Quotes and Sayings about Longing



"An expectation is a future object, recognised as belonging to me."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Expectation, Future)

"Hence the end of the world should be awaited with all longing by all believers."
- William Ames
(Related: End, Longing, World)

"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)

"My longing to improve my looks via The Body Shop is being replaced by my longing to improve my looks via Photoshop."
- Gina Barreca
(Related: Being, Body, Longing)

"A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Company, Conversation, Longing, Loquacity)

"Clothes should look as if a woman was born into them. It is a form of possession, this belonging to one another."
- Geoffrey Beene
(Related: Clothes, Possession, Woman)

"There is an immense, painful longing for a broader, more flexible, fuller, more coherent, more comprehensive account of what we human beings are, who we are and what this life is for."
- Saul Bellow
(Related: Life, Longing)

"I have watched patients stand and gaze longingly toward the city they in all likelihood will never enter again. It means liberty and life; it seems so near, and yet heaven is not further from hell."
- Nellie Bly
(Related: Life, Heaven, Hell, Liberty, Will)

"People of this world are deluded. They're always longing for something - always, in a word, seeking."
- Bodhidharma
(Related: People, Longing, Word, World)

"On vacations: We hit the sunny beaches where we occupy ourselves keeping the sun off our skin, the saltwater off our bodies, and the sand out of our belongings."
- Erma Bombeck
(Related: Skin, Sun)

"I'm trying to make a case for those people who don't have a sense of belonging that they should have, that there is something really worthwhile in having a sense of belonging, and recasting and looking at our modern history."
- Billy Bragg
(Related: History, People, Sense, Trying)

"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)

"It is that, but really, it's about how we don't recognise the little things in life, or appreciate the little things in life like belonging. A sense of belonging is a big thing today."
- James Caan
(Related: Life, Sense, Today)

"I longed to arrest all beauty that came before me, and at length the longing has been satisfied."
- Julia Margaret Cameron
(Related: Beauty, Longing)

"The longing we have to communicate cleanly and directly with people is always obstructed by qualifications and often with concern about how our messages will be received."
- John Le Carre
(Related: People, Concern, Longing, Will)

"Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants."
- Coco Chanel
(Related: Men, Women, Mother, Longing, World)

"Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Nature, Truth, Longing)

"See the things you want as already yours. Think of them as yours, as belonging to you, as already in your possession."
- Robert Collier
(Related: Possession, Want)

"When we went to cover it I thought we would change it to a song of loving and longing instead of the sex machine song Kylie turned it into. I've met Kylie and told her we were covering her song and she was pleased."
- Wayne Coyne
(Related: Change, Sex, Thought, Longing, Machine, Song)

"You can lose people without them dying, and I have, from moving, from traveling. The emotion is real, it just doesn't actually have to do with death. I'm singing about what I know, and it's a song about longing for somebody who's disappeared in your life."
- Jon Crosby
(Related: Life, Death, People, Dying, Emotion, Longing, Singing, Song, Traveling)

"I've never really had anybody close to me die. I think the song is about a feeling that I have that, it still applies. It's a feeling of longing, once again."
- Jon Crosby
(Related: Feeling, Longing, Song)

"'Free' is more of that 'familiarity breeds contempt' kind of thing. It's about saying 'Wait, I'm longing for something more than I have and I don't know what it is that I want, but I know I want it.' It has nothing to do with what I'm going through, personally."
- Jon Crosby
(Related: Contempt, Longing, Nothing, Saying, Want)

"I like movies about longing and desperation, and dark and light things, stories about people struggling to raise children, and to have relationships and be intimate with each other."
- Laura Dern
(Related: Movies, People, Children, Desperation, Light, Longing, Relationships)

"I think the themes of belonging and parentage and love are obviously universal."
- Christopher Eccleston
(Related: Love)

"An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry."
- George Eliot
(Related: Peace, Interest)

"It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them."
- George Eliot
(Related: Hunger, Longing, Wishing)

"As a politician who cherishes religious conviction in his personal sphere, but regards politics as a domain belonging outside religion, I believe that this view is seriously flawed."
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan
(Related: Politics, Religion, Conviction, Religious)

"If some longing goes unmet, don't be astonished. We call that Life."
- Anna Freud
(Related: Life, Longing)

"Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Soul, Heart, Longing, Prayer, Weakness, Words)

"Is there anything better than to be longing for something, when you know it is within reach?"
- Greta Garbo
(Related: Longing)

"Crafts make us feel rooted, give us a sense of belonging and connect us with our history. Our ancestors used to create these crafts out of necessity, and now we do them for fun, to make money and to express ourselves."
- Phyllis George
(Related: Money, History, Fun, Necessity, Now, Sense)

"Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you."
- Khalil Gibran
(Related: Life, Children, Daughters, Longing, Sons)

"We are driven by five genetic needs: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom, and fun."
- William Glasser
(Related: Love, Power, Survival, Freedom, Fun)

"The act of longing for something will always be more intense than the requiting of it."
- Gail Godwin
(Related: Act, Longing, Will)

"Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing."
- Kenneth Grahame
(Related: Discontent, Earth, Longing, Spirit, Spring)

"The object of man's worship, whatever it be, will naturally be his standard of perfection. He clothes it with every attribute, belonging, in his view, to a perfect character; and this character he himself endeavors to attain."
- Simon Greenleaf
(Related: Character, Clothes, Man, Perfection, Will, Worship)

"I think I had a shyness about me, I think I discovered acting as a way to break out of that and as a way of belonging, a sense of being special."
- Michael C. Hall
(Related: Acting, Being, Sense, Shyness)

"The name of my ailment was longing, and it was not cured till I finally went to the department store and counted out the money in small coins before the dismayed clerk. When I came to the house, I held up the instrument before the eyes of the astonished household."
- William Christopher Handy
(Related: Money, Eyes, Longing, Name)

"A poet laureate of adolescent sexuality and middle-age longing."
- William A. Henry III
(Related: Longing, Sexuality)

"America is a country ready to be taken, in fact, longing to be taken by political leaders ready to restore democracy and trust to the political process."
- Arianna Huffington
(Related: Trust, America, Country, Democracy, Fact, Leaders, Longing, Political leaders)

"There is no more reason why the features belonging to a picture should be distorted for the purpose of such imaginative suggestion than that the poet's metaphors should spoil his words for the ordinary uses of man."
- William H. Hunt
(Related: Purpose, Man, Metaphors, Reason, Words)

"Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Eye, Longing, Man)

"Whether we are poor among the poorest, or less poor among the wealthier, let us stand proud and noteworthy, united and strong, comforted by our belonging to the Community of the Free Nations of our Planet."
- Mathieu Kerekou
(Related: Community, Nations, Poor, United)

"The longing to produce great inspirations didn't produce anything but more longing."
- Sophie Kerr
(Related: Longing)

"That hunger of the flesh, that longing for ease, that terror of incarceration, that insistence on tribal honour being obeyed: all of that exists, and it exists everywhere."
- Ben Kingsley
(Related: Being, Hunger, Longing, Terror)

"Happiness is the longing for repetition."
- Milan Kundera
(Related: Happiness, Longing, Repetition)

"The seminaries must be like the churches' poor relations, prolonging their existence with austerity."
- Abraham Kuyper
(Related: Churches, Existence, Poor)

"We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves. We encourage one another in mediocrity. I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself."
- Charles Lamb
(Related: Men, Being, Gain, Longing, Mediocrity, Nothing)

"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."
- Aldo Leopold
(Related: Love, Abuse, Community, Land, May, Respect)

"By building relations we create a source of love and personal pride and belonging that makes living in a chaotic world easier."
- Susan Lieberman
(Related: Love, Building, Living, Pride, World)

"It is said that many children who live in the central provinces, away from the ocean, have a great longing to see it. I who had never been away from the monotonous country surrounding us looked forward eagerly to seeing the mountains."
- Pierre Loti
(Related: Children, Country, Longing, Mountains, Ocean)

"At this late hour a wagon has been procured, and I have had it filled with plate and the most valuable portable articles, belonging to the house."
- Dolley Madison
"The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do."
- Orison Swett Marden
(Related: Ability, Longing)

"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)

"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)

"Well, the musicals give emphasis to love, longing, melancholy, sadness. All of that is always there."
- Ismail Merchant
(Related: Love, Longing, Melancholy, Sadness)

"The feeling of not belonging, of not being entirely worthy, of being sometimes hostage to your own sensibilities. Those things speak to me very personally."
- Anthony Minghella
(Related: Being, Feeling)

"Before I took the veil, I was ornamented for the ceremony, and was clothed in a rich dress belonging to the Convent, which was used on such occasions; and placed not far from the altar in the chapel, in the view of a number of spectators who had assembled, perhaps about forty."
- Maria Monk
(Related: Ceremony, Dress)

"I am involved in a freedom ride protesting the loss of the minority rights belonging to the few remaining earthbound stars. All we demanded was our right to twinkle."
- Marilyn Monroe
(Related: Freedom, Rights, Loss, Minority, Stars)

"I had friends at school, but I was never part of a gang and I dreamed of that sense of belonging to a group. You know, where people would call me 'Em' and shout across the bar, 'Em, what are you drinking?' after the show."
- Emily Mortimer
(Related: People, Drinking, Friends, School, Sense)

"The orgasm has replaced the cross as the focus of longing and fulfillment."
- Malcolm Muggeridge
(Related: Focus, Fulfillment, Longing)

"The longing for peace is rooted in the hearts of all men. But the striving, which at present has become so insistent, cannot lay claim to such an ambition as leading the way to eternal peace, or solving all disputes among nations."
- Alva Myrdal
(Related: Peace, Men, Ambition, Leading, Longing, Nations, Present)

"There is a third dimension to traveling, the longing for what is beyond."
- Jan Myrdal
(Related: Longing, Traveling)

"I'm doing lots of interviews and stuff. I'm longing for the days of getting up, not having to put on makeup and do my hair and just going to the studio."
- Stevie Nicks
(Related: Hair, Longing, Makeup)

"We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away."
- Plutarch
(Related: Living)

"Every year we celebrate the holy season of Advent, O God. Every year we pray those beautiful prayers of longing and waiting, and sing those lovely songs of hope and promise."
- Karl Rahner
(Related: God, Hope, Longing, Promise, Songs, Waiting)

"Longing is like the rosy dawn. After the dawn out comes the sun. Longing is followed by the vision of God."
- Ramakrishna
(Related: God, Vision, Dawn, Longing, Sun)

"Whenever, then, the usual and ordinary rate of the profits of agricultural stock, and all the outgoings belonging to the cultivation of land, are together equal to the value of the whole produce, there can be no rent."
- David Ricardo
(Related: Land, Value)

"Do you think that the people of South Africa, or anywhere on the continent of Africa, or India, or Pakistan are longing to be kicked around all over again?"
- Arundhati Roy
(Related: People, Longing)

"The lonely wanderer, who watches by the seashore the waves that roll between him and his home, talks of cruel facts, material barriers that, just because they are material, and not ideal, shall be the irresistible foes of his longing heart."
- Josiah Royce
(Related: Home, Heart, Facts, Lonely, Longing)

"God too longs; and because the Absolute Life itself, which dwells in our life, and inspires these very longings, possesses the true world, and is that world."
- Josiah Royce
(Related: Life, God, World)

"Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Love, Knowledge, Longing, Mankind, Pity, Suffering)

"Outside speech, the association that is made in the memory between words having something in common creates different groups, series, families, within which very diverse relations obtain but belonging to a single category: these are associative relations."
- Ferdinand de Saussure
(Related: Memory, Speech, Words)

"Positive feelings come from being honest about yourself and accepting your personality, and physical characteristics, warts and all; and, from belonging to a family that accepts you without question."
- Willard Scott
(Related: Family, Feelings, Positive, Being, Personality, Question)

"Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me."
- William Shakespeare
"Even the pyramids might one day disappear, but not the Palestinians longing for their homeland."
- Eduard Shevardnadze
(Related: Day, Longing)

"Captain Fisher, the commander, with a party of young ladies from the city and gentlemen belonging to his ship, came one day to pay me a visit in the midst of a deluge of rain."
- Joshua Slocum
(Related: Day, Ladies, Gentlemen, Party, Rain, Visit)

"Yet, it ought to be obvious that good music generally occupies a higher plane that mere politics. Great writers can express moods through melody and capture experiences we share most powerfully - love, lust, longing; joy, rage, fear; triumph, yearning and confusion."
- Tony Snow
(Related: Music, Love, Politics, Fear, Confusion, Joy, Longing, Lust, Moods, Obvious, Writers, Yearning)

"My longing for truth was a single prayer."
- Edith Stein
(Related: Truth, Longing, Prayer)

"I know not what you believe of God, but I believe He gave yearnings and longings to be filled, and that He did not mean all our time should be devoted to feeding and clothing the body."
- Lucy Stone
(Related: Time, God, Body)

"Hypocrisy is the essence of snobbery, but all snobbery is about the problem of belonging."
- Alexander Theroux
(Related: Hypocrisy, Snobbery)

"People enjoy the interaction on the Internet, and the feeling of belonging to a group that does something interesting: that's how some software projects are born."
- Linus Torvalds
(Related: People, Feeling, Internet, Projects, Software)

"People want the right to die at a time of their own choosing. Too many families have watched helplessly as a relative dies slowly, longing for death."
- Polly Toynbee
(Related: Death, Time, People, Longing, Right, Want)

"He took pride in belonging to the world's most exclusive club: the United States Senate."
- Margaret Truman
(Related: Pride, Senate, states, United, World)

"Each state, so that it does not abridge the great fundamental rights belonging, under the Constitution, to all citizens, may grant or withhold such civil rights as it pleases; all that is required is that, in this respect, its laws shall be impartial."
- Lyman Trumbull
(Related: Civil rights, Constitution, Laws, May, Respect, State)

"I think, then, that man, after having satisfied his first longing for facts, wanted something fuller - some grouping, some adaptation to his capacity and experience, of the links of this vast chain of events which his sight could not take in."
- Alfred de Vigny
(Related: Experience, Events, Facts, First, Longing, Man, Sight)

"I am fond of them, of the inferior beings of the abyss, of those who are full of longing."
- Richard Wagner
(Related: Longing)

"And so much of my life has been about returning home and longing for home, wanting my children to know about my roots. And I thought I can't be the only one to feel this way so I thought it would be an interesting topic to explore."
- Sela Ward
(Related: Home, Life, Thought, Children, Longing)

"It is a political thriller. It's very action packed and it's very exciting, but at the same time it's a very big soulful love story about longing and loss. They're not separate, they're completely dependent on one another."
- Rachel Weisz
(Related: Love, Time, Action, Longing, Loss)

"My children are 10 and three, and the longing and the need for them is incredibly powerful."
- Treat Williams
(Related: Children, Longing)

"No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other."
- Frank Lloyd Wright
"The general statement that the mental faculties are class concepts, belonging to descriptive psychology, relieves us of the necessity of discussing them and their significance at the present stage of our inquiry."
- Wilhelm Wundt
(Related: Class, Necessity, Present, Psychology)

"Sacrifices are concerned with the feelings of devotion and longing."
- Xun Zi
(Related: Feelings, Devotion, Longing)