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What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

Sir John Lubbock, banker

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

Dalai Lama, leader

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.

Ayn Rand, writer

Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it.

Socrates, philosopher

Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed.

Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher

Champions are made of something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision.

Muhammad Ali, boxer

If you don't like how things are, change it! You're not a tree.

Jim Rohn, businessman

Worrying is praying for what you don't want.

J.R.R. Tolkien, writer

It's important to create what you desire to, not what people expect you to.

Shigeru Miyamoto, designer

He that can have patience can have what he will.

Benjamin Franklin, politician

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve,not by the desire to beat others.

Ayn Rand, writer

A man's life is what his thoughts make of it.

Marcus Aurelius, emperor

Great things are not something accidental, but must certainly be willed.

Vincent Van Gogh, painter

This is part of human nature, the desire to change consciousness.

Michael Pollan, educator

I want to die on Mars, just not on impact.

Elon Musk, businessman

If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse.

Jim Rohn, businessman

We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.

Douglas Adams, writer

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, dancer

The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.

Napoleon Hill, writer

Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is.

Vince Lombardi, coach

Listen to what you know instead of what you fear.

Richard Bach, novelist

When you know what you want, and want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it.

Jim Rohn, businessman

Be careful what you set your heart upon -- for it will surely be yours.

James Baldwin, educator

Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.

Michelangelo Buonarroti,

To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.

James Allen, author

Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.

Coco Chanel, designer

Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.

Rumi, poet

More than we use is more than we want.

Scottish Proverbs,

Those who restrain their desires, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.

William Blake, poet

Anything you really want, you can attain, if you really go after it.

Wayne Dyer, psychologist

Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.

Lao Tzu, philosopher

Tell me what you like and I'll tell you what you are.

John Ruskin, writer

I don't want to believe. I want to know.

Carl Sagan, scientist

There are no better masters than poverty and wants.

Danish proverb,

The desire of the lazy kill him; for his hands refuse to labor. Proverbs 21:25

Bible,

What most men desire is a virgin who is a whore.

Edward Dahlberg, novelist

Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.

Jim Rohn, businessman

The fewer our wants the more we resemble the Gods.

Socrates, philosopher

If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want.

Source Unknown,

The first principle of success is desire -- knowing what you want. Desire is the planting of your seed.

Robert Collier, publisher

If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.

William James, philosopher

I do want to get rich but I never want to do what there is to do to get rich.

Gertrude Stein, author

First deserve then desire.

Proverbs,

Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power

Walter Lippmann, journalist

The key that unlocks energy is Desire. It's also the key to a long and interesting life. If we expect to create any drive, any real force within ourselves, we have to get excited.

Earl Nightingale, entertainer

We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes.

Marcel Proust, author

The distance between success and failure can only be measured by one's desire.

Source Unknown,

The more clear you are on what you want, the more power you will have.

Source Unknown,

My desire is to stand up and brush myself off when I make mistakes and ask for forgiveness.

Janine Turner, actress

You gotta be hungry!

Les Brown, motivational speaker

When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return.

Leonardo DaVinci, painter

When desire dies, fear is born.

Baltasar Gracian, philosopher

All human activity is prompted by desire.

Bertrand Russell, philosopher

Convince a man of what he wants, and he'll move heaven and earth to get it.

Source Unknown,

The man who really wants to do something finds a way, the other finds an excuse.

Source Unknown,

Of all the gods only death does not desire gifts.

Aeschylus, poet

A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.

Horace Mann, educator

He who desires but does not act, breeds pestilence.

William Blake, poet

It sometimes seems that we have only to love a thing greatly to get it.

Robert Collier, publisher

I have found that most of the things I want from living I must get from people.

Robert Conklin, educator

Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs.

Dwight David Ike Eisenhower, president

It is not from nature, but from education and habits, that our wants are chiefly derived.

Henry Fielding, novelist

The significance of a man is not in what he attains, but rather what he longs to attain.

Kahlil Gibran, artist

Desire creates the power.

Raymond Holliwell,

Events are influenced by our very great desires.

William James, philosopher

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.

Helen Keller, author

The discipline of desire is the background of character.

John Locke, philosopher

Our necessities are few, but our wants are endless.

George Bernard Shaw, dramatist

We accomplish things by directing our desires, not by ignoring them.

Source Unknown,

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, scientist

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, author

Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self?

Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.

Benjamin Franklin, politician

A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means.

William Hazlitt, critic

It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite.

Soren Kierkegaard, philosopher

Limited in his nature, infinite in his desire, man is a fallen god who remembers heaven.

Alphonse De Lamartine, poet

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.

C.S. Lewis, novelist

To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you ought to prefer is to have kept your soul alive.

Robert Louis Stevenson, writer

A woman never knows what she really wants until she fins out what her husband cannot afford.

Source Unknown,

Out of need springs desire, and out of desire springs the energy and the will to win.

Denis Waitley, motivational speaker

Poetry proceeds from the totality of man, sense, imagination, intellect, love, desire, instinct, blood and spirit together.

Jacques Maritain, philosopher

Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, poet

The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul. Proverbs 13:19

Bible,

I've looked on a lot of women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times.

Jimmy Carter, president

If you really want something you can figure out how to make it happen.

Cher, musician

Our necessities never equal our wants.

Benjamin Franklin, politician

People seek within a short span of life to satisfy a thousand desires, each of which is insatiable.

Oliver Goldsmith, poet

When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.

Napoleon Hill, writer

Life is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment.

Samuel Johnson, author

No one every suddenly became depraved.

Juvenal, poet

He can feel no little wants who is in pursuit of grandeur.

Johann Kaspar Lavater, theologian

To educate the intelligence is to expand the horizon of its wants and desires.

James Russell Lowell, poet

We are ever striving after what is forbidden, and coveting what is denied us.

Ovid, poet

We never desire strongly, what we desire rationally.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer

Your desires and true beliefs have a way of playing blind man's bluff. You must corner the inner facts...

David Seabury,

The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.

Germaine De Stael,

If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated?

Henry David Thoreau, author

Desire for security keeps littleness little and threatens the great with smallness.

Source Unknown,

Desire is a powerful force that can be used to make things happen.

Marcia Wieder,

Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.

Rebecca West, author

A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.

Tacitus, historian

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, writer

Unbridled gratification produces unbridled desire.

Proverbs,

Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need.

Gaston Bachelard, philosopher

The desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee. Isaiah 26:8

Bible,

If you do not develop the hunger and courage to pursue your goal, you will lose your nerve and you will give up on your dream.

Les Brown, motivational speaker

O lyric Love, half angel and half bird. And all a wonder and a wild desire.

Robert Browning, poet

Desire is proof of the availability...

Robert Collier, publisher

Whenever we confront an unbridled desire we are surely in the presence of a tragedy-in-the-making.

Quentin Crisp, writer

Want is a growing giant whom the coat of Have was never large enough to cover.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

If you desire many things, many things will seem few.

Benjamin Franklin, politician

Some desire is necessary to keep life in motion, and he whose real wants are supplied must admit those of fancy.

Samuel Johnson, author

The intensity of your desire governs the power with which the force is directed.

John D. MacDonald, novelist

I discovered a long time ago that if I helped people get what they wanted, I would always get what I wanted and I would never have to worry.

Anthony Robbins, author

There are ways which lead to everything, and if we have sufficient will we should always have sufficient means.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer

Desire will in due time externalize itself as concrete fact.

Thomas Troward,

Getting anything changes it from being desirable to just being taken for granted.

Source Unknown,

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, historian

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, writer

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, writer

To desire and expect nothing for oneself and to have profound sympathy for others is genuine holiness.

Ivan Turgenev, novelist

Every man makes a god of his own desire.

Virgil, poet

Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.

Epictetus, philosopher

A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving.

Ayn Rand, writer

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, inventor

You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need.

Mick Jagger, musician

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, journalist

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, activist

And desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets. Ecclesiastes 12:5

Bible,

We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none.

Christian Nevell Bovee,

No matter how old you get, if you can keep the desire to be creative, you're keeping the man-child alive.

John Cassavetes, actor

It is not the greatness of a man's means that makes him independent, so much as the smallness of his wants.

William Cobbett, politician

All through nature, you will find the same law. First the need, then the means.

Robert Collier, publisher

Supply always comes on the heels of demand.

Robert Collier, publisher

Lust's passion will be served; it demands, it militates, it tyrannizes.

Marquis De Sade, novelist

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, editor

All that spirits desire, spirits attain.

Kahlil Gibran, artist

The battle is all over except the shouting when one knows what is wanted and has made up his mind to get it, whatever the price may be.

Napoleon Hill, writer

I can do whatever I want -- I'm rich, I'm famous, and I'm bigger than you.

Don Johnson, actor

Love Sonnet XI

Pablo Neruda, writer

The man never feels the want of what it never occurs to him to ask for.

Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher

Every man's road in life is marked by the grave of his personal likings.

Alexander Smith, poet

Desire is the essence of a man.

Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza,

It is no longer enough to be lusty. One must be a sexual gourmet.

George Will, journalist

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,

Desire is individual. Happiness is common.

Julian Casablancas, musician

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, athlete

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, president

When you relinquish the desire to control your future, you can have more happiness.

Nicole Kidman, actress

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, director


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