Desire Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old desire quotes, desire sayings, and desire proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.     

Napoleon Hill

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.     

Bill Cosby

The most basic human desire is to feel like you belong. Fitting in is important.     

Simon Sinek

Always desire to learn something useful.     


Burning desire to be or do something gives us staying power - a reason to get up every morning or to pick ourselves up and start in again after a disappointment.     

Marsha Sinetar

What you seek is seeking you.     


Those who restrain their desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.     

William Blake

You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.     

Zig Ziglar

Be suspicious of what you want.     


Desire is the absurdity that holds open the infinity of possibility.     

Wendy Farley

Desire presses ever forward unsubdued.     

Sigmund Freud

To get what he wanted, a man had to give other people what they wanted.     

Dashiell Hammett

Desire, like the atom, is explosive with creative force.     

Paul Vernon Buser

A desire scorned and neglected is an enemy lying in wait with bared dagger.     

Abraham Miller

Desires satisfied are but as seeds sown a second time.     

Edward Counsel

Anything you really want, you can attain, if you really go after it.     

Wayne Dyer

He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence.     

William Blake

Plant the seed of desire in your mind and it forms a nucleus with power to attract to itself everything needed for its fulfillment.     

Robert Collier

Desire is what leads you through life until the time comes when you desire a higher life. So do not be ashamed that you want so much, yet at the same time do not fool yourself into thinking that what you want today will be enough tomorrow.     

Deepak Chopra

Almost every desire a poor man has is a punishable offence.     

Louis Ferdinand Celine

So long as there is desire or want, it is a sure sign that there is imperfection. A perfect, free being cannot have any desire.     


All cravings are the mind seeking salvation or fulfillment in external things and in the future as a substitute for the joy of Being.     

Eckhard Tolle

Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.     

Napoleon Hill

Some desire is necessary to keep life in motion, and he whose real wants are supplied must admit those of fancy.     

Samuel Johnson

One must not lose desires. They are mighty stimulants to creativeness, to love, and to long life.     

Alexander A. Bogomoletz

It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.     


If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake everything on obtaining it.     

Brendan Francis

Let your desires be ruled by reason.     


One must desire something to be alive.     

Margaret Deland

Desires are only the lack of something: and those who have the greatest desires are in a worse condition than those who have none, or very slight ones.     


We desire nothing so much as what we ought not to have.     

Publilius Syrus

Desire creates the power.     

Raymond Holliwell

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.''     

Paul J. Meyer

A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.     

John Adams

The discipline of desire is the background of character.     

John Locke

Desire is a powerful force that can be used to make things happen.     

Marcia Wieder

Desire will in due time externalize itself as concrete fact.     

Thomas Troward

If you desire many things, many things will seem few.     

Benjamin Franklin

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

John Mcdonald

Desire, burning desire, is basic to achieving anything beyond the ordinary.     

Joseph B. Wirthlin

When desire dies, fear is born.     

Baltasar Gracian

Desire means the way to go out; desire is the path that leads you out. If your mind is still desiring, you cannot move within.     


Desire is poverty. Desire is the greatest impurity of the mind. Desire is the motive force for action. Desire in the mind is the real impurity. Even a spark of desire is a very great evil.     

Swami Sivananda

Every intense desire is perhaps a desire to be different from what we are.     

Eric Hoffer

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

Napoleon Hill

The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.     


It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.     

Benjamin Franklin

Desire is proof of the availability...     

Robert Collier

If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked.     


Desires are insatiable.They keep growing as we try to satisfy them just as the fire becomes more inflamed when oil is poured into it.     

Manu Smriti