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

He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires, and fears is more than a king. John Milton, poet

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

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, philosopher

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

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

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,

Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times. Niccolo Machiavelli, writer

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,

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,

Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires. Sigmund Freud, psychologist

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

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,

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,

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, author

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, politician

He put in your heart certain wishes and plans; in my heart, he put other different desires. Sitting Bull, tribal chief

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

Only he who desires is amiable and not he who is satiated. Thomas Mann, writer

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, clergyman

Desire nothing, give up all desires and be happy. Swami Sivananda, philosopher

The moguls are driven by their respective desires for profit - period. Todd Gitlin, sociologist

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, president

I desire not to desire, for my will is without value, since I am ignorant in any case. Therefore choose Thou for me what thou knowest to be best and do not put my perdition in what my autonomy and free choice prefer. Bayazid AlBistami,

How badly do you want it? George E. Allen,

Desire is the key to motivation, but it's the 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, celebrity

Those who really desire to attain an independence, have only set their minds upon it, and adopt the proper means, as they do in regard to any other object which they wish to accomplish, and the thing is easily done. P. T. (Phineas Taylor) Barnum,

Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough, You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it. James Barrie,

Want is one only of five giants on the road of reconstruction; the others are Disease, Ignorance, Squalor, and Idleness. Baron William Henry Beveridge,

But I say to you, that every one who looks on a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart. Matthew 5:28 Bible,

A man must earnestly want. William Frederick Book,

One essential to success is that your desire be an all-obsessing one, your thoughts and aim be coordinated, and your energy be concentrated and applied without letup. Claude M. Bristol, reporter

I shall desire and I shall findThe best of my desires;The autumn road, the mellow windThat soothes the darkening shires.And laughter, and inn-fires. Rupert Brooke, poet

Desire, like the atom, is explosive with creative force. Paul Vernon Buser,

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, educator

Desire is the thing you want in incipiency. Emilie Cady,

I honestly believed I would make it. I had the desire. A lot of people have the ability, but they don't put forth the effort. Joe Carter,

Almost every desire a poor man has is a punishable offence. LouisFerdinand Celine,

Something must be done when you find an opposing set of desires of this kind well to the fore in your category of strong desires. You must set in operation a process of competition, from which one must emerge a victor and the other set be defeated. Robert Collier, publisher

You can have anything you want -- if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, have anything you desire, accomplish anything you set out to accomplish -- if you will hold to that desire with singleness of purpose. Robert Collier, publisher

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, publisher

First the stalk -- then the roots. First the need -- then the means to satisfy that need. First the nucleus -- then the elements needed for its growth. Robert Collier, publisher

Lust is to the other passions what the nervous fluid is to life; it supports them all, lends strength to them all ambition, cruelty, avarice, revenge, are all founded on lust. Marquis De Sade, novelist

There is nothing capricious in nature and the implanting of a desire indicates that its gratification is in the constitution of the creature that feel it. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

Know what you want. Become your real self. David Harold Fink,

While man's desires and aspirations stir he cannot choose but err. Johann von Goethe, writer

You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world. Sheilah Graham, journalist

It (racing) is a matter of spirit, not strength. It is a matter of doing your best each little moment. There's never a break. You must have desire, a very intense desire to keep going. Janet Guthrie,

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride. James Halliwell,

You need to be right, you need to make money, you need to be successful. It's the neediness that's the problem. Instead, become that which attracts those things. David R. Hawkins,

Just what you want to be, you will be in the end. Justin Hayward, musician

Nobody knows what you want except you. And nobody will be as sorry as you if you don't get it. Wanting some other way to live is proof enough of deserving it. Having it is hard work, but not having it is sheer hell. Lillian Hellman, dramatist

By annihilating the desires, you annihilate the mind. Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act. Claude A. Helvetius,

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. Napoleon Hill, writer

Through some strange and powerful principle of mental chemistry which she has never divulged, nature wraps up in the impulse of strong desire, that something which recognizes no such word as impossible, and accepts no such reality as failure. Napoleon Hill, writer

People will insist on treating the mons Veneris as though it were Mount Everest. Too silly! Aldous Huxley, novelist

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, author

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