Desire Quotes

Our desires are endless


When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous.    – Wayne Dyer

Joy is not in things; it is in us.   – Richard Wagner

Let us reflect on what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives, and set our priorities on the basis of that.
– The 14th Dalai Lama.

The satisfaction derived from the fleeting things of life is not lasting; and the wants of man remain unfulfilled. There is thus a general sense of dissatisfaction accompanied by all kinds of worries.   – Meher Baba

It is in the enjoyment and not in the mere possession that makes for happiness.     – Michel de Montaigne

Although the underlying motive of greed is to seek satisfaction, the irony is that even after obtaining the object of your desire you are still not satisfied.  The true antidote to greed is contentment.   – The 14th Dalai Lama.

The rain could turn to gold
And still your thirst would not be slaked.
Desire is unquenchable.
– Buddha

We want the world to allow the unconditional fulfilment of all our aspirations, and since this does not happen, we fall prey to suffering.  Our search for happiness is more often founded on our illusions than our reality.  It is pointless to try to shape the world to fit our desires: we must transform our minds.
– Matthieu Ricard.

Generosity enacts the quality on non-greed; it is willingness to give, to share, to let go.  We are inspired to give because of loving feelings, and in the act of giving we feel more love.   – Joseph Goldstein.

It is not wise to wait for a time of grief or crisis before one starts the process of practicing gratitude. In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. – Brother David Steindl-Rast

The entire life of the personal ego is continually in the grip of wanting, i.e., an attempt to seek fulfilment of desires through things that change and vanish. But there can be no real fulfilment through the transient things.
– Meher Baba

Live joyfully,
Without desire.
– Buddha

The rich never have enough money, and the powerful never have enough power.  Let us reflect: the best way to satisfy all our desires and make all our plans come to fruition is to let them go.   – Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Happiness comes from spiritual wealth, not material wealth… Happiness comes from giving, not getting. If we try hard to bring happiness to others, we cannot stop it from coming to us also. To get joy, we must give it, and to keep joy, we must scatter it.   – John Templeton

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.       – Frederick Keonig

When we surrender ourselves to material desires – a new car, a new home, for instance – we increase the intensity and number of the desires. Our wishes increase and we become less and less satisfied, and more and more incapable of satisfying them.   – The Dalai Lama

It makes no difference where you go, there you are. And it makes no difference what you have, there’s always more to want. Until you are happy with who you are, you will never be happy because of what you have.
– Zig Ziglar

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plain living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man’s happiness really lies in contentment.
― Mahatma Gandhi

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