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Henry FordIf I had asked them what they had wanted, they would have said a faster horse.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

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EpicurusTo make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.

—  Epicurus, 341-270 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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Mignon McLaughlinWhat you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

Mignon McLaughlinYouth is not enough. And love is not enough. And success is not enough. And, if we could achieve it, enough would not be enough.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

Steve JobsYou can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.

—  Steve Jobs, 1955-2011, American businessman

Arthur SchopenhauerMan can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

George Bernard ShawDancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Emile M. CioranOnce we begin to want, we fall under the jurisdiction of the Devil.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

George Bernard ShawThere are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Oscar WildeIn this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Lao-TzuTo understand the limitation of things, desire them.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

George Bernard ShawLove is an appetite which, like all other appetites, is destroyed for the moment by its gratification.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Lao-TzuLoss is not as bad as wanting more.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

NapoleonThe reason most people fail instead of succeed is they trade what they want most for what they want at the moment.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Arthur SchopenhauerHope is the confusion of the desire for a thing with its probability.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Arthur SchopenhauerWe seldom think of what we have, but always of what we lack.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

George OrwellPeople can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

Eric HofferWe are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

Somerset MaughamOften the best way to overcome desire is to satisfy it.

—  Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, British writer

Niccolò MachiavelliAnyone who studies present and ancient affairs will easily see how in all cities and all peoples there still exist, and have always existed, the same desires and passions.

—  Niccolò Machiavelli, 1469-1527, Italian political philosopher

Sylvia PlathPerhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.

—  Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963, American poet & writer

SenecaYou act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire.

—  Seneca, 4 AD-65 AD, Roman philosopher

Samuel JohnsonLife is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Samuel JohnsonI have already enjoyed too much; give me something to desire.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Samuel JohnsonEvery man is rich or poor according to the proportion between his desires and his enjoyments.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Antonio PorchiaI stop wanting what I am looking for, looking for it.

—  Antonio Porchia, 1885-1968, Italian-Argentinian poet

Antonio PorchiaHe who has made a thousand things and he who has made none, both feel the same desire: to make something.

—  Antonio Porchia, 1885-1968, Italian-Argentinian poet

G. K. ChestertonThere are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

Sigmund FreudReligion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Jim RohnHumans have the remarkable ability to get exactly what they must have. But there is a difference between a “must” and a “want.”

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Jim RohnWhen you know what you want, and you want it bad enough, you'll find a way to get it.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Georges ClemenceauThe best time of a love affair, is when one goes up the stairs.

—  Georges Clemenceau, 1841-1929, French Prime Minister

Robert FrostLove is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

Jean Jacques RousseauThat man is truly free who desires what he is able to perform, and does what he desires.

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778, Swiss-French philosopher

Zsa Zsa GaborI want a man who's kind and understanding. Is that too much to ask of a millionaire?

—  Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1917-2016, Hungarian-American actress

EpicurusDo not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not.

—  Epicurus, 341-270 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

Franklin RooseveltIt 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 Roosevelt, 1882-1945, American President [1936-1945]

Marcel ProustDesire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Samuel Taylor ColeridgeThe man's desire is for the woman; but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man.

—  Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834, English poet & philosopher

William ShakespeareCan one desire too much of a good thing?

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ As You Like It

EpicurusOf our desires some are natural and necessary, others are natural but not necessary; and others are neither natural nor necessary, but are due to groundless opinion.

—  Epicurus, 341-270 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher


Ancient Greek

HomerBut Zeus does not bring to accomplishment all thoughts in men's minds.

Αλλ' ου Ζεὺς άνδρεσσι νοήματα πάντα τελευτά.

—  Homer, c. 800-750 BC, II


Proverbs

English proverbIf wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

—  English proverb

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