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Yearning Quotes


"Creativity is a yearning for immortality" - Rollo May

"Yearning wants mostly to perpetuate itself." - Mason Cooley

"Why don't we follow our yearning?" - Max Frisch

"Story is a yearning meeting an obstacle." - Robert Olen Butler

"Yearning to be back in the mud." - Emile Augier

"Repentance and yearning, and yearning and repentance: this is the total harvest of life." - Khurram Murad

"We are the yearning creatures of this planet." - Robert Olen Butler

"Our yearning for truth actually comes from truth." - Adyashanti

"To die of yearning for something you will never experience" - Alessandro Baricco

"Restriction generates yearning. You want what you cannot have." - Portia De Rossi

"The swallow that hibernates underwater is a creature called yearning." - David Quammen

"Yearning for sun and starlight, roses and winter, together." - Dr. SunWolf

"The music, yearning like a God in pain." - John Keats

"I look at you, and I see in you the yearning to get back to God. That yearning is love." - Ram Dass

"The soul is kissed by God in its innermost regions. With interior yearning, grace and blessing are bestowed. It is a yearning to take on God's gentle yoke, It is a yearning to give one's self to God's Way." - Hildegard of Bingen

"A mother's yearning feels the presence of the cherished child even in the degraded man." - George Eliot

"prayer is nothing more than thought. It is a yearning of the heart." - Sophy Burnham

"I always had this yearning to give and help and make people feel better." - Michael Jackson

"It is impossible that happiness, and yearning for what is not present, should ever be united." - Epictetus

"Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself.." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"You have the choice to create the life your heart is yearning to live." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Creativity springs from the yearning to be the fullness of who you are." - Ram Dass

"Writing is an affair of yearning for great voyages and hauling on frayed ropes." - Israel Shenker

"The longing for sweets is really a yearning for love or 'sweetness." - Marion Woodman

"Learn the richness of solitude & quiet. That still small voice is yearning to be heard." - Susan Jeffers

"About being grateful for what you have instead of yearning for what you think you want." - Gayle Forman

"The trees come up to my window like the yearning voice of the dumb earth" - Rabindranath Tagore

"When the yearning for living ends, there can be no more birth." - Sathya Sai Baba

"Vague a l'ame - melancholy yearning for the end of the world." - Emile M Cioran

"Lessons of Life: When you stop yearning, When you stop aspiring. You stop living." - Shekhar Kapur

"If the abstract paintings show my reality, then the landscapes and still-lifes show my yearning." - Gerhard Richter

"The main requirement for spiritual growth: A yearning to know who you really are." - Adyashanti

"[Erotica] contains the idea of love, positive choice, and the yearning for a particular person." - Gloria Steinem

"If we are forever yearning for more time, we are forever discounting what is offered." - Julia Cameron

"Do not seek after what you yearn for, seek the source of the yearning itself." - Adyashanti

"Must be yearning deep in human heart to stop other people from doing as they please." - Robert A Heinlein

"Many grievers experience intense yearning or longing after a death - more than they experience, say, denial." - Meghan O'Rourke

"Here's the thing about earnestness. Our culture discounts it; but people are yearning for it." - Jeffrey Zaslow

"There is in my nature, methinks, a singular yearning toward all wildness." - Henry David Thoreau

"[There] is something fundamentally unpatriotic in the yearning to fundamentally transform your country." - Jonah Goldberg

"The Hunger Games has epic spectacle, yearning romance and suspense that won't quit!" - Peter Travers

"Love is not a desire for beauty; it is a yearning for completion." - Octavio Paz

"A sleepless spring night: Yearning for what I never had And for what never was." - Richard Wright

"If you're yearning for the good old days, just turn off the air conditioning." - Griff Niblack

"Vague a l'ame - melancholy yearning for the end of the world." - Emil Cioran

"There is a true yearning to respond to the singing river and wise rock." - Maya Angelou

"God plants no yearning in the human soul that he does not intend to satisfy." - Henry Ward Beecher

"There's an, oh such a hungry yearning burning inside of me." - Cole Porter

"Directing is to fill anyone with a yearning to get back at ten o'clock next morning." - Tyrone Guthrie

"A happy life is one spent in learning, earning, and yearning." - Lillian Gish

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." - Emma Lazarus

"Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning." - Giotto Di Bondone

"Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"People across the world are yearning to be connected to stories of hope." - Jacqueline Novogratz

"Presidential aspirants reach for the highest office to satisfy some yearning for greatness or even immortality." - Robert Dallek

"The human race has a yearning to explore. That's part of our biological and psychological makeup." - Kip Thorne

"Yearning for the seemingly impossible is the path to human progress." - Bryant H Mcgill

"When all else is lost and gone forever, there is yearning. Only desire trumps time." - Charles Frazier

"There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning." - Christopher Morley

"I have a yearning someday to do one of these huge juggernauts." - Tom Hooper

"Our love for our children springs from the soul's greatest yearning for immortality." - Plato

"[People] might have a different word for the yearning of the heart and the yearning of the spirit that is looking for what I call "God," it still is the same thing. It is the heart's yearning to know the origin of its mystery. It's a heart's yearning to know the power of the divine in each of our lives. It's a heart's yearning to be connected to that." - Oprah Winfrey

"There are few qualities more vital than a strong yearning. That desire to reach a little farther, to be a little more, yearning...for a piece of something greater, can often make all the difference." - Steve Goodier

"The mind is still haunted with its old unconscious ways; it broods on lost authorities; and the yearning, the deep and hollowing yearning for divine volition and service is with us still." - Julian Jaynes

"When I was a child, books were everything. And so there is in me, always, a nostalgic, yearning for the lost pleasure of books. It is not a yearning that one ever expects to be fulfilled." - Diane Setterfield

"But he cannot see a connection between the end of yearning and the end of poetry. Is that what growing up amounts to: growing out of yearning, of passion, of all intensities of the soul?" - J M Coetzee

"The aim of education should be to preserve and nurture the yearning for learning that a child is born with." - W Edwards Deming

"Aberystwyth (n.) A nostalgic yearning which is in itself more pleasant than the thing being yearned for." - Douglas Adams

"yearning n. and adj. At te core of this desire is the belief that everything can be perfect." - David Levithan

"Arms now empty will be filled and hearts now hurting from broken dreams and yearning will be healed." - Boyd K. Packer

"The practicality of technology may distinguish it from art, but both spring from a similar, distinctly human yearning." - Nicholas G. Carr

"At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one's lost self." - Brendan Francis

"We are like lutes once held by God. Being away from his warm body fully explains this constant yearning." - Hafez Ibrahim

"Know what we did, Lucy? You and me? We spent our whole lives yearning. Isn't that the God damndest thing?" - Richard Yates

"A constitution, as important as it is, will mean nothing unless the people are yearning for liberty and freedom." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

"Baseball exemplifies a tension in the American mind, the constant pull between our atomistic individualism and our yearning for community." - George Will

"The yearning for strong leadership is more about strength of purpose - clarity of vision - than about merely 'getting tough'." - Hugh Mackay

"You enhance your chances for success when you understand that your yearning power is more important than your earning power" - Zig Ziglar

"Throughout the Middle East, there is a great yearning for the quiet miracle of a normal life." - William J Clinton

"What unites us as human beings is an urge for happiness which at heart is a yearning for union." - Sharon Salzberg

"Listen as the wind blows From across the great divide Voices trapped in yearning Memories trapped in time" - Sarah Mclachlan

"Whenever you do something that is not aligned with the yearning or your soul-you create suffering." - Anais Nin

"Beer dulls a memory, brand sets it burning, but wine is the best for a sore heart's yearning." - Patrick Rothfuss

"In the eternal scheme of things - not always in mortality - righteous yearning and longing will be fulfilled." - Boyd K. Packer

"Marriage is sought and kept alive by a deep yearning to know another and be known by another." - John Pierrakos

"When the soul is starved for nourishment, it lets us know with feelings of emptiness, anxiety, or yearning" - Menachem Mendel Schneerson

"A lot of people in the middle of their lives have a secret yearning for more romance." - Jack Nicholson

"This gray spirit yearning in desire To follow knowledge like a sinking star, Beyond the utmost bound of human thought." - Alfred Tennyson

"Yearning: It needs to hurt in order to be worthy of the word. Otherwise it is just wanting." - John of the Cross

"Unto the man of yearning thought And aspiration, to do nought Is in itself almost an act." - Dante Gabriel Rossetti

"If a man prays to Thee with a yearning heart, he can reach Thee, through Thy grace, by any path." - Ramakrishna

"One writes because one has been touched by the yearning for and the despair of ever touching the Other." - Charles Simic

"Beauty compelled admiration and erotic yearning; such was its organic function. But never by itself could it command love." - Jack Vance

"At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one's lost self." - Brendan Behan

"People are yearning to be asked to use the full measure of their potential for something they care about." - Dan Pallotta

"Whenever you do something that is not aligned with the yearning or your soul-you create suffering." - Anais Nin

"Even as a child I had a strong relationship with yearning and desire. And loss. Those things spoke to me." - Nicole Kidman

"I hope to find the roles that are age appropriate but not yearning to be younger, or parenting ad nauseam." - Debra Winger

"I hope the wonder of what happens to my characters never goes away. That yearning keeps me writing." - Kimberly Willis Holt

"History has often showed us the strength of the forces that are unleashed by the yearning for freedom. It moved people to overcome their fears and openly confront dictators such as in East Germany and Eastern Europe about 22 years ago. [...] The yearning for freedom cannot be contained by walls for long. It was this yearning that brought down the Iron Curtain that divided Germany and Europe, and indeed the world, into two blocs." - Angela Merkel

"I felt a positive yearning toward one bush this afternoon. There was a match found for me at last. I fell in love with a shrub oak." - Henry David Thoreau

"The wretched are in this respect fortunate, that they have the strongest yearning after happiness; and to desire is in some sense to enjoy." - William Hazlitt

"The old happiness is unreturning. Boy's griefs are not so grievous as youth's yearning. Boys have no sadness sadder than our hope." - Wilfred Owen

"For I am yearning to visit the limits of the all-nurturing Earth, and Oceans, from whom the gods are sprung." - Homer

"Woman naturally seeks to embrace that which is living, personal, and whole. To cherish, guard, protect, nourish and advance growth is her natural, maternal yearning." - Edith Stein

"Translators can be considered as busy matchmakers who praise as extremely desirable a half-veiled beauty. They arouse an irresistible yearning for the original." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"There is not a heart but has its moments of longing, yearning for something better; nobler; holier than it knows now." - Henry Ward Beecher

"The best antidote I have found is to yearn for something. As long as you yearn, you can't congeal: There is a forward motion to yearning." - Gail Godwin

"Do we secretly idolize our imagined opposites, yearning to become the role models for others we know we could never be for ourselves?" - John Waters

"I have been tortured with longing to believe ... and the yearning grows stronger the more cogent the intellectual difficulties stand in the way." - Fyodor Dostoevsky

"Yearning is the word that best describes a common psychological state shared by many of us, cutting across boundaries of race, class, gender, and sexual practice." - Bell Hooks

"Yearning is not only a good way to go crazy but also a pretty good place to hide out from hard truth." - Jay Cocks

"A sunrise or sunset can be ablaze with brilliance and arouse all the passion, all the yearning, in the soul of the beholder." - Mary Balogh

"I think in all of us there is a profound longing for friendship, a deep yearning for the satisfaction and security that close and lasting friendships can give." - Marlin K. Jensen

"How dismal it is to see present day Americans yearning for the very orthodoxy that their country was founded to escape." - Christopher Hitchens

"I'm scared I'm going to spend the rest of my life in a state of yearning, regardless of where I am." - Melina Marchetta

"The yearning to be Afghan, to be part of the country, part of the land helped me separate myself from the casual traveler and claim my Afghan identity." - Hyder Akbar

"I like the sea: we understand one another. It is always yearning, sighing for something it cannot have; and so am I." - Greta Garbo

"Books may be burned and cities sacked, but truth like the yearning for freedom, lives in the hearts of humble men and women." - Franklin D Roosevelt

"I'm scared I'm going to spend the rest of my life in a state of yearning, regardless of where I am." - Melina Marchetta

"We all have a relentless yearning to attach and connect, to love and be loved. This relationship hunger is the fiercest longing of the human soul." - Dave Earley

"And this gray spirit yearning in desire To follow knowledge like a sinking star, Beyond the utmost bound of human thought." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"There are no little people in America. There are only people, equal before the law, yearning to breathe free and wanting to achieve the best within them." - Ayn Rand

"We must find a way to replace yearning for what life has withheld from us with gratitude for what we have been given." - Kent Nerburn

"If cynicism is inevitable as one ages, so is the yearning for innocence. To children heaven is being an adult, and to adults heaven is being children again." - Diane Ackerman

"How long an actress lives professionally depends on her stamina, the extent of her masochism, her imagination, and her yearning for recognition or approval." - Lauren Bacall

"I have to detach myself completely from aspirations. I hardly ever listen to music anymore because it arouses all of this yearning in me" - Laura Hillenbrand

"My intellect as well as my instincts lead me to the conclusion that men have a positive yearning to be good." - Albert Rosenfeld

"There seems to be within all of us an innate yearning to be lifted momentarily out of our own lives into the realm of charm and make believe." - Dorothy Draper

"We humans, though troubled and warlike, are also the dreams, thinkers, and explorers inhabiting one achingly beautiful planet, yearning for the sublime, and capable of the magnificent." - Carolyn Porco

"I'd finally come to understand what it had been: a yearning for a way out, when actually what I had wanted to find was a way in." - Cheryl Strayed

"There is most certainly a purpose you are yearning to fulfill. Find it, know it, follow it, and you can change the world." - Ralph Marston

"Everyone seems to be searching and yearning for answers whatever they may be. And that ends up being some kind of spiritual or religious belief." - Sally Quinn

"Sometimes, in my published complaints about not being a writer, I have recalled the prospect - the yearning to be a writer - as it first formed for me." - Shirley Geok-lin Lim

"In various memoir pieces, I have traced the trajectory of yearning through decisions made, good and bad, that had somehow kept the ambition on track." - Shirley Geok-lin Lim

"Boy, you're like a horse. Just now sated with seed, You've come back to my stable, Yearning for a good rider, fine meadow, An icy spring, shady groves." - Theognis of Megara

"The deepest feminine yearning is to achieve a loving union which, in its development, validates this maturation and simultaneously stimulates and furthers the desire for perfection in others." - Edith Stein

"It is indeed ironic that we spend our school days yearning to graduate and our remaining days waxing nostalgic about our school days." - Isabel Waxman

"And this gray spirit yearning in desire To follow knowledge like a sinking star, Beyond the utmost bound of human thought." - Alfred Tennyson

"The old Happiness is unreturning. Boy's griefs are not so grievous as youth's yearning, Boys have no sadness sadder than our hope." - Wilfred Owen

"Who dreads to the dust returning? Who shrinks from the sable shore, Where the high and haughty yearning Of the soul can sting no more?" - Bartholomew Dowling

"In this new era of social media the rules of the road have changed significantly, yet the basic yearning for true connectivity and love have not." - Matthew Hussey

"I am never long, even in the society of her I love, without yearning for the company of my lamp and my library." - Lord Byron

"I believe that the most important to revive in the whole Church that positive tension, that yearning to announce Christ again to contemporary man." - Pope Benedict Xvi

"When will I ever learn to accept what is given instead of always yearning for more? My lavish expectations too often tarnish my blessings." - Joan Anderson

"Justice is like the kingdom of God-it is not without us as a fact, it is within us as a great yearning." - George Eliot

"When we have attained success, we see how inferior it is to the hope, yearning and enthusiasm with which we started forth in life's morning." - John Lancaster Spalding

"The heart has a yearning for the unknown, a longing to penetrate the deep shadow and the winding glade, where, as it seems, no human foot has been." - Richard Jefferies

"The world awakens on the run And will soon be earning With hopes of better days to come It's a morning yearning." - Ben Harper

"The Greek word for "return" is nostos. Algos means "suffering." So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return." - Milan Kundera



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