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Quotes About Desire

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Chelsie Shakespeare
“He made me feel unhinged . . . like he could take me apart and put me back together again and again.”
Chelsie Shakespeare

Abraham Maslow
“It isn't normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement.”
Abraham Maslow

Jarod Kintz
“It’s what you do in your free time that will set you free—or enslave you.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book Title is Invisible

Stephen R. Covey
“Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do), and desire (want to do).”
Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Jay McInerney
“Sometimes I think the difference between what we want and what we're afraid of is about the width of an eyelash.”
Jay McInerney

Virginia Woolf
“I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life.”
Virginia Woolf

Jess C. Scott
“One hand was behind his back, and he held it out, presenting a bouquet of white and smoky purple lilies.

“They’re straight from the underworld, by the way. They are everlasting. They won’t die.”
Jess C. Scott, The Devilin Fey

Anne Lamott
“[S]he believed that the Buddhists were right–that if you want, you will suffer; if you love, you will grieve. (68)”
Anne Lamott, Crooked Little Heart

“We become that which we love.”
― Saint Bridget

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

Jess C. Scott
“[novan]: bassists are very good with their fingers
[novan]: and some of us sing backup vocals, so that means we're good with our mouths too...

(~ IM chat with Novan Chang, 18, bassist)”
Jess C. Scott, EyeLeash: A Blog Novel

Tom Robbins
“The word desire suggests that there is something we do not have. If we have everything already, then there can be no desire, for there is nothing left to want. I think that what the Buddha may have been trying to tell us is that we have it all, each of us, all the time; therefore, desire is simply unnecessary.”
Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

“Desire is the kind of thing that
eats you
and
leaves you starving.”
Nayyirah Waheed

Lao Tzu
“free from desire, you realize the mystery
caught in the desire, you see only the manifestations.”
Lao Tzu

Roman Payne
“To wish a healthy man to die is the wish from a mind of sickness. To wish an ailing man to die is the wish of the ambitious.”
Roman Payne

Donna Tartt
“What if one happens to be possessed of a heart that can’t be trusted—? What if the heart, for its own unfathomable reasons, leads one willfully and in a cloud of unspeakable radiance away from health, domesticity, civic responsibility and strong social connections and all the blandly-held common virtues and instead straight towards a beautiful flare of ruin, self-immolation, disaster?”
Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

Meg Rosoff
“And still the brain continues to yearn, continues to burn, foolishly, with desire. My old man's brain is mocked by a body that still longs to stretch in the sun and form a beautiful shape in someone else's gaze, to lie under a blue sky and dream of helpless, selfless love, to behold itself, illuminated, in the golden light of another's eyes.”
Meg Rosoff, What I Was

Dante Alighieri
“I, answering in the end, began: 'Alas,
how many yearning thoughts, what great desire,
have lead them through such sorrow to their fate?”
Dante Alighieri

“Part of me wanted this more than anything else in the world—to have someone to hang out with, be like everyone else for a while. The rest of me screamed to get the hell out of there, not to get sucked in.”
Rachel Ward, Numbers

Aleksandar Hemon
“The world is always greater than your desires; plenty is never enough.”
Aleksandar Hemon, The Lazarus Project

Miguel Syjuco
“Angst is not the human condition, it’s the purgatory between what we have and what we want but can’t get.”
Miguel Syjuco, Ilustrado

Alison Lurie
“There's a rule, I think. You get what you want in life, but not your second choice too.”
Alison Lurie

Alice Hoffman
“I must keep my head and not give in to desire, for desire is what causes women to drown.”
Alice Hoffman, The Dovekeepers

Whitney Otto
“The truly terrible thing about this life, was not knowing what you want, but only able to recognize what you do not want. You have to spend so much time and energy trying to find it out, time that other people spent in pursuing of their desires.”
Whitney Otto, How to Make an American Quilt

Lora Leigh
“Let me know when you're ready to talk." She stopped and glanced at them both over her shoulder. "Maybe then I'd be ready to discuss your sexual twists and my own little abnormal desires. You never know what we all might learn that we haven't already."

With that, she turned and moved back into the house, closing the door behind her and disappearing out of sight. And Cam found his back slammed against the side of Ian's Hummer, his brother in his face.

Lust and irritation flared in his brother's eyes. "You better start talking," he grated. "Because you know what she just did?"

"She just dared us, Cam. And I don't know about you, but the thought of 'abnormal desires' dancing through her mind is going to drive me fucking crazy. Now, fix it.”
Lora Leigh, Wicked Pleasure

Democritus
“If your desires are not great, a little will seem much to you; for small appetite makes poverty equivalent to wealth.”
Democritus

Sappho
“Eros, again now, the loosener of limbs troubles me,

Bittersweet, sly, uncontrollable creature….”
Sappho

Leo Tolstoy
“He soon felt that the realization of his desire had given him only a grain of the mountain of happiness he had expected. It showed him the eternal error people make in imagining that happiness is the realization of desires.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Haruki Murakami
“Okay, let’s put it this way. I would like to sleep with you. But it’s alright if I don’t sleep with you. What I’m saying is I’d like to be as fair as possible. I don’t want to force anything on anybody, any more than I’d want anything forced on me. It’s enough that I feel your presence or see your commas swirling around me.”
Haruki Murakami, The Elephant Vanishes

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