An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





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 (1735-1826, American President (2nd))


As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children


John Adams (1735-1826, American President (2nd))


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 Al-Bistami (Muslim scholar; made a detailed study of the statutes of Islamic law (shari`a) and practiced a strict regimen of self-denial (zuhd).)


To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.


James Allen (1864-1912, British-born American essayist, author, "As A Man Thinketh")


We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


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 (1891-1951, American author of "The Magic Of Believing")


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 (1940-, Italian-born American car racer)


Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need.


Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962, French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist)


You gotta be hungry!


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


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. Barnum (1810-1891, American showman, entertainer, circus builder)


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 M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)


A man must earnestly want.


William Frederick Book


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 (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


O lyric Love, half angel and half bird. And all a wonder and a wild desire.


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British 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


All through nature, you will find the same law. First the need, then the means.


Robert Collier (1885-1950, American writer, publisher)


Desire is the thing you want in incipiency.


Emilie Cady


No matter how old you get, if you can keep the desire to be creative, you're keeping the man-child alive.


John Cassavetes


No matter how old you get, if you can keep the desire to be creative, you're keeping the man-child alive.


John Cassavetes


Almost every desire a poor man has is a punishable offence.


Louis-Ferdinand Celine (1894-1961, French author)


It is not the greatness of a man's means that makes him independent, so much as the smallness of his wants.


William Cobbett (1762-1835, British journalist, reformer)


Desire is proof of the availability...


Robert Collier (1885-1950, American writer, 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 (1885-1950, American writer, publisher)


It sometimes seems that we have only to love a thing greatly to get it.


Robert Collier (1885-1950, American writer, 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 (1885-1950, American writer, publisher)


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 (1885-1950, American writer, publisher)


Supply always comes on the heels of demand.


Robert Collier (1885-1950, American writer, publisher)


The first principle of success is desire -- knowing what you want. Desire is the planting of your seed.


Robert Collier (1885-1950, American writer, publisher)


Very few persons, comparatively, know how to Desire with sufficient intensity. They do not know what it is to feel and manifest that intense, eager, longing, craving, insistent, demanding, ravenous Desire which is akin to the persistent, insistent, ardent, overwhelming desire of the drowning man for a breath of air; of the shipwrecked or desert-lost man for a drink of water; of the famished man for bread and meat…


Robert Collier (1885-1950, American writer, 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, and accomplish anything you set out to accomplish -- if you will hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.


Robert Collier (1885-1950, American writer, publisher)


Whenever we confront an unbridled desire we are surely in the presence of a tragedy-in-the-making.


Quentin Crisp (1908-1999, British author)


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 (1713-1784, French philosopher)


Anything you really want, you can attain, if you really go after it.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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People seek within a short span of life to satisfy a thousand desires, each of which is insatiable.


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


There is nothing capricious in nature and the implanting of a desire indicates that its gratification is in the constitution of the creature that feels it.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


I never desired to please the rabble. What pleased them, I did not learn; and what I knew was far removed from their understanding.


Epicurus (c.341-270 BC, Greek philosopher)


It is not from nature, but from education and habits, that our wants are chiefly derived.


Henry Fielding (1707-1754, British novelist, dramatist)


Know what you want. Become your real self.


David Harold Fink


We should learn, by reflection on the misfortunes of others, that there is nothing singular in those which befall ourselves.


Thomas Fitzosborne


If you desire many things, many things will seem few.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


If you would but exchange places with the other fellow, how much more you could appreciate your own position.


Victor E. Gardner


The significance of a man is not in what he attains, but rather what he longs to attain.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


While man's desires and aspirations stir he cannot choose but err.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


When desire dies, fear is born.


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, 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.


Sheila Graham


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 (1938-, American race car driver)


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


Justin Hayward (1946-, British songwriter, musician)


A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


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 (1715-1771, French philosopher)


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


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


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 (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


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 (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


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 (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


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 (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Desire creates the power.


Raymond Holliwell


The hardest thing is to take less when you can get more.


Kin Hubbard (1868-1930, American humorist, journalist)


I can do whatever I want  -- I'm rich, I'm famous, and I'm bigger than you.


Don Johnson (1949-, American actor, director, producer, singer)


The desire to appear clever often prevents our being so.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


The desire to be pitied or to be admired is often the main reason we confide in others.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


There are confessable agonies, sufferings of which one can positively be proud. Of bereavement, of parting, of the sense of sin and the fear of death the poets have eloquently spoken. They command the world's sympathy. But there are also discreditable anguishes, no less excruciating than the others, but of which the sufferer dare not, cannot speak. The anguish of thwarted desire, for example.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


Events are influenced by our very great desires.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Life is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Some desire is necessary to keep life in motion, and he whose real wants are supplied must admit those of fancy.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


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 (American author)


One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


There are certain people who so ardently and passionately desire a thing, that from dread of losing it they leave nothing undone to make them lose it.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


Before strongly desiring anything, we should examine the happiness of those who already posses it.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


There are ways which lead to everything, and if we have sufficient will we should always have sufficient means.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


We never desire strongly, what we desire rationally.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


We should earnestly desire but few things if we clearly knew what desired.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Limited in his nature, infinite in his desire, man is a fallen god who remembers heaven.


Alphonse De Lamartine (1790-1869, French poet, statesman, historian)


Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


I know that if I ever go looking for my heart's desire, I'll never go any further than my own back yard. For if it isn't there, I never really lost it.


Wizard of Oz - Dorothy Movie


Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power


Walter Lippmann (1889-1974, American journalist)


The discipline of desire is the background of character.


John Locke (1632-1704, British philosopher)


Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


To educate the intelligence is to expand the horizon of its wants and desires.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


The desire for success lubricates secret prostitution's in the soul.


Norman Mailer (1923-, American author)


Desires are the pulses of the soul; as physicians judge by the appetite, so may you by desires.


Thomas Manton


If men could regard the events of their own lives with more open minds, they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain.


Andre Maurois (1885-1967, French writer)


The intensity of your desire governs the power with which the force is directed.


John McDonald


The desire to be honored is common in the minds of all people. And all people have within themselves that which is truly honorable -- but they often do not realize it. The honor that people confer is not authentic honor.


Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse) (c.370-300 BC,  Chinese philosopher)


A burning desire is the greatest motivator of every human action. The desire for success implants 'success consciousness' which, in turn, creates a vigorous and ever-increasing 'habit of success'.


Paul J. Meyer (American businessman, author, motivator)


Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.


Michelangelo (1474-1564, Italian renaissance painter, sculptor)


Desires increase as they are fulfilled.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


I was taught that everything is attainable if you are prepared to give up, to sacrifice, to get it. Whatever you want to do, you can do it, if you want it badly enough, and I do believe that. I believe that if I wanted to run a mile is four minutes I could do it. I would have to give up everything else in my life, but I could run a mile in four minutes. I believe that if a man wanted to walk on water and was prepared to give up everything else in life, he could do that.


Stirling Moss (1929-, British motor racing driver)


We are ever striving after what is forbidden, and coveting what is denied us.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions.  Desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


The more wild and incredible your desire, the more willing and prompt God is in fulfilling it, if you will have it so."


Coventry Patmore (1823-1896, British poet)


There is a vast difference in some instances between what we really need and that which we think we must have, and the realization of this truth will greatly lessen the seeming discomfort in doing without.


William M. Peck


You can really have everything you want, if you go after it, but you will have to want it. The desire for success must be so strong within you that it is the very breath of your life -- your first thought when you awaken in the morning, your last thought when you go to bed at night...


Charles E. Popplestone


There's nothing like desire to prevent the things one says from having any resemblance to the things in one's mind.


Marcel Proust (1871-1922, French novelist)


We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes.


Marcel Proust (1871-1922, French novelist)


What is greatly desired is not believed when it comes.


Argentine Proverb


There are no better masters than poverty and wants.


Dutch Proverb (Sayings of Dutch origin)


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