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We never desire strongly, what we desire rationally.

Author: Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

Profession: French Classical Writer

Limited in his nature, infinite in his desire, man is a fallen god who remembers heaven.

Author: Alphonse De Lamartine (1790-1869)

Profession: French Poet, Statesman, Historian

Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.

Author: Lao-Tzu

Profession: Chinese Philosopher, Founder of Taoism, Author of the ''Tao Te Ching''

Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power

Author: Walter Lippmann (1889-1974)

Profession: American Journalist

The discipline of desire is the background of character.

Author: John Locke (1632-1704)

Profession: British Philosopher

Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is.

Author: Vince Lombardi (1913-1970)

Profession: American Football Coach

To educate the intelligence is to expand the horizon of its wants and desires.

Author: James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

Profession: American Poet, Critic, Editor

The desire for success lubricates secret prostitution's in the soul.

Author: Norman Mailer (1923)

Profession: American Author

Desires are the pulses of the soul; as physicians judge by the appetite, so may you by desires.

Author: Manton


If men could regard the events of their own lives with more open minds, they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain.

Author: Andre Maurois (1885-1967)

Profession: French Writer

The intensity of your desire governs the power with which the force is directed.

Author: John Mcdonald


A burning desire is the greatest motivator of every human action. The desire for success implants ''success consciousness'' which, in turn, creates a vigorous and ever-increasing ''habit of success.''

Author: Paul J. Meyer

Profession: American Businessman, Author, Motivator

Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.

Author: Michelangelo (1474-1564)

Profession: Italian Renaissance Painter, Sculptor

I was taught that everything is attainable if you are prepared to give up, to sacrifice, to get it. Whatever you want to do, you can do it, if you want it badly enough, and I do believe that. I believe that if I wanted to run a mile is four minutes I could do it. I would have to give up everything else in my life, but I could run a mile in four minutes. I believe that if a man wanted to walk on water and was prepared to give up everything else in life, he could do that.

Author: Stirling Moss (1929)

Profession: British Motor Racing Driver

I know that if I ever go looking for my heart's desire, I'll never go any further than my own back yard. For if it isn't there, I never really lost it.

Author: Wizard of Oz - Dorothy Movie