Desire Quotes

Seneca
Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands.
Donald Horban
We don't need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants.
Not wanting something is as good as possessing it.
Aristotle
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
Timothy Dwight
Moderate desires constitute a character fitted to acquire all the good which the world can yield.
He who has this character is prepared, in whatever situation he is, therewith to be content and has learned the science of being happy.
Donald Altman
Each desire. . . causes us to act and think in ways that result in yet even more desires and cravings.  Like a dog running after its own tail, cause and effect chase each other around in circles.  "But," you may be asking, "don't we need to desire things?"
It is certainly true that not all desires are equal in terms of how they create suffering.  Some desires, of course, are simply a matter of preference that might not really make much of a difference.  Wanting to paint your house pink instead of brown will not harm anyone--except maybe the fashion police.
And yes, there definitely are many good desires.  For example, without the desire for food we would not stay alive.  It is when our desire becomes an unquenchable craving or obsession, or causes us to do harm to ourselves or others, that it creates suffering and unhappiness.  If you have ever been hurt because you tied your happiness or well-being to a person, place, opinion, self-identity, behavior, or goal, then you have firsthand experience of desire.
Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu, Chinese philosopher (604 BC - 531 BC)
There is no calamity greater than lavish desires.
There is no greater guilt than discontentment.
And there is no greater disaster than greed.
Simone Weil
Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached. 
Abraham Lincoln
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.