want)

"If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man, he would have made me so in the first place."
- Sitting Bull
(Related: First, Man, Spirit)

"I am a red man. If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man he would have made me so in the first place."
- Sitting Bull
(Related: First, Man, Spirit)

"He put in your heart certain wishes and plans; in my heart, he put other different desires."
- Sitting Bull
(Related: Heart, Wishes)

"Mr. Chamberlain desires to avert the threat to England's peace by making England, in alliance with Germany, stronger than her rivals and so to force them to renounce their hostile intentions against her."
- Bernhard von Bulow
(Related: Peace, Alliance, EnglForce, Germany, Intentions)

"With European powers no new subjects of difficulty have arisen, and those which were under discussion, although not terminated, do not present a more unfavorable aspect for the future preservation of that good understanding which it has ever been our desire to cultivate."
- Martin Van Buren
(Related: Desire, Difficulty, Future, Present, Understanding)

"For myself, therefore, I desire to declare that the principle that will govern me in the high duty to which my country calls me is a strict adherence to the letter and spirit of the Constitution as it was designed by those who framed it."
- Martin Van Buren
(Related: Constitution, Country, Desire, Duty, Spirit, Will)

"Violence among young people is an aspect of their desire to create. They don't know how to use their energy creatively so they do the opposite and destroy."
- Anthony Burgess
(Related: People, Desire, Energy, Violence)

"Good advertising does not just circulate information. It penetrates the public mind with desires and belief."
- Leo Burnett
(Related: Belief, Advertising, Information, Mind, Public)

"I want the municipality to be a helping hand to the man with a desire of sympathy, to help the fallen when it is not in their power to help themselves."
- John Burns
(Related: Power, Sympathy, Desire, Help, Man, Want)

"Were there no desire there would be no virtue, and because one man desires what another does not, who shall say whether the child of his desire be Vice or Virtue?"
- Edgar Rice Burroghs
(Related: Virtue, Desire, Man, Vice)

"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
(Related: Peace, America, Beliefs, Desire, Dignity, Rights, Man, Mission, Nation, Woman)

"I believe that God has planted in every heart the desire to live in freedom."
- George W. Bush
(Related: God, Heart, Desire, Freedom)

"I have zero desire, just so you know, to be in the limelight. I don't think it's good for the country to have a former president criticize his successor. You're not going to see me giving my opinions in the public arena, until I start selling my book. I'm going to emerge then submerge."
- George W. Bush
(Related: Selling, Country, Desire, Giving, Opinions, President, Public)

"There is no doubt that Iraqis, like Australians and Americans, love and desire freedom. However, if freedom doesn't mean the right to complete self-determination, unfettered by interests other than one's own, then that freedom is less than worthless - it's oppression."
- Amir Butler
(Related: Love, Americans, Desire, Doubt, Freedom, Oppression, Right, Self)

"Every man hath a general desire of his own happiness; and likewise a variety of particular affections, passions, and appetites to particular external objects."
- Joseph Butler
(Related: Happiness, Desire, Man, Variety)

"Things and actions are what they are, and the consequences of them will be what they will be: why then should we desire to be deceived?"
- Joseph Butler
(Related: Actions, Consequences, Desire, Will)

"This was the man, this Balaam, I say, was the man, who desired to die the death of the righteous, and that his last end might be like his; and this was the state of his mind when he pronounced these words."
- Joseph Butler
(Related: Death, End, Man, Mind, State, Words)

"Consequently it will often happen there will be a desire of particular objects, in cases where they cannot be obtained without manifest injury to others."
- Joseph Butler
(Related: Desire, Injury, Will)

"All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Progress, Desire, Income)

"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
(Related: Achievement, Accomplishment, Man, Nothing)

"Yes, love indeed is light from heaven; A spark of that immortal fire with angels shared, by Allah given to lift from earth our low desire."
- Lord Byron
(Related: Love, Angels, Desire, Earth, Fire, Heaven, Light)

"'Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it."
- Lord Byron
(Related: Life, Desire)

"It is very certain that the desire of life prolongs it."
- Lord Byron
(Related: Life, Desire)

"Men freely believe that which they desire."
- Julius Caesar
(Related: Men, Desire)

"It is a waste of money to help those who show no desire to help themselves."
- Taylor Caldwell
(Related: Money, Desire, Help, Waste)

"But by providing the background picture - the universal situational awareness that we desire - by showing the anomalies, the Space-Based Radar will change the nature of how we do our analysis and our intelligence."
- Stephen Cambone
(Related: Change, Intelligence, Nature, Awareness, Desire, Space, Will)

"Most medical physicists work in the physics of radiation oncology making sure that the desired dose is given to the cancer and the dose to normal tissues are minimized."
- John Cameron
(Related: Medical, Work, Cancer, Physics)

"Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this desire will dictate all his actions."
- Albert Camus
(Related: Hope, Actions, Desire, Man, Will)

"The desire for possession is insatiable, to such a point that it can survive even love itself. To love, therefore, is to sterilize the person one loves."
- Albert Camus
(Related: Love, Desire, Possession)

"We all had a desire and appreciation for such a wide range of music."
- Jim Capaldi
(Related: Music, Appreciation, Desire)

"Now I am near to the getting of my crown, which shall be sure; for I bless the Lord, and desire all of you to bless Him that He hath brought me here, and makes me triumph over devils, and men, and sin: they shall wound me no more."
- Donald Cargill
(Related: Men, Desire, Now)

"I cannot but be grieved to go from my native land, and especially from that part of it for whom and with whom I desired only to live; yet the dreadful apprehensions I have of what is coming upon this land may help to make me submissive to this providence, though more bitter."
- Donald Cargill
(Related: Help, Land, May, Providence)

"Only as long as a company can produce a desired, worthwhile, and needed product or service, and can command the public, will it receive the public dollar and succeed."
- Curtis Carlson
(Related: Company, Public, Service, Succeed, Will)

"The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully."
- Thomas Carlyle
(Related: Courage, Desire)

"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."
- Thomas Carlyle
(Related: Achievement, Accomplishment, Man, Nothing)

"Those who desire to rise as high as our human condition allows, must renounce intellectual pride, the omnipotence of clear thinking, belief in the absolute power of logic."
- Alexis Carrel
(Related: Power, Belief, Desire, Logic, Pride, Thinking)

"Desire is individual. Happiness is common."
- Julian Casablancas
(Related: Happiness, Desire)

"I choose not to give energy to the emotions of revenge, hatred or the desire to subjugate."
- Rosanne Cash
(Related: Desire, Emotions, Energy, Hatred, Revenge)

"No matter how old you get, if you can keep the desire to be creative, you're keeping the man-child alive."
- John Cassavetes
(Related: Desire, Man, Old)

"When we look back, the only things we cherish are those which in some way met our original want; the desire which formed in us in early youth, undirected, and of its own accord."
- Willa Cather
(Related: Desire, Want, Youth)

"Desire is creation, is the magical element in that process. If there were an instrument by which to measure desire, one could foretell achievement."
- Willa Cather
(Related: Achievement, Creation, Desire, Measure)

"Almost every desire a poor man has is a punishable offence."
- Louis-Ferdinand Celine
(Related: Desire, Man, Poor)

"Purity of speech, of the mind, of the senses, and of a compassionate heart are needed by one who desires to rise to the divine platform."
- Chanakya
(Related: Heart, Mind, Purity, Senses, Speech)

"Everything a writer learns about the art or craft of fiction takes just a little away from his need or desire to write at all. In the end he knows all the tricks and has nothing to say."
- Raymond Chandler
(Related: Art, Desire, End, Fiction, Nothing, Writer)

"Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity."
- Coco Chanel
(Related: Desire)

"Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be."
- Edwin Hubbel Chapin
(Related: Science, Desire, Fashion)

"What do you want a meaning for? Life is a desire, not a meaning."
- Charlie Chaplin
(Related: Life, Desire, Meaning, Want)

"The reason is that for many years I have avoided reading anything whatsoever that approaches my own line of country, out of a somewhat fanatical desire to avoid the risk of unconscious imitation."
- Leslie Charteris
(Related: Country, Desire, Imitation, Reading, Reason, Risk, Unconscious, Years)

"Women desire six things: They want their husbands to be brave, wise, rich, generous, obedient to wife, and lively in bed."
- Geoffrey Chaucer
(Related: Women, Wife, Bed, Desire, Husbands, Want)

"Forbid us something, and that thing we desire."
- Geoffrey Chaucer
(Related: Desire)

"All teenagers have this desire to somehow run away."
- Joan Chen
(Related: Desire, Teenagers)

"The vulgar man is always the most distinguished, for the very desire to be distinguished is vulgar."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Desire, Man)

"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Courage, Contradiction, Desire)

"Every person is a God in embryo. Its only desire is to be born."
- Deepak Chopra
(Related: God, Desire)

"We are motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves, even in those books which they write in contempt of glory, inscribe their names."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Books, Contempt, Desire, Glory, Man, Names, Praise)

"The desire to die was my one and only concern; to it I have sacrificed everything, even death."
- Emile M. Cioran
(Related: Death, Concern, Desire)

"When mankind first saw the necessity of government, it is probable that many had conceived the desire of ruling."
- Thomas Clarkson
(Related: Government, Desire, First, Mankind, Necessity)

"The good thing about getting older is that, as you become less attractive, so you have less desire to go out and conquer everyone you see."
- Julian Clary
(Related: Desire)

"I used to desire many, many things, but now I have just one desire, and that's to get rid of all my other desires."
- John Cleese
(Related: Desire, Now)

"Another great evil arising from this desire to be thought rich; or rather, from the desire not to be thought poor, is the destructive thing which has been honored by the name of "speculation"; but which ought to be called Gambling."
- William Cobbett
(Related: Thought, Desire, Evil, Gambling, Name, Poor)

"It was the desire to do the complete thing. I only took taking acting lessons because my whole thing, really, was to direct. But my first jobs were acting jobs."
- James Coburn
(Related: Acting, Desire, First, Jobs)

"When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream."
- Paulo Coelho
(Related: Dream, Help, Universe)

"If you start by promising what you don't even have yet, you'll lose your desire to work towards getting it."
- Paulo Coelho
(Related: Work, Desire)

"God authors desires in your heart, then fulfills His Will by enabling you to realize those desires."
- Edwin Louis Cole
(Related: God, Heart, Will)

"I still have the desire to do the job of acting. It's just a matter of whether I'll be allowed to do the job of acting that remains to be seen. There are only so many brick walls that I'm willing to beat my head on."
- Gary Coleman
(Related: Acting, Desire, Job)

"Unfortunately, however, I have too many desires to make a good Buddhist."
- Jim Coleman
(Related: Buddhist)

"The man's desire is for the woman; but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man."
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Related: Desire, Man, Woman)

"A man's desire is for the woman, but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man."
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Related: Desire, Man, Woman)

"Plant the seed of desire in your mind and it forms a nucleus with power to attract to itself everything needed for its fulfillment."
- Robert Collier
(Related: Power, Desire, Fulfillment, Mind)

"The first principle of success is desire - knowing what you want. Desire is the planting of your seed."
- Robert Collier
(Related: Success, Desire, First, Want)

"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
(Related: Force, Horses)

"Parenthood is not an object of appetite or even desire. It is an object of will. There is no appetite for parenthood; there is only a purpose or intention of parenthood."
- Robin G. Collingwood
(Related: Purpose, Appetite, Desire, Intention, Parenthood, Will)

"I am not solicitous to examine particularly everything here, which indeed could not be done in fifty years, because my desire is to make all possible discoveries, and return to your Highnesses, if it please our Lord, in April."
- Christopher Columbus
(Related: April, Desire, Years)

"Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire."
- Confucius
(Related: Desire)

"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence."
- Confucius
(Related: Desire, Excellence, Potential, Succeed, Will)

"I have absolutely no desire and no thought of quitting ever."
- Barbara Cook
(Related: Thought, Desire, Quitting)

"When sages commend excess, Desire is sick."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Desire, Excess)

"Fantasy mirrors desire. Imagination reshapes it."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Imagination, Desire, Fantasy)

"My thought has been shaped by books; my desires by pictures."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Thought, Books)

"In the street, the gaze of desire is furtive or menacing."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Desire)

"We provided complete protection to witnesses - right of attorney, right of record, right to cross-examine, and open hearing if they desired. Only Mr. Lane asked for an open hearing."
- John Sherman Cooper
(Related: Hearing, Open, Protection, Right)

"They who overcome their desires once can overcome them always."
- Pierre Corneille
"Desire increases when fulfillment is postponed."
- Pierre Corneille
(Related: Desire, Fulfillment)

"Thus they have an idol that they petition for victory in war; another for success in their labors; and so for everything in which they seek or desire prosperity, they have their idols, which they honor and serve."
- Hernando Cortes
(Related: Success, War, Victory, Desire, Honor, Idols, Prosperity)

"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."
- Bill Cosby
(Related: Success, Fear, Failure, Desire, Order, Succeed)

"Failure doesn't kill you... it increases your desire to make something happen."
- Kevin Costner
(Related: Failure, Desire)

"Mathematics as an expression of the human mind reflects the active will, the contemplative reason, and the desire for aesthetic perfection. Its basic elements are logic and intuition, analysis and construction, generality and individuality."
- Richard Courant
(Related: Desire, Expression, Individuality, Intuition, Logic, Mathematics, Mind, Perfection, Reason, Will)

"Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet: there's always one determined to face in an opposite direction from the way the arranger desires."
- Marcelene Cox
(Related: Family, Children, Direction, Flowers)

"I've never really had a desire to do Shakespeare. For me, it's just too many lines."
- Daniel Craig
(Related: Desire, Shakespeare)

"The consuming desire of most human beings is deliberately to plant their whole life in the hands of some other person. I would describe this method of searching for happiness as immature. Development of character consists solely in moving toward self-sufficiency."
- Quentin Crisp
(Related: Happiness, Life, Development, Character, Desire, Self)

"I didn't get into making music for the fame aspect. There are people who do desire that."
- Sheryl Crow
(Related: Music, People, Desire, Fame)

"When you do portraits professionally it's not a desire, it's for money."
- Imogen Cunningham
(Related: Money, Desire, Portraits)

"Sir, I am a republican; and I desire to see this House observe the principles of that democracy which is ever on the lips of its members, and which, I hope, is in their hearts, as I know and feel it is in mine, and mean it shall be in my conduct."
- Caleb Cushing
(Related: Hope, Democracy, Desire, Principles, Republican)

"What most men desire is a virgin who is a whore."
- Edward Dahlberg
(Related: Men, Desire)

"I go farther, and say, that it is plainly our duty to desire pastors and teachers to take the care of such congregations, and that God did raise up such in the church as we see it in the word."
- John Nelson Darby
(Related: God, Church, Care, Desire, Duty, Teachers, Word)

"It is the desire of our hearts, and as we believe God's will under this dispensation, that all the children of God should be gathered together as such, and, consequently, as not of the world."
- John Nelson Darby
(Related: God, Children, Desire, Will, World)

"I see Canada as a country torn between a very northern, rather extraordinary, mystical spirit which it fears and its desire to present itself to the world as a Scotch banker."
- Robertson Davies
(Related: Canada, Country, Desire, Present, Spirit, World)

"On the other hand in London you can get an audience that desires dance to go as far as it can go: they've seen the bricks of ideas built over a period so therefore there is an acceptance of what otherwise might seem out on a limb."
- Siobhan Davies
(Related: Dance, Ideas, Acceptance, London)

"The work of the political activist inevitably involves a certain tension between the requirement that position be taken on current issues as they arise and the desire that one's contributions will somehow survive the ravages of time."
- Angela Davis
(Related: Time, Work, Desire, Tension, Will)

"This desire for equity must not lead to an excess of welfare, where nobody is responsible for anything."
- Jacques Delors
(Related: Desire, Excess, Welfare)

"Good means not merely not to do wrong, but rather not to desire to do wrong."
- Democritus
(Related: Desire, Wrong)

"Systems are complex, so controlling an attack and achieving a desired level of damage may be harder than using physical weapons."
- Dorothy Denning
(Related: May, Weapons)

"It's always been a desire of mine to work with my parents."
- Laura Dern
(Related: Work, Desire, Parents)

"I do not believe in pure idioms. I think there is naturally a desire, for whoever speaks or writes, to sign in an idiomatic, irreplaceable manner."
- Jacques Derrida
(Related: Desire)

"Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality nearer to the heart's desire."
- John Dewey
(Related: Time, Heart, Artists, Desire, Memory, Reality)

"To attempt the destruction of our passions is the height of folly. What a noble aim is that of the zealot who tortures himself like a madman in order to desire nothing, love nothing, feel nothing, and who, if he succeeded, would end up a complete monster!"
- Denis Diderot
(Related: Love, Desire, Destruction, End, Folly, Nothing, Order)

"It is said that desire is a product of the will, but the converse is in fact true: will is a product of desire."
- Denis Diderot
(Related: Desire, Fact, Will)

"I had no desire to be an film actress, to always play somebody else, to be always beautiful with somebody constantly straightening out your every eyelash. It was always a big bother to me."
- Marlene Dietrich
(Related: Desire, Film, Play)

"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
(Related: Strength, Community)

"Not that painting would have been a release. The reason for doing it is the desire to create. I've got to do it! I've seen that, I can still remember it, I've got to paint it."
- Otto Dix
(Related: Desire, Painting, Reason)

"I think a lot of developments start with the desire of the developer to get what he really wants so that he can use it. It's not just the technical fascination or the business opportunity."
- Ray Dolby
(Related: Business, Opportunity, Desire)

"We'll all be riding that streetcar of desire."
- Robert J. Dole
(Related: Desire)

"The United States invented the Internet and it has been our gift to the world, paid for by our taxpayers. The U.N.'s desire to take that gift as a means of increasing its power must be stopped."
- John Doolittle
(Related: Power, Desire, Internet, states, United, World)

"The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living, which are to be desired when dying."
- Norman Douglas
(Related: Wisdom, Dying, Living)

"Poetry being the sign of that which all men desire, even though the desire be unconscious, intensity of life or completeness of experience, the universality of its appeal is a matter of course."
- John Drinkwater
(Related: Life, Men, Poetry, Experience, Being, Desire, Unconscious)

"Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul."
- Will Durant
(Related: Soul, Knowledge, Desire, Eye)

"Heterosexuality is dangerous. It tempts you to aim at a perfect duality of desire."
- Marguerite Duras
(Related: Desire)

"Perhaps our only sickness is to desire a truth which we cannot bear rather than to rest content with the fictions we manufacture out of each other."
- Lawrence Durrell
(Related: Truth, Content, Desire, Rest, Sickness)

"Everything is perfect in the universe - even your desire to improve it."
- Wayne Dyer
(Related: Desire, Universe)

"To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue of mankind - this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail for."
- Henry Van Dyke
(Related: Happiness, Virtue, Choice, Desire, Mankind, Service, Welfare, World)

"When I first started acting, I started in opera and had a great desire to play grand, tragic characters. I got sidetracked in musical theater and ended up doing a lot of comedy."
- Leslie Easterbrook
(Related: Acting, Comedy, Desire, First, Opera, Play, Theater)

"Love between a man and a woman is founded on the mating instinct and is not free from desire and self-seeking. But to have a friend and to be true under any and all trials is the mark of a man!"
- Charles Alexander Eastman
(Related: Love, Friend, Desire, Instinct, Man, Self, Trials, Woman)

"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
(Related: Movies, People, Action, Needs)

"I have no desire to go in for tyranny or to play the part of King Charles. I hate tyranny in any field of human activity."
- Charles Edison
(Related: Desire, Hate, Play, Tyranny)

"Sincere friendship towards God, in all who believe him to be properly an intelligent, willing being, does most apparently, directly, and strongly incline to prayer; and it no less disposes the heart strongly to desire to have our infinitely glorious."
- Jonathan Edwards
(Related: Friendship, God, Heart, Being, Desire, Prayer)

"I don't see myself necessarily having a burning desire to write a symphony."
- Danny Elfman
(Related: Desire)

"I desire no future that will break the ties with the past."
- George Eliot
(Related: Desire, Future, Past, Will)

"No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from."
- George Eliot
(Related: Love, Desire, Effort, Evil)

"If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby "it.""
- T. S. Eliot
(Related: Mother, Baby, Being, Desire, Hatred)

"The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Desire, Freedom, Gold)

"It is my desire, in the office of a Christian minister, to do nothing which I cannot do with my whole heart. Having said this, I have said all."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Heart, Christian, Desire, Nothing, Office)

"The election in Iraq clearly demonstrates that Iraqi people are like people everywhere. They desire to create a future in an environment that is safe and allows them to reach their full potential as human beings, whatever that potential may be."
- John Ensign
(Related: People, Desire, Environment, Future, Iraq, May, Potential)

"The desire to get married, which - I regret to say, I believe is basic and primal in women - is followed almost immediately by an equally basic and primal urge - which is to be single again."
- Nora Ephron
(Related: Women, Desire, Regret)

"One that desires to excel should endeavor in those things that are in themselves most excellent."
- Epictetus
"Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig. I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen."
- Epictetus
(Related: Time, Desire, First, Nothing)

"No greater thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen."
- Epictetus
(Related: Time, Desire, First)

"Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire."
- Epictetus
(Related: Desire, Enjoyment, Freedom)

"If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked."
- Epictetus
(Related: Desire)

"I never desired to please the rabble. What pleased them, I did not learn; and what I knew was far removed from their understanding."
- Epicurus
(Related: Understanding)

"If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires."
- Epicurus
(Related: Man)

"The desire to write grows with writing."
- Desiderius Erasmus
(Related: Desire, Writing)

"A confidence problem exists on the part of the people of the region who desire democratic rule in principle, but remain suspicious of both the fashion with which democratization is presented and the purposes of the democratic world."
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan
(Related: People, Confidence, Desire, Fashion, World)

"Whatever it is your heart desires, please go for it, it's yours to have."
- Gloria Estefan
(Related: Heart)

"I believe that all of us are born heterosexual, physically created with a plumbing that's heterosexual, and created with the instincts and desires that are basically, fundamentally, heterosexual."
- Jerry Falwell
"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
(Related: Control, Islam, America, Direction, Leaders, Result)

"The Bush administration does not desire to see Islam practiced in its pristine purity."
- Louis Farrakhan
(Related: Islam, Desire, Purity)

"So dancing was not something I had a great desire to do."
- Suzanne Farrell
(Related: Dancing, Desire)

"I love to dance. But I don't like being up in front of tons of people. I didn't have the desire to be performing in front of a lot of people. So it wasn't something I ever seriously considered."
- Sherilyn Fenn
(Related: Love, People, Dance, Being, Desire)

"Fashion is the science of appearance, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be."
- Henry Fielding
(Related: Science, Appearance, Desire, Fashion)

"Tis this desire of bending all things to our own purposes which turns them into confusion and is the chief source of every error in our lives."
- Sarah Fielding
(Related: Confusion, Desire, Error)

"But I don't have such a strong desire to need to get away from filmmaking."
- Mike Figgis
(Related: Desire)

"I work with the options I have in front of me and my reasons for choosing a job can vary enormously depending on the circumstances. Sometimes I take a job because it's a group of people I'm dying to work with, and sometimes it can be a desire to shake things up a bit and not to take myself too seriously."
- Colin Firth
(Related: Work, People, Circumstances, Desire, Dying, Job, Options)

"Each man has his own desires; all do not possess the same inclinations."
- Aulus Persius Flaccus
(Related: Man)

"A memory is a beautiful thing, it's almost a desire that you miss."
- Gustave Flaubert
(Related: Desire, Memory)

"Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire."
- Jean de La Fontaine
(Related: Fear, Desire)

"I have heard of novels started in the middle, at the end, written in patches to be joined together later, but I have never felt the slightest desire to do this."
- C. S. Forester
(Related: Desire, End)

"Junipers are generally chosen for the latter purpose, as they can be more readily bent into the desired form; the eyes and tongue are added afterwards, and the representation altogether is really good."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Purpose, Eyes, Tongue)

"The main stem was then in most cases twisted in a zigzag form, which process checked the flow of the sap, and at the same time encouraged the production of side branches at those parts of the stem where they were most desired."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Time, Production)

"To me, Shakespeare uses the supernatural elements to reveal his character's inner desires and fears."
- John Foster
(Related: Character, Shakespeare, Supernatural)

"The strategic adversary is fascism... the fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior, the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us."
- Michel Foucault
(Related: Love, Power, Behavior, Causes, Desire, Fascism)

"If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake everything on obtaining it."
- Brendan Francis
(Related: Desire)

"If you desire many things, many things will seem few."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Desire, Will)

"It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Desire, First)

"I would act whether or not I was paid. I would be involved in ensemble groups. I would have the desire to tell stories."
- Brendan Fraser
(Related: Act, Desire)

"Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires."
- Sigmund Freud
(Related: Religion, Strength, Fact, Illusion)

"Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired."
- Robert Frost
(Related: Love, Desire)

"The cause of our difficulties in southeast Asia is not a deficiency of power but an excess of the wrong kind of power which results in a feeling of impotence when it fails to achieve its desired ends."
- J. William Fulbright
(Related: Power, Cause, Difficulties, Excess, Feeling, Results, Wrong)

"The beginning of wisdom is to desire it."
- Solomon Ibn Gabirol
(Related: Wisdom, Beginning, Desire)

"In economics, hope and faith coexist with great scientific pretension and also a deep desire for respectability."
- John Kenneth Galbraith
(Related: Faith, Hope, Deep, Desire, Economics, Pretension, Respectability)

"When a marriage culture fails, sexual desire no longer unites; instead it fragments."
- Maggie Gallagher
(Related: Marriage, Culture, Desire)

"Romantic lovers require from each other at least the facade of reason: We desire to be what romantic love makes us appear in the other's eyes. We want to imagine we are deserving of the love we inspire."
- Maggie Gallagher
(Related: Love, Desire, Eyes, Lovers, Romantic, Want)

"In today's world, marketers reach inside the home and attempt to figure out not what's good for your daughter, because that is not their business, but what deep desires they can manipulate, stimulate and ostensibly satisfy in order to produce cold, hard cash."
- Maggie Gallagher
(Related: Home, Business, Daughter, Deep, Order, Today, World)

"I am an opponent of Saddam Hussein, but an opponent also, of the sanctions that have killed a million Iraqi children and an opponent of the United States' apparent desire to plunge the Middle East into a new and devastating war."
- George Galloway
(Related: War, Children, Desire, states, United)

"I think from a very young age I always have this desire to perform."
- Victor Garber
(Related: Age, Desire)

"Becoming a producer enables you to empower yourself, to make the film that you want to make. I have desires to make movies - I have movies I'm developing, and things that I'm interested in."
- Andy Garcia
(Related: Movies, Film, Want)

"I have no desire to take all black people back to Africa; there are blacks who are no good here and will likewise be no good there."
- Marcus Garvey
(Related: People, Desire, Will)

"A wise parent humors the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease."
- Elizabeth Gaskell
(Related: Friend, Action, Desire)

"Managers in all too many American companies do not achieve the desired results because nobody makes them do it."
- Harold S. Geneen
(Related: American, Managers, Results)

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

"What we have is two important values in conflict: freedom of speech and our desire for healthy campaigns in a healthy democracy. You can't have both."
- Dick Gephardt
(Related: Values, Democracy, Desire, Freedom, Speech)

"I understand by this passion the union of desire, friendship, and tenderness, which is inflamed by a single female, which prefers her to the rest of her sex, and which seeks her possession as the supreme or the sole happiness of our being."
- Edward Gibbon
(Related: Happiness, Friendship, Sex, Being, Desire, Passion, Possession, Rest, Tenderness)

"Their poverty secured their freedom, since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism."
- Edward Gibbon
(Related: Freedom, Possessions, Poverty)

"All that spirits desire, spirits attain."
- Khalil Gibran
(Related: Desire, Spirits)

"I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires."
- Khalil Gibran
(Related: Dreams, Visions)

"Have the courage of your desire."
- George Gissing
(Related: Courage, Desire)

"The genius of the economic machine is in its ability to convert these indulgences into profitability. It converts desire into attention, a grip on our eyeballs and eardrums, which in turn can be marketed to advertisers."
- Todd Gitlin
(Related: Genius, Ability, Attention, Desire, Machine)

"The manufacture of desire isn't at the heart - if it isn't absurd to speak of a heart - of the media torrent. Chronic dissatisfaction is at the heart of the matter."
- Todd Gitlin
(Related: Heart, Desire, Media)

"The moguls are driven by their respective desires for profit - period."
- Todd Gitlin
(Related: Profit)

"There should be a sympathy with freedom, a desire to give it scope, founded not upon visionary ideas, but upon the long experience of many generations within the shores of this happy isle, that in freedom you lay the firmest foundations both of loyalty and order."
- William E. Gladstone
(Related: Experience, Sympathy, Ideas, Desire, Freedom, Generations, Loyalty, Order)

"The real issue is not talent as an independent element, but talent in relationship to will, desire, and persistence. Talent without these things vanishes and even modest talent with those characteristics grows."
- Milton Glaser
(Related: Talent, Desire, Persistence, Will)

"Nothing is more consuming, or more illogical, than the desire for remembrance."
- Ellen Glasgow
(Related: Desire, Nothing, Remembrance)

"It is my really sincere desire that we get an opportunity to play long enough for people to really grab on and become fans, because I think it's a great project."
- Ron Glass
(Related: People, Opportunity, Desire, Fans, Play, Project)

"The diligent scholar is he that loves himself, and desires to have reason to applaud and love himself."
- William Godwin
(Related: Love, Reason)

"Study with desire is real activity; without desire it is but the semblance and mockery of activity."
- William Godwin
(Related: Desire, Study)

"Perseverance is an active principle, and cannot continue to operate but under the influence of desire."
- William Godwin
(Related: Perseverance, Desire, Influence)

"Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Love, Deeds, Desire, Spirit)

"We cannot fashion our children after our desires, we must have them and love them as God has given them to us."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Love, God, Children, Fashion)

"Never underestimate people. They do desire the cut of truth."
- Natalie Goldberg
(Related: Truth, People, Desire)

"Merely external emancipation has made of the modern woman an artificial being. Now, woman is confronted with the necessity of emancipating herself from emancipation, if she really desires to be free."
- Emma Goldman
(Related: Being, Necessity, Now, Woman)

"As writers become more numerous, it is natural for readers to become more indolent; whence must necessarily arise a desire of attaining knowledge with the greatest possible ease."
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Related: Knowledge, Desire, Writers)

"Art includes everything that stimulates the desire to live."
- Remy de Gourmont
(Related: Art, Desire)

"When desire dies, fear is born."
- Baltasar Gracian
(Related: Fear, Desire)

"Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired."
- Martha Graham
(Related: Faith, Vision, Act, Desire, Obstacles, Perfection, Practice)

"I became an actor, and because I had success as an actor, I became famous. I was acting for quite a while before I got famous; television made me famous. I guess that it's television that is responsible for everybody's desire to be famous."
- Kelsey Grammer
(Related: Success, Acting, Actor, Desire, Famous, Television)

"I don't have any particular burning desire to go back to being cuddly. Not really."
- Hugh Grant
(Related: Being, Desire)

"There are two kinds of artists in this world; those that work because the spirit is in them, and they cannot be silent if they would, and those that speak from a conscientious desire to make apparent to others the beauty that has awakened their own admiration."
- Anna Katharine Green
(Related: Beauty, Work, Admiration, Artists, Desire, Spirit, World)

"Success is very ephemeral. You depend entirely on the desire of others, which makes it difficult to relax."
- Eva Green
(Related: Success, Desire, Relax)

"A good education should leave much to be desired."
- Alan Gregg
(Related: Education)

"God grant you all your desires and accept my own hearty thanks for all your attention to me. Although indeed, those attentions have tried me more than death can now terrify me."
- Jane Grey
(Related: Death, God, Attention, Now)

"It is not only our duty to pray for others, but also to desire the prayers of others for ourselves."
- William Gurnall
(Related: Desire, Duty)

"In my experience a painting is not made with colors and paint at all. I don't know what a painting is; who knows what sets off even the desire to paint?"
- Philip Guston
(Related: Experience, Colors, Desire, Painting)

"I don't know what a painting is; who knows what sets off even the desire to paint? It might be things, thoughts, a memory, sensations, which have nothing to do directly with painting itself. They can come from anything and anywhere."
- Philip Guston
(Related: Thoughts, Desire, Memory, Nothing, Painting, Sensations)

"Because when you have millions of people with this kind of need for gratification, and the culture is saying that it's possible for everyone to satisfy all of their needs and desires all of the time, there are obviously going to be clashes - clashes of ego."
- Taylor Hackford
(Related: Time, People, Culture, Ego, Needs, Saying)

"The idea that a war can be won by standing on the defensive and waiting for the enemy to attack is a dangerous fallacy, which owes its inception to the desire to evade the price of victory."
- Douglas Haig
(Related: War, Idea, Victory, Desire, Enemy, Waiting)

"The extreme socialists desire to run every nation as a single business concern."
- John B. S. Haldane
(Related: Business, Concern, Desire, Extreme, Nation)

"Shakespeare reveals human nature brilliantly: he shines a light on our instinctive desire to dominate each other."
- Edward Hall
(Related: Nature, Desire, Human nature, Light, Shakespeare)

"It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government."
- Alexander Hamilton
(Related: Government, Desire, Tyranny)

"Luckily, I'm in the position now of being able to play purely because I have the desire to do so."
- Chico Hamilton
(Related: Being, Desire, Now, Play)

"Destiny is something not be to desired and not to be avoided. a mystery not contrary to reason, for it implies that the world, and the course of human history, have meaning."
- Dag Hammarskjold
(Related: History, Destiny, Meaning, Mystery, Reason, World)

"I suppose I have had more advantages and privileges than most of you, who are slaves have ever known, and I believe more than many white people have enjoyed, for which I desire to bless God, and pray that he may bless those who have given them to me."
- Jupiter Hammon
(Related: God, People, Desire, May)

"The United States have no possessions in the east and do not desire to have any, as other countries do."
- Townsend Harris
(Related: Countries, Desire, Possessions, states, United)

"Two things are desired in order that intercourse may be had: First, that a minister or agent be allowed to reside at the capital. Second, that commerce between different countries be freely allowed."
- Townsend Harris
(Related: Commerce, Countries, First, May, Order)

"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
(Related: Countries, Country, President, Welfare)

"If you make a treaty first with the United States and settle the matter of the opium trade, England cannot change this, though she should desire to do so."
- Townsend Harris
(Related: Change, Desire, EnglFirst, Opium, states, Trade, United)

"Desire creates its own object."
- Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
(Related: Desire)

"It's not any desire on my part to start playing dads, but it's a convention of drama. If you don't get the parts of young people going out to nightclubs, you have to play their fathers."
- Ian Hart
(Related: People, Desire, Drama, Fathers, Play)

"Your desired behavior must become just as much a habit as your undesired behavior was before."
- Mike Hawkins
(Related: Habit, Behavior)

"I desire an special interest in your prayers that my faith fail not in the day of adversity."
- John Hawley
(Related: Faith, Adversity, Day, Desire, Interest)

"Intellects whose desires have outstripped their understanding."
- Friedrich August von Hayek
(Related: Understanding)

"It is the desire of the good people of the whole country that sectionalism as a factor in our politics should disappear...'"
- Rutherford B. Hayes
(Related: Politics, People, Country, Desire)

"A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means."
- Henry Hazlitt
(Related: Success, Desire, End, Passion, Will)

"In moderating, not satisfying desires, lies peace."
- Ben Hecht
(Related: Peace, Lies)

"Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire."
- Robert A. Heinlein
(Related: People, Conservative, Desire, Liberal, Race, Want)

"There are men whom a happy disposition, a strong desire of glory and esteem, inspire with the same love for justice and virtue which men in general have for riches and honors... But the number of these men is so small that I only mention them in honor of humanity."
- Claud-Adrian Helvetius
(Related: Love, Men, Virtue, Desire, Glory, Honor, Humanity, Justice)

"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
(Related: Action, Man, Mind, Motive)

"I am, first of all, a Christian and, secondly, a person with very very serious personal opinion, so I'm motivated by many many things and, certainly, not by the need or desire to satisfy other people's ideas of who I am."
- Ken Hensley
(Related: People, Ideas, Christian, Desire, First, Opinion)

"When I started out, I didn't have any desire to be an actress or to learn how to act. I just wanted to be famous."
- Katharine Hepburn
(Related: Act, Desire, Famous)

"It is hard to contend against one's heart's desire; for whatever it wishes to have it buys at the cost of soul."
- Heraclitus
(Related: Soul, Heart, Desire, Wishes)

"Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty."
- Frank Herbert
(Related: Discipline, Freedom, Liberty)

"Our opponents maintain that we are confronted with insurmountable political obstacles, but that may be said of the smallest obstacle if one has no desire to surmount it."
- Theodor Herzl
(Related: Desire, May, Obstacles, Opponents)

"It is not Kafka's fault that his wonderful writings have lately turned into a fad, and are read by people who have neither the ability nor the desire to absorb literature."
- Herman Hesse
(Related: People, Ability, Desire, Fault, Literature)

"That I feel a desire, my friends, that we in this latter day of the world, in which light is fast spreading, that we should be willing to attend to those portions of the Scriptures of truth that direct us home to the foundation."
- Elias Hicks
(Related: Home, Truth, Day, Desire, Friends, Light, World)

"You know that we have a great variety of ways to gratify our own desires."
- Elias Hicks
(Related: Variety)

"And if we are in this state, if we had an eternity of probation, what reason have we to suppose that we should profit by it - if we had ever so long a time to chose for ourselves we should pursue our own will, to gratify our carnal I desires."
- Elias Hicks
(Related: Time, Eternity, Profit, Reason, State, Will)

"Your ability to use the principle of autosuggestion will depend, very largely, upon your capacity to concentrate upon a given desire until that desire becomes a burning obsession."
- Napoleon Hill
(Related: Ability, Desire, Obsession, Will)

"Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win - essential to success."
- Napoleon Hill
(Related: Success, Desire, Mind, State)

"The starting point of all achievement is desire."
- Napoleon Hill
(Related: Achievement, Desire)

"Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire."
- Napoleon Hill
(Related: Desire, Will, Writing)

"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
(Related: Action, Desire)

"Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything."
- Napoleon Hill
(Related: Achievement, Hope, Desire)

"When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve."
- Napoleon Hill
(Related: Will)

"War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man."
- Napoleon Hill
(Related: War, Desire, Gain, Man)

"There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it."
- Napoleon Hill
(Related: Quality, Knowledge, Purpose, Desire)

"There is no such thing as perpetual tranquillity of mind while we live here; because life itself is but motion, and can never be without desire, nor without fear, no more than without sense."
- Thomas Hobbes
(Related: Life, Fear, Desire, Mind, Sense)

"I put for the general inclination of all mankind, a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in death."
- Thomas Hobbes
(Related: Death, Power, Desire, Mankind)

"It sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: Desire)

"It is the awareness of unfulfilled desires which gives a nation the feeling that it has a mission and a destiny."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: Awareness, Destiny, Feeling, Mission, Nation)

"Every intense desire is perhaps a desire to be different from what we are."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: 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."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: Talent, Desire)

"Sometimes I'm uncomfortable with the level of fame I've got! It all depends on the day and what's going on. I don't desire any more fame. I don't need it."
- Philip Seymour Hoffman
(Related: Day, Desire, Fame)

"Desire creates the power."
- Raymond Holliwell
(Related: Power, Desire)

"The inner thought coming from the heart represents the real motives and desires. These are the cause of action."
- Raymond Holliwell
(Related: Thought, Heart, Action, Cause, Motives)

"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."
- Lou Holtz
(Related: Life, Goals, Desire)

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

"Many people would be more truthful were it not for their uncontrollable desire to talk."
- Edgar Watson Howe
(Related: People, Desire, Talk)

"Our desires always disappoint us; for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation."
- Elbert Hubbard
(Related: Answers, Expectation, Satisfaction)

"It's a hard call, but I've no desire to live my children's lives. I think my job as a father is to protect them, to allow them a safe place to grow up and to teach them what I've learned."
- Ernie Hudson
(Related: Father, Children, Desire, Job)

"When God desires to destroy a thing, he entrusts its destruction to the thing itself. Every bad institution of this world ends by suicide."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: God, Destruction, Suicide, World)

"Almost all our desires, when examined, contain something too shameful to reveal."
- Victor Hugo
"Fortunately, the war has brought with it not alone a stark realization of what another war would mean to the world, but as well the creation of an international agency through which the nations of the world can, if they so desire, make peace a living reality."
- Cordell Hull
(Related: Peace, War, Creation, Desire, Living, Nations, Reality, World)

"Eloquence, at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection, but addresses itself entirely to the desires and affections, captivating the willing hearers, and subduing their understanding."
- David Hume
(Related: Eloquence, Reason, Reflection, Understanding)

"Our course, then, is clear; if we desire to put an end to pauperism, or to lessen it, we should import everything we can use or sell, in order that we may employ our unemployed hands, in making the goods by which we pay for these imports."
- Joseph Hume
(Related: Desire, End, May, Order)

"Once you have made the decision to do the film, once you have identified the desire and all the deep and personal, intimate, artistic reasons why you want to do the film, then it's more a matter of how to do things."
- Isabelle Huppert
(Related: Decision, Deep, Desire, Film, Want)

"For you see this scripture fulfilled this day and therefore I desire you as you tender the Lord and the church and commonwealth to consider and look what you do."
- Anne Hutchinson
(Related: Church, Day, Desire, Scripture)

"Uncontrolled, the hunger and thirst after God may become an obstacle, cutting off the soul from what it desires. If a man would travel far along the mystic road, he must learn to desire God intensely but in stillness, passively and yet with all his heart and mind and strength."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Travel, God, Soul, Heart, Strength, Desire, Hunger, Man, May, Mind, Road)

"So nevertheless, what I'm saying is that what one is - one's parameters are constantly narrowed by one's success, and my desire is to widen my field even if I risk failure."
- Jeremy Irons
(Related: Success, Failure, Desire, Risk, Saying)

"And trust, yes, which is important, but that is what I aim towards. Now that is difficult for some people, and with that desire to get things as good as possible, I would say that I'm probably regarded as quite prickly to work with."
- Jeremy Irons
(Related: Work, Trust, People, Desire, Now)

"Peace, above all things, is to be desired, but blood must sometimes be spilled to obtain it on equable and lasting terms."
- Andrew Jackson
(Related: Peace, Blood)

"The planter, the farmer, the mechanic, and the laborer... form the great body of the people of the United States, they are the bone and sinew of the country men who love liberty and desire nothing but equal rights and equal laws."
- Andrew Jackson
(Related: Love, Men, People, Body, Country, Desire, Rights, Laws, Liberty, Nothing, states, United)

"For me, the desire exists less to get myself a degree than to just go and have the whole college experience, and throw myself into the brain pool and see if I can swim."
- Joshua Jackson
(Related: Experience, College, Desire)

"It was a really interesting time in New York in the late 70s and early 80s, and the music scene was really, really interesting because you didn't have to be a virtuoso to make music, it was more about your desire to express things."
- Jim Jarmusch
(Related: Music, Time, Desire)

"I began the study of medicine, impelled by a desire for knowledge of facts and of man. The resolution to do disciplined work tied me to both laboratory and clinic for a long time to come."
- Karl Jaspers
(Related: Time, Work, Knowledge, Desire, Facts, Man, Medicine, Resolution, Study)

"A dislike of death is no proof of the want of religion. The instincts of nature shrink from it, for no creature can like its own dissolution. But though death is not desired, the result of it may be, for dying to the Christian is the way to life eternal."
- William Jay
(Related: Death, Life, Nature, Religion, Christian, Dying, May, Proof, Result, Want)

"My characters are driven by a passionate desire for justice. They are rebellious and incorruptible."
- Tahar Ben Jelloun
(Related: Desire, Justice)

"The world does not look to us in the Arab world out of a healthy desire for knowledge."
- Tahar Ben Jelloun
(Related: Knowledge, Desire, World)

"My most profound confidence is however based upon the fact that at the head of Germany there stands a man by his entire development, his desires, and striving can only have been destined by fate to lead our people into a brighter future."
- Alfred Jodl
(Related: People, Development, Confidence, Fact, Fate, Future, Germany)

"To be an artist you have to give up everything, including the desire to be a good artist."
- Jasper Johns
(Related: Artist, Desire)

"If you take a lie and allow your desire for the truth, you'll end up with some truth - not fact, but something that gets you closer to the truth. That's what we want. When we go to a play, we need to be assured that the experience we're having."
- Denis Johnson
(Related: Experience, Truth, Lie, Desire, End, Fact, Play, Want)

"It is my desire to be a great writer. I know that I still have a mountain to climb to achieve that."
- Guy Johnson
(Related: Desire, Writer)

"With this first novel, I am just above the foothills, but I see the path to the top, and it is my desire to write compelling stories about everything that I find of interest."
- Guy Johnson
(Related: Desire, First, Interest)

"But I must own that I also felt stirred by an unselfish desire to voice all the joys and sorrows, the hopes and ambitions, of the American Negro, in classic musical form."
- James Weldon Johnson
(Related: American, Desire, Voice)

"I have no desire to coach basketball."
- Kevin Johnson
(Related: Basketball, Coach, Desire)

"Some desire is necessary to keep life in motion, and he whose real wants are supplied must admit those of fancy."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Life, Desire, Fancy)

"Every man is rich or poor according to the proportion between his desires and his enjoyments."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Man, Poor)

"I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Desire, Man)

"To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Home, Ambition, Desire, End, Labor, Result)

"In the ordinary church, it is suppressed by respectability, by a desire to appear better than we really are."
- E. Stanley Jones
(Related: Church, Desire, Respectability)

"That was one of the things that interested me about the character. He doesn't want to be a hero, and has no real desire to save the earth or discover aliens. He's sniffing around looking to see what will fall in his lap."
- Orlando Jones
(Related: Character, Desire, Earth, Want, Will)

"From 1918 on, trade unionists were to express from the platforms of their congresses the workers' desire for peace through a rational organization of the world."
- Leon Jouhaux
(Related: Peace, Desire, Trade, Workers, World)

"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
(Related: Life, People, Want, Will)

"By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired."
- Franz Kafka
"The Jew is upset because the nations of the world - the United Nations - lash him, brand him as racist and evil, hate him and openly demonstrate their desire to destroy him."
- Meir Kahane
(Related: Desire, Evil, Hate, Nations, United, World)

"The only objects of practical reason are therefore those of good and evil. For by the former is meant an object necessarily desired according to a principle of reason; by the latter one necessarily shunned, also according to a principle of reason."
- Immanuel Kant
(Related: Evil, Reason)

"I've often been asked to run for office. I have no desire to do that, I would not want my time with the family or the company restricted because of the demands of an elected position."
- Carl Karcher
(Related: Family, Time, Company, Desire, Office, Want)

"After that, Kasparov stepped back from chess which is, and I want this to be clear, not good for chess in general at all. As a whole, the current situation in the chess world leaves a lot to be desired."
- Anatoly Karpov
(Related: Chess, Want, World)

"Reason has not tamed desire: it is as strong as ever."
- Arthur Keith
(Related: Reason)

"Civilization never stands still; if in one country it is falling back, in another it is changing, evolving, becoming more complicated, bringing fresh experience to body and mind, breeding new desires, and exploiting Nature's cupboard for their satisfaction."
- Arthur Keith
(Related: Experience, Civilization, Nature, Body, Breeding, Country, Mind, Satisfaction)

"Good men, whether they be Christians or rationalists, do not desire to discriminate between races, but the distinctions implanted by Nature are too conspicuous to escape the observation of our senses."
- Arthur Keith
(Related: Nature, Men, Desire, Observation, Senses)

"It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal."
- Helen Keller
(Related: Travel, Goal, Desire)

"It is true not all has been accomplished that the earnest advocates would desire, but a start has been made."
- Frank B. Kellogg
(Related: Desire)

"Gladly we desire to make other men perfect, but we will not amend our own fault."
- Thomas Kempis
(Related: Men, Desire, Fault, Will)

"My lord, I have some matter of law relating to the indictment, and I desire counsel to speak to it."
- William Kidd
(Related: Desire, Law)

"I desire to put off my trial as long as I can till I can get my evidence ready."
- William Kidd
(Related: Desire)

"When you relinquish the desire to control your future, you can have more happiness."
- Nicole Kidman
(Related: Happiness, Control, Desire, Future)

"It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite."
- Soren Kierkegaard
(Related: Desire, Imperfection, Man)

"From the outset of the war, the Canadian people have clearly shown that it is their desire to help in every way to make Canada's war effort as effective as possible."
- William Lyon Mackenzie King
(Related: War, People, Canada, Desire, Effort, Help)

"I am your fairy tale. Your dream. Your wishes and desires, and I am your thirst and your hunger and your food and your drink."
- Klaus Kinski
(Related: Food, Dream, Hunger, Wishes)

"I have struck a city - a real city - and they call it Chicago... I urgently desire never to see it again. It is inhabited by savages."
- Rudyard Kipling
(Related: Chicago, Desire)

"The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way."
- Robert Kiyosaki
(Related: Success, Dream, Strength, Desire, Disappointment)

"You can go out feet first, and that's not my desire, or you can say, I think we've served with distinction, and this is the time to go home and seek a new challenge."
- Jerry Kleczka
(Related: Home, Time, Challenge, Desire, Feet, First)

"I'm not a collector, however, and I have no desire to own 50 or 60 guitars."
- Mark Knopfler
(Related: Desire)

"We say we want to create beauty, identity, quality, singularity. And yet, maybe in truth these cities that we have are desired. Maybe their very characterlessness provides the best context for living."
- Rem Koolhaas
(Related: Beauty, Quality, Truth, Cities, Identity, Living, Want)

"Nothing gives us courage more readily than the desire to avoid looking like a damn fool."
- Dean Koontz
(Related: Courage, Desire, Fool, Nothing)

"I never discuss a novel while I'm writing it, for fear that talking about it will diminish my desire to write it."
- Dean Koontz
(Related: Fear, Desire, Talking, Will, Writing)

"Your chances of success are directly proportional to the degree of pleasure you desire from what you do. If you are in a job you hate, face the fact squarely and get out."
- Michael Korda
(Related: Success, Desire, Fact, Hate, Job, Pleasure)

"I consider no man honest who does not observe towards other nations the principles which he desires to be observed towards his own: and therefore I will not interfere in your domestic questions."
- Lajos Kossuth
(Related: Man, Nations, Principles, Questions, Will)

"But Pete had the desire to play at the highest level for so many years. That is very difficult, mentally."
- Richard Krajicek
(Related: Desire, Play, Years)

"Federer can be the best ever; he has the potential. The only question is whether he has the desire."
- Richard Krajicek
(Related: Desire, Potential, Question)

"A fine world in which man reproaches woman with fulfilling his heart's desire!"
- Karl Kraus
(Related: Heart, Man, Woman, World)

"I don't pretend anything anymore. I don't have time, desire or energy to calculate anymore."
- Thomas Kretschmann
(Related: Time, Desire, Energy)

"Freedom from the desire for an answer is essential to the understanding of a problem."
- Jiddu Krishnamurti
(Related: Desire, Freedom, Understanding)

"Few people have ever seriously wished to be exclusively rational. The good life which most desire is a life warmed by passions and touched with that ceremonial grace which is impossible without some affectionate loyalty to traditional form and ceremonies."
- Joseph Wood Krutch
(Related: Life, People, Desire, Grace, Loyalty)

"Limited in his nature, infinite in his desire, man is a fallen god who remembers heaven."
- Alphonse de Lamartine
(Related: God, Nature, Desire, Heaven, Infinite, Man)

"We're way too much the same person, Larry. I mean, you know, way too much the same person. We have basically the same attitudes, desires, drives. And we see ourselves the same way."
- Jim Lampley
"I've always had this unresolved desire to prove that I could get a Ph.D., or contribute something else to the world."
- Diane Lane
(Related: Desire, World)

"The scientist is motivated primarily by curiosity and a desire for truth."
- Irving Langmuir
(Related: Truth, Curiosity, Desire)

"A child's appetite for new toys appeal to the desire for ownership and appropriation: the appeal of toys comes to lie not in their use but in their status as possessions."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Lie, Appetite, Desire, Ownership, Possessions)

"Animation is the only thing I ever wanted to do in my whole life. I have no desire for live-action or anything else."
- John Lasseter
(Related: Life, Animation, Desire)

"Naturally I drew register a little exaggerated, in order to create something new in the sense of a sublime literature that sings of despair only in order to oppress the reader, and make him desire the good as the remedy."
- Comte de Lautreamont
(Related: Desire, Despair, Literature, Order, Sense)

"Faith is not a notion, but a real strong essential hunger, an attracting or magnetic desire of Christ, which as it proceeds from a seed of the divine nature in us, so it attracts and unites with its like."
- William Law
(Related: Faith, Nature, Christ, Desire, Hunger)

"All people desire what they believe will make them happy. If a person is not full of desire for God, we can only conclude that he is engaged with another happiness."
- William Law
(Related: Happiness, God, People, Desire, Will)

"In every living thing there is the desire for love."
- David Herbert Lawrence
(Related: Love, Desire, Living)

"My desire to curtail undue freedom of speech extends only to such public areas as restaurants, airports, streets, hotel lobbies, parks, and department stores. Verbal exchanges between consenting adults in private are as of little interest to me as they probably are to them."
- Fran Lebowitz
(Related: Desire, Freedom, Interest, Public, Restaurants, Speech)

"The beginning of a plot is the prompting of desire."
- Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
(Related: Beginning, Desire)

"Well, I think just a desire to come back and be a part of the game again."
- Mario Lemieux
(Related: Desire)

"My head can get to murder and rape for profit because I can understand greed as a human motive, but I cannot understand the voyeuristic desire to watch such a film. I can comprehend one and I cannot comprehend the other."
- Donna Leon
(Related: Desire, Film, Greed, Motive, Murder, Profit)

"Death is not evil, for it frees man from all ills and takes away his desires along with desire's rewards."
- Giacomo Leopardi
(Related: Death, Desire, Evil, Man)

"Old age is the supreme evil, for it deprives man of all pleasures while allowing his appetites to remain, and it brings with it every possible sorrow. Yet men fear death and desire old age."
- Giacomo Leopardi
(Related: Age, Death, Men, Fear, Desire, Evil, Man, Old, Sorrow)

"Boys have a tendency to jump around a lot more than girls. Boys have that desire to want to dunk way more than girls do. It just never seemed like something we could truly fathom and do."
- Lisa Leslie
(Related: Boys, Desire, Girls, Want)

"Every time I look at you I get a fierce desire to be lonesome."
- Oscar Levant
(Related: Time, Desire)

"There are people who possess not so much genius as a certain talent for perceiving the desires of the century, or even of the decade, before it has done so itself."
- Georg C. Lichtenberg
(Related: Talent, Genius, People)

"There is no greater impediment to progress in the sciences than the desire to see it take place too quickly."
- Georg C. Lichtenberg
(Related: Progress, Desire)

"But on the other hand, while disclaiming any change in my opinions, I desire equally to disclaim the representations of those opinions which have been put forward in some quarters."
- Joseph Barber Lightfoot
(Related: Change, Desire, Opinions)

"Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old."
- Abraham Lincoln
(Related: Old)

"I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end... I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me."
- Abraham Lincoln
(Related: Friend, Desire, Earth)

"Favor and honor sometimes fall more fitly on those who do not desire them."
- Titus Livius
(Related: Desire, Honor)

"The discipline of desire is the background of character."
- John Locke
(Related: Character, Discipline, Desire)

"If the blame (if there is any) can be shifted from him to me, I shall help him and our cause by taking it. I desire, therefore, that all the responsibility that can be put upon me shall go there and shall remain there."
- James Longstreet
(Related: Blame, Cause, Desire, Help, Responsibility)

"Our visions begin with our desires."
- Audre Lorde
(Related: Visions)

"I am surprised that I cannot recall whether my desire to become a minister transformed itself into a wish to lead the more militant life of missionary, by a slow process or suddenly."
- Pierre Loti
(Related: Life, Desire)

"He hath desired to bring the souls of other men to heaven; let his soul be brought to heaven."
- Christopher Love
(Related: Men, Soul, Heaven)

"Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in."
- Amy Lowell
(Related: Art, Desire, Man, Personality, World)

"To educate the intelligence is to expand the horizon of its wants and desires."
- James Russell Lowell
(Related: Intelligence)

"The ability and desire to transform the mundane materials at hand that we both bring into the collaboration well beyond the sum total of the parts - to birth a new baby neither of us could claim single parentage of."
- Gary Lucas
(Related: Ability, Baby, Collaboration, Desire)

"This fear of death infused me with the desire to live, and to live harder."
- Josh Lucas
(Related: Death, Fear, Desire)

"I had no desire to crash a man's world."
- Ida Lupino
(Related: Desire, Man, World)

"All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired."
- Martin Luther
(Related: God, Faith, Heart, Will)

"I would rather be poor in a cottage full of books than a king without the desire to read."
- Thomas B. Macaulay
(Related: Books, Desire, Poor)

"That is the best government which desires to make the people happy, and knows how to make them happy."
- Thomas B. Macaulay
(Related: Government, People)

"Even the distribution of rations leaves much to be desired; the fatigue party, well-intentioned and sympathetic though it be, often finds itself short of provisions."
- Patrick MacGill
(Related: Fatigue, Party)

"The presentations and conceptions of the average man of the world are formed and dominated, not by the full and pure desire for knowledge as an end in itself, but by the struggle to adapt himself favourably to the conditions of life."
- Ernst Mach
(Related: Life, Knowledge, Desire, End, Man, Struggle, World)

"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."
- Niccolo Machiavelli
(Related: Men, Will, Yield)

"Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times."
- Niccolo Machiavelli
(Related: Change, Success)

"My intention to lecture is as vague as my intention is to go on the stage. I will never consider an offer to lecture, not because I despise the vocation, but because I have no desire to appear on the public rostrum."
- Mary MacLane
(Related: Desire, Intention, Public, Vocation, Will)

"It is one of my sources of happiness never to desire a knowledge of other people's business."
- Dolley Madison
(Related: Business, Happiness, People, Knowledge, Desire)

"It is easier to achieve a desired result in short pieces."
- Gustav Mahler
(Related: Result)

"We have been frustrated that there are a number of incumbents in Maryland offices who have been in office for years and years and show no movement or desire to pass the torch."
- John Mahoney
(Related: Desire, Office, Years)

"Travel can also be the spirit of adventure somewhat tamed, for those who desire to do something they are a bit afraid of."
- Ella Maillart
(Related: Travel, Adventure, Desire, Spirit)

"From the beginning, I wanted to live my own life, and patiently I shored up that desire against wind and tide."
- Ella Maillart
(Related: Life, Beginning, Desire, Wind)

"To the totality of purposes of the perfect Law there belong the abandonment, depreciation, and restraint of desires in so far as possible."
- Maimonides
(Related: Law, Restraint)

"Man is insatiable for power; he is infantile in his desires and, always discontented with what he has, loves only what he has not. People complain of the despotism of princes; they ought to complain of the despotism of man."
- Joseph de Maistre
(Related: Power, People, Man)

"There is no man who desires as passionately as a Russian. If we could imprison a Russian desire beneath a fortress, that fortress would explode."
- Joseph De Maistre
(Related: Desire, Man)

"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
(Related: Feelings, Needs, Trouble)

"Modernity exists in the form of a desire to wipe out whatever came earlier, in the hope of reaching at least a point that could be called a true present, a point of origin that marks a new departure."
- Paul de Man
(Related: Hope, Departure, Desire, Modernity, Present)

"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
(Related: Death, Freedom, Shadow, Will)

"A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron."
- Horace Mann
(Related: Desire, Inspiring)

"The teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron."
- Horace Mann
(Related: Desire, Inspiring)

"Only he who desires is amiable and not he who is satiated."
- Thomas Mann
"Money is not an aphrodisiac: the desire it may kindle in the female eye is more for the cash than the carrier."
- Marya Mannes
(Related: Money, Desire, Eye, May)

"The preparation, commitment and desire to win will be no less than the last time I drove a grand prix car in anger."
- Nigel Mansell
(Related: Anger, Car, Time, Commitment, Desire, Preparation, Will)

"Our destiny changes with our thought; we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thought corresponds with our desire."
- Orison Swett Marden
(Related: Thought, Desire, Destiny)

"A strong, successful man is not the victim of his environment. He creates favorable conditions. His own inherent force and energy compel things to turn out as he desires."
- Orison Swett Marden
(Related: Successful, Energy, Environment, Force, Man)

"It is psychological law that whatever we desire to accomplish we must impress upon the subjective or subconscious mind."
- Orison Swett Marden
(Related: Desire, Law, Mind)

"Every day I went to the ballpark in Yankee Stadium as well as on the road people were on my back. The last six years in the American League were mental hell for me. I was drained of all my desire to play baseball."
- Roger Maris
(Related: People, American, Baseball, Day, Desire, Hell, Play, Road, Yankee, Years)

"Poetry proceeds from the totality of man, sense, imagination, intellect, love, desire, instinct, blood and spirit together."
- Jacques Maritain
(Related: Poetry, Imagination, Love, Blood, Desire, Instinct, Intellect, Man, Sense, Spirit)

"Every crisis offers you extra desired power."
- William Moulton Marston
(Related: Power, Crisis)

"Much can often be learned by the repetition under different conditions, even if the desired result is not obtained."
- Archer J. P. Martin
(Related: Repetition, Result)

"To put meaning in one's life may end in madness, But life without meaning is the torture Of restlessness and vague desire-It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid."
- Edgar Lee Masters
(Related: Life, Desire, End, Longing, Madness, May, Meaning, Sea)

"You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover."
- Henri Matisse
(Related: Love, Desire, Study)

"If men could regard the events of their own lives with more open minds, they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain."
- Andre Maurois
(Related: Men, Desire, Events, Open)

"So at a time in which the media give the public everything it wants and desires, maybe art should adopt a much more aggressive attitude towards the public. I myself am very much inclined to take this position."
- Thom Mayne
(Related: Art, Time, Attitude, Media, Public)

"We will continue to count on your unwavering support and commitment to working with leaders of our continent in bringing about the desired renaissance of Africa."
- Thabo Mbeki
(Related: Commitment, Leaders, Support, Will)

"We have now gone beyond 100 in number, and the desire to join seems rather to increase, though it was thought the foundations would retard it, it seems quite otherwise."
- Catherine McAuley
(Related: Thought, Desire, Now)

"In human history, the desire for revenge and the desire for loot have often been closely associated."
- John McCarthy
(Related: History, Desire, Revenge)

"A free and prosperous Iraq will be a major blow to the terrorists and their desire to establish a safe haven in Iraq where they can plan and plot attacks."
- Scott McClellan
(Related: Desire, Iraq, Will)

"My desire for the part of Mammy was not dominated by selfishness for Hollywood has been good to me and I am grateful."
- Hattie McDaniel
(Related: Desire, Hollywood, Selfishness)

"The intensity of your desire governs the power with which the force is directed."
- John McDonald
(Related: Power, Desire, Force)

"I don't think the players play with the same desire they once did."
- Will McDonough
(Related: Desire, Play)

"What is the single most important quality in a tennis champion? I would have to say desire, staying in there and winning matches when you are not playing that well."
- John McEnroe
(Related: Quality, Winning, Desire, Tennis)

"Death is the great hope of all life; the desire to expend itself; to be used and consumed by its own longing for itself."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: Death, Life, Hope, Desire, Longing)

"Join me in my quest for a greater understanding of our existence. Join me in my desire for a greater self. Join me as I seek the humility to love and understand my fellow man."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: Love, Desire, Existence, Humility, Man, Quest, Self, Understanding)

"Only to the extent that men desire peace and brotherhood can the world be made better. No peace even though temporarily obtained, will be permanent, whether to individuals or nations, unless it is built upon the solid foundation of eternal principles."
- David O. McKay
(Related: Men, Peace, Brotherhood, Desire, Nations, Principles, Will, World)

"I always feel more comfortable in chaotic surroundings. I don't know why that is. I think order is dull. There is something about this kind of desire for order, particularly in Anglo Saxon cultures, that drive out this ability for the streets to become a really exotic, amorphous, chaotic, organic place where ideas can, basically, develop."
- Malcolm Mclaren
(Related: Ideas, Ability, Desire, Order)

"In any art movement, the art has to move into a new phase - a filmmaker has a desire to make a film that is not like a previous film."
- Norman McLaren
(Related: Art, Desire, Film)

"I see nothing wrong with the human trait to desire. In fact, I consider it integral to our success mechanism. Becoming attached to what we desire is what causes the trouble. If you must have it in order to be happy, then you are denying the happiness of the here and now."
- Peter McWilliams
(Related: Happiness, Success, Causes, Desire, Fact, Nothing, Now, Order, Trouble, Wrong)

"Let not a man do what his sense of right bids him not to do, nor desire what it forbids him to desire. This is sufficient. The skillful artist will not alter his measures for the sake of a stupid workman."
- Mencius
(Related: Artist, Desire, Man, Right, Sense, Will)

"The voice of the intelligence is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all it is silenced by ignorance."
- Karl A. Menninger
(Related: Intelligence, Anger, Fear, Desire, Hate, Ignorance, Shame, Voice)

"Yet it is in this loneliness that the deepest activities begin. It is here that you discover act without motion, labor that is profound repose, vision in obscurity, and, beyond all desire, a fulfillment whose limits extend to infinity."
- Thomas Merton
(Related: Vision, Act, Desire, Fulfillment, Infinity, Labor, Limits, Loneliness, Obscurity)

"A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire."
- Thomas Merton
(Related: Life, Desire, End, Man, Spiritual)

"Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon... must inevitably come to pass!"
- Paul J. Meyer
(Related: Act, Desire)

"Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish."
- Michelangelo
(Related: Desire, May)

"I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish."
- Michelangelo
(Related: Hope, Desire, May)

"No administration could stop the tidal wave of immigration that swept over the land; no political party could restrain or control the enterprise of our people, and no reasonable man could desire to check the march of civilization."
- Nelson A. Miles
(Related: People, Civilization, Control, Desire, Land, Man, March, Party)

"I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them."
- John Stuart Mill
(Related: Happiness)

"When someone has the desire to go to school and has the ability but can't get into our schools, that's wrong. Education drives the economy and the quality of life."
- Jack Miller
(Related: Education, Life, Quality, Ability, Desire, Economy, School, Schools, Wrong)

"I never had any desire to become a well-known actress."
- Rebecca Miller
(Related: Desire)

"He who reigns within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king."
- John Milton
(Related: Rules)

"We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing."
- Maria Mitchell
(Related: Knowledge, Desire, Gain, Hunger, Mind)

"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
(Related: Being, Desire)

"I believe very strongly that when it comes to desire, when it comes to attraction, that things are never black and white, things are very much shades of grey."
- Brian Molko
(Related: Desire)

"There is no desire more natural than the desire for knowledge."
- Michel de Montaigne
(Related: Knowledge, Desire)

"The teacher must derive not only the capacity, but the desire, to observe natural phenomena. The teacher must understand and feel her position of observer: the activity must lie in the phenomenon."
- Maria Montessori
(Related: Lie, Desire)

"Men are as we have always known them, neither better nor worse from the hearts of rogues there springs a latent honesty, from the depths of honest men there emerges a brutish appetite - a thirst for extermination, a desire for blood."
- Frederica Montseny
(Related: Men, Honesty, Appetite, Blood, Desire)

"This bored fantastic woman, with her animal nature, giving herself the pleasure of seeing her enemy struck down, not a particularly keen one for her because she is so weary of having all her desires satisfied."
- Gustave Moreau
(Related: Nature, Enemy, Giving, Pleasure, Woman)

"I claim that rape exists any time sexual intercourse occurs when it has not been initiated by the woman, out of her own genuine affection and desire."
- Robin Morgan
(Related: Time, Affection, Desire, Woman)

"We will try to create conditions where persons could come together in a spirit of teamwork, and exercise to their heart's desire their technological capacity."
- Akio Morita
(Related: Heart, Teamwork, Desire, Exercise, Spirit, Will)

"Citizen participation is a device whereby public officials induce nonpublic individuals to act in a way the officials desire."
- Daniel P. Moynihan
(Related: Act, Desire, Participation, Public)

"The less we read the Word of God, the less we desire to read it, and the less we pray, the less we desire to pray."
- George Muller
(Related: God, Desire, Word)

"We are the recipients of scientific method. We can each be a creative and active part of it if we so desire."
- Kary Mullis
(Related: Desire)

"If you desire ease, forsake learning."
- Nagarjuna
(Related: Desire, Learning)

"There is pleasure when a sore is scratched, But to be without sores is more pleasurable still. Just so, there are pleasures in worldly desires, But to be without desires is more pleasurable still."
- Nagarjuna
(Related: Pleasure)

"But what is striking about this, in a town that often talks about tax cuts, we could quite easily, Republicans and Democrats working together, do something that everybody in America desires, and that is a simplification of our Tax Code."
- Richard Neal
(Related: America, Democrats, Tax, Republicans, Tax cuts)

"Often devotion to virtue arises from sated desire."
- Adela Florence Nicolson
(Related: Virtue, Desire, Devotion)

"The desire to annoy no one, to harm no one, can equally well be the sign of a just as of an anxious disposition."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Desire, Harm)

"Not necessity, not desire - no, the love of power is the demon of men. Let them have everything - health, food, a place to live, entertainment - they are and remain unhappy and low-spirited: for the demon waits and waits and will be satisfied."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Love, Power, Food, Health, Men, Desire, Entertainment, Necessity, Will)

"Experience, as a desire for experience, does not come off. We must not study ourselves while having an experience."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Experience, Desire, Study)

"I've never had a desire to be famous. Lots of actors are actually extremely shy. I have shy areas."
- Jeremy Northam
(Related: Actors, Desire, Famous)

"I read about this hotel that was great, down in the south of the island, not in a touristy area. I had no particular desire ever to go to Jamaica, but I thought, what the hell? Sounds nice. Let's go!"
- Jeremy Northam
(Related: Thought, Desire, Hell)

"To Mr. Seward: It is my desire that, in case Maximillian will surrender, he be sent here a prisoner of war, but that in the event of his continuing the war, or refusing to surrender, then he be shot."
- Joshua A. Norton
(Related: War, Desire, Surrender, Will)

"We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Education, Money, People, Desire, Obligation, Responsibility, Schools, Students, Will)

"I think that's what helped us: confidence, respect, the desire to work hard."
- Ed O'Brien
(Related: Work, Confidence, Desire, Respect)

"What everyone in the astronaut corps shares in common is not gender or ethnic background, but motivation, perseverance, and desire - the desire to participate in a voyage of discovery."
- Ellen Ochoa
(Related: Motivation, Perseverance, Desire, Discovery, Gender)

"It began as this desire to do this science fiction movie about perhaps one of the last insects left that nobody's done anything on, which is the cockroach - and truly one of the most frightening insects."
- Michael O'Donoghue
(Related: Science, Desire, Fiction, Insects)

"Going after the unknown is always fascinating, I think. It becomes part of your life, this desire to know."
- Mark Oliphant
(Related: Life, Desire)

"It is widely held that too much wine will dull a man's desire. Indeed it will in a dull man."
- John Osborne
(Related: Desire, Man, Will, Wine)

"The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals."
- William Osler
(Related: Animals, Desire, Man, Medicine)

"MAY it please your Honors: I was desired by one of the court to look into the books, and consider the question now before them concerning Writs of Assistance."
- James Otis
(Related: Books, Court, May, Now, Question)

"And I hereby distinctly and emphatically declare that I consider myself, and earnestly desire to be considered by others, as utterly divested, now and during the rest of my life, of any such rights, the barbarous relics of a feudal, despotic system."
- Robert Dale Owen
(Related: Life, Desire, Rights, Now, Rest)

"To manifest your hearts desires you must BE what your heart desires."
- Joy Page
(Related: Heart)

"People desire to separate their worlds into polarities of dark and light, ugly and beautiful, good and evil, right and wrong, inside and outside. Polarities serve us in our learning and growth, but as souls we are all."
- Joy Page
(Related: People, Growth, Desire, Evil, Learning, Light, Right, Ugly, Wrong)

"We are angry about paying the highest income taxes and property taxes in the nation and getting less and less for it. We are angry about our incompetent, dysfunctional government that pays no attention to the desires of the people. We are angry about the cesspool of corruption and conflicts of interests and self-dealing that is Albany."
- Carl Paladino
(Related: Government, People, Attention, Corruption, Income, Nation, Property, Self, Taxes)

"There are those who have a desire to love, but do not have the capacity to love."
- Giovanni Papini
(Related: Love, Desire)

"From time immemorial artistic insights have been revealed to artists in their sleep and in dreams, so that at all times they ardently desired them."
- Paracelsus
(Related: Time, Dreams, Artists, Sleep)

"When a man undertakes to create something, he establishes a new heaven, as it were, and from it the work that he desires to create flows into him... For such is the immensity of man that he is greater than heaven and earth."
- Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus
(Related: Work, Earth, Heaven, Man)

"Let others laugh when you sacrifice desire to duty, if they will. You have time and eternity to rejoice in."
- Theodore Parker
(Related: Time, Sacrifice, Desire, Duty, Eternity, Will)

"Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were many others who felt the same way."
- Rosa Parks
"Even those who write against fame wish for the fame of having written well, and those who read their works desire the fame of having read them."
- Blaise Pascal
(Related: Desire, Fame)

"Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions; desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary."
- Blaise Pascal
(Related: Actions, Causes, Desire, Force)

"One of the most beautiful passages of Rousseau is that in the sixth book of Confessions, where he describes the awakening in him of the literary sense. Of such wisdom, the poetic passion, the desire of beauty, the love of art for its own sake, has most."
- Walter Pater
(Related: Art, Love, Beauty, Wisdom, Desire, Literary, Passion, Sense)

"The more wild and incredible your desire, the more willing and prompt God is in fulfilling it, if you will have it so."
- Coventry Patmore
(Related: God, Desire, Will)

"Young people are threatened... by the evil use of advertising techniques that stimulate the natural inclination to avoid hard work by promising the immediate satisfaction of every desire."
- Pope John Paul II
(Related: Work, People, Advertising, Desire, Evil, Hard work, Satisfaction)

"The unworthy successor of Peter who desires to benefit from the immeasurable wealth of Christ feels the great need of your assistance, your prayers, your sacrifice, and he most humbly asks this of you."
- Pope John Paul II
(Related: Sacrifice, Wealth, Christ, Unworthy)

"It goes without saying that the desire to accomplish the task with more confidence, to avoid wasting time and labour, and to spare our experimental animals as much as possible, made us strictly observe all the precautions taken by surgeons in respect to their patients."
- Ivan Pavlov
(Related: Time, Animals, Confidence, Desire, Respect, Saying)

"Humanity could only have survived and flourished if it held social and personal values that transcended the urges of the individual, embodying selfish desires - and these stem from the sense of a transcendent good."
- Arthur Peacocke
(Related: Values, Humanity, Sense)

"The difficulty we have in accepting responsibility for our behavior lies in the desire to avoid the pain of the consequences of that behavior."
- M. Scott Peck
(Related: Behavior, Consequences, Desire, Difficulty, Lies, Pain, Responsibility)

"If people have a basic understanding of right from wrong, possess a strong desire to better themselves and persist in there cause, they can break the chain of any negative environment."
- Dave Pelzer
(Related: People, Negative, Cause, Desire, Environment, Right, Understanding, Wrong)

"Our best teachers do more than impart facts and figures - they inspire and encourage students and instill a true desire to learn. That's a fine art in itself."
- Sonny Perdue
(Related: Art, Desire, Facts, Students, Teachers)

"We also had to bring with us some desired scientific equipment over to the station as well as assemble new machines. For that, I had to conduct two space walks."
- Philippe Perrin
(Related: Machines, Space)

"Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve."
- Wilferd A. Peterson
(Related: Power, Success, Desire)

"A short cut to riches is to subtract from our desires."
- Petrarch
"Do you suppose there is any living man so unreasonable that if he found himself stricken with a dangerous ailment he would not anxiously desire to regain the blessing of health?"
- Petrarch
(Related: Health, Desire, Living, Man)

"I never made a career decision based solely on my desire to be an astronaut. I attended the Naval Academy because I wanted to be a Navy pilot. I majored in math because math had always come pretty easily to me and I liked it."
- John L. Phillips
(Related: Decision, Career, Desire, Navy, Pretty)

"There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods; and that is, the sincere desire to find out the truth, whatever it may be."
- Charles Pierce
(Related: Science, Truth, Desire, May)

"I believe an international criminal court is very much to be desired."
- Harold Pinter
(Related: Court)

"How can you consider flower power outdated? The essence of my lyrics is the desire for peace and harmony. That's all anyone has ever wanted. How could it become outdated?"
- Robert Plant
(Related: Peace, Power, Desire, Harmony)

"Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge."
- Plato
(Related: Knowledge, Behavior, Desire, Emotion)

"One would have to have completely forgotten the history of science so as to not remember that the desire to know nature has had the most constant and the happiest influence on the development of mathematics."
- Henri Poincare
(Related: History, Nature, Science, Development, Desire, Influence, Mathematics)

"My films are the expression of momentary desires. I follow my instincts, but in a disciplined way."
- Roman Polanski
(Related: Expression)

"This is part of human nature, the desire to change consciousness."
- Michael Pollan
(Related: Change, Nature, Consciousness, Desire, Human nature)

"Calm self-confidence is as far from conceit as the desire to earn a decent living is remote from greed."
- Channing Pollock
(Related: Conceit, Desire, Greed, Living, Self)

"The desire to become a journalist came really because I very much like living abroad, and like to travel, and wanted to be paid for it."
- John Pomfret
(Related: Travel, Desire, Living)

"Man never thinks himself happy, but when he enjoys those things which others want or desire."
- Alexander Pope
(Related: Desire, Man, Want)

"If the desire to write is not accompanied by actual writing, then the desire must be not to write."
- Hugh Prather
(Related: Desire, Writing)

"The greatest desire of my heart was for the Lord to manifest His will concerning me."
- Orson Pratt
(Related: Heart, Desire, Will)

"We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes."
- Marcel Proust
(Related: Desire, Succeed)

"I do believe that reading can help you understand what you're writing and see what others are doing. But sometimes the desire for more information can act as an inhibitor."
- Manuel Puig
(Related: Act, Desire, Help, Information, Reading, Writing)

"I desire to assist in attracting to this profession young men of character and ability, also to help those already engaged in the profession to acquire the highest moral and intellectual training."
- Joseph Pulitzer
(Related: Men, Character, Ability, Desire, Help, Profession, Training)

"If thou desire the love of God and man, be humble, for the proud heart, as it loves none but itself, is beloved of none but itself. Humility enforces where neither virtue, nor strength, nor reason can prevail."
- Francis Quarles
(Related: Love, God, Heart, Strength, Virtue, Desire, Humility, Man, Reason)

"The heart is a small thing, but desireth great matters. It is not sufficient for a kite's dinner, yet the whole world is not sufficient for it."
- Francis Quarles
(Related: Heart, World)

"An exact poetic duplication of a man is for the poet a negation of the earth, an impossibility of being, even though his greatest desire is to speak to many men, to unite with them by means of harmonious verses about the truths of the mind or of things."
- Salvatore Quasimodo
(Related: Men, Being, Desire, Earth, Impossibility, Man, Mind)

"Forbidden pleasures alone are loved immoderately; when lawful, they do not excite desire."
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian
(Related: Desire, Forbidden)

"We always long for the forbidden things, and desire what is denied us."
- Francois Rabelais
(Related: Desire, Forbidden)

"Today, our actions must be motivated only by our intense desire to achieve a just and lasting peace. The compassion and charity of the American people should be reflected in this legislation, though sadly, they are silenced."
- Nick Rahall
(Related: Peace, People, Actions, American, Charity, Compassion, Desire, Legislation, Today)

"If you desire to be pure, have firm faith, and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments. Your little brain will otherwise be muddled."
- Ramakrishna
(Related: Faith, Arguments, Desire, Energy, Will)

"A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving."
- Ayn Rand
(Related: Action, Goal, Possibility, Desire, Worth)

"Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives."
- Ayn Rand
(Related: Power, Desire, Force, Motive, Motives, Stupidity)

"A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others."
- Ayn Rand
(Related: Desire, Man)

"We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own desires."
- Joseph Ratzinger
(Related: Goal, Dictatorship, Ego)

"The bad man desires arbitrary power. What moves the evil man is the love of injustice."
- John Rawls
(Related: Love, Power, Evil, Injustice, Man)

"An original is a creation motivated by desire. Any reproduction of an originals motivated be necessity. It is marvelous that we are the only species that creates gratuitous forms. To create is divine, to reproduce is human."
- Man Ray
(Related: Creation, Desire, Necessity)

"You might think that it would he the natural desire of every man to develop as an independent personality, but this does not seem to be true."
- Herbert Read
(Related: Desire, Man, Personality)

"So whatever it is you want, need or desire or just like to have, you better try to get it now, 'cause this is the only time there is."
- Della Reese
(Related: Time, Desire, Now, Want)

"A big element of what they regard as conformity is simply a desire to have an audience."
- Karel Reisz
(Related: Conformity, Desire)

"Let him who desires peace prepare for war."
- Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus
(Related: Peace, War)

"By far the greatest part of those goods which are the objects of desire, are procured by labour; and they may be multiplied, not in one country alone, but in many, almost without any assignable limit, if we are disposed to bestow the labour necessary to obtain them."
- David Ricardo
(Related: Country, Desire, May)

"Obsession led me to write. It's been that way with every book I've ever written. I become completely consumed by a theme, by characters, by a desire to meet a challenge."
- Anne Rice
(Related: Challenge, Desire, Obsession)

"The people of the Middle East share the desire for freedom. We have an opportunity - and an obligation - to help them turn this desire into reality."
- Condoleezza Rice
(Related: People, Opportunity, Desire, Freedom, Help, Obligation, Reality)

"A revolutionary poem will not tell you who or when to kill, what and when to burn, or even how to theorize. It reminds you... where and when and how you are living and might live, it is a wick of desire."
- Adrienne Rich
(Related: Desire, Living, Will)

"I want to swim in both directions at once. Desire success, court failure."
- Alan Rickman
(Related: Success, Failure, Court, Desire, Want)

"This is our mercury, our lunary, but whosoever thinks of any other water besides this, is ignorant and foolish, never attaining to the desired effects."
- George Ripley
(Related: Mercury, Water)

"As a guest who doesn't eat, drink or smoke, you leave much to be desired, but as a writer, you're my girl."
- Thelma Ritter
(Related: Guest, Writer)

"In fact, because of this deep desire for peace, the ruling class leaders of this land, from 1945 on, stepped up the hysteria and propaganda to drive into American minds the false notion that danger threatened them from the East."
- Paul Robeson
(Related: Peace, American, Class, Danger, Deep, Desire, Fact, Land, Leaders, Propaganda)

"But the deep desire for peace remained with the American people."
- Paul Robeson
(Related: Peace, People, American, Deep, Desire)

"The desire of talking of ourselves, and showing those faults we do not mind having seen, makes up a good part of our sincerity."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Desire, Faults, Mind, Sincerity, Talking)

"The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Being, Desire)

"The greatest part of intimate confidences proceed from a desire either to be pitied or admired."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Desire)

"There are various sorts of curiosity; one is from interest, which makes us desire to know that which may be useful to us; and the other, from pride which comes from the wish to know what others are ignorant of."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Curiosity, Desire, Interest, May, Pride)

"When we disclaim praise, it is only showing our desire to be praised a second time."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Time, Desire, Praise)

"A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more valuable kindnesses hereafter."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Men, Gratitude, Desire, Nothing)

"A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Desire, Praise)

"Politeness is a desire to be treated politely, and to be esteemed polite oneself."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Desire, Politeness)

"Nothing prevents one from appearing natural as the desire to appear natural."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Desire, Nothing)

"I can score 20 points if I want to, but that's not my desire."
- Dennis Rodman
(Related: Desire, Want)

"I know there has long been a great frustration among the African Americans in Nevada over their belief that we have not adequately responded to their desires to become more educated and more productive citizens."
- James E. Rogers
(Related: Belief, African, Americans, Frustration)

"Means must be subsidiary to ends and to our desire for dignity and value."
- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
(Related: Desire, Dignity, Value)

"Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value."
- Jim Rohn
(Related: Desire, Sense, Value)

"No nation now sets forth to despoil another upon the avowed ground that it desires the spoils."
- Elihu Root
(Related: Nation, Now)

"In the first place, when there is a policy of intentional aggression, inspired by a desire to get possession of the territory or the trade of another country, right or wrong, a pretext is always sought."
- Elihu Root
(Related: Policy, Aggression, Country, Desire, First, Possession, Right, Trade, Wrong)

"Long before the terrifying potential of the arms race was recognized, there was a widespread instinctive abhorrence of nuclear weapons, and a strong desire to get rid of them."
- Joseph Rotblat
(Related: Abhorrence, Desire, Potential, Race, Weapons)

"Let me remind you that nuclear disarmament is not just an ardent desire of the people, as expressed in many resolutions of the United Nations. It is a legal commitment by the five official nuclear states, entered into when they signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty."
- Joseph Rotblat
(Related: Legal, People, Commitment, Desire, Nations, states, United)

"Take from the philosopher the pleasure of being heard and his desire for knowledge ceases."
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Related: Knowledge, Being, Desire, Pleasure)

"A man's desire for a son is usually nothing but the wish to duplicate himself in order that such a remarkable pattern may not be lost to the world."
- Helen Rowland
(Related: Son, Desire, Man, May, Nothing, Order, Remarkable, World)

"Those who speak of our culture as dead or dying have a quarrel with life, and I think they cannot understand its terms, but must endlessly repeat the projection of their own desires."
- Muriel Rukeyser
(Related: Life, Culture, Dying, Quarrel)

"Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart."
- Rumi
(Related: Work, Heart, Desire)

"Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall."
- Salman Rushdie
(Related: Fear, Conflict, Desire, Vertigo)

"The child who desires education will be bettered by it; the child who dislikes it disgraced."
- John Ruskin
(Related: Education, Will)

"Marriage is for women the commonest mode of livelihood, and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Marriage, Women, Sex, Prostitution)

"Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Love, Men, Women, Desire, Loneliness)

"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
(Related: Evil, Facts, Forget, World)

"Indignation is a submission of our thoughts, but not of our desires."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Thoughts)

"If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Happiness, People, Paradise, Today, Unhappiness, World, Years)

"Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Absence, Freedom, May, Obstacles)

"By his own efforts man could never gain the true and desired riches."
- Joseph Franklin Rutherford
(Related: Gain, Man)

"Life everlasting in a state of happiness is the greatest desire of all men."
- Joseph Franklin Rutherford
(Related: Happiness, Life, Men, Desire, State)

"First and foremost - our vision for a united and peaceful Georgia is based on respect for the desire - and respect for the right - to South Ossetian autonomy."
- Mikhail Saakashvili
(Related: Vision, Desire, First, Respect, Right, United)

"All, all is theft, all is unceasing and rigorous competition in nature; the desire to make off with the substance of others is the foremost - the most legitimate - passion nature has bred into us and, without doubt, the most agreeable one."
- Marquis de Sade
(Related: Nature, Competition, Desire, Doubt, Passion, Theft)

"From time immemorial, man has desired to comprehend the complexity of nature in terms of as few elementary concepts as possible."
- Abdus Salam
(Related: Nature, Time, Complexity, Man)

"Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master."
- Sallust
(Related: Men, Desire, Liberty)

"I don't have any illusion that The Creeper is as popular or will ever be as popular as any of the classic movie monsters, but I think in the heart of every young horror fan is his desire to create his own creature."
- Victor Salva
(Related: Heart, Desire, Horror, Illusion, Popular, Will)

"My desire to exit the game is greater than my desire to remain in it. I have searched my heart through and through and feel comfortable with this decision."
- Barry Sanders
(Related: Heart, Decision, Desire)

"They won't break me because the desire for freedom, and the freedom of the Irish people, is in my heart. The day will dawn when all the people of Ireland will have the desire for freedom to show. It is then that we will see the rising of the moon."
- Bobby Sands
(Related: People, Heart, Dawn, Day, Desire, Freedom, Ireland, Irish, Moon, Will)

"The submission of her body without love or desire is degrading to the woman's finer sensibility, all the marriage certificates on earth to the contrary notwithstanding."
- Margaret Sanger
(Related: Love, Marriage, Body, Desire, Earth, Sensibility, Woman)

"A mutual and satisfied sexual act is of great benefit to the average woman, the magnetism of it is health giving. When it is not desired on the part of the woman and she gives no response, it should not take place."
- Margaret Sanger
(Related: Health, Act, Giving, Woman)

"Prayer, among sane people, has never superseded practical efforts to secure the desired end."
- George Santayana
(Related: People, End, Prayer)

"The idea is that the state doesn't have rights to limit individuals' wants and passions. I disagree with that. I think we absolutely have rights because there are consequences to letting people live out whatever wants or passions they desire."
- Rick Santorum
(Related: People, Idea, Consequences, Desire, Rights, State)

"Impatience translates itself into a desire to have something immediate done about it all, and, as is generally the case with impatience, resolves itself in the easiest way that lies ready to hand."
- Edward Sapir
(Related: Desire, Impatience, Lies)

"I am no longer sure of anything. If I satiate my desires, I sin but I deliver myself from them; if I refuse to satisfy them, they infect the whole soul."
- Jean-Paul Sartre
(Related: Soul, Sin)

"It was also during my tenure of office that the Japanese Government agreed to the conclusion of a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and signed it, pursuing a policy in harmony with the avowed desire of the people."
- Eisaku Sato
(Related: Government, People, Policy, Desire, Harmony, Office)

"The desire to see Okinawa returned to Japan developed into a broad national consensus among our people."
- Eisaku Sato
(Related: People, Desire)

"But only 'rich' people by definition have the 'extra' money to buy things and invest to create economic growth. Do we really want to tax that 'extra' money away - and give it to the government to spend? Does that make any economic sense outside of politics and our emotional desire to make everyone suffer equally through these tough times?"
- Terry Savage
(Related: Government, Money, Politics, People, Growth, Desire, Tax, Sense, Want)

"A classical work doesn't ever have to be understood entirely. But those who are educated and who are still educating themselves must desire to learn more and more from it."
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Related: Work, Desire)

"The desire for security must be balanced with our regard for liberty."
- Samuel Schmid
(Related: Desire, Liberty, Security)

"Even though I don't agree with either Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann on virtually anything, I do think the unique scrutiny - because of their gender and highlighting the potential conflict between them is a product of the media's desire for juicy storylines. I think it's inappropriate."
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz
(Related: Conflict, Desire, Gender, Media, Potential)

"I've always been comfortable with my sexual desires and what I like."
- Izabella Scorupco
"The half hour between waking and rising has all my life proved propitious to any task which was exercising my invention... It was always when I first opened my eyes that the desired ideas thronged upon me."
- Walter Scott
(Related: Life, Ideas, Eyes, First, Invention, Waking)

"Success - keeping your mind awake and your desire asleep."
- Walter Scott
(Related: Success, Desire, Mind)

"Your desires and true beliefs have a way of playing blind man's bluff. You must corner the inner facts."
- David Seabury
(Related: Beliefs, Blind, Facts, Man)

"I have no desire to carry a movie."
- Amy Sedaris
(Related: Desire)

"My secret? A desire to work, years of dedication and loving what you do; I can't live without music."
- Compay Segundo
(Related: Music, Work, Dedication, Desire, Years)

"As far as pleasures, you've got to have limits. You shouldn't have too much of good things, so you'll always have a desire for more and you won't get bored."
- Compay Segundo
(Related: Desire, Limits)

"Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Desire)

"We were now back at Smith Landing, and fired with a desire to make another Buffalo expedition on which we should have ampler time and cover more than a mere corner of the range."
- Ernest Thompson Seton
(Related: Time, Desire, Now)

"The time when I had desire to go to the United States I didn't have a penny. It was in the middle of the depression, you know. I couldn't get as far as Hoboken at that time."
- Ben Shahn
(Related: Time, Depression, Desire, states, United)

"Desire of having is the sin of covetousness."
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Covetousness, Desire, Sin)

"The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, which hurts and is desired."
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Death)

"Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?"
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Performance, Desire, Years)

"My secret ambition was always to provide music for animation films: something with an Indian theme, either a fairy tale or mythological tale or on the Krishna theme. I still have a very deep desire, but these sorts of chances don't always come."
- Ravi Shankar
(Related: Music, Ambition, Animation, Deep, Desire)

"The three main sources of scepticism are first, that not every people desires freedom; second, that democracy in certain parts of the world would be dangerous; and third, that there is little the world's democracies can do to advance freedom outside their countries."
- Natan Sharansky
(Related: People, Countries, Democracy, First, Freedom, World)

"I think the acting satisfies the need and desire for approval."
- William Shatner
(Related: Acting, Approval, Desire)

"Why, except as a means of livelihood, a man should desire to act on the stage when he has the whole world to act in, is not clear to me."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Act, Desire, Man, World)

"There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Life, Heart, Desire, Gain)

"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Imagination, Beginning, Creation, Desire, Will)

"Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Dancing, Desire, Expression)

"Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Life, Heart, Desire)

"I have the desire to work as an actress, but I have no ambition to be a star."
- Ally Sheedy
(Related: Work, Ambition, Desire)

"It was also important for me to have a burning desire to achieve something worthwhile on that instrument, and I devoted many many many hours with little or no compensation to perfecting whatever I could, because I loved it so much."
- Billy Sheehan
(Related: Desire)

"It is true that the Chinese are not so religious as the Hindus, or even as the Japanese; and they are certainly not so religious as the Christian missionaries desire them to be."
- Hu Shih
(Related: Christian, Desire, Missionaries, Religious)

"Too often the desire for peace has been expressed by women while the stewardship of the mechanisms which are used to attempt to secure peace in the short and medium term are dominated by male decision-making structures and informal arrangements. This must change."
- Jenny Shipley
(Related: Change, Peace, Women, Decision, Desire)

"Desire is the most important factor in the success of any athlete."
- Bill Shoemaker
(Related: Success, Desire)

"My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires."
- Beverly Sills
(Related: Anger, Life, God, Brothers, Man, Quick)

"Brazil has rediscovered itself, and this rediscovery is being expressed in its people's enthusiasm and their desire to mobilize to face the huge problems that lie ahead of us."
- Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
(Related: Lie, People, Enthusiasm, Being, Brazil, Desire, Problems)

"My greatest desire is that the hope that has overcome fear in my country will help vanquish it around the world."
- Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
(Related: Fear, Hope, Country, Desire, Help, Will, World)

"I had no desire from an early age to be on the stage."
- Ron Silver
(Related: Age, Desire)

"I don't just want to be the girl boys get excited about, I have no desire for people to see me in a sexy way. I won't do nudity ever."
- Alicia Silverstone
(Related: People, Boys, Desire, Nudity, Want)

"One of the things that has always motivated me to write is the desire to get it out and look at it in an objective way, so that it doesn't cause me any serious pain by staying inside."
- Carly Simon
(Related: Cause, Desire, Pain)

"I have spent time discussing the American political system and current events in Taiwan with the junior diplomats, and they have repeatedly expressed their country's desire to avoid confrontation with China."
- Michael K. Simpson
(Related: Time, American, Country, Desire, Events)

"Burning desire to be or do something gives us staying power - a reason to get up every morning or to pick ourselves up and start in again after a disappointment."
- Marsha Sinetar
(Related: Power, Desire, Disappointment, Reason)

"A man of conviction is often more to be desired than a man of experience."
- Curt Siodmak
(Related: Experience, Conviction, Man)

"A desire arises in the mind. It is satisfied immediately another comes. In the interval which separates two desires a perfect calm reigns in the mind. It is at this moment freed from all thought, love or hate. Complete peace equally reigns between two mental waves."
- Sivananda
(Related: Love, Peace, Thought, Desire, Hate, Mind)

"Desire is poverty. Desire is the greatest impurity of the mind. Desire is the motive force for action. Desire in the mind is the real impurity. Even a spark of desire is a very great evil."
- Swami Sivananda
(Related: Action, Desire, Evil, Force, Mind, Motive, Poverty)

"Desire nothing, give up all desires and be happy."
- Swami Sivananda
(Related: Desire, Nothing)

"A desire arises in the mind. It is satisfied immediately another comes. In the interval which separates two desires a perfect calm reigns in the mind. It is at this moment freed from all thought, love or hate."
- Swami Sivananda
(Related: Love, Thought, Desire, Hate, Mind)

"Much that we read of Russia is imagination and desire only."
- Agnes Smedley
(Related: Imagination, Desire, Russia)

"An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing."
- Samuel Smiles
(Related: Possibility, Anticipation, Being, Reality)

"In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it."
- Jane Smiley
(Related: Experience, Motivation, Desire)

"Great ambition, the desire of real superiority, of leading and directing, seems to be altogether peculiar to man, and speech is the great instrument of ambition."
- Adam Smith
(Related: Superiority, Ambition, Desire, Leading, Man, Speech)

"Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire."
- Patti Smith
(Related: Desire, Sadness)

"Pet lovers know that animals sometimes understand us better than we do, and the annals of human sin and desire provide plenty of stories to drive the point home."
- Tony Snow
(Related: Home, Pet, Animals, Desire, Lovers, Sin)

"The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear."
- Socrates
(Related: Desire, Gain, Reputation)

"From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate."
- Socrates
(Related: Hate)

"Always desire to learn something useful."
- Sophocles
(Related: Desire)

"From childhood I was passionately fond of music and wanted to be a musician. I have no recollection of any real desire ever to be anything else."
- John Philip Sousa
(Related: Music, Childhood, Desire)

"Folly enlarges men's desires while it lessens their capacities."
- Robert South
(Related: Men, Folly)

"An argument fatal to the communist theory, is suggested by the fact, that a desire for property is one of the elements of our nature."
- Herbert Spencer
(Related: Nature, Argument, Desire, Fact, Property, Theory)

"Men govern nothing with more difficulty than their tongues, and can moderate their desires more than their words."
- Baruch Spinoza
(Related: Men, Difficulty, Nothing, Words)

"Ambition is the immoderate desire for power."
- Baruch Spinoza
(Related: Power, Ambition, Desire)

"Desire is the very essence of man."
- Baruch Spinoza
(Related: Desire, Man)

"Desire is the essence of a man."
- Baruch Spinoza
(Related: Desire, Man)

"The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man."
- Madame de Stael
(Related: Desire, Man, Woman)

"Music is the career I'm lucky enough to get paid for, but I have other desires and passions."
- Layne Staley
(Related: Music, Career)

"The desire to be rewarded for one's creativity does not justify depriving the world in general of all or part of that creativity."
- Richard Stallman
(Related: Creativity, Desire, World)

"Suddenly I've got an overwhelming desire to surround myself with the aura of classical and Romantic art."
- Sylvester Stallone
(Related: Art, Desire, Romantic)

"The great majority of men, especially in France, both desire and possess a fashionable woman, much in the way one might own a fine horse - as a luxury befitting a young man."
- Stendhal
(Related: Men, Desire, France, Luxury, Majority, Man, Woman)

"They told me my services were no longer desired because they wanted to put in a youth program as an advance way of keeping the club going. I'll never make the mistake of being seventy again."
- Casey Stengel
(Related: Mistake, Being, Youth)

"Walking is the natural recreation for a man who desires not absolutely to suppress his intellect but to turn it out to play for a season. All great men of letters have therefore been enthusiastic walkers."
- Leslie Stephen
(Related: Men, Intellect, Letters, Man, Play, Recreation, Walking)

"You desire that which exceeds my humble powers, but I trust in the compassion and mercy of the All-powerful God."
- Saint Stephen
(Related: Trust, God, Compassion, Desire, Mercy)

"The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it."
- Laurence Sterne
(Related: Knowledge, Desire)

"Death is the mother of Beauty; hence from her, alone, shall come fulfillment to our dreams and our desires."
- Wallace Stevens
(Related: Death, Dreams, Mother, Beauty, Fulfillment)

"The point of vision and desire are the same."
- Wallace Stevens
(Related: Vision, Desire)

"The reason can give nothing at all Like the response to desire."
- Wallace Stevens
(Related: Desire, Nothing, Reason)

"I have no desire to be a cat, which walks so lightly that it never creates a disturbance."
- Andrew Taylor Still
(Related: Desire)

"Jim Carrey, a comic genius, has a harder time overcoming the public's desire for him to be funny simply because he's so good at it."
- Ben Stiller
(Related: Funny, Time, Genius, Desire, Overcoming, Public)

"I don't have a burning desire to be taken seriously as an actor. I don't have a master plan in that way."
- Ben Stiller
(Related: Actor, Desire)

"But I think the one thing that I can say about us is that we're very consistent about certain things and part of that is our desire to do the very best work that we can and not rest on our laurels, or not allow formula to come into what we do."
- Michael Stipe
(Related: Work, Desire, Formula, Rest)

"We grow like flowers, and bear desire, The odor of the human flowers."
- Richard H. Stoddard
(Related: Desire, Flowers)

"When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it."
- W. Clement Stone
(Related: Work, Enthusiasm, Desire, Mission, Will)

"All personal achievement starts in the mind of the individual. Your personal achievement starts in your mind. The first step is to know exactly what your problem, goal or desire is."
- W. Clement Stone
(Related: Achievement, Goal, Desire, First, Mind)

"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."
- Tom Stoppard
(Related: Beauty, Certainty, Joy, May, Order)

"The name of Jesus, like a secret charm, awakened similar emotions in the hearts of all the converts, and called immediately into action every feeling of moral loveliness, and every desire of dutiful obedience, which constitute Christian purity."
- John Strachan
(Related: Action, Christian, Charm, Desire, Emotions, Feeling, Name, Obedience, Purity)

"Some people are filled by compassion and a desire to do good, and some simply don't think anything's going to make a difference."
- Meryl Streep
(Related: People, Compassion, Desire, Difference)

"It is an everlasting desire to make my dreams come true. And it's getting to the point now where it's like, come on I want my dreams to come true so that I can get on with the rest of my life. Sometimes I think about the rest of my life when I'm done."
- Picabo Street
(Related: Dreams, Life, Desire, Now, Rest, Want)

"In every man the memory of the struggles and the heroes of the past is alive. But these memories are not incompatible with the desire for peace in the future."
- Gustav Stresemann
(Related: Peace, Desire, Future, Heroes, Man, Memories, Memory, Past)

"To fall in love is easy, even to remain in it is not difficult; our human loneliness is cause enough. But it is a hard quest worth making to find a comrade through whose steady presence one becomes steadily the person one desires to be."
- Anna Louise Strong
(Related: Love, Cause, Loneliness, Quest, Worth)

"I'm the last person who has any desire to instruct anybody in shame. That's no errand for me."
- Jock Sturges
(Related: Desire, Shame)

"What pedophiles and people who have sexual desires on children lose sight of to a terrible, terrible degree - a devastating degree - is that their victims are real people who will suffer forever whatever abuses are perpetrated on them."
- Jock Sturges
(Related: People, Children, Sight, Victims, Will)

"It's a great mistake, I think, to put children off with falsehoods and nonsense, when their growing powers of observation and discrimination excite in them a desire to know about things."
- Anne Sullivan
(Related: Mistake, Children, Desire, Discrimination, Nonsense, Observation)

"Free nations with different histories, economies and a vast amount of stubborn pride will never achieve complete agreement, even when they desire the same objectives."
- Arthur H. Sulzberger
(Related: Agreement, Desire, Nations, Objectives, Pride, Will)

"True charity is the desire to be useful to others with no thought of recompense."
- Emanuel Swedenborg
(Related: Thought, Charity, Desire)

"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."
- Jonathan Swift
(Related: Lie, Desire, Intention, Words)

"Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old."
- Jonathan Swift
(Related: Man, Old, Wishes)

"The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes."
- Jonathan Swift
(Related: Feet, Want)

"Literature for me isn't a workaday job, but something which involves desires, dreams and fantasy."
- Antonio Tabucchi
(Related: Dreams, Fantasy, Job, Literature)

"The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise."
- Tacitus
(Related: Desire, Safety)

"A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man."
- Tacitus
(Related: Nature, Desire, Man, Oppression)

"No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people."
- William Howard Taft
(Related: Nature, People, Desire, Human nature, Rules)

"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
"According to its doctors, my one intransigent desire is to have been a Confederate general, and because I could not or would not become anything else, I set up for poet and beg an to invent fictions about the personal ambitions that my society has no use for."
- Allen Tate
(Related: Society, Desire, Doctors)

"God touches and moves, warns and desires all equally, and He wants one quite as much as another. The inequality lies in the way in which His touch, His warnings, and His gifts are received."
- Johannes Tauler
(Related: God, Gifts, Inequality, Lies)

"Often when He comes, He finds the soul occupied. Other guests are there, and He has to turn away. He cannot gain entry, for we love and desire other things; therefore, His gifts, which He is offering to everyone unceasingly, must remain outside."
- Johannes Tauler
(Related: Love, Soul, Desire, Gain, Gifts, Guests)

"No man is poor who does not think himself so. But if in a full fortune with impatience he desires more, he proclaims his wants and his beggarly condition."
- Jeremy Taylor
(Related: Fortune, Impatience, Man, Poor)

"To me that's what art is about - when you don't really have any control over your desires to do it."
- Noah Taylor
(Related: Art, Control)

"Few things are brought to a successful issue by impetuous desire, but most by calm and prudent forethought."
- Thucydides
(Related: Successful, Desire)

"Despite Japan's desires and efforts, unfortunate differences in the ways that Japan, England, the United States, and China understood circumstances, together with misunderstandings of attitudes, made it impossible for the parties to agree."
- Hideki Tojo
(Related: Circumstances, England, states, United)

"When ambitious desires arise in thy heart, recall the days of extremity thou has passed through."
- Ieyasu Tokugawa
(Related: Heart)

"We must not only cease our present desire for the growth of the state, but we must desire its decrease, its weakening."
- Leo Tolstoy
(Related: Growth, Desire, Present, State)

"Boredom: the desire for desires."
- Leo Tolstoy
(Related: Desire)

"I was interested in telescopes and the way they worked because I had an intense desire to see what things looked like, so I learned how to use telescopes and find things in the sky."
- Clyde Tombaugh
(Related: Desire, Sky)

"The instant the Government was organized, at the very first Congress, the Northern States evinced a general desire and purpose to use it for their own benefit, and to pervert its powers for sectional advantage, and they have steadily pursued that policy to this day."
- Robert Toombs
(Related: Government, Policy, Purpose, Congress, Day, Desire, First, states)

"Love is when the desire to be desired takes you so badly that you feel you could die of it."
- Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
(Related: Love, Desire)

"What I took back, because of my exposure to the Jewish music of the 30s and the 40s in my upbringing with my father, was that kind of theatrical songwriting. It was always a part of my character. This desire to make people laugh."
- Pete Townshend
(Related: Music, Father, People, Character, Desire)

"The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear."
- Brian Tracy
(Related: Success, Fear, Desire, Focus, Key, Mind)

"The more you seek security, the less of it you have. But the more you seek opportunity, the more likely it is that you will achieve the security that you desire."
- Brian Tracy
(Related: Opportunity, Desire, Security, Will)

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

"The British system denied any role for human creativity, and instead argued, that if man merely followed his hedonistic desires, pursuing pleasure and avoiding pain, objective laws would naturally guide society to achieve the best allocation of wealth."
- Robert Trout
(Related: Society, Creativity, Wealth, Laws, Man, Pain, Pleasure)

"I have no desire to crow over anybody or to see anybody eating crow, figuratively or otherwise. We should all get together and make a country in which everybody can eat turkey whenever he pleases."
- Harry S. Truman
(Related: Country, Desire, Eating, Turkey)

"I have an unending desire to be better and make myself a better person, better mother."
- Tanya Tucker
(Related: Mother, Desire)

"I don't know what keeps me going. Sometimes I wonder... I think it's just pure perseverance and wanting to succeed and having that burning desire to always have success."
- Tanya Tucker
(Related: Success, Perseverance, Desire, Succeed, Wonder)

"My great desire has been to remove from the political arena a question of this kind that is calculated to prevent us getting a verdict upon the important political issues that separate the two parties in this country."
- Charles Tupper
(Related: Country, Desire, Question)

"To desire and expect nothing for oneself and to have profound sympathy for others is genuine holiness."
- Ivan Turgenev
(Related: Sympathy, Desire, Holiness, Nothing)

"My desire is to let go of my ego and let in His direction."
- Janine Turner
(Related: Desire, Direction, Ego)

"My desire is to walk with God every day."
- Janine Turner
(Related: God, Day, Desire)

"My desire is to stand up and brush myself off when I make mistakes and ask for forgiveness."
- Janine Turner
(Related: Forgiveness, Desire, Mistakes)

"My desire is to be a forgiving, non-judgmental person."
- Janine Turner
(Related: Desire)

"I have no desire to play most of the roles being offered."
- Kathleen Turner
(Related: Being, Desire, Play)

"Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires."
- Lao Tzu
(Related: Selfishness, Simplicity)

"Desire! That's the one secret of every man's career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire."
- Bobby Unser
(Related: Education, Being, Career, Desire, Man)

"In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create."
- Raoul Vaneigem
(Related: Society, Work, Desire, Enemy, Necessity, Productivity)

"I was appalled at the amount of study necessary in order to qualify in medicine, and gradually my desire was blunted by a keener - and secret - wish to become an actor."
- Conrad Veidt
(Related: Actor, Desire, Medicine, Order, Study)

"The great increase in longevity has produced a surge in the desire to accumulate assets for retirement. It has outpaced the ability of the private sector to produce assets, so we need a larger government debt."
- William Vickrey
(Related: Government, Ability, Debt, Desire, Longevity, Retirement)

"Lust is what keeps you wanting to do it even when you have no desire to be with each other. Love is what makes you want to be with each other even when you have no desire to do it."
- Judith Viorst
(Related: Love, Desire, Lust, Want)

"Every man makes a god of his own desire."
- Virgil
(Related: God, Desire, Man)

"I have long been convinced that my artistic ideal stands or falls with Germany. Only the Germany that we love and desire can help us achieve that ideal."
- Richard Wagner
(Related: Love, Desire, Germany, Help)

"Out of need springs desire, and out of desire springs the energy and the will to win."
- Denis Waitley
(Related: Desire, Energy, Will)

"Listen to the desires of your children. Encourage them and then give them the autonomy to make their own decision."
- Denis Waitley
(Related: Decision, Children)

"My most ardent desire is that my country will recapture its historic opportunity for a peaceful evolution and that Poland will prove to the world that even the most complex situations can be solved by a dialogue and not by force."
- Lech Walesa
(Related: Opportunity, Country, Desire, Evolution, Force, Will, World)

"I most sincerely wish that the world in which we live be free from the threat of a nuclear holocaust and from the ruinous arms race. It is my cherished desire that peace be not separated from freedom which is the right of every nation. This I desire and for this I pray."
- Lech Walesa
(Related: Peace, Desire, Freedom, Nation, Race, Right, World)

"I often think I can see it in myself and in other young writers, this desperate desire to please coupled with a kind of hostility to the reader."
- David Foster Wallace
(Related: Desire, Writers)

"The symptoms of fascist thinking are colored by environment and adapted to immediate circumstances. But always and everywhere they can be identified by their appeal to prejudice and by the desire to play upon the fears and vanities of different groups in order to gain power."
- Henry A. Wallace
(Related: Power, Circumstances, Desire, Environment, Gain, Order, Play, Prejudice, Thinking)

"I met the president when he was president-elect at a meeting in Austin. He spoke of his faith. He spoke of his desire for a compassionate conservatism, for a faith-based initiative that would do something for poor people."
- Jim Wallis
(Related: Faith, People, Conservatism, Desire, Meeting, Poor, President)

"I believe our editorial decisions reflected our constant desire to make sure that we fully cover and analyze any issue and give our viewers all the information they need."
- Jim Walton
(Related: Decisions, Desire, Information)

"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."
- George Washington
(Related: War, Peace, Desire, Insult, Prosperity)

"Either you write songs or you don't. And if you do write songs like I do, I think there's a natural desire to want to make records."
- Roger Waters
(Related: Desire, Songs, Want)

"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
(Related: Needs, Want, Will)

"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
(Related: Success, Applause, Man, May, Praise)

"Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression."
- Evelyn Waugh
(Related: Crime, Desire, Expression)

"It is the sincere desire of the writer that our citizens should early understand that the genuine source of correct republican principles is the bible, particularly the New Testament or the Christian religion."
- Noah Webster
(Related: Religion, Christian, Bible, Desire, New testament, Principles, Republican, Writer)

"I will always desire to play with Bruce Springsteen. He's the most inspirational, most dedicated, most committed and most focused artist I've ever seen. I like to be around people like that."
- Max Weinberg
(Related: Inspirational, People, Artist, Desire, Play, Will)

"This awareness instills a fierce desire to protect that heritage and - in doing so - to educate Americans in the meaning and importance of our pivotal documents."
- Allen Weinstein
(Related: Americans, Awareness, Desire, Importance, Meaning)

"Richard Hugo taught me that anyone with a desire to write, an ear for language and a bit of imagination could become a writer. He also, in a way, gave me permission to write about northern Montana."
- James Welch
(Related: Imagination, Desire, Language, Montana, Writer)

"The desire for self-expression afflicts people when they feel there is something of themselves which is not getting through to the outside world."
- Fay Weldon
(Related: People, Desire, Self, World)

"I have a tremendous desire to learn, and to grow, and to develop whatever I have that will make for any kind of improvement in me."
- Lawrence Welk
(Related: Desire, Improvement, Will)

"Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul."
- Rebecca West
(Related: Life, Soul, Desire, Nobility, Struggle, Will)

"It is the soul's duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion."
- Rebecca West
(Related: Soul, Duty, Passion)

"What I had to prove was that I had a dedication and a desire and a passion to do the work and everything else would fall in place because I have a vision that I want to portray and it did and I do it. I don't sell anything."
- Kim Weston
(Related: Work, Vision, Dedication, Desire, Passion, Want)

"My desire, my passion, was to help moms with practical encouragement."
- Lisa Whelchel
(Related: Desire, Encouragement, Help, Passion)

"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
(Related: Day, Desire, World)

"If I take a less defensive tone, I'd admit that I couldn't write today a very jazzy, contemporary look at America as I did in 1979 in States of Desire."
- Edmund White
(Related: America, Desire, states, Today)

"The desire to move into a bigger house, to avoid living AIDS daily, and a dream to be accepted by a community and school, became possible and a reality with a movie about my life, The Ryan White Story."
- Ryan White
(Related: Life, Dream, Community, Desire, Living, Reality, School)

"The righteousness of Jesus Christ is one of those great mysteries, which the angels desire to look into, and seems to be one of the first lessons that God taught men after the fall."
- George Whitefield
(Related: Men, God, Angels, Christ, Desire, First, Righteousness)

"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?"
- Walt Whitman
(Related: Desire)

"You are undoubtedly acquainted with my Reputation, and as for my Penmanship it must speak for itself; this is to desire your Approbation to keep a public school."
- Eli Whitney
(Related: Desire, Public, Reputation, School)

"I marvel at the resilience of the Jewish people. Their best characteristic is their desire to remember. No other people has such an obsession with memory."
- Elie Wiesel
(Related: People, Desire, Memory, Obsession)

"Most people think that shadows follow, precede or surround beings or objects. The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories."
- Elie Wiesel
(Related: Truth, People, Ideas, Deeds, Impulses, Memories, Shadows, Words)

"I've been attracted to imagery and occasionally I've drawn from it, but I never thought I'd be painting these paintings. I didn't have any desire to. I didn't think there was any reason to."
- William Wiley
(Related: Thought, Desire, Painting, Reason)

"Nothing liberates our greatness like the desire to help, the desire to serve."
- Marianne Williamson
(Related: Greatness, Desire, Help, Nothing)

"If history and science have taught us anything, it is that passion and desire are not the same as truth."
- E. O. Wilson
(Related: History, Science, Truth, Desire, Passion)

"I think Dwight loves being number two. I don't think he has any desire to be number one. He wants to be number two no matter where he goes. It's like Avis. 'We try harder.' That's Dwight."
- Rainn Wilson
(Related: Being, Desire)

"We have no desire to convince anyone that there is only one way by which faith can be acquired."
- William Griffith Wilson
(Related: Faith, Desire)

"And I found out, the other part of it is that I found out and in my desire to life successfully, that baseball fit very well into my life. It's been a great teacher, trainer, mentor and you'll see what I mean in the next few minutes that I have to speak."
- Dave Winfield
(Related: Life, Baseball, Desire)

"It's a little bit more like I want to give this to the people that are really into it first - I don't have a lot of desire to be like Bon Jovi or something like that, I really want to concentrate on the music."
- Kip Winger
(Related: Music, People, Desire, First, Want)

"However it is debased or misinterpreted, love is a redemptive feature. To focus on one individual so that their desires become superior to yours is a very cleansing experience."
- Jeanette Winterson
(Related: Experience, Love, Focus)

"Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance."
- William Wirt
(Related: Curiosity, Desire, Ignorance, May)

"Usually its users discover sooner or later that their program does not deliver all the desired results, or worse, that the results requested were not the ones really needed."
- Niklaus Wirth
(Related: Results)

"Is this not the true romantic feeling; not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you."
- Thomas Wolfe
(Related: Life, Desire, Feeling, Romantic)

"I shall not change my course because those who assume to be better than I desire it."
- Victoria Woodhull
(Related: Change, Desire)

"Don't force your kids into sports. I never was. To this day, my dad has never asked me to go play golf. I ask him. It's the child's desire to play that matters, not the parent's desire to have the child play. Fun. Keep it fun."
- Tiger Woods
(Related: Dad, Sports, Day, Desire, Force, Fun, Golf, Kids, Play)

"My own will and desires were now very much broken, and my heart was with much earnestness turned to the Lord, to whom alone I looked for help in the dangers before me."
- John Woolman
(Related: Heart, Help, Now, Will)

"The questions of philosophy proper are human desires and fears and aspirations - human emotions - taking an intellectual form."
- Chauncey Wright
(Related: Aspirations, Emotions, Philosophy, Questions)

"The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who... looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space... on the infinite highway of the air."
- Wilbur Wright
(Related: Idea, Birds, Desire, Infinite, Space)

"Hamas' battle is against the Zionist occupation in the Palestinian land. Hamas has no desire to change its battlefield."
- Ahmed Yassin
(Related: Change, Battle, Desire, Land, Occupation)

"I have known more men destroyed by the desire to have wife and child and to keep them in comfort than I have seen destroyed by drink and harlots."
- William Butler Yeats
(Related: Men, Wife, Comfort, Desire)

"Traveling is one expression of the desire to cross boundaries."
- A. B. Yehoshua
(Related: Desire, Expression, Traveling)

"One of the dreams of Zionism was to be a bridge. Instead, we are creating exclusion between the East and the West instead of creating bridges; we are contributing to the conflict between East and West by our stupid desire to have more."
- A. B. Yehoshua
(Related: Dreams, Conflict, Desire)

"It has never demonstrated any desire to provide humane treatment to captured Americans. If anything, the murders of Nicholas Berg and Daniel Pearl declare al Qaeda's intentions to kill even innocent civilian prisoners."
- John Yoo
(Related: Americans, Desire, Intentions, Treatment)

"I believe that all my work explores the human desire or obsession for utopias, and the structure of all my works is the search for utopias lost and rediscovered."
- Marguerite Young
(Related: Work, Desire, Obsession)

"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
(Related: Heart, Harm, Order)

"A person is born with desires of the eyes and ears, and a liking for beautiful sights and sounds. If he gives way to them, they will lead him to immorality and lack of restriction, and any ritual principles and propriety will be abandoned."
- Xun Zi
(Related: Eyes, Principles, Ritual, Will)

"The petty man is eager to make boasts, yet desires that others should believe in him. He enthusiastically engages in deception, yet wants others to have affection for him. He conducts himself like an animal, yet wants others to think well of him."
- Xun Zi
(Related: Affection, Boasts, Deception, Man)

"What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle and giving 110 percent all the time."
- Don Zimmer
(Related: Time, Talent, Desire, Giving)