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Heart's-ease is a flower which blooms from the grave of desire.
      - William R. Alger

You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.
      - James Lane Allen

Show me the woman, however loyal, who does not seek to rouse desire.
      - Honore de Balzac

Sordid desires are the children of indulgence.
      - James Lendall Basford

Perish the lore that deadens young desire!
      - James Beattie

The true way to gain much, is never to desire to gain too much.
      - Francis Beaumont

Oh that I might have my request: and that God would grant me the thing that I long for.
      - Bible, Job (ch. VI, v. 8)

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. XLII, v. 1)

Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.
      - William Blake

O fierce desire, the spring of sighs and tears,
  Reliev'd with want, impoverish'd with store,
    Nurst with vain hopes, and fed with doubtful fears,
      Whose force withstood, increaseth more and more!
      - Jay Brandon

Ere yet we yearn for what is out of our reach, we are still in the cradle. When wearied out with our yearnings, desire again falls asleep; we are on the death-bed.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

The passions and desires, like the two twists of a rope, mutually mix one with the other, and twin inextricably round the heart; producing good if moderately indulged; but certain destruction if suffered to become inordinate.
      - Robert Burton

As long as the heart preserves desire, the mind preserves illusions.
      - Francois August Rene de Chateaubriand, Vicomte de Chateaubriand

The shadows of our own desires stand between us and our better angels, and thus their brightness is eclipsed.
      - Charles Dickens

There is nothing capricious in nature. In nature the implanting of a desire indicates that the gratification of that desire is in the constitution of the creature that feels it.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Passing into higher forms of desire, that which slumbered in the plant, and fitfully stirred in the beast, awakes in the man.
      - Henry George, Progress and Poverty
         (bk. II, ch. 3)

There is a desire deep within the soul which drives man from the seen to the unseen, to philosophy and to the divine.
      - Kahlil Gibran

Happy the man who early learns the wide chasm that lies between his wishes and his powers!
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What we wish for in youth comes in heaps to us in old age.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is better to desire than to enjoy, to love than to be loved.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

In moderating, not in satisfying desires, lies peace.
      - Reginald Heber

By annihilating the desires, you annihilate the mind. Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act.
      - Claude Arien Helvetius

The starting point of all achievement is desire.
      - Napoleon Hill

When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.
      - Napoleon Hill

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