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Thoughts unspoken die unborn. The same goes for your paintings. If the desire lies within you, paint your heart out! But above all, keep developing because that's where real life begins. (Tim Adams)

A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants. (Joseph Addison)

We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified. (Aesop)

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. (Louisa May Alcott)

If your real desire is to be good, there is no need to wait for the money before you do it; you can do it now, this very moment, and just where you are. (James Allen)

The desire to express myself can be triggered by any number of things – a particular experience, a childhood memory, a fleeting thought. Although these are often blurry, the images they evoke become sharper and clearer in time... (Fernando Allevi)

My art springs from my desire to have things in the world which would otherwise never be there. (Carl Andre)

He who wants milk should not sit himself in the middle of a pasture waiting for a cow to back up to him. (Anonymous)

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self. (Aristotle)

Desire is like the shadow caused by the morning sun; it gets longer when you run to catch it... (Sathya Sai Baba)

Bring me A bowl of coffee before I turn into a goat. (Johann Sebastian Bach)

You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however. (Richard Bach)

Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need. (Gaston Bachelard)

I wish to explore the beauty of everyday environments; in troubled times it is especially important to be aware of beauty and wonder. (Elizabeth Barton)

Never let go of the fiery sadness called desire. (Matsuo Basho)

What you don't need is just as important as what you do need. (Romare Bearden)

Artists have this desire for a vision of the world... There's some painting someplace that's not in a museum and it's your idea as a painter to put that one thing that is missing there. (Romare Bearden)

We artists always want more. This is the challenge of the creative process... (Bonnie R. Beaver)

- Watt...
It is useless not to seek, not to want, for when you cease to seek you start to find, and when you cease to want, then life begins to ram her fish and chips down your gullet until you puke... (Samuel Beckett)

If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake everything on obtaining it. (Brendan Francis Behan)

After you get what you want you don't want it. (Irving Berlin)

The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp. (John Berry)

Don't drink by the water's edge. / Throw yourself in. Become the water. / Only then will your thirst end. (Jeanette Berson)

reason, v.i. To weight probabilities in the scales of desire. (Ambrose Bierce)

aim, n. The task we set our wishes to. (Ambrose Bierce)

Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained. (William Blake)

-title of song, 1905...
I Want What I Want When I Want It. (Henry Blossom)

We read advertisements... to discover and enlarge our desires. (Daniel J. Boorstin)

What we find exotic abroad may be what we hunger for in vain at home. (Alain de Botton)

We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none. (Christian Nestell Bovee)

I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. (David Bowie)

I have a great need to learn what the norm is by dealing with what is not the norm... with the grotesque and the fantastic. (Alfred Brendel)

All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name. (Andre Breton)

Draw and paint the subject the way you want it to be, not as it is. (Gerald Brommer)

Sad will be the day for any man when he becomes contented with the thoughts he is thinking and the deeds he is doing - where there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger; which he knows he was meant and made to do. (Phillips Brooks)

My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants. (J. Brotherton)

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)

- The Roominghouse Madrigals...
I want so much that is not here and do not know where to go. (Charles Bukowski)

Ere yet we yearn for what is out of our reach, we are still in the cradle. When wearied out with our yearnings, desire again falls asleep; we are on the death-bed. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

Follow your heart. (John Bunyan)

A still life can look very traditional. A floral can look like nothing more than a rendering. But I want them to be larger than life, undeniably there, sucking you in. (Bobbie Burgers)

See yourself with what it is you want. Visualization is simply powerfully focused thought in pictures, and it causes equally powerful feelings. (Rhonda Byrne)

I can hardly wait to get the mundane daily tasks finished so I can get into the studio to paint, but then the desire goes right down the drain with the dishwater. (Ardythe Campbell)

If you do not wish a man to do a thing, you had better get him to talk about it; for the more men talk, the more likely they are to do nothing else. (Thomas Carlyle)

How badly I want that nameless thing! First there must be an idea, a feeling... Maybe it was an abstract idea that you've got to find a symbol for, or maybe it was a concrete form that you have to simplify or distort to meet your ends, but that starting point must pervade the whole. (Emily Carr)

I want the ferocious, strangled lonesomeness of that place, creepy, nervy, forsaken... and the great dense forest behind full of unseen things and great silence, and on the sea the sun beating down... (Emily Carr)

The will is never free - it is always attached to an object, a purpose. It is simply the engine in the car - it can't steer. (Joyce Cary)

There is one big thing – desire. And before it, when it is big, all is little. (Willa Cather)

I was born with music inside me. That's the only explanation I know of, since none of my relatives could sing or play an instrument. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me - like food or water. (Ray Charles)

Forbid us something, and that thing we desire. (Geoffrey Chaucer)

It is essential that the revelation we receive, the conception of an image which embraces a certain thing, which has no sense of itself, which has no subject, which means absolutely nothing from the logical point of view... should speak so strongly in us... that we feel compelled to paint... (Giorgio de Chirico)

- A Dream Play...
I'd go without food if I could have a flower. (Caryl Churchill)

I used to desire many, many things, but now I have just one desire, and that's to get rid of all my other desires. (John Cleese)

If you start by promising what you don't even have yet, you'll lose your desire to work towards getting it. (Paulo Coelho)

One might as well try to ride two horses moving in different directions, as to try to maintain in equal force two opposing or contradictory sets of desires. (Robert Collier)

The first principle of success is desire - knowing what you want. Desire is the planting of your seed. (Robert Collier)

Desire is everything, not talent. It's the degree of one's desire that will dictate the extent of one's success, in any endeavour. (Ken Danby)

As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be, you can't see how it is. (Ram Dass)

To be precise and reckless: that is the consummation devoutly to be wished. (James Dickey)

It is said that desire is a product of the will, but the converse is in fact true: will is a product of desire. (Denis Diderot)

- b.412 BC d.323 BC...
I have nothing to ask but that you would remove to the other side, that you may not, by intercepting the sunshine, take from me what you cannot give. (Diogenes)

Man's need for art is absolutely primordial, as strong as, and perhaps stronger than our need for bread. Without bread, we die of hunger, but without art we die of boredom. (Jean Dubuffet)

But I want to tell my stories, more than that, I have to in order to stay sane. (Lena Dunham)

A man of but mediocre talent who is furiously driven by deep desire will get somewhere. He who doesn't desire deeply isn't hurt much by failure. (Harvey Dunn)

Merely knowing your craft will never be enough to make a picture. If you ever amount to anything at all, it will be because you were true to that deep desire or ideal which made you seek artistic expression in pictures. (Harvey Dunn)

Within you is the divine capacity to manifest and attract all that you need or desire. (Dr. Wayne Dyer)

One of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires. (Albert Einstein)

-on Paul Cezanne...
Cezanne found that desire without obstacles could easily be the death of desire. (John Elderfield)

It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them. (George Eliot)

When we get to wishing a great deal for ourselves, whatever we get soon turns into mere limitation and exclusion. (George Eliot)

That is the worst moment, when you feel you have lost / The desires for all that was most desirable, / Before you are contented with what you can desire; / Before you know what is left to be desired; / And you go on wishing that you could desire / What desire has left behind. (T. S. Eliot)

An inherent sense of man makes him long for an eternal paradise. (James Ellis)

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

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you have was once among the things only hoped for. (Epicurus)

Aspire to Inspire before you Expire. (Liz Farber)

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

Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong. (Ella Fitzgerald)

One mustn't ask apple trees for oranges, France for sun, women for love, life for happiness. (Gustave Flaubert)

For some men, the stronger their desire, the more difficult it is for them to act. (Gustave Flaubert)

I wanted things that I couldn't at times articulate. (Helen Frankenthaler)

Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one. (Benjamin Franklin)

Now that I know what I want, I don't have to hold on to it quite so much. (Lucian Freud)

What you want, what you're hanging around in the world waiting for, is for something to occur to you. (Robert Frost)

Never commit the Execution of a Design to him that had been unwilling to approve of it. (Thomas Fuller)

The beginning of wisdom is to desire it. (Solomon Ibn Gabirol)

- Eat, Pray, Love...
Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be. (Elizabeth Gilbert)

The act of longing for something will always be more intense than the requiting of it. (Gail Godwin)

I would very much like, and am working towards this, to put things in my studio that will remind me when I see them each morning of this or that outdoors. So that I immediately know what to do with the day - and immediately take pleasure in something, or have the feeling: I must still go here or there sometime. (Vincent van Gogh)

It's so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to. (Annie Gottlier)

Art includes everything that stimulates the desire to live – science, everything that sharpens the desire to know. Art, even the most disinterested, the most disembodied, is the auxiliary of life. (Remy de Gourmont)

If there is nothing left to desire, there is everything to fear; an unhappy state of happiness. (Baltasar Gracian)

You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world. (Sheila Graham)

- The Wind in the Willows, 1908...
Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing. (Kenneth Grahame)

- The Fault in Our Stars...
'The world,' he said, 'is not a wish-granting factory.' (John Green)

Peace was the one thing that Max (Ernst) needed in order to paint, and love was the one thing I needed in order to live. As neither of us gave the other what he most desired, our union was doomed to failure. (Peggy Guggenheim)

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride. (James Halliwell)

The germ of creation even in something that's not good appeals to me. (Jo Hanson)

- The Wizard of Oz...
Someday I'll wish upon a star. (E. Y. Harburg)

Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly... Why, then, oh why can't I? (E. Y. Harburg)

But nothing is more insidious than the evolution of wishes from mere fancies, and of wants from mere wishes. (Thomas Hardy)

- in a letter to Emily Carr...
Of course there must be the urge, the indefinable longing to get something through into terms of plastic presentation, but results are nearly always unpredictable. (Lawren Harris)

We demand about everything of ourselves but discrimination in what we demand. (Henry S. Haskins)

I don't want to discount talent and ability, but I still maintain that a lot of it is just sheer desire. (Don Henley)

Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours. (Hermann Hesse)

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

Men weary as much of not doing the things they want to do as of doing the things they do not want to do. (Eric Hoffer)

Protect me from what I want. (Jenny Holzer)

If wishes were fishes we'd all be throwing nets. If wishes were horses we'd all ride. (Douglas Horton)

The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated. (William James)

- Lyssnerskan...
He did not confuse what he longed for with his gratitude for what he had. Extreme desires have their own sanctuary. (Tove Jansson)

A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them. (Steve Jobs)

By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. (Franz Kafka)

We do not always get what we deserve, but we often get what we negotiate. (Gary Karrass)

Personalities don't love. They want something. (Byron Katie)

I always felt I could do whatever I wanted as long as it related to live art and live art issues. (Alex Katz)

Give me books, fruit, French wine and fine weather and a little music out of doors, played by somebody I do not know. (John Keats)

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)

Not only do you want to leave the audience wanting more, you want to leave yourself wanting more. (Carole King)

The mind can calculate, but the spirit yearns, and the heart wants what the heart wants. (Stephen King)

Make sure you want it enough. (Frank Kingdon)

Few people know so clearly what they want. Most people can't even think what to hope for when they throw a penny in a fountain. (Barbara Kingsolver)

Our desires are never wholly transparent, even to ourselves. (Mark Kingwell)

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)

Every artist would like to live in the central organ of creation... Not all are destined to get there... but our beating hearts drive us deep down, right into the pit of creation. (Paul Klee)

I never discuss a novel while I'm writing it, for fear that talking about it will diminish my desire to write it. (Dean Koontz)

I have a voracious appetite for images I can translate. (Wanda Koop)

We demand to be coaxed and comforted, to be encouraged and gratified, so we choose a teacher who will give us what we crave for. We do not search out reality, but go after gratification and sensation. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

I want to create a thousand paintings, maybe two thousand paintings, as many as I can draw. (Yayoi Kusama)

-misattributed, from Life's Little Instruction Book by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. ...
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. (Dalai Lama)

We must recognize that all beings want the same thing we want. This is the way to achieve a true understanding, unfettered by artificial consideration. (Dalai Lama)

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

Decide to create the results that you desire. (John Di Lemme)

You can get anything you want in life if you help others get what they want. (George Lengvari)

Granting our wish is one of Fate's saddest jokes. (James Russell Lowell)

There are temptations which strong exercise best enables us to resist. (John Lubbock)

A lot of people like to do certain things, but they're not that good at it. Keep going through the things that you like to do, until you find something that you actually seem to be extremely good at. It can be anything. (George Lucas)

Artists have wild desires and a terrible hunger to achieve... Without it they haven't the juice for striving or loving. But desire also can make them greedy and turn dreams into unrealizable obsessions. (Eric Maisel)

- Life of Pi...
The lower you are, the higher your mind will want to soar. (Yann Martel)

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. (Andre Maurois)

Most people have a desire to look for the exception instead of the desire to become exceptional. (John C. Maxwell)

We cannot will to have insights. We cannot will creativity. But we can will to give ourselves to the encounter with intensity of dedication and commitment. (Rollo May)

Sometimes you just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you. (Phil McGraw)

The most you get is what you ask for. (Phil McGraw)

Appetite is essentially insatiable, and where it operates as a criterion of both action and enjoyment (that is, everywhere in the Western world since the sixteenth century) it will infallibly discover congenial agencies (mechanical and political) of expression. (Marshall McLuhan)

I see nothing wrong with the human trait to desire. In fact, I consider it integral to our success mechanism. Becoming attached to what we desire is what causes the trouble. If you must have it in order to be happy, then you are denying the happiness of the here and now. (Peter McWilliams)

Learn to ask for what you want. The worst people can do is not give you what you ask for which is precisely where you were before you asked. (Peter McWilliams)

Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire. (Thomas Merton)

Talent for and interest in art are not the only requisite traits needed for making a career as an artist. The main characteristic of most working artists seems to be a strong unabating desire to work. (Nancy Bea Miller)

I want to be a tuneswept fiddle string that feels the master melody, and snaps. (Amedeo Modigliani)

I'm in fine fettle and fired with a desire to paint. (Claude Monet)

Desire grows by what it feeds on. (Lucy Maud Montgomery)

I have been painting the devil alot lately because sin has been all over me once I decided I needed the money for that mobile home. I have done some awful things trying to get that down payment together. (Kelly Moore)

Visualize something really good that you desire... Hold the picture of your need for as long as you can. A few minutes every day will make your life much different. (Alfred Muma)

An artist wishes to create that ending that begins with a desire. An artist is alone with the brush. ('Namaste' Maggie Murphy)

If you really want to do it, you do it. There are no excuses. (Bruce Nauman)

Give me silence, water, hope / Give me struggle, iron, volcanoes. (Pablo Neruda)

I want people to look at my work, rather than television. (Neith Nevelson)

I'm not an expert, but I want to be. (Ben Nicholson)

People are where they are because that is exactly where they really want to be. (Earl Nightingale)

The big thing is that you know what you want. (Earl Nightingale)

When the need for bread is met we discover that we have other hungers, and none so deep as the hunger to be understood. (Elizabeth O'Connor)

I'm glad I want everything in the world – good and bad – bitter and sweet – I want it all. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

One day seven years ago I found myself saying to myself - I can't live where I want to - I can't go where I want to go - I can't do what I want to - I can't even say what I want to... I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

Every professional artist craves to create... and to be free, independent in fulfillment of his aim. (Valentin Okorokov)

I had the desire to paint the figure without actually painting the figure. (Nathan Oliveira)

We all want what's been suddenly disallowed. (Charles Olson)

If you have to paint, you have to paint. That is what makes art. That is what art is all about. (Hilary Page)

There are three ways that men get what they want; by planning, by working, and by praying. (George Smith Patton, Jr.)

People who want to be creative, who deeply value such a characteristic in themselves, are more likely to make themselves creative and keep themselves that way... (D. N. Perkins)

You have all you want when you stop wanting. (Lisa Phegn)

Braque always said that the only thing that counts, in painting, is the intention, and it's true. What counts is what one wants to do, and not what one does. That's what's important. (Pablo Picasso)

Painting, art in general, enchants me. It is my life. What else matters? When you put all your soul into a work, all that is noble in you, you cannot fail to find a kindred soul who understands you, and you do not need a host of such spirits. Is not that all an artist should wish for? (Camille Pissarro)

It doesn't matter how much you get; you are left wanting more. (Amy Poehler)

I'd rather dance than eat. (Eleanor Powell)

I want to be what I was when I wanted to be what I am now. (Ray Prince)

There is nothing like desire for preventing the thing one says from bearing any resemblance to what one has in mind. (Marcel Proust)

It is better to want what you have than to have what you want. (proverb)

Much wants more. (Latin proverb)

The predilection to do something does not actually achieve anything. (Faith Puleston)

I have known many who could not when they would, for they had not done it when they could. (Francois Rabelais)

A 'whim' is a desire experienced by a person who does not know and does not care to discover its cause. (Ayn Rand)

I've needed an impulse from within, a lot of emotional energy to do this stuff, and a kind of desire. It's a very aggressive thing... It's not an aggression like you're hitting it; it's a sensual aggression, if you like. (Paula Rego)

The desire to make a masterpiece is more crippling than a steady stream of criticism. (Stella Reinwald)

Inhabit ourselves that we may indeed do what we want to do. (M. C. Richards)

But photographs, private ones and others, keep appearing that fascinate me so much that I want to paint them. And sometimes the real meaning these images have for me only becomes apparent later. (Gerhard Richter)

We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish. (Tony Robbins)

Success is doing what you want to do, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, as much as you want. (Tony Robbins)

The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so. (Francois de La Rochefoucauld)

I'll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I'd like to. (Norman Rockwell)

I don't want to be interesting. I want to be good. (Ludwig Mies van der Rohe)

When you know what you want, and you want it bad enough, you'll find a way to get it. (Jim Rohn)

Asking is the beginning of receiving. Make sure you don't go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won't laugh at you. (Jim Rohn)

Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value. (Jim Rohn)

I've learned... that we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for. (Andy Rooney)

It isn't sufficient just to want - you've got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want. (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

If you live in a past dream, you don't enjoy what is happening right now because you will always wish it to be different than it is. There is no time to miss anyone or anything because you are alive. (Don Miguel Ruiz)

We can't help being thirsty, moving toward the voice of water. (Rumi)

Art was born as a desire, not as a demand. (Eliel Saarinen)

When you don't feel like painting is when you must. (Monique Sakellarios)

What I want to know from students, and I ask them right away, is, 'What do you want? I don't care what it is. I want to help you get it.' (Peter Schjeldahl)

A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

If people are given only one kind of thing and endlessly sold only one kind of thing, of course they're going to want more of that one kind of thing. (Martin Scorsese)

Your desires and true beliefs have a way of playing blind man's bluff. You must corner the inner facts... (David Seabury)

The greater part of progress is the desire to progress. (Seneca)

The drive to paint becomes an essential guide, directing attention to particular subjects. Almost like love-making, there is anticipation, a build-up of excitement and passion, a lack of control. (Randall Sexton)

Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get. (George Bernard Shaw)

We never do what we wish when we wish it, and when we desire a thing earnestly, and it does arrive, that or we are changed, so that we slide from the summit of our wishes and find ourselves where we were. (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley)

We should see the desire for neatness, the desire for sharp impressions, as a desire in art. (Eli Siegel)

He wasted his wishes on wishing. (Shel Silverstein)

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)

I get up every morning with a desire to do some creative work. This desire is made of the same stuff as the sexual desire, the desire to make money, or any other desire. (Isaac Bashevis Singer)

I left home because I was hungry. (Red Skelton)

A wish is like layaway: If you forget about it, you simply won't receive it. (William Carmen Soyak III)

Desire is the very essence of man. (Baruch Spinoza)

You have to know what you want to get. But when you know that, let it take you. And if it seems to take you off the track, don't hold back because that is instinctively where you want to be. And if you hold back and try to be always where you have been before, you will go dry. (Gertrude Stein)

The reason can give nothing at all Like the response to desire. (Wallace Stevens)

Man's spirit grows hungry for art in the same way his stomach growls for food... (Irving Stone)

People hunger for more attention. Full attention will be the aphrodisiac of the future. (Linda Stone)

Anybody can do anything he wants to if he wants to do it badly enough. (Theodore Sturgeon)

You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don't let yourself indulge in vain wishes. (Rabindranath Tagore)

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. (Mother Teresa)

Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds. (Saint Teresa of Avila)

I want a career and conventional success but despite such desires I am usually tripped up by my inability to stop saying what I really believe. (Charles Thomson)

Youth yearning for itself in the present moment is more powerful than words of wisdom about their future. (Robert R. Toth)

Love is when the desire to be desired takes you so badly that you feel you could die of it. (Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec)

- The Power of Discipline
The tragedy is that everyone thinks they already have goals. But what they really have are hopes and wishes. (Brian Tracy)

Desire will in due time externalize itself as concrete fact. (Thomas Troward)

A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs. (Mark Twain)

There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice. (Mark Twain)

I want to paint sunshine and burning golden leaves and blue waters, and laughing faces. (Fred Varley)

He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year. (Leonardo da Vinci)

Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that is taken in. (Leonardo da Vinci)

We cannot wish for that we know not. (Voltaire)

Out of need springs desire, and out of desire springs the energy and the will to win. (Denis Waitley)

I try to teach my heart not to want things it can't have. (Alice Walker)

Landscape sparks in us a desire to render on canvas the poetry that viewing it makes us feel, and in some deeper way, connects us to it like a silent prayer. (Janet Warrick)

If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. It it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. (E. B. White)

Desire is a powerful force that can be used to make things happen. (Marcia Wieder)

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. (Oscar Wilde)

If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want. (Oscar Wilde)

Everyone has the impulse to be elite. (Alfre Woodard)

- The Land of Heart's Desire, 1894...
Land of Heart's Desire, / Where beauty has no ebb, decay no flood, / But joy is wisdom, time an endless song. (William Butler Yeats)

Bliss becomes blissful with practice. In our own bliss the desire, desirer and process of desiring are united - they are one. Desire is fulfilled at its source. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

Decide what you want and don't think of intermediary conditions. When Nature works for us, we should want what we want and Nature will work it out for us. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

Like our shadows, / Our wishes lengthen as our sun declines. (Edward Young)

If what the heart approves conforms to proper patterns, then even if one's desires are many, what harm would they be to good order? (Xun Zi)