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A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. - Ayn Rand
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Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral. - Frank Lloyd Wright
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By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. - Franz Kafka
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All men by nature desire knowledge. - Aristotle
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I desire no future that will break the ties with the past. - George Eliot
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Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end... I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me. - Abraham Lincoln
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Great ambition, the desire of real superiority, of leading and directing, seems to be altogether peculiar to man, and speech is the great instrument of ambition. - Adam Smith
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Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this desire will dictate all his actions. - Albert Camus
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The desire for possession is insatiable, to such a point that it can survive even love itself. To love, therefore, is to sterilize the person one loves. - Albert Camus
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Uncontrolled, the hunger and thirst after God may become an obstacle, cutting off the soul from what it desires. If a man would travel far along the mystic road, he must learn to desire God intensely but in stillness, passively and yet with all his heart and mind and strength. - Aldous Huxley
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It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government. - Alexander Hamilton
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Man never thinks himself happy, but when he enjoys those things which others want or desire. - Alexander Pope
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Those who desire to rise as high as our human condition allows, must renounce intellectual pride, the omnipotence of clear thinking, belief in the absolute power of logic. - Alexis Carrel
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Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead. - Ambrose Bierce
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Curiosity, n. An objectionable quality of the female mind. The desire to know whether or not a woman is cursed with curiosity is one of the most active and insatiable passions of the masculine soul. - Ambrose Bierce
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Duty - that which sternly impels us in the direction of profit, along the line of desire. - Ambrose Bierce
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Peace, above all things, is to be desired, but blood must sometimes be spilled to obtain it on equable and lasting terms. - Andrew Jackson
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The planter, the farmer, the mechanic, and the laborer... form the great body of the people of the United States, they are the bone and sinew of the country men who love liberty and desire nothing but equal rights and equal laws. - Andrew Jackson
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All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire. - Aristotle
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Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit. - Aristotle
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I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. - Aristotle
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Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy. - Aristotle
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The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more. - Aristotle
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A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving. - Ayn Rand
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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
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If you desire many things, many things will seem few. - Benjamin Franklin
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It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow. - Benjamin Franklin
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Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires. - Bertrand Russell
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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 a paradise in a few years. - Bertrand Russell
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Indignation is a submission of our thoughts, but not of our desires. - Bertrand Russell
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Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives. - Bertrand Russell
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Marriage is for women the commonest mode of livelihood, and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution. - Bertrand Russell
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Right discipline consists, not in external compulsion, but in the habits of mind which lead spontaneously to desirable rather than undesirable activities. - Bertrand Russell
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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
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In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. - Bill Cosby
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We all have different desires and needs, but if we don't discover what we want from ourselves and what we stand for, we will live passively and unfulfilled. - Bill Watterson
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I have been made redundant before and it is a terrible blow; redundant is a rotten word because it makes you think you are useless. - Billy Connolly
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Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions; desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary. - Blaise Pascal
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Even those who write against fame wish for the fame of having written well, and those who read their works desire the fame of having read them. - Blaise Pascal
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Vanity is but the surface. - Blaise Pascal
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Vanity of science. Knowledge of physical science will not console me for ignorance of morality in time of affliction, but knowledge of morality will always console me for ignorance of physical science. - Blaise Pascal
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We conceal it from ourselves in vain - we must always love something. In those matters seemingly removed from love, the feeling is secretly to be found, and man cannot possibly live for a moment without it. - Blaise Pascal
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In ceremonies of the horsemen, even the pawn must hold a grudge. - Bob Dylan
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The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear. - Brian Tracy
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The more you seek security, the less of it you have. But the more you seek opportunity, the more likely it is that you will achieve the security that you desire. - Brian Tracy
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They told me my services were no longer desired because they wanted to put in a youth program as an advance way of keeping the club going. I'll never make the mistake of being seventy again. - Casey Stengel
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Purity of speech, of the mind, of the senses, and of a compassionate heart are needed by one who desires to rise to the divine platform. - Chanakya
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What do you want a meaning for? Life is a desire, not a meaning. - Charlie Chaplin
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I am not solicitous to examine particularly everything here, which indeed could not be done in fifty years, because my desire is to make all possible discoveries, and return to your Highnesses, if it please our Lord, in April. - Christopher Columbus
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