The wise man will love; all others will desire.
One must not lose desires. They are mighty stimulants to creativeness, to love, and to long life.
—Alexander A. Bogomoletz
Man is an animal which, alone among the animals, refuses to be satisfied by the fulfilment of animal desires.
—Alexander Graham Bell
Dwell not upon thy weariness, thy strength shall be according to the measure of thy desire.
Again, men in general desire the good, and not merely what their fathers had.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.
It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.
If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake everything on obtaining it.
In men of the highest character and noblest genius there is to be found an insatiable desire for honour, command, power, and glory.
Let your desires be ruled by reason.
(Appetitus Rationi Pareat)
He who desires is always poor.
While we don't have much say over the desires that we have, we certainly can decide which we prefer-and then search for ways to act on that basis.
—George Bernard Shaw
There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.
Man is the only animal whose desires increase as they are fed; the only animal that is never satisfied.