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[ Also see Ambition Anticipation Appetite Aspiration Covetousness Expectation Hope Hunger Inclination Indifference Love Lust Motive Necessity Passion Selfishness Temptation Want Will Wishes ]

However rich or elevated, a name less something is always wanting to our imperfect fortune.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Naked I seek the camp of those who desire nothing.
  [Lat., Nil cupientium
    Nudus castra peti.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (bk. III, 16, 22)

Every desire bears its death in its very gratification. Curiosity languishes under repeated stimulants, and novelties cease to excite and surprise, until at length we cannot wonder even at a miracle.
      - Washington Irving

Every desire is a viper in the bosom, who while he was chill was harmless; but when warmth gave him strength, exerted it in poison.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

It is very common for us to desire most what we are least qualified to obtain.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Our desires always increase with our possessions. The knowledge that something remains yet unenjoyed impairs our enjoyment of the good before us.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Some desire is necessary to keep life in motion, and he whose real wants are supplied must admit those of fancy.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The desires of man increase with his acquisitions.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Where necessity ends, desire and curiosity begin; and no sooner are we supplied with everything nature can demand than we sit down to contrive artificial appetites.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

He who can wait for what he desires takes the course not to be exceedingly grieved if he fails of it; he, on the, contrary, who labors after a thing too impatiently thinks the success when it comes is not a recompense equal to all the pains he has been at about it.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Before we passionately desire anything which another enjoys, we should examine into the happiness of its possessor.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

It is much easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy those that follow.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We never desire ardently what we desire rationally.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We never desire earnestly what we desire in reason.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Desire is the uneasiness a man finds in himself upon the absence of anything whose present enjoyment carries the idea of delight with it.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

When our desires are fulfilled, we never fail to realize the wealth of imagination and the paucity of reality.
      - Ninon de L'Enclos (real name Anne L'Enclos)

The thing we long for, that we are
  For one transcendent moment.
      - James Russell Lowell, Longing

There is no inborn longing that shall not be fulfilled. I think that is as certain as the forgiveness of sins.
      - George MacDonald

Desires are the pulse of the soul.
      - Thomas Manton

Troubles advance upon us rapidly; our desires travel in the opposite direction.
      - Alfred Mercier

We are always striving for things forbidden, and coveting those denied us.
  [Lat., Nitimur in vetitum semper, cupimusque negata.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Amorum
         (III, 4, 17)

Each man has his own desires; all do not possess the same inclinations.
  [Lat., Velle suuum cuique est, nec voto vivitur uno.]
      - Persius (Aulus Persius Flaccus), Satires
         (V, 53)

A short cut to riches is to subtract from our desires.
      - Francesco Petrarch

Oh! could I throw aside these earthly bands
  That tie me down where wretched mortals sigh--
    To join blest spirits in celestial lands!
      - Francesco Petrarch, To Laura in Death
         (sonnet XLV)

Life is a race; desire the goal.
      - Andrew Michael Ramsay (Chevalier de Ramsay)

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