When we look back, the only things we cherish are those which in some way met our original want; the desire which formed in us in early youth, undirected, and of its own accord.

The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall.

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

If it were not my purpose to combine barbarian things with things Hellenic, to traverse and civilize every continent, to search out the uttermost parts of land and sea, to push the bounds of Macedonia to the farthest Ocean, and to disseminate and shower the blessings of the Hellenic justice and peace over every nation, I should not be content to sit quietly in the luxury of idle power, but I should emulate the frugality of Diogenes. But as things are, forgive me Diogenes, that I imitate Herakles, and emulate Perseus, and follow in the footsteps of Dionysos, the divine author and progenitor of my family, and desire that victorious Hellenes should dance again in India and revive the memory of the Bacchic revels among the savage mountain tribes beyond the Kaukasos

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.

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

The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.

Again, men in general desire the good, and not merely what their fathers had.

Dwell not upon thy weariness, thy strength shall be according to the measure of thy desire.

Everyone confusedly conceives of a good in which the mind may be at rest, and desires it; wherefore everyone strives to attain it.

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

There comes a time when a men desires to rise above fear.

In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.

Desire and hope will push us on toward the future.

Thought gives rise to desire.

Before 1938, the German generals were not opposed to Hitler because he produced the results they desired.

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

Some prices are just too high, no matter how much you may want the prize. The one thing you can’t trade for your heart’s desire is your heart.

Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.

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

It is a strange desire, to seek power and to lose liberty.

It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.

We are always striving for things forbidden, and coveting those denied us.

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

When you relinquish the desire to control your future, you can have more happiness.

One must not lose desires. They are mighty stimulants to creativeness, to love, and to long life.

Desire is creation, is the magical element in that process. If there were an instrument by which to measure desire, one could foretell achievement.

He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.

When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve

He that flatters you more than you desire either has deceived you or wishes to deceive.

Desire creates the power.

We none of us know what is going on in that strange man’s mind. We all know the German desire as he has come out with in his book [Mein Kampf] to move East, and if he moves East, I shall not break my heart, but that is another thing. I do not believe he wants to move West, because West would be a very difficult programme for him … If there is any fighting in Europe to be done, I should like to see the Bolsheviks and Nazis doing it.

Everything, alas, is an abyss, actions, desires, dreams,

The world is a king, and like a king, desires flattery in return for favor; but true art is selfish and perverse it will not submit to the mold of flattery.

How helpless we are, like netted birds, when we are caught by desire!

Wealth and rank are what people desire, but unless they are obtained in the right way they may not be possessed.

There is no strength higher than overcoming carnal desire.

Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with desire.

Hope! thou nurse of young desire.

Opposition of one’s desires is the sign of the highest level of wisdom in a human being.

The desire to know is natural to good men.

If you cannot get things as much as you desire than be contented with what you have.

The true servants of God are not solicitous that He should order them to do what they desire to do, but that they may desire to do what He orders them to do.

Desire is a powerful force that can be used to make things happen.

My stiffest earthly assignment is ended and my major life’s work is done. My country is now free and I have been honoured to be its first indigenous head of state. What more could one desire in life?

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.

There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it.

The man’s desire is for the woman; but the woman’s desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man.

You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.

Desire of having is the sin of covetousness.

Man is an animal which, alone among the animals, refuses to be satisfied by the fulfilment of animal desires.

Desire is the very essence of man.

A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs.

Entirety exists within me as exuberance … in empty longing … in … the desire to burn with desire.

Nothing is far and nothing is near, if one desires. The world is little, people are little, human life is little. There is only one big thing desire.

Forgetfulness is not to be purchased with a wish; and I cannot bestow my esteem on all who desire it, unless they deserve it too.

The desire to impress is an efficient means of bringing out ones least impressive qualities.

The grate desire ov mi life iz tew amuze sumboddy. I had rather be able to set the multiplikashun table tew sum lively tune than tew hav ein the author ov it.

The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.

We are all motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is, the more he is inspired by glory