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923.  Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.  (Truth & Desire)  Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

 

 

2,100.  The desires of the heart are as crooked as corkscrews

Not to be born is best for man.  (Life’s Like That & Desire & Birth)  W H Auden, Death’s Echo, 1937

 

 

4,613.  Yet he who reigns within himself, and rules

Passions, Desires, and Fears, is more than King.  (Man & Control & Passion & Desire & Fear)  John Milton, Paradise Regaind, Book II 466 - 467

 

 

6,362.  I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.  (Self & Desire)  Aristotle

 

 

69,863.  It is of the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.  Aristotle, Politics

 

 

9,643.  Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.  (Fear & Desire)  Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code

 

 

19,990.  The greatest crimes do not arise from a want of feeling but from an over-sensitivity for ourselves and an over-indulgence to our own desires.  (Crime & Desire)  Edmund Burke

 

 

60,164.  It is wonderful to have someone praise you, to be desired.  (Praise & Desire)  Marilyn Monroe

 

 

62,369.  The starting point of all achievement is desire.  (Achievement & Desire)  Napoleon Hill

 

 

65,740.  The problem, Buddha taught, is desire.  (Buddhism & Desire)  Dave Grubin, The Buddha II, PBS

 

 

66,696.  There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.  (Charm & Forbidden & Desire)  Mark Twain

 

 

69,840.  Desire is the essence of a man.  Baruch Spinoza

 

 

69,841.  Thus when we fondly flatter our desires,

Our best conceits do prove the greatest liars.  (Desire & Conceit)  Michael Drayton 1563-1631

 

 

69,842.  There is nothing like desire for preventing the things one says from bearing any resemblance to what one has in one’s mind.  Marcel Proust

 

 

69,843.  Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?  (Desire & Sex)  William Shakespeare, II Henry IV II iv 283

 

 

69,844.  Question your desire.  William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Nights Dream I i 67, Theseus to Hermia et al

 

 

3,460.  Stars, hide your fires,

Let not light see my black and deep desires.  (Star & Desire)  William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Macbeth I iv 50-51, Macbeth

 

 

46,170.  Can one desire too much of a good thing?  (Shakespeare & Desire)  As You Like It, Globe Theatre Sky Arts 2012, Rosalind

 

 

69,845.  Let your desires be ruled by reason.  [Appetitus Rationi Pareat]  Cicero

 

 

69,846.  Desire is the key to motivation: but its determination and committed to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.  (Desire & Success & Commitment & Determination)  Mario Andretti

 

 

69,847.  Wealth and rank are what people desire.  But unless they are attained in the right way they may not be possessed.  (Desire & Privilege & Wealth)  Confucius

 

 

69,848.  You have taken over the job of taking over creating desireAnd have transformed people into constantly moving happiness machines.  Machines which have become the key to economic progress.  Herbert Hoover, address to advertisers and public relations men

 

 

69,849.  To understand the stable citizen you have to know that modern man quite often tries to work off his frustrations by spending on self-gratification.  Modern man is internally ready to fill out his self-image by purchasing products which complement it.  Ernest Dichter, psychoanalyst

 

 

69,850.  Life is made up of desires that seem big and vital one minute and little and absurd the next.  I guess we get what’s best for us in the end.  Alice Caldwell Rice, A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill 1912

 

 

62,040.  Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.  (Three & Desire & Emotion & Knowledge & Behaviour)  Plato

 

 

69,851.  When we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want something or need something, not that it is a pragmatic necessity for us to have it, but that it is a moral imperative that we have it, then is when we join the fashionable madmen, and then is when the thin whine of hysteria is heard in the land, and then is when we are in bad trouble.  John Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem 1968

 

 

69,852.  And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.

 

But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand.  Genesis 39:7&8

 

 

76,317.  Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.  (Hope & Desire)  Proverbs 13:12

 

 

69,853.  The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.  Proverbs 13:19

 

 

69,854.  What do you want a meaning for?  Life is a desire, not a meaning.  (Desire & Meaning of Life)  Charlie Chaplin

 

 

69,855.  The discipline of desire is the background of character.  (Desire & Discipline & Character)  John Locke

 

 

69,856.  Desire nothing, give up all desires and be happy.  Swami Sivananda

 

 

69,857.  To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.  Federico García Lorca, Blood Wedding and Yerma

 

 

69,858.  If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard.  Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.  L Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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