What do you want? This is a collection of proverbs and quotes about desire.

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A man's desire for a son is usually nothing but the wish to duplicate himself in order that such a remarkable pattern may not be lost to the world.
Helen Rowland

A plant is like a self-willed man, out of whom we can obtain all which we desire, if we will only treat him his own way.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
Bernard Shaw

But he, that dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.
Anne Brontë
Source: The narrow way

Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.

Energy is equal to desire and purpose.
Sheryl Adams

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.

I never want to be anything more than I am; what I don't have, I don't need.
Louis Armstrong

It is foolish to wish for beauty. Sensible people never either desire it for themselves or care about it in others. If the mind be but well cultivated, and the heart well disposed, no one ever cares for the exterior.
Anne Brontë
Source: Agnes Grey

Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Source: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so.
François de La Rochefoucauld

The desire to write grows with writing.
Desiderius Erasmus

The key that unlocks energy is desire. It's also the key to a long and interesting life. If we expect to create any drive, any real force within ourselves, we have to get excited.
Earl Nightingale

There comes a time in every rightly-constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.
Mark Twain

Those who are governed by reason desire nothing for themselves which they do not also desire for the rest of humankind.
Baruch Spinoza

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