desire

A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, leadership, and desire

If you want to be a great leader,
you must learn to follow the Tao.
Stop trying to control.
Let go of fixed plans and concepts,
and the world will govern itself.

The more prohibitions you have,
the less virtuous people will be.
The more weapons you have,
the less secure people will be.
The more subsidies you have,
the less self-reliant people will be.

Therefore the Master says:
I let go of the law,
and people become honest.
I let go of economics,
and people become prosperous.
I let go of religion,
and people become serene.
I let go of all desire for the common good,
and the good becomes common as grass.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Tao Te Ching

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, mastery, desire, and care

What is rooted is easy to nourish.
What is recent is easy to correct.
What is brittle is easy to break.
What is small is easy to scatter.

Prevent trouble before it arises.
Put things in order before they exist.
The giant pine tree
grows from a tiny sprout.
The journey of a thousand miles
starts from beneath your feet.

Rushing into action, you fail.
Trying to grasp things, you lose them.
Forcing a project to completion,
you ruin what was almost ripe.

Therefore the Master takes action
by letting things take their course.
He remains as calm
at the end as at the beginning.
He has nothing,
thus has nothing to lose.
What he desires is non-desire;
what he learns is to unlearn.
He simply reminds people
of who they have always been.
He cares about nothing but the Tao.
Thus he can care for all things.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Tao Te Ching

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, desire, and peace

The Tao never does anything,
yet through it all things are done.

If powerful men and women
could venter themselves in it,
the whole world would be transformed
by itself, in its natural rhythms.
People would be content
with their simple, everyday lives,
in harmony, and free of desire.

When there is no desire,
all things are at peace.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Tao Te Ching

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by Neale Donald Walsch on god, purpose, desire, and creation

You cannot create a thing—not a thought, an object, an event—no experience of any kind—which is outside of God’s plan. For God’s plan is for you to create anything—everything—whatever you want.

Neale Donald Walsch

Source: Conversations with God : An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 1)

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by Eckhart Tolle on desire, fear, being, and now

Most people's lives are run by desire and fear.

Desire is the need to add something to yourself in order to be yourself more fully. All fear is the fear of losing something and thereby becoming diminished and being less.

These two movements obscure the fact that Being cannot be given or taken away. Being in its fullness is already within you, Now.

Eckhart Tolle

Source: Stillness Speaks

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by Don Miguel Ruiz on love, life, resistance, and desire

Love has no resistance. Whatever we do is because we want to do it.

Don Miguel Ruiz

Source: The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship (Toltec Wisdom Book)

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by Richard David Bach on wish, power, work, desire, effort, and life

You are never given a wish without being given the power to make it true.

You may have to work for it, however.

Richard Bach (1936 -)

Source: Illusions : The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by St. Therese of Lisieux on love, god, and desire

God has made me desire always what he most wants to give me.

St. Therese of Lisieux

Contributed by: Mikki

A Quote by Ivan Illich on religion, oneness, and desire

There is no greater distance than that between a man in prayer and God

Ivan Illich

Contributed by: Praveer

A Quote by Mark Twain on desire

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He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it - namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Source: "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," Chapter 2

Contributed by: James

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