Quotes About Desire

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Graham Greene
“I can never think of you as a friend. You can do without a friend.”
Graham Greene, The End of the Affair

W.H. Auden
“The desires of the heart are as crooked as corkscrews
Not to be born is the best for man
The second best is a formal order
The dance's pattern, dance while you can.
Dance, dance, for the figure is easy
The tune is catching and will not stop
Dance till the stars come down from the rafters
Dance, dance, dance till you drop.”
W.H. Auden

Albert Camus
“Believe me, for certain men at least, not taking what one doesn't desire is the hardest thing in the world.”
Albert Camus, The Fall

Elizabeth Gilbert
“Then again, you cannot stop the flood of desire as it moves through the world, inappropriate though it may sometimes be. It is the prerogative of all humans to make ludicrous choices, to fall in love with the most unlikely of partners, and to set themselves up for the most predicatable of calamities.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

Jess C. Scott
“I was flipping channels, watching this cheerleading program on MTV. They took a field hockey girl and “transformed” her into a cheerleader by the end of the show. I was just wondering: what if she liked field hockey better?”
Jess C. Scott, EyeLeash: A Blog Novel

Arthur Miller
“Chris: I don't know why it is, but every time I reach out for something I want, I have to pull back because other people will suffer.”
Arthur Miller, All My Sons

Anaïs Nin
“This great handsomeness I took into myself later when he desired me, but I took it as one breathes air, or swallows a snowflake, or yields to the sun.”
Anaïs Nin, Henry & June

Joseph Murphy
“Your desire is your prayer. Picture the fulfillment of your desire now and feel its reality and you will experience the joy of the answered.
Dr. Joseph Murphy”
Joseph Murphy

Jessica Park
“Stupid kissing. Stupid roaming hands. Stupid boys.”
Jessica Park, Flat-Out Love

Robert Greene
“Desire is both imitative (we like what others like) and competitive (we want to take away from others what they have). As children, we wanted to monopolize the attention of a parent, to draw it away from other siblings. This sense of rivalry... makes people compete for the attention.”
Robert Greene, The Art of Seduction

René Daumal
“I am dead because I lack desire,
I lack desire because I think I possess,
I think I possess because I do not try to give,
In trying to give, you see that you have nothing,
Seeing that you have nothing, you try to give of yourself,
Trying to give of yourself, you see that you are nothing,
Seeing that you are nothing, you desire to become,
In desiring to become, you begin to live.”
René Daumal

Anne Frank
“I'm sentimental--I know. I'm desperate and silly--I know that too. Oh, help me!”
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

“Today is today, only today...

tomorrow...it will only be yesterday.”
L. Curt Erler

Harley King
“We fear what we most desire.”
Harley King, What I Was Meant To Forget

Demosthenes
“Nothing is easier than self-deceit.
For what every man wishes,
that he also believes to be true.”
Demosthenes

“Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.”
Robert Allen, The One Minute Millionaire: The Enlightened Way to Wealth

Chuck Palahniuk
“How miserably hypocritical, you might say, but no sooner am I offered a chance to flee Hell than I yearn to stay. Few families hold their relations as closely as do prisons. Few marriages sustain the high level of passion that exists between criminals and those who seek to bring them to justice. It’s no wonder the Zodiac Killer flirted so relentlessly with the police. Or that Jack the Ripper courted and baited detectives with his - or her - coy letters. We all wish to be pursued. We all long to be desired.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Damned

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

Charles Bukowski
“She was perfect, pure maddening sex, and she knew it, and she played on it, dripped it, and allowed you to suffer for it.”
Charles Bukowski, Factotum

Oscar Wilde
“His sudden mad love for Sibyl Vane was a psychological phenomenon of no small interest. There was no doubt that curiosity had much to do with it, curiosity and the desire for new experiences; yet it was not a simple but rather a very complex passion.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Alain de Botton
“While a common reaction to seeing a thing of beauty is to want to buy it, our real desire may be not so much to own what we find beautiful as to lay permanent claim to the inner qualities it embodies.

Owning such an object may help us realise our ambition of absorbing the virtues to which it alludes, but we ought not to presume that those virtues will automatically or effortlessly begin to rub off on us through tenure. Endeavouring to purchase something we think beautiful may in fact be the most unimaginative way of dealing with the longing it excites in us, just as trying to sleep with someone may be the bluntest response to a feeling of love.

What we seek, at the deepest level, is inwardly to resemble, rather than physically possess, the objects and places that touch us through their beauty.”
Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness

“Oh I believe in loving cats and dogs and children and parents – sometimes – but I don’t believe in romantic love. Of course, there’s the momentary rush of hormones and chemicals that encourages us to mate, but it’s biology – it’s no more inherently mystical than the nicotine in that cigarette you’re smoking”
Amy Jenkins

Ashly Lorenzana
“If somebody never gets enough of you, they will always want more”
Ashly Lorenzana

Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
“Now, I'm not going to deny that I was aware of your beauty. But the point is, this has nothing to do with your beauty. As I got to know you, I began to realise that beauty was the least of your qualities. I became fascinated by your goodness. I was drawn in by it. I didn't understand what was happening to me. And it was only when I began to feel actual, physical pain every time you left the room that it finally dawned on me: I was in love, for the first time in my life. I knew it was hopeless, but that didn't matter to me. And it's not that I want to have you. All I want is to deserve you. Tell me what to do. Show me how to behave. I'll do anything you say.”
Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Les Liaisons dangereuses

Habeeb Akande
“The difference between greed and ambition is a greedy person desires things he isn't prepared to work for.”
Habeeb Akande

Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi
“Desire

I desire you
more than food
and drink

My body
my senses
my mind
hunger for your taste

I can sense your presence
in my heart
although you belong
to all the world

I wait
with silent passion
for one gesture
one glance
from you”
Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi, The Love Poems of Rumi

Toba Beta
“Youngsters want to change world. Elders want to enjoy their works.
The entrepreneur sells anything needed by both to win their desires.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

“We who are like senseless children shrink from suffering, but love its causes. We hurt ourselves; our pain is self-inflicted! Why should others be the object of our anger?”
Śāntideva

Toni Morrison
“For me, Art is the restoration of order. It may discuss all sort of terrible things, but there must be satisfaction at the end. A little bit of hunger, but also satisfaction.”
Toni Morrison

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