Quotes with desires
When wisdom reaches the acme of perfection, it will suppress the vicious instincts and injurious desires.
Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.
A human being is part of the whole called by us universe , a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty...We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself. But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires: To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To know the pain of too much tenderness. To be wounded by your own understanding of love; And to bleed willingly and joyfully. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving; To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy; To return home at eventide with gratitude; And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.
The Prophet (1923)
If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.
Outliers: The Story of Success
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.
That is the best government which desires to make the people happy, and knows how to make them happy.
On Mitford’s History of Greece (1824)
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.
How to Succeed or, Stepping-Stones to Fame and Fortune (1896)
A man’s desires always disappoint him; for though he meets with something that gives him satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers his expectation.
It is we who create value and our desires which confer value. In this realm we are kings.
What I Believe (1925)
Wars and revolutions and battles are due simply and solely to the body and its desires.