Desire Quotes and Sayings

Without a strong desire to achieve something nothing is accomplished.

Submitted by: Christie Williams on April 11, 2013

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential…there are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.
Ayn Rand

We always long for the forbidden things, and desire what is denied us.
– Francois Rabelais

A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.

Submitted by: Mark Cowley on June 2, 2019

Fashion is the science of appearance, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.
– Henry Fielding

To be authentic is literally to be your own author …, to discover your own native energies and desires, and then to find your own way of acting on them.
– Warren G. Bennis


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

The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.
Maya Angelou

The first principle of success is desire — knowing what you want. Desire is the planting of your seed.
– Robert Collier

To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.
– Federico García Lorca

There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.
George Bernard Shaw

The intelligent desire self-control; children want candy.

Sadness does not last forever when we walk in the direction of that which we always desired.
Paulo Coelho

Desire is half of life, indifference is half of death.
Kahlil Gibran


What we insistently desire, over time, is what we become.
– Neal A. Maxwell

In every living thing there is the desire for love.
– D.H. Lawrence

I do desire we may be better strangers.
William Shakespeare

If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake everything on obtaining it.
– Brendan Francis

When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.
Paulo Coelho

Love is often gentle, desire always a rage.
Mignon McLaughlin

Profound desire, true desire is the desire to be close to someone.
Paulo Coelho

Ultimately, it is the desire, not the desired, that we love.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Everyone believes very easily whatever he fears or desires.
– Jean de La Fontaine

Desire grows by what it feeds on.
– L.M. Montgomery


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

Where such men love they have no desire and where they desire they cannot love.
Sigmund Freud

The object of your desire is not an object.
– Jack Gardner

Not everyone gets what they desire and not everyone desires what they get.

Submitted by: Clifford m Robinson on May 16, 2017

If you don’t want it bad enough to risk losing it- you don’t want it bad enough.
Tom Krause

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