"As for a title, a title is really rather a nuisance in these democratic days. As George Harford I had everything I wanted. Now I have merely everything that other people want, which isn't nearly so pleasant."
~ A Woman of No Importance
by Oscar Wilde
"Things are sweeter when they're lost. I know--because once I wanted something and got it. It was the only thing I ever wanted badly, Dot. And when I got it it turned to dust in my hands."
~ The Beautiful and Damned
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
There is one kind of prison where the man is behind bars, and everything that he desires is outside; and there is another kind where the things are behind the bars, and the man is outside.
~ The Jungle
by Upton Sinclair
"There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it."
~ Man And Superman
by George Bernard Shaw
The shadows of our own desires stand between us and our better angels, and thus their brightness is eclipsed.
~ Barnaby Rudge
by Charles Dickens
Perhaps it is that high achievements demand some other unusual qualification besides an unusual desire for high prizes.
~ The Mill on the Floss
by George Eliot
"But your mind is warped by an innate principle of general integrity, and therefore not accessible to the cool reasonings of family partiality, or a desire of revenge."
~ Northanger Abbey
by Jane Austen
"But now I am return'd, and that war-thoughts have left their places vacant, in their rooms come thronging soft and delicate desires."
~ Much Ado About Nothing
by William Shakespeare