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[ Also see Desire Hunger Indifference Loss Necessity Poverty Wishes ]

Nothing makes men sharper than want.
      - Joseph Addison

Nature has provided for the exigency of privation, by putting the measure of our necessities far below the measure of our wants. Our necessities are to our wants as Falstaff's pennyworth of bread to his any quantity of sack.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

If you really want something you can figure out how to make it happen.
      - Cher

If any one say that he has seen a just man in want of bread, I answer that it was in some place where there was no other just man.
      - Pope Clement I (Clemens Romanus) (Saint Clement of Alexandria)

Everyone thirsteth after gaine.
      - Lord Edward Coke

We are ruined, not by what we really want, but by what we think we do; therefore never go abroad in search of your wants; if they be real wants, they will come home in search of you; for he that buys what he does not want, will soon want what he cannot buy.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

He trudged along, unknowing what he sought, and whistled as he went, for want of a thought.
      - John Dryden

Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs.
      - Dwight David Eisenhower

Our chief want in life, is, somebody who shall make us do what we can.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

It's weak and despicable to go on wanting things and not trying to get them.
      - Joanna Field

It is not from nature, but from education and habits, that our wants are chiefly derived.
      - Henry Fielding

Modern man lives under the illusion that he knows what he wants, while he actually wants what he is supposed to want.
      - Erich Fromm

Every want that stimulates the breast becomes a source of pleasure when redressed.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Craving, not having, is the mother of a reckless giving of oneself.
      - Eric Hoffer

Great wants proceed from great wealth; but they are undutiful children, for they sink wealth down to poverty.
      - Henry Home, Lord Kames

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.
      - Garrison Keillor

Constantly choose rather to want less, than to have more.
      - Thomas a Kempis

If you don't get what you want, it's a sign either that you did not seriously want it, or that you tried to bargain over the price.
      - Rudyard Kipling

What man knows is everywhere at war with what he wants.
      - Joseph Wood Krutch

We should wish for few things with eagerness, if we perfectly knew the nature of that which was the object of our desire.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

He can feel no little wants who is in pursuit of grandeur.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

How few our real wants, and how vast our imaginary ones!
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

To have what we want is riches; but to be able to do without is power.
      - George MacDonald

So long as the great majority of men are not deprived of either property or honor, they are satisfied.
      - Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli)

Every one is the poorer in proportion as he has more wants, and counts not what he has, but wishes only what he has not.
      - Manilius (Manlius or Mallius) (Marcus or Caius)

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