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55 inspirational quotes on desire & making it happen

Here’s the collection of quotes on desire that appear in The Desire Map program. Binge on inspiration:

As is your desire, so is your will.
As is your will, so is your deed.
As is your deed,
so is your destiny.
The Upanishads

If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it,
then what you are undergoes a transformation.
J. Krishnamurti

Look into the nature of desire, and there is boundless light.
—Padmasambhava, Tibetan yogi

To reach satisfaction in all
desire its possession in nothing,
To come to the knowledge of all
desire the knowledge of nothing.
To come to possess all
desire the possession of nothing.
To arrive at being all
desire to be nothing.
— St. John of the Cross

Desire is a teacher: When we immerse ourselves in it without guilt, shame,
or clinging, it can show us something special about our own minds that
allows us to embrace life fully.
—Mark Epstein, Open to Desire

Whenever you start guiding yourself by caring about how you feel, you
start guiding yourself back into your Stream of Source Energy, and that’s
where your clarity is; that’s where your joy is; that’s where your flexibility
is; that’s where your balance is; that’s where your good ideas come from.
That’s where all the good stuff is accessed from.
Abraham-Hicks

The heart generates the largest electromagnetic field in the body . . . The
electrical field is about 60 times greater in amplitude than brain waves.
The magnetic component of the heart’s field, which is around 100 times
stronger than that produced by the brain . . . can be measured several feet
away from the body.
Rollin McCraty, Ph.D.

The point of life is happiness.
—The Dalai Lama

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to
pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we
reach the mountaintop of our desires.
—Nelson Mandela

Underneath it all, we are wild and we know it.
Reggie Ray, Buddhist scholar

As long as you feel inspired, your life is being well spent.
—Hugh McLeod

What you seek is seeking you.
—Rumi

What we strive for
in perfection
is not what turns us
into the lit angel
we desire
what disturbs
and then nourishes
has everything
we need.
—David Whyte

Longing, felt fully, carries us to belonging.
—Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance

A desire is anything but frivolous. It is the interface between you and that
which is greater than you. No desire is meaningless or inconsequential.
If it pulls you, even a little bit, it will take everyone higher. Desire is where
the Divine lives, inside the inspiration of your desire. Every desire is
of profound importance with huge consequences, and deserves your
attention.
Mama Gena

Immerse yourself in the energy of what you desire.
Hiro Boga

Those who restrain their desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be
restrained.
—William Blake

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
—Albert Camus

On poetry: Everyone wants to know what it means.
But nobody is asking, How does it feel?
Mary Oliver

Every need brings what’s needed.
Pain bears its cure like a child.
Having nothing produces provisions.
Ask a difficult question,
And the marvelous answer appears.
—Rumi

Our species in general had grown accustomed to pain and adversity through millennia of
struggle . . . we were only recently evolving the ability to let ourselves feel good and have
things go well for any significant period of time.
—Gay Hendricks, The Big Leap

Birds flying high you know how I feel
Sun in the sky you know how I feel
Breeze driftin’ on by you know how I feel
And this old world is a new world
And a bold world
For me
And I’m feeling good
I’m feeling good
—as sung by Nina Simone

But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure,
then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of
love’s threshing-floor, into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but
not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
—Khalil Gibran

The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.
—Meryl Streep

To live in an evolutionary spirit means to engage with full ambition and
without any reserve in the structure of the present, and yet to let go and
flow into a new structure when the right time has come.
—Eric Jantsch

I need my conscience to keep watch over me
To protect me from myself
So I can wear honesty like a crown on my head
When I walk into the promised land.
—Dead Can Dance, American Dreaming

A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action
presupposes a goal that is worth achieving.
—Ayn Rand

A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as
something to aim at.
—Bruce Lee

Without vision, we perish.
—Proverbs

I had no idea, but I realized that probably thirty to forty percent of my
brainpower was taken up with the questions that I couldn’t answer—
because I had no direction. When I got clear on exactly where I wanted to
go, and set the goals to get there, my mind calmed down.
—Chip Wilson, founder of lululemon

You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other
people get what they want.
—Zig Ziglar

Set a goal, and in small, consistent steps, work to reach it. Get support
from your peers when you start flagging. Repeat.
You will change.
—Seth Godin

1. Goals direct attention and effort toward goal-relevant activities and
away from goal-irrelevant activities.
2. Goals have an energizing function. Goals create efforts.
3. Goals effect persistence. Goals prolong effort.
4. Goals rally us to bring task-relevant knowledge and strategies to the
problem at hand.
—Edwin Locke & Gary Latham

When resistance is gone, the demons are gone.
Pema Chödrön

Men are not free when they’re doing just what they like. Men are only free
when they’re doing what the deepest self likes. And there is getting down
to the deepest self! It takes some diving.
—D. H. Lawrence

Be suspicious of what you want.
—Rumi

Like a bird with broken wing
that has traveled through wind for years . . .
I sleep and my heart stays awake . . .
—George Seferis

Everything matters. Nothing’s important.
—Nietzsche

Your resistance is a sign that your system is reconfiguring itself toward
success.
—Todd Herman, ThePeakAthlete.com

Desire is the absurdity that holds open the infinity of possibility.
—Wendy Farley, The Wounding and Healing of Desire

We are desire. It is the essence of the human Soul, the secret of our
existence. Absolutely nothing of human greatness is ever accomplished
without it. Not a symphony has been written, a mountain climbed, an
injustice fought, or a love sustained apart from desire. Desire fuels our
search for the life we prize.
—John Elderidge

The dignity of desire

Dive into the thin air of hope
long for it
like a tree’s roots dig
for drink
don’t pretend
you don’t need it
you need it
but don’t expect it to look
like the movie that plays
on the screen
of your skull
your job is not to find it
only to let yourself
be found
to find strength
in begging
for love.
—Samantha Reynolds, Bentlily.com

May we serve with much fire, much heart, much desire, and much prayer.
Ronna Detrick

Affirmations are like screaming that you’re okay in order to overcome this
whisper that you’re not. That’s a big contrast to actually uncovering the
whisper, realizing that it’s a passing memory, and moving closer to all
those fears and all those edgy feelings that maybe you’re not okay. Well, no
big deal. None of us is okay and all of us are fine. It’s not just one way. We
are walking, talking paradoxes.
—Pema Chödrön, Start Where You Are

If you’re going to affirm something, affirm the truth. Then go do something
about it.
—Jim Rohn

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
—Mary Oliver

You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.
—John O’Donohue

Take a journey into the things which you are carrying, the known—
not into the unknown—into what you already know:
your pleasures, your delights, your despairs, your sorrows.
Take a journey into that, that is all you have.
—J. Krishnamurti

I will not hide my tastes or aversions.
I will so trust that what is deep is holy.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

The fire has its flame and praises God.
The wind blows the flame and praises God.
In the voice we hear the word which praises God.
And the word, when heard, praises God.
So all of creation is a song of praise to God.
—Hildegard of Bingen

Desire presses ever forward unsubdued.
—Sigmund Freud

How did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world all of its beauty? It felt the
encouragement of Light against its being; otherwise we all remain too frightened.
—Hafiz

To get what he wanted, a man had to give other people what they wanted.
—Dashiell Hammett, Red Harvest

Planning is essential. Plans are useless.
—Winston Churchill

If you want to be clear, act.
Marcus Buckingham

I chose and my world was shaken. So what? The choice may have been
mistaken; the choosing was not.
—Stephen Sondheim

I felt it shelter to speak to you.
—Emily Dickinson