A Quote by Caroline Knapp on appetite, women, desire, and connecting to the body

I steered the boat into the dock and sat for a moment looking out at the water, a wide ribbon of blue, glassy as a mirror in patches, rippled and glinting with diamonds of sunlight in others.  I thought about that young woman with her cat and her pile of blankets, and I thought about how sculling had served a similar purpose, reintroducing me to beauty and grace, reframing the body as a source of pleasure.  Defining desire in new ways is achingly complicated, painstaking work; it requires developing a vision that runs counter to consumerism, counter to a corporate an political culture that's still tightly structured to meet male needs, perhaps even counter one's own deeply-ingrained assumptions...But new visions do get forged, and if they're not political in a large social sense, they certainly involve shifts in personal politics, in defining what works, what fits, what matters...The public battlefields may be private ones today, but the dynamics are largely the same.  Anything that connects you--to the body, to the self, to other women--can free.  Anything that frees may also feed.

Caroline Knapp

Source: Appetites: Why Women Want, Pages: 161

Contributed by: Kimberly

A Quote by George Gurdjieff on desire, heart, reality, beign, measure, and forces

    "Listen, you have now found the conditions in which the desire of your heart can become the reality of your being.  Stay here, until you acquire a force in you that nothing can destroy. Then you'll need to go back into life, and there you will measure yourself constantly with forces which will show you your place."

George Gurdjieff (1873 - 1949)

Contributed by: Miles

A Quote by Joseph Dispenza on manifestation, reality, observer, desire, awareness, physics, and identity

We have to formulate what we want, and be so concentrated on it, and so focused on it, and have so much of our awareness on it, that we lose track of ourselves.  We lose track of time. We lose track of our identity. And the moment we become so involved in that experience, that we will lose track of ourselves, we lose track of time, that picture is the only picture that is real, and everybody's had that experience when they've made up their mind that they've wanted something. That's Quantum Physics.  That's Manifesting Reality. That's The Observer To The Full Effect.

Joseph Dispenza

Source: What the Bleep Do we Know!?

Contributed by: Kyo

A Quote by William Wordsworth on hope, effort, expectation, and desire

With hope it is, hope that can never die,
Effort, and expectation, and desire,
And something evermore about to be.

William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)

Source: The Prelude

Contributed by: Susan

A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on love, desire, and spirit

Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

Contributed by: intrigue

A Quote by Warren on emotion, love sex, man woman, relationships, couples life, living, and desire


There are three kinds of love: instinctual, emotional and conscious love.  There is no challenge in the mastery of the first two they precede from human biology and frailty.

Warren Cooley

Source: from the Thirteen Rules of Love

Contributed by: Warren

A Quote by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche on love and desire

In the end one loves one's desire and not what is desired.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)

Source: Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

Contributed by: Steve

A Quote by Philip Jason on desire and satisfaction

let us not forget that we live in a world where the desires are more real than the things which sartisfy them.

Philip Jason

Contributed by: Phil

A Quote by Philip Jason on desire


with our capacity for desire, there is almost nothing that we are not capable of preventing ourselves from doing.

Philip Jason

Contributed by: Phil

A Quote by Daniel Odier on desire, ego, mahamudra, and realization

Desire, liberated from its ties to the ego, realizes that it has no other aspiration than the fullness of Mahamudra and, as it sees in the same impulse that this plenitude is innate and limitless, it no longer aspires to any realization whatsoever.  There is no longer anything but intimate vibration, continuous sacred tremoring, and the absence of localization in time and space.

Daniel Odier

Source: Yoga Spandakarika: The Sacred Texts at the Origins of Tantra, Pages: 39

Contributed by: Venita

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