Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.
All human beings, by nature, desire to know.
Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.
Money is a guarantee that we may have what we want in the future. Though we need nothing at the moment it insures the possibility of satisfying a new desire when it arises.
All progress is based upon the universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
The Note-Books of Samuel Butler (1912)
There is good government when those who are near are happy, and when those who are far away desire to come.
I get weary of the European habit of taking our money, resenting any slight hint as to what they should do, and then assuming, in addition, full right to criticize us as bitterly as they may desire. In fact, it sometimes appears that their indulgence in this kind of criticism varies in direct ration to the amount of help we give them.
Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.
If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
Remember, that time is money.... Remember, that credit is money ... Remember, that money is of the prolific, generating nature.... Remember, that six pounds a year is but a groat a day.... Remember this saying, "The good prayer is lord of another man’s purse." He that is known to pay punctually and exactly to the time he promises, may at any time, and on any occasion, raise all the money his friends can spare.... In short, the way to wealth, if you desire it, is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality; that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both.
Advice to a Young Tradesman (1748)
Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.
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.
Young people are threatened... by the evil use of advertising techniques that stimulate the natural inclination to avoid hard work by promising the immediate satisfaction of every desire.
A man with ability and the desire to accomplish something can do anything.
The greater part of progress is the desire to progress.
Ad Lucilium Epistulae Morales
Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it.
Wars and revolutions and battles are due simply and solely to the body and its desires.
True love is the only heart disease that is best left to "run on"--the only affection of the heart for which there is no help, and none desired.
Mark Twain's Notebook
No artist desires to prove anything. Even things that are true can be proved.
The Preface To ‘The Picture Of Dorian Gray’, 1891