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DESIRE
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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 ]

As a general thing we obtain very surely and very speedily what we are not too anxious to obtain.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

All human activity is prompted by desire.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Can one desire too much of a good thing?
      - William Shakespeare

I have
  Immortal longings in me.
      - William Shakespeare

Keep you in the rear of your affection, out of the shot and danger of desire.
      - William Shakespeare

Methinks I have a great desire to a bottle of hay. Good hay, sweet hay, hath no fellow.
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Bottom at IV, i)

Give me my robe, put on my crown, I have
  Immortal longings in me.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Cleopatra at V, ii)

I do desire we may be better strangers.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Orlando at III, ii)

Why then, can one desire too much of a good thing?
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Rosalind at IV, i)

Had doting Priam checked his son's desire,
  Troy had been bright with fame, and not with fire.
      - William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece
         (l. 1,490)

There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
         (act IV)

The desire of the moth for the star,
  Of the night for the morrow,
    The devotion to something afar
      From the sphere of our sorrow.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley,
        To---- One Word is too Often Profaned.

Thou blind man's mark; thou fool's self-chosen snare,
  Fond fancy's scum, and dregs of scatter'd thoughts;
    Band of all evils; cradle of causeless care;
      Thou web of ill, whose end is never wrought;
        Desire! Desire! I have too, dearly bought
          With price of mangled mind thy worthless ware,
            Too long, too long, asleep thou hast me brought,
              Who shouldst my mind to higher things prepare.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Unlawful desires are punished after the effect of enjoying; but impossible desires are punished in the desire itself.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

We grow like flowers, and bear desire,
  The odor of the human flowers.
      - Richard Henry Stoddard,
        The Squire of Low Degree--The Princess Answers
         (I, l. 13)

Ah! Vanitas vanitatum! Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire, or, having it, is satisfied?
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

The reason that many men want their desires is because their desires want reason. He may do what he will that will do but what he may.
      - Arthur Warwick


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