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Our worldview is colored by one of three inner desires:
some are driven by a desire to experience life to its fullest;
some are driven by a desire to make life's experience more full for all;
and some see these desires are fully the same.

-- Robert Alan Silverstein

The pursuit of happiness is a guarantee that the laws are meant to be fair and provide an equal playing field for all members of society, so that through hard work and creative enterprise, all law-abiding citizens are free to strive to attain the wants and desires they believe will bring them happiness.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

Education is an ornament in prosperity and refuge in adversity.
-- Aristotle

People say "I want peace." If you remove I (ego), and your want (desire), you are left with peace.
-- Satya Sai Baba

"We read advertisements... to discover and enlarge our desires. We are always ready - even eager - to discover, from the announcement of a new product, what we have all along wanted without really knowing it."
-- Daniel J. Boorstin

If you desire peace, cultivate justice, but at the same time cultivate the fields to produce more bread; otherwise there will be no peace.
-- Norman Borlaug

True peacefulness comes from abandoning the illustion that satisfying desires brings pleasure.
-- Joan Borysenko

* If we desire peace, we must prepare for peace. The most important thing is to build a culture of peace.
-- Anwarul Chowdhury

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

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

“If one's life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements. And finally, there is an intense delight in abandoning faulty states of mind and in cultivating helpful ones in meditation.”
- The Dalai Lama

Brute force, no matter how strongly applied, can never subdue the basic human desire for freedom.
-- Dalai Lama

Time and memory are true artists;
they remould reality nearer to the heart's desire.

-- John Dewey

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest -- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security -- Albert Einstein

* … we believe in the vocation of communion and participation of our people, who day to day awaken to their political conscience and express their desire for change and profound democratization of society. A change based on justice, built with love, and which will bring us the most anxiously desired fruits of peace.
-- Adolfo Perez Esquivel

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

If you desire many things, many things will seem few.
-- Benjamin Franklin

* It is impossible for people who have given their heart to seeking forgiveness not to think of forgiving others. Just as they desire to be forgiven, they also desire to forgive.
-- M. Fethullah Gülen

This is a very important practice. Live your daily life in a way that you never lose yourself. When you are carried away with your worries, fears, cravings, anger, and desire, you run away from yourself and you lose yourself. The practice is always to go back to oneself.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh

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

Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once,
whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action. Napoleon Hill

* Fortunately, the war has brought with it not alone a stark realization of what another war would mean to the world, but as well the creation of an international agency through which the nations of the world can, if they so desire, make peace a living reality.
-- Cordell Hull

Active citizenship begins with an envisioning of the desired outcome and a conscious application of spiritual principles.
-- Dennis Kucinich

Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires.
-- Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching

I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside me.
-- Abraham Lincoln

A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.
-- Thomas Merton

"I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them."
-- John Stuart Mill

"Throughout the world today there is a gowing awareness of the failings of the Western model of development and a corresponding desire to look for more human-scale, ecological ways of living.
-- Helena Norberg-Hodge

We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible.
-- Barack Obama

* "Nuclear disarmament is not just an ardent desire of the people, as expressed in many resolutions of the United Nations. It is a legal commitment ... for the sake of humanity - we must get rid of all nuclear weapons."
-- Joseph Rotblat

Those who forget good and evil and seek only to know the facts are more likely to achieve good than those who view the world through the distorting medium of their own desires. -- Bertrand Russell

If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years. -- Bertrand Russell

“No man can be a good teacher unless he has feelings of warm affection toward his pupils and a genuine desire to impart to them what he believes to be of value.” -- Bertrand Russell

What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires -- desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.
-- Bertrand Russell

"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will."
-- George Bernard Shaw

“Experience fails to teach where there is no desire to learn.”
-- George Bernard Shaw

The way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
-- Socrates

Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things even if we do not get anything in return. It is the joy of our life to do them. When we do good things from this inner desire, there is kindness in everything we think, say, want and do.
-- Emmanuel Swedenborg

In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity,
the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create.
-- Raoul Vaneigem

We desire peace - and that is why we have never resorted to physical force. We crave for justice - and that is why we are so persistent in the struggle for our rights. We seek freedom of convictions - and that is why we have never attempted to enslave man's conscience, nor shall we ever attempt to do so. We are fighting for the right of the working people to association and for the dignity of human labor. We respect the dignity and the rights of every man and every nation. The path to a brighter future of the world leads through honest reconciliation of the conflicting interests and not through hatred and bloodshed. To follow that path means to enhance the moral power of the all-embracing idea of human solidarity.
-- Lech Walesa

"I awake each morning torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savour the world. This makes it hard to plan my day."
~ E. B. White

* This is the duty of our generation as we enter the twenty-first century -- solidarity with the weak, the persecuted, the lonely, the sick, and those in despair. It is expressed by the desire to give a noble and humanizing meaning to a community in which all members will define themselves not by their own identity but by that of others.
-- Elie Wiesel

Nothing liberates our greatness
like the desire to help, the desire to serve.
-- Marianne Williamson

 

 

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