Yearning Quotes

Yearning Quotes by Faith Hill, Daniel Libeskind, James A. Michener, Seamus Heaney, Mahatma Gandhi, Libba Bray and many others.

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I was adopted into this incredible home, a loving, positive environment, yet I had this yearning, this kind of darkness that was also inside me.
Faith Hill
When you’re a kid with artistic yearnings brought up in the Bronx, you don’t get fed up too easily.
Daniel Libeskind
I think young people ought to seek that differential experience that is going to knock them off dead center. I was a typical American school boy. I happened to get straight A’s and be pretty good in sports. But I had no great vision of what I could be. And I never had any yearning.
James A. Michener
My language and my sensibility are yearning to admit a kind of religious or transcendent dimension. But then there’s the reality: there’s no Heaven, no afterlife of the sort we were promised, and no personal God.
Seamus Heaney
You have the choice to create the life your heart is yearning to live.
Mahatma Gandhi
Beneath the skin, there is fear. Pain. Remorse. Yearning. Desire. A fierce longing for power. All of this. We are joined. It is as if we live in the center of a great storm. Around us the world of the realms revolves like a giant kaleidoscope, images refracted again and again. So many worlds! So much to know.
Libba Bray
The brooks flow to their lover, the sea, and the flowers smile at the object of their passion, the light. The mist rolls down to its beloved, the valley. And I? In me is what brooks do not know, what flowers do not hear, what the mist does not apprehend. You see me alone in my love, solitary in my yearning.
Khalil Gibran
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
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
If there is not at least a yearning in our hearts to live a holy life pleasing to God, we need to seriously question whether our faith in Christ is genuine.
Jerry Bridges
What is a Communist? One who hath yearnings For equal division of unequal earnings, Idler or bungler, or both, he is willing, To fork out his copper and pocket your shilling.
Ebenezer Elliott
How dismal it is to see present day Americans yearning for the very orthodoxy that their country was founded to escape.
Christopher Hitchens
God plants no yearning in the human soul that he does not intend to satisfy.
Henry Ward Beecher
[Golfers] are a special kind of moral realist who nips the normal romantic and idealistic yearnings in the bud by proving once or twice a week that life is unconquerable but endurable.
Alistair Cooke
Directing a film was something I was yearning to do. I always wanted to see if I had the capacity to be a good storyteller.
Kevin Spacey
I think I grew up a bit quickly. I wish I was younger than I am in my head. I feel like an old lady for various reasons. I have a yearning to live out my childhood and teenage years and have a bit more fun than I actually did.
Elena Tonra
Once upon a time, they thought I was a sweet, wide-eyed boy that was just trying to figure out how to kiss the girl. Lots of comic relief and adolescent yearnings.
Ben Mendelsohn
Oh fair, oh sweet and holy as dew at morning tide,
I gaze on thee, and yearnings, sad in my bosom hide.
Heinrich Heine
The absolute yearning of one human body for another particular body and its indifference to substitutes is one of life’s major mysteries.
Iris Murdoch
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
In the spaniards heart is a great yearning for freedom, but only his own. A great love for truth and honor in all its forms, but not in its substance. And a deep conviction that nothing can be proven except that it be made to bleed. Virgins, bulls, men. Ultimately God himself.
Cormac McCarthy
The common element in all the special forms of contemplation is the loving, yearning, affirming bent toward that happiness which is the same as God Himself, and which is the aim and purpose of all that happens in the world.
Josef Pieper
yearning n. and adj. At te core of this desire is the belief that everything can be perfect.
David Levithan
This commitment to truth is something one senses more and more Americans yearning for, just as they are becoming more and more sophisticated at knowing when the truth is being obscured – an irony that seems to elude most of todays elected officials.
Michael Musto
We yearn for tomorrow and the progress that it represents. But yesterday was once tomorrow, and where was progress in it? Or we yearn for yesterday, for what was or what might have been. But as we are yearning, the present is becoming the past, so the past is nothing but our yearning for second chances.
Dean Koontz
My yearning is my cup, my burning thirst is my drink, and my solitude is my intoxication; I do not and shall not quench my thirst. But in this burning that is never extinguished is a joy that never wanes.
Khalil Gibran
The Hunger Games has epic spectacle, yearning romance and suspense that won’t quit!
Peter Travers
The religious naturalist is provisioned with tales of natural emergence that are, to my mind, far more magical than traditional miracles. Emergence is inherent in everything that is alive, allowing our yearning for supernatural miracles to be subsumed by our joy in the countless miracles that surround us.
Ursula Goodenough
The main requirement for spiritual growth: A yearning to know who you really are.
Adyashanti
This is a lyrical guide that addresses the deep human yearning to make a difference. It’s full of indelible stories reminding us that, yes, helping people is hard-but it’s both possible and infinitely rewarding. A Path Appears offers practical steps that any of us can take to empower others, and ourselves.
Anne Rice
…to return to their ‘native soil,’ as they say, to the bosom, so to speak, of their mother earth, like frightened children, yearning to fall asleep on the withered bosom of their decrepit mother, and to sleep there for ever, only to escape the horrors that terrify them.
Fyodor Dostoevsky
The country is yearning to put behind all these horrible things that have to do with corruption, state capture, behind us. The sooner these are all done, the better, because we want to move on; we want to move on to a better life.
Cyril Ramaphosa
Please take good care of it all, OK? Be an enlightened monarch who treats your domain with reverent responsibility. And make sure you also enjoy the full measure of fun that comes with such mastery. Glide through life as if all of creation is yearning to honor and entertain you.
Rob Brezsny
Here’s the thing about earnestness. Our culture discounts it; but people are yearning for it.
Jeffrey Zaslow
Because it fulfills yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition.
Margaret H. Marshall
Men and women cannot rest content with a superficial and unquestioning exchange of skeptical opinions and experiences of life – all of us are in search of truth and we share this profound yearning today more than ever.
Pope Benedict XVI
Normal men retain their childish longing for a woman to mother them. At adolescence a new desire is added. They want a girl to allure them. When you put these two together, you have the typical male yearning that Wonder Woman satisfies.
William Moulton Marston
Prayer covers the whole of man’s life. There is no thought, feeling, yearning, or desire, however low, trifling, or vulgar we may deem it, which if it affects our real interest or happiness, we may not lay before God and be sure of sympathy.
Henry Ward Beecher
So often, the discarded love of youth is desperately yearned for in maturity.
Wayne Gerard Trotman
Improvisation is not the expression of accident but rather of the accumulated yearnings, dreams and wisdom of our very soul.
Yehudi Menuhin
I believe that art is the highest expression of the human spirit. I believe that we yearn to transcend the merely finite and ephemeral; to participate in something mysterious and communal called ‘culture’ – and that this yearning is as strong in our species as the yearning to reproduce the species.
Joyce Carol Oates
An individual’s yearning to reach outside his life is a seed of greatness waiting for a stream of inspiration. Carving that stream to people’s hearts is a simpler task if the endeavor you are leading them into is attached to a bigger story.
Mac Anderson
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
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
I have a yearning someday to do one of these huge juggernauts.
Tom Hooper
Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Prayer is naught else but a yearning of soul … it draws down the great God into the little heart; it drives the hungry soul up to the plenitude of God; it brings together these two lovers, God and the soul, in a wondrous place where they speak much of love.
Mechthild of Magdeburg
I come from a very normal day job, a very normal upbringing, so I had six or seven years working in an office nine to five in human resources. I had the normal life and kind of thought maybe this is what I’m going to do for the rest of my life but still had that passion and that yearning for music.
Calum Scott
Our point isn’t to make an examination of popular film but to illustrate that the yearning for a heroic adventure lies just beneath the surface of our consciousness; film, television, literature, sports, and travel are in a sense vicarious adventures.
Alan Hirsch
Unto the man of yearning thought And aspiration, to do nought Is in itself almost an act.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
I’ve illustrated many children’s books and I feel awfully lucky to be able to do something I love so much, and yes, to be able to pay the rent, but there was a yearning to do something more grown up, and something where I didn’t have to cater to anyone; I was just waiting for the material.
Sophie Blackall
I would say that for the sake of human progress, the best thing we could possibly do would be to diminish, to the point of eliminating, religious faiths. But certainly not eliminating the natural yearnings of our species or the asking of these great questions.
E. O. Wilson
Lessons of Life: When you stop yearning, When you stop aspiring. You stop living.
Shekhar Kapur
My desire for knowledge is intermittent; but my desire to commune with the spirit of the universe, to be intoxicated with the fumes, call it, of that divine nectar, to bear my head through atmospheres and over heights unknown to my feet, is perennial and constant.
Henry David Thoreau
The woods are hush’d, their music is no more; The leaf is dead, the yearning past away; New leaf, new life–the days of frost are o’er; New life, new love, to suit the newer day: New loves are sweet as those that went before: Free love–free field–we love but while we may.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
My heart only ever had one thought, one want. One need. Despite all, in spite of all…All my heart has ever wanted is you.
Stephanie Laurens
In matters of religion a skeptical mind is not a higher manifestation of virtue than is a believing heart, and analytical deconstruction in the field of, say, literary fiction can be just plain old-fashioned destruction when transferred to families yearning for faith at home.
Jeffrey R. Holland
The practicality of technology may distinguish it from art, but both spring from a similar, distinctly human yearning.
Nicholas G. Carr
How we need another soul to cling to.
Sylvia Plath
At root what is needed for scientific inquiry is just receptivity to data, skill in reasoning, and yearning for truth. Admittedly, ingenuity can help too.
Willard Van Orman Quine
That cry of the soul to be lifted out of the bondage of the narrow circle of life, which carries up to God the protest and yearning of suffering man, never finds a more sublime expression than where humanity is oppressed and religion is corrupt.
Hall Caine
The Russian yearning for the meaning of life is the major theme of our literature, and this is the real point of our intelligentsia’s existence.
Nikolai Berdyaev
In every democracy, it is the people’s will that is supreme. We should translate the intense yearning of the people of India and Pakistan for friendship into meaningful measures of cooperation in every walk of life.
Rajiv Gandhi
People across the world are yearning to be connected to stories of hope.
Jacqueline Novogratz
History is a state of yearning. I yearn for Kay Lake throughout this entire thing. There’s an essay I’ve written where I talked about living in the past. There’s a whole motif in the book of then and now. And I lived there.
James Ellroy
I, answering in the end, began: ‘Alas, how many yearning thoughts, what great desire, have lead them through such sorrow to their fate?
Dante Alighieri
Public scandals are America’s favorite parlor sport. Learning about the flaws and misdeeds of the rich and famous seems to satisfy our egalitarian yearnings.
Robert Dallek
Translation is the paradigm, the exemplar of all writing…. It is translation that demonstrates most vividly the yearning for transformation that underlies every act involving speech, that supremely human gift.
Harry Mathews
Obviously, the world is yearning for more diversity.
Ray Fisher
I know the anger lies inside of me like I know the beat of my heart and the taste of my spit. It is easier to be furious than to be yearning. Easier to crucify myself in you than to take on the threatening universe of whiteness by admitting that we are worth wanting each other.
Audre Lorde
I’ve always been interested in public health approaches because it seems to me we have this yearning for silver bullets, and that is not in fact how change comes about. Change comes through silver buckshot – a lot of little things that achieve results. That’s a classic public health approach.
Nicholas Kristof
Do you remember how life yearned out of childhood toward the “great thing?” I see that it is now yearning forth beyond the great thing toward the greater one.
Rainer Maria Rilke
A mother’s yearning feels the presence of the cherished child even in the degraded man.
George Eliot
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
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
My father instilled in me – of utmost importance and innate in me is the yearning to determine for myself – to define God, to define holiness for myself.
Vera Farmiga
Touring is not easy, as you always have a certain yearning for home no matter how beautiful the location you are in, but I have pushed myself to the limits and am certainly more aware of myself as a result.
Bakermat
The holy heaven yearns to wound the earth, and yearning layeth hold on the earth to join in wedlock; the rain, fallen from the amorous heaven, impregnates the earth, and it bringeth forth for mankind the food of flocks and herds and Demeter’s gifts; and from that moist marriage-rite the woods put on their bloom.
Aeschylus
When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.
Elizabeth Gilbert
The acute experience of great beauty readily evokes a nameless yearning for something more than earth can offer. Elegant splendor reawakens our spirit’s aching need for the infinite, a hunger for more than matter can provide.
Thomas Dubay
Emotionally, my ambition is not yet sated. Emotionally, I still feel like a kid at the adult’s table, yearning for recognition. I’m not sure where this all comes from but it is how I feel.
Roxane Gay
In spite of all the yearnings of men, no one can produce a single fact or reason to support the belief in God and in personal immortality.
Clarence Darrow
I’m enthralled by the national yearning that the Russians had during the 50s and 60s. The whole century was pretty rough for them. They suffered genocide, war, poverty, and half the population was sent to labor camps. But they were determined to get into space first.
George Meyer
I hope the wonder of what happens to my characters never goes away. That yearning keeps me writing.
Kimberly Willis Holt
The appetite for adventure and risk is not exclusive to young Christians. In face, it seems to be a fundamental yearning, knitted into the fabric of the human soul.
Alan Hirsch
I commit her to memory. When I’m alone, I feel a strange yearning, the hunger of a man fasting not because he believes but because he’s ashamed. Not the cleansing hunger of the devout, but the feverish hunger of the hypocrite. I let her go every evening only because there’s nothing I can do to stop her.
Mohsin Hamid
Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that. And living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on Earth.
Louise Erdrich
We yearn for the desire to triumph, and it almost never does in the greatest love stories because we’re left yearning for it more in the end, and we wish the world were different as a result. I do love that.
Todd Haynes
Every boy wants someone older than himself to whom he may go in moods of confidence and yearning. The neglect of this child’s want by grown people . . . is a fertile source of suffering.
Henry Ward Beecher
I am but a poor struggling soul yearning to be wholly good, wholly truthful and wholly non-violent in thought, word and deed, but ever failing to reach the ideal which I know to be true. It is a painful climb, but each step upwards makes me feel stronger and fit for the next.
Mahatma Gandhi
Most women work not from yearning for fulfilment but yearning to pay the mortgage.
Lionel Shriver
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
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
hen we mourn those who die young — those who have been robbed of time — we weep for lost joys. We weep for opportunities and pleasures we ourselves have never known. We feel sure that somehow that young body would have known the yearning delight for which we searched in vain all our lives.
Josephine Hart
I think, as a general matter, clearly, the United States globally supports the development of democracy and the democratic yearnings of all people.
Richard Armitage
And all the voices, all the goals, all the yearnings, all the sorrows, all the pleasures, all the good and evil, all of them together was the world. All of them together was the stream of events, the music of life.
Hermann Hesse
That they dared make a town of this wet and sucking thing that vied with my foot for my boot at every step bespoke the glorious and yearning bullshit of men’s souls.
Matthew Sharpe
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
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
I was a very focused and determined woman and I always got what I wanted. But once I had it, there was another future moment when I had to attain something else. These internal yearnings keep happiness in a future moment.
Isha Judd
Everyone underestimates their own life. Funny thing is, in the end, all our stories…they’re the same. In fact, no matter where you go in the world, there is only one important story: of youth, loss and yearning for redemption. So we tell the same story, over and over. Only the details are different.
Rohinton Mistry
I think there is that very basic yearning for something or someone to be looking after us, for there to be a framework holding the universe together that is benign and intelligent. We’re not going to get rid of that; it’s just too scary to be that molecule flying around briefly in a vacuum.
Michel Faber
There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning.
Christopher Morley
When the yearning for living ends, there can be no more birth.
Sathya Sai Baba
Earth fills her lap with pleasures of her own;
Yearnings she hath in her own natural kind,
And, even with something of a mother’s mind,
And no unworthy aim,
The homely nurse doth all she can
To make her foster child, her inmate man,
Forget the glories he hath known
And that imperial palace whence he came.
William Wordsworth
There is no doubt that the people of Afghanistan have suffered for a long time. Generations have been lost to terrorism. We empathise with their yearning for peace.
Ram Nath Kovind
I longed to read everything I possibly could, and the things I read in turn produced new yearnings.
Patti Smith
I look for that earnest yearning in talent, you may not be the best at what you do, but if you have the passion you can at some point become your own inspiration.
Shakti Mohan
O Youth! flame earnest, still aspire, With energies immortal! To many a heaven of Desire, Our yearning opes a portal! And tho’ Age wearies by the way, And hearts break in the furrow, We’ll sow the golden grain Today– The Harvest comes tomorrow.
Gerald Massey
Sixty years is cause enough to sing
In celebration of a gentle life!
To the mother and the wife,
Taking pleasure in what love might bring,
Yearning for what’s worth the treasuring.
Nick Gordon
I look at you, and I see in you the yearning to get back to God. That yearning is love.
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Ram Dass
I know of nothing more moving, indeed semi-tragic, than the yearning helplessness in the face of a dog, who understands what is said to him, and can not answer!
Bayard Taylor
Inside every man, there’s a yearning to express your wild side.
Nick Cummins
When we let go of yearning for the future, preoccupation with the past, and strategies to protect the present, there is nowhere left to go but where we are. To connect with the present moment is to begin to appreciate the beauty of true simplicity.
Jack Kornfield
In hip-hop, sometimes that pace is so fast that you miss things. I don’t mean literally miss lyrics; I just think there’s an emotion in what these cats are saying that gets by you. When you slow things down, there’s this emotion, this yearning.
Barry Jenkins
I’m very comfortable with the nature of life and death, and that we come to an end. What’s most difficult to imagine is that those dreams and early yearnings and desires of childhood and adolescence will also disappear. But who knows? Maybe you become part of the eternal whatever.
Hugh Hefner
O tender yearning, sweet hoping!
The golden time of first love!
The eye sees the open heaven,
The heart is intoxicated with bliss;
O that the beautiful time of young love
Could remain green forever.
Friedrich Schiller
I know not what you believe of God, but I believe He gave yearnings and longings to be filled, and that He did not mean all our time should be devoted to feeding and clothing the body.
Lucy Stone
When it comes to popping pills, probably 90 percent bad. And people say they’re not addictive – I still have yearnings for them. Especially after a few pints. I don’t think you ever lose the yearning for them.
Damien Dempsey
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
as females in a patriarchal culture, we were not slaves of love; most of us were and are slaves of longing– yearning for a master who will set us free and claim us because we cannot claim ourselves
Bell Hooks
Why do people have to be this lonely? What’s the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?
Haruki Murakami
How we need another soul to cling to, another body to keep us warm. To rest and trust; to give your soul in confidence: I need this, I need someone to pour myself into.
Sylvia Plath
Therefore, the question is not whether such democratization is possible, but instead how to meet the yearning of the masses in the Middle East for democracy; in other words, how to achieve democratization in the Middle East.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
There is a family of us who have this yearning for a kind of excellence that we can manifest every day of our lives, a family who wants to believe we’re not pawns, we’re not victims on this planet, that knows we have the power within us here and now to change the world we see around us!
Richard Bach
Every moment in your life is unique. You will never have two alike… Never. This is the science of living: When you begin to appreciate every moment. To have a heart so open, an understanding so beautiful, and a yearning for appreciation so complete that when that moment comes…. you see exactly what it is.
Prem Rawat
All of creation is alive and conscious, and all of creation deserves our burning, churning, yearning love. All of it. Not just the people and creatures and things that we personally find beautiful and helpful and interesting. But everything. All of creation.
Rob Brezsny
Yearning: It needs to hurt in order to be worthy of the word. Otherwise it is just wanting.
John of the Cross
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
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
He gazed up at the blue sky and knew that heaven—at least in this life—was neither a time nor a place to be grasped and made into a possession. It came in fleeting moments and then went away again to leave one nostalgic and yearning and on the verge of tears. Very much on the verge of tears. And very frightened.
Mary Balogh
Love comes like lightning, and disappears the same way. If you are lucky, it strikes you right. If not, you’ll spend your life yearning for a man you can’t have.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Baseball exemplifies a tension in the American mind, the constant pull between our atomistic individualism and our yearning for community.
George Will
The director Sofia Coppola’s new comic melodrama, ‘Lost in Translation,’ thoroughly and touchingly connects the dots between three standards of yearning in movies: David Lean’s ‘Brief Encounter,’ Richard Linklater’s ‘Before Sunrise’ and Wong Kar-wai’s ‘In the Mood for Love.’
Elvis Mitchell
Ere yet we yearn for what is out of our reach, we are still in the cradle. When wearied out with our yearnings, desire again falls asleep; we are on the death-bed.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton
I have tried to devote my life – with all my husband failures, father failures, pastor failures, friend failures, any other possible failures I’m sure I’ve done them – to the God-centeredness of God and my aspiring, yearning to join Him in that activity. God is passionate about hallowing the name of God.
John Piper
Directing is to fill anyone with a yearning to get back at ten o’clock next morning.
Tyrone Guthrie
The soul, who is lifted by a very great and yearning desire for the honor of God and the salvation of souls, begins by exercising herself, for a certain space of time, in the ordinary virtues, remaining in the cell of self-knowledge, in order to know better the goodness of God towards her.
Catherine of Siena
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
No writer, no matter how gifted, immortalizes himself unless he has crystallized into expressive and original phrase the eternal sentiments and yearnings of the human heart.
Alfred de Vigny
In order to know how to talk, you have to know what to say. In order to know what to say, you have to get in touch with those deep-inside-of-you thoughts, feelings, needs, and yearnings. These are the parts of you that must be communicated if you are going to be known.
Neil Clark Warren
By putting the gift of yearning for God into every human being’s heart, God at the same time draws all people made in God’s image to God’s self and into their own true selves.
Roberta Bondi
Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
People are yearning for a politics that tells it straight: that being in government is difficult, that there are tough decisions that we have to make sometimes.
Hilary Benn
The pure, the beautiful, the bright, That stirred our hearts in youth, The impulse to a wordless prayer, The dreams of love and truth, The longings after something lost, The spirit’s yearning cry, The strivings after better hopes, These things can never die.
Sarah Doudney
Marrying Martin and the movement perfected my journey of discovery, soothed my yearning to pour out the values and vision within my soul.
Coretta Scott King
A vivid portrait of a teenage girl and her family in disarray. Meredith is a wonderful narrator, witty, feisty, full of yearning, and the story she tells is as complicated as life itself. This is a richly satisfying novel.
Margot Livesey
We were all born carrying a promise — a promise to make the world better — and there’s a yearning to make good on that promise that none of us can suppress forever.
Marianne Williamson
Beauty compelled admiration and erotic yearning; such was its organic function. But never by itself could it command love.
Jack Vance
There isn’t a particle of you that I don’t know, remember, and want.
Noel Coward
The best way to explain it is that I’m not yearning anymore, on or off the course. I appreciate what I have. I feel like I’m blessed.
David Duval
I never ever aspired for anything in life. I don’t believe in planning or yearning for something very strongly. If something has to happen, it will happen.
Mohanlal
I wondered if he ever thought of me, and hated the pang I felt when I told myself he didn’t.
Sarah Dessen
Seek spiritual riches within. What you are is much greater than anyone or anything else you have ever yearned for.
Paramahansa Yogananda
To die of yearning for something you will never experience
Alessandro Baricco
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of exiles.
Emma Lazarus
Living in New York City, I am reminded by the Statue of Liberty that the United States of America has always welcomed those yearning to breathe free and seek a better life.
Charles B. Rangel
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
The middles cleave to euphemisms not just because they’re an aid in avoiding facts. They like them also because they assist their social yearnings towards pomposity. This is possible because most euphemisms permit the speaker to multiply syllables, and the middle class confuses sheer numerousness with weight and value.
Paul Fussell
Many grievers experience intense yearning or longing after a death – more than they experience, say, denial.
Meghan O’Rourke
Murder, arson, adultery, drugging and drinking, cruel politics–reading a book crammed with such activities can make the timid and yearning among us feel like the happiest people in the world.
Edith Pearlman
But I believe the words entered me and changed me and still work in me. The words eat me and sustain me. And when I’m dead and in a box in the dark dark ground, and all my various souls have died and I am nothing but insensible bones, something in the marrow will still feel yearning, desire persisting beyond flesh.
Charles Frazier
When our hearts turn to our ancestors, something changes inside us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves. Our inborn yearnings for family connections are fulfilled when we are linked to our ancestors.
Russell M. Nelson
In the sense that writing is to retrieve the past and stop the passing of time, all writing is about loss. It’s not nostalgia in the sense of yearning to bring back the past, but recognition of the erosion of things as you live.
Romesh Gunesekera
I always remember to go on the Staten Island Ferry because it’s the most amazing view of New York. And it’s free! You see Ellis Island, and it conjures up something of that great moment: you know, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. It’s staggering.
Tim Pigott-Smith
The world is yearning for more inclusion, because we’re not living in 1930 where we’ve got X amount of superheroes and X amount of representation.
Ray Fisher
If self-absorption, vague yearnings, and a nagging sense of incompleteness are sins, then surely I will burn for all eternity, and I will save you a seat.
Colson Whitehead
Hunger, I discovered, is very much a matter of the mind, and as I began to study my own appetites, I saw that my teenage craving had not really been for food. That ravenous desire had been a yearning for love, attention, appreciation. Food had merely been my substitute.
Ruth Reichl
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
In the Negro countenance you will often meet with strong traits of benignity. I have felt yearnings of tenderness towards some of these faces.
Charles Lamb
I am not a perfectionist, but still I seek perfection. I am not a great romantic, but yet I yearn 4 affection
Tupac Shakur
God is the one who satisfies the passion for justice, the longing for spirituality, the hunger for relationship, the yearning for beauty. And God, the true God, is the God we see in Jesus of Nazareth, Israel’s Messiah, the world’s true Lord.
N. T. Wright
A heart-felt prayer is not recitation with the lips. It is a yearning from within which expresses itself in every word, every act, nay every thought of people.
Mahatma Gandhi
This commitment to truth is something one senses more and more Americans yearning for, just as they are becoming more and more sophisticated at knowing when the truth is being obscured – an irony that seems to elude most of today’s elected officials.
Michael Musto
There is something desperately lonely about Barack Obama’s universe. One gets the overwhelming sense of someone yearning for connection, for something that binds human beings together, for community and commonality, for what he repeatedly calls “the common good”. This is hardly news.
Simon Critchley
I have learned that my quenchless longing for life is, after all, unconsciously, a secret, unutterable yearning after God; for how can you conceive of life apart from Him?
Frank W. Boreham
The entire Nation has joined hands to make the dream of a Digital India into a reality. Youngsters are enthusiastic, industry is supportive and the government is proactive. India is yearning for a digital revolution.
Narendra Modi
Each person with his or her history of being accepted or rejected, with his or her past history of inner pain and difficulties in relationships, is different. But in each one there is a yearning for communion and belonging, but at the same time a fear of it. Love is what we most want, yet it is what we fear the most.
Jean Vanier
‘Death with dignity’ is our society’s expression of the universal yearning to achieve a graceful triumph over the stark and often repugnant finality of life’s last sputterings. But the fact is, death is not a confrontation. It is simply an event in the sequence of nature’s ongoing rhythms.
Sherwin B. Nuland
[There] is something fundamentally unpatriotic in the yearning to fundamentally transform your country.
Jonah Goldberg
I always had that yearning, that hunger, to one day be independent and be my own person and build my own world. The most fulfilling thing is to live a life where you have freedom.
Michelle Phan
Autonomy: the urge to direct our own lives. Mastery: the desire to get better and better at something that matters. Purpose: the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves. These are the building blocks of an entirely new operating system for our businesses.
Daniel H. Pink
The yearning for study was always there. I loved to learn. I really enjoyed studying
history. Taking college classes was just something I wanted to do. It gave me such a
feeling of satisfaction.
Nola Ochs
The public, with its mob yearning to be instructed, edified and pulled by the nose, demands certainties; it must be told definitely and a bit raucously that this is true and that is false. But there are no certainties.
H. L. Mencken
I think we’re yearning for something beyond the every day. And I will tell you that I don’t believe in the supernatural, I believe in the supernormal. To me there is nothing that goes against nature. If it seems incomprehensible, it’s because we haven’t been able to understand it yet.
Richard Matheson
I’m not in the business of meddling with people’s destinies – and yes, my characters are real people to me. They have histories and thoughts and yearnings and hurts and misgivings and pleasures that don’t belong to me.
Jonathan Evison
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
As a Korean American, I grew up yearning to see actors that looked like me. On the rare occasions I saw an Asian celebrity, I adored them unflaggingly.
Crystal Hana Kim
Your secret yearnings and tearful pleadings will touch the heart of both the Father and the Son.
Boyd K. Packer
Many in the world are searching, often intensely, for a source of refreshment that will quench their yearning for meaning and direction in their lives. They crave a cool, satisfying drink of insight and knowledge that will soothe their parched souls.
Joseph B. Wirthlin
In the eternal scheme of things – not always in mortality – righteous yearning and longing will be fulfilled.
Boyd K. Packer
If love is a yearning to be like (even to become) the beloved, then hatred, it must be said, can be engendered by the same ambition, when it cannot be fulfilled.
Salman Rushdie
I make a model of the site. There are some obvious things: where the entrance should be, where the cars have to go in. You start to get the scale of it. You understand the client’s needs, and what the client is hoping for and yearning for.
Frank Gehry
One does not yearn for that which is easily acquired.
Ovid
Yearning wants mostly to perpetuate itself.
Mason Cooley
God limits the happiness and pleasure we have now precisely so we might not become attached to this world or dependent upon it or fearful of leaving it (dying), as well as to stir in our hearts a longing and yearning and holy anticipation for what is yet to come.
Sam Storms
Learn the richness of solitude & quiet. That still small voice is yearning to be heard.
Susan Jeffers
I think we’re yearning for something beyond the every day. And I will tell you I don’t believe in the supernatural, I believe in the supernormal.
Richard Matheson
Gradually as you become curator of your own contentment, you will learn to embrace the gentle yearnings of your heart.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
Yearning for the seemingly impossible is the path to human progress.
Bryant H. McGill
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
Even though the search for meaning is debunked today, the cries of the human heart can be smothered for only so long. In these yearnings, the search for significance and fulfillment continues.
Ravi Zacharias
It is not the pursuit of greater and greater states of happiness and bliss that leads to enlightenment, but the yearning for Reality and the rabid dissatisfaction with living anything less than a fully authentic life.
Adyashanti
It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves or grass, and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what.
John Galsworthy
Chili is not so much food as a state of mind. Addictions to it are formed early in life and the victims never recover. On blue days in October, I get this passionate yearning for a bowl of chili, and I nearly lose my mind.
Margaret Cousins
I am a poor student sitting at the feet of giants, yearning for their wisdom and begging for lessons that might one day make me a complete artist, so that if all goes well, I may one day sit beside them.
Rod Taylor
Whenever I’m out, I have a bit of a yearning to be in my house, to be able to shut the door on the world.
Jane Fallon
Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
Emma Lazarus
Every age yearns for a more beautiful world. The deeper the desperation and the depression about the confusing present, the more intense that yearning.
Johan Huizinga
We are the total of our longings.
Guy Gavriel Kay
You enhance your chances for success when you understand that your yearning power is more important than your earning power
Zig Ziglar
Presidential aspirants reach for the highest office to satisfy some yearning for greatness or even immortality.
Robert Dallek
In violence there is often the quality of yearning – the yearning for completion. For closure. For that which is absent and would if present bring to fulfillment. For the body without which the wing is a useless frozen ornament. (“A Short Guide To The City”)
Peter Straub
I must have been yearning for some Jewish content beyond my genetic makeup because soon after my 21st birthday, I noticed I was no longer dating WASPs.
Susan Isaacs
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
Using the Adagietto of Mahler’s Fifth is one of the touches of pure genius in Visconti’s film (even though Mahlerians complain very loudly that the piece has been ruined), since it corresponds perfectly to Aschenbach’s yearnings and to his circling walks around Venice.
Philip Kitcher
Restriction generates yearning. You want what you cannot have.
Portia de Rossi
I think we’re ripe for social revolution now. There is the necessary yearning, and the necessary, or at least incipient, outrage. And there is an inchoate knowing that all is not right.
Marianne Williamson
I do not believe that a moral philosophy can ever be founded on a scientific basis. … The valuation of life and all its nobler expressions can only come out of the soul’s yearning toward its own destiny. Every attempt to reduce ethics to scientific formulas must fail. Of that I am perfectly convinced.
Albert Einstein
We are a compassionate nation, taking in the refugees and those, you know, fleeing, the huddled masses yearning to be free. This is something that’s deeply ingrained in our hearts in the United States.
Jay Inslee
I think that my early poems were probably more concerned with time passing because of unfulfilled desires or yearnings. Now, I feel younger than I felt when I was a young old man. Now I want to live as long as I can.
Jonathan W. Galassi
When the soul is starved for nourishment, it lets us know with feelings of emptiness, anxiety, or yearning
Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Music at its best…is the grand archeology into and transfiguration of our guttural cry, the great human effort to grasp in time our deepest passions and yearnings as prisoners of time. Profound music leads us–beyond language–to the dark roots of our scream and the celestial heights of our silence.
Cornel West
Many researchers say the dominant emotion experienced after loss is yearning or searching. And while you might feel more anger early on, it’s accompanied by a whole host of other feelings.
Meghan O’Rourke
I know not what you believe of God, but I believe He gave yearnings and longings to be filled, and that He did not mean all our time should be devoted to feeding and clothing the body
Lucy Stone
For I am yearning to visit the limits of the all-nurturing Earth, and Oceans, from whom the gods are sprung.
Homer
Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.
Giotto di Bondone
The gains in education are never really lost. Books may be burned and cities sacked, but truth, like the yearning for freedom, lives in the hearts of humble men.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
There is a world which poets cannot seem to enter. It is the world everybody else lives in. And the only thing poets seem to have in common is their yearning to enter this world.
Mary Ruefle
And this gray spirit yearning in desire To follow knowledge like a sinking star, Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
A happy life is one spent in learning, earning, and yearning.
Lillian Gish
I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.
Helen Keller
Nothing troubles you for which you do not yearn.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Marriage is sought and kept alive by a deep yearning to know another and be known by another.
John Pierrakos
Therefore, the question is not whether such democratization is possible, but instead how to meet the yearning of the masses in the Middle East for democracy; in other words, how to achieve democratization in the Middle East
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
During this same year of 1896 another desire began to grow in me. I began to feel an ever greater yearning to love Jesus Crucified very much, and at the same time a desire to suffer with him and to help him in his sufferings.
Gemma Galgani
I confess I’ve got a yearning to go to Los Angeles, but I can’t work out if it is because a lot of British actors seem to go or because there’s this perception that the bottom has fallen out of British drama, so therefore, it’s the place to head for.
Richard C. Armitage
Parents bobble between a nostalgia-infused yearning for their children to play and fear that time spent playing is time lost to more practical pursuits.
Robin Marantz Henig
It’s so much easier to be happy. It’s so much easier to choose to love the things that you have, instead of always yearning for what you’re missing, or what it is that you’re imagining you’re missing. It is so much more peaceful.
Meryl Streep
God, from a beautiful necessity, is Love in all he doeth,
Love, a brilliant fire, to gladden or consume:
The wicked work their woe by looking upon love, and hating it:
The righteous find their joys in yearning on its loveliness for ever.
Martin Farquhar Tupper
Adoration is the spontaneous yearning of the heart to worship, honor, magnify, and bless God. We ask nothing but to cherish him. We seek nothing but his exaltation. We focus on nothing but his goodness.
Richard J. Foster
My intellect as well as my instincts lead me to the conclusion that men have a positive yearning to be good.
Albert Rosenfeld
Has Google appropriated the word ‘search?’ If so, I find it sad. Search is a deep human yearning, an ancient trope in the recorded history of human life.
Ellen Ullman
What is a socialist? One who has yearnings To share equal profits from unequal earnings.
William Inge
If you want to build a ship, don’t summon people to buy wood, prepare tools, distribute jobs, and organize the work; teach people the yearning for the wide, boundless ocean.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Every time I meet a tree, if I am truly awake, I stand in awe before it. I listen to its voice, a silent sermon moving me to the depths, touching my heart, and stirring up within my soul a yearning to give my all.
Mary Webb
As a form of escapism, yearning for the 20th century is understandable, but in practice it would be horrible – sort of like going on a holiday promising yourself you could go without the Internet, only to crumble and walk in a daze to the local Internet cafe to gorge on connectivity.
Douglas Coupland
Reading things that are relevant to the facts of your life is of limited value. The facts are, after all, only the facts, and the yearning passionate part of you will not be met there. That is why reading ourselves as a fiction as well as fact is so liberating. The wider we read the freer we become.
Jeanette Winterson
I never expected anyone to take care of me, but in my wildest dreams and juvenile yearnings, I wanted the house with the picket fence from June Allyson movies. I knew that was yearning like one yearns to fly.
Maya Angelou
Speak of the appetite for drink; or of a bon-vivant’s relish for dinner! What are these mere animal throes and ragings compared with those fantasies of taste, of those yearning of the imagination, of those insatiable appetites of intellect, which bewilder a student in a great bookseller’s temptation-hall.
Henry Ward Beecher
The unsatisfied yearning of the artist reaches back to the primordial image in the unconscious which is best fitted to compensate the inadequacy and one-sidedness of the present.
Carl Jung
prayer is nothing more than thought. It is a yearning of the heart.
Sophy Burnham
I’m not some patriot. I didn’t have some yearning to defend my country or anything. I was poor.
JPEGMAFIA
Listen as the wind blows
From across the great divide
Voices trapped in yearning
Memories trapped in time
Sarah McLachlan
In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage- to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.
Alex Haley
Because what’s worse than knowing you want something, besides knowing you can never have it?
James Patterson
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
I’m wearying to escape into that glorious world, and to be always there; not seeing it dimly through tears, and yearning for it through the walls of an aching heart; but really with it, and in it.
Emily Bronte
God of hope, I look to you with an open heart and yearning spirit. During this Advent season, I will keep alert and awake, listening for your word and keeping to your precepts. My hope is in you.
Matthew Kelly
Do not yield to Satan’s enticements; rather, stand firm for truth. The unsatisfied yearnings of the soul will not be met by a never-ending quest for joy amidst the thrills of sensation and vice. Vice never leads to virtue. Hate never promotes love. Cowardice never gives courage. Doubt never inspires faith.
Thomas S. Monson
Honestly, we’d probably be great parents. But it’s a human being, and unless you think you have excellent skills and have a drive or yearning in you to do that, the amount of work that that is and responsibility – I wouldn’t want to screw them up! We love our animals.
Ellen DeGeneres
We must learn to separate need from greed…We must not allow our yearnings to exceed our earnings.
Thomas S. Monson
I think people who sit around and are always yearning for the next thing are not always the happiest people.
George Osborne
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
Vague a l’ame – melancholy yearning for the end of the world.
Emile M. Cioran
A monk should surely love his books with humility, wishing their good and not the glory of his own curiosity; but what the temptation of adultery is for laymen and the yearning for riches is for secular ecclesiastics, the seduction of knowledge is for monks.
Umberto Eco
Yet, it ought to be obvious that good music generally occupies a higher plane that mere politics. Great writers can express moods through melody and capture experiences we share most powerfully – love, lust, longing; joy, rage, fear; triumph, yearning and confusion.
Tony Snow
We look at the one little woman’s face we love, as we look at the face of our mother earth, and see all sorts of answers to our own yearnings.
George Eliot
I hope to find the roles that are age appropriate but not yearning to be younger, or parenting ad nauseam.
Debra Winger
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 believe that the most important thing…is to revive in the whole Church that positive tension, that yearning to announce Christ again to contemporary man.
Pope Benedict XVI
I do not have yearnings to get back on a bus. If it means getting on a bus, I don’t want to do it.
Robbie Robertson
I feel that faith and feminism have a deep relationship to each other and that both are responses to the deep human yearning for connection and for peace on earth, and that they both have a vision of universal human equity.
Helen LaKelly Hunt