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  • A happy life is one spent in learning, earning, and yearning. -- Lillian Gish
  • 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
  • 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
  • A mother's yearning feels the presence of the cherished child even in the degraded man. -- George Eliot
  • We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams. -- Jimmy Carter
  • 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
  • The Greek word for "return" is nostos. Algos means "suffering." So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return. -- Milan Kundera
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • When motherhood becomes the fruit of a deep yearning, not the result of ignorance or accident, its children will become the foundation of a new race. -- Margaret Sanger
  • 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 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
  • I empathize with those who yearn for a simpler world, for some bygone golden age of domestic and international tranquility. But for the mass of humanity it is an age that never was. -- Shirley Hufstedler
  • I am one of the million or more male residents of the United Kingdom, who a year ago had no special yearning towards military life, but who joined the army after war was declared. -- Patrick MacGill
  • Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door. -- Emma Lazarus
  • I'd excluded New York from my writing, and then I came back and I fell in love with it all over again. The energy comes from an absence, that yearning for New York when you are not there. -- Jonathan Lethem
  • Where does discontent start? You are warm enough, but you shiver. You are fed, yet hunger gnaws you. You have been loved, but your yearning wanders in new fields. And to prod all these there's time, the Bastard Time. -- John Steinbeck
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Our yearning for democracy is accompanied by a no less profound yearning for peace. And the media also faced the task of historical engineering to establish this required truth. We therefore have phenomena called 'peace missions' and the 'peace process'. These are terms that apply to whatever the United States happens to be doing or advocating at some moment... in short, 'War is Peace'. -- Noam Chomsky
  • Yearning wants mostly to perpetuate itself. -- Mason Cooley
  • Yearning for the seemingly impossible is the path to human progress. -- Bryant H. McGill
  • Yearning: It needs to hurt in order to be worthy of the word. Otherwise it is just wanting. -- John of the Cross
  • Yearning for love made her feel like a cat that was always twining around ankles, meowing Pet me, pet me, look at me, love me. -- Laini Taylor
  • 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
  • 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
  • But he does look stupid.' Yearning. Not stupid. He wants awfully to be on the inside staring out: anybody with their nose pressed against a glass is liable to look stupid. -- Truman Capote
  • 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
  • Wanting help, I reached out to serve. Seeking happiness, I smiled and offered comfort. Yearning for love, I showed love. And now I understand. My life was never about me, it was always about you." -- Richelle E. Goodrich
  • Why don't we follow our yearning? -- Max Frisch
  • Creativity is a yearning for immortality -- Rollo May
  • Story is a yearning meeting an obstacle. -- Robert Olen Butler
  • We are the yearning creatures of this planet. -- Robert Olen Butler
  • Our yearning for truth actually comes from truth. -- Adyashanti
  • Spiritual yearning is the homesickness of the soul. -- Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
  • Restriction generates yearning. You want what you cannot have. -- Portia de Rossi
  • The swallow that hibernates underwater is a creature called yearning. -- David Quammen
  • To die of yearning for something you will never experience -- Alessandro Baricco
  • There's an, oh such a hungry yearning burning inside of me. -- Cole Porter
  • I have a yearning someday to do one of these huge juggernauts. -- Tom Hooper
  • There is in my nature, methinks, a singular yearning toward all wildness. -- Henry David Thoreau
  • The longing for sweets is really a yearning for love or 'sweetness. -- Marion Woodman
  • The nature of yearning is urgent so as to guarantee evolution, change. -- Darrell Calkins
  • [There] is something fundamentally unpatriotic in the yearning to fundamentally transform your country. -- Jonah Goldberg
  • Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Our love for our children springs from the soul's greatest yearning for immortality. -- Plato
  • The Hunger Games has epic spectacle, yearning romance and suspense that won't quit! -- Peter Travers
  • Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself.. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Love is not a desire for beauty; it is a yearning for completion. -- Octavio Paz
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  • prayer is nothing more than thought. It is a yearning of the heart. -- Sophy Burnham
  • Creativity springs from the yearning to be the fullness of who you are. -- Ram Dass
  • Repentance and yearning, and yearning and repentance: this is the total harvest of life. -- Khurram Murad
  • Writing is an affair of yearning for great voyages and hauling on frayed ropes. -- Israel Shenker
  • The main requirement for spiritual growth: A yearning to know who you really are. -- Adyashanti
  • Lessons of Life: When you stop yearning, When you stop aspiring. You stop living. -- Shekhar Kapur
  • You have the choice to create the life your heart is yearning to live. -- Mahatma Gandhi
  • I always had this yearning to give and help and make people feel better. -- Michael Jackson
  • Repentance and yearning, and yearning and repentance: this is the total harvest of life." -- Khurram Murad
  • The trees come up to my window like the yearning voice of the dumb earth -- Rabindranath Tagore
  • If the abstract paintings show my reality, then the landscapes and still-lifes show my yearning. -- Gerhard Richter
  • [Erotica] contains the idea of love, positive choice, and the yearning for a particular person. -- Gloria Steinem
  • Here's the thing about earnestness. Our culture discounts it; but people are yearning for it. -- Jeffrey Zaslow
  • Life is a love story, with every character yearning for permanent refuge in someone's heart. -- Richelle E. Goodrich
  • Learn the richness of solitude & quiet. That still small voice is yearning to be heard. -- Susan Jeffers
  • When all else is lost and gone forever, there is yearning. Only desire trumps time. -- Charles Frazier
  • 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
  • God plants no yearning in the human soul that he does not intend to satisfy. -- Henry Ward Beecher
  • Directing is to fill anyone with a yearning to get back at ten o'clock next morning. -- Tyrone Guthrie
  • Must be yearning deep in human heart to stop other people from doing as they please. -- Robert A. Heinlein
  • It is impossible that happiness, and yearning for what is not present, should ever be united. -- Epictetus
  • About being grateful for what you have instead of yearning for what you think you want. -- Gayle Forman
  • From yearning and wanting to grace and gratitude is a simple shift in belief and attitude!~ -- Bobby Compton
  • A lot of people in the middle of their lives have a secret yearning for more romance. -- Jack Nicholson
  • Whenever you do something that is not aligned with the yearning or your soulā??you create suffering. -- Anais Nin
  • Aberystwyth (n.) A nostalgic yearning which is in itself more pleasant than the thing being yearned for. -- Douglas Adams
  • Throughout the Middle East, there is a great yearning for the quiet miracle of a normal life. -- William J. Clinton
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  • Unto the man of yearning thought And aspiration, to do nought Is in itself almost an act. -- Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  • Listen as the wind blows From across the great divide Voices trapped in yearning Memories trapped in time -- Sarah McLachlan
  • When the soul is starved for nourishment, it lets us know with feelings of emptiness, anxiety, or yearning -- Menachem Mendel Schneerson
  • 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
  • Beer dulls a memory, brand sets it burning, but wine is the best for a sore heart's yearning. -- Patrick Rothfuss
  • Marriage is sought and kept alive by a deep yearning to know another and be known by another. -- John Pierrakos
  • A constitution, as important as it is, will mean nothing unless the people are yearning for liberty and freedom. -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • In making a clear distinction between desire (answer) and yearning (question), we inevitably end up back at personal purpose. -- Darrell Calkins
  • Beauty compelled admiration and erotic yearning; such was its organic function. But never by itself could it command love. -- Jack Vance
  • Affinity of a marriage is not a destination, but a journey of two hearts breezing into an yearning eternity -- Bernard Dsa
  • People are yearning to be asked to use the full measure of their potential for something they care about. -- Dan Pallotta
  • In the eternal scheme of things - not always in mortality - righteous yearning and longing will be fulfilled. -- Boyd K. Packer
  • What unites us as human beings is an urge for happiness which at heart is a yearning for union. -- Sharon Salzberg
  • We are like lutes once held by God. Being away from his warm body fully explains this constant yearning. -- Hafez Ibrahim
  • One writes because one has been touched by the yearning for and the despair of ever touching the Other. -- Charles Simic
  • At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one's lost self. -- Brendan Behan
  • Even as a child I had a strong relationship with yearning and desire. And loss. Those things spoke to me. -- Nicole Kidman
  • As we enter the path of transformation, the most valuable thing we have working in our favor is our yearning. -- Cynthia Bourgeault
  • You enhance your chances for success when you understand that your yearning power is more important than your earning power -- Zig Ziglar
  • I look at you, and I see in you the yearning to get back to God. That yearning is love. -- Ram Dass
  • How agonizing it was,this life of silence and yearning. Yet how very worth it when his eyes found hers. -- Marissa Meyer
  • If a man prays to Thee with a yearning heart, he can reach Thee, through Thy grace, by any path. -- Ramakrishna
  • For I am yearning to visit the limits of the all-nurturing Earth, and Oceans, from whom the gods are sprung. -- Homer
  • Baseball exemplifies a tension in the American mind, the constant pull between our atomistic individualism and our yearning for community. -- George Will
  • The aim of education should be to preserve and nurture the yearning for learning that a child is born with. -- W. Edwards Deming
  • Know what we did, Lucy? You and me? We spent our whole lives yearning. Isn't that the God damndest thing? -- Richard Yates
  • I hope to find the roles that are age appropriate but not yearning to be younger, or parenting ad nauseam. -- Debra Winger
  • The yearning for strong leadership is more about strength of purpose - clarity of vision - than about merely 'getting tough'. -- Hugh Mackay
  • How dismal it is to see present day Americans yearning for the very orthodoxy that their country was founded to escape." -- Christopher Hitchens
  • How dismal it is to see present day Americans yearning for the very orthodoxy that their country was founded to escape. -- Christopher Hitchens
  • 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 is not a heart but has its moments of longing, yearning for something better; nobler; holier than it knows now. -- Henry Ward Beecher
  • My intellect as well as my instincts lead me to the conclusion that men have a positive yearning to be good. -- Albert Rosenfeld
  • 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
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