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Desire is a strong wish or craving.


  • The ultimate meaning of desire is death.
    • Rene Girard p.290 Mensonge romantique et vérité romanesque (Deceit, Desire and the Novel: Self and Other in Literary Structure) (1961)
  • When you leave the desires behind, you will find the graveyards ahead!


  • 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
  • The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.
    • Madame de Stael
  • The waves of desire in the world-ocean are intoxicating wine.
    • Sri Guru Granth Sahib
  • When all desires that cling to the heart are surrendered, then a mortal becomes immortal.
  • When one tastes that fruit that bathes their tongue in decadence, ones own wants oft causeth them to partake again, and deeper, each time, to wash themselves anew in that single most sumptuous thing.
    • Devon Whitten Kalgalath
  • Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.
  • When you can't have something, you want it even more.
    • Swami Raj
  • Desire is desire. the sun cannot bleach it. The tide cannot wash it away
    • The Beach (movie)

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by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Where true Love burns Desire is Love`s pure flame;
It is the reflex of our earthly frame,
That takes its meaning from the nobler part,
And but translates the language of the heart.

PD-icon.svg This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.

1911 encyclopedia

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From LoveToKnow 1911

DESIRE, in popular usage, a term for a wishing or longing for something which one has not got. For its technical use see Psychology. The word is derived through the French from Lat. desiderare, to long or wish for, to miss. The substantive desiderium has the special meaning of desire for something one has once possessed but lost, hence regret or grief. The usual explanation of the word is to connect it with sidus, star, as in considerare, to examine the stars with attention, hence, to look closely at. If this is so, the history of the transition in meaning is unknown. J. B. Greenough (Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, i. 96) has suggested that the word is a military slang term. According to this theory desiderare meant originally to miss a soldier from the ranks at roll-call, the root being that seen in sedere, to sit, sedes, seat, place, &c.

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