The Heart of the Matter
August 28, 2023
Quotes on Longing


All of us long for something -- the almost insatiable thirst of the spirit for union, expression, and the experience of love beyond words. What do you long for?

"There is a space between man's imagination and man's attainment that may only be traversed by his longing." - Kahlil Gibran

"This hunger is better than any fullness; this poverty better than all other wealth." - C.S. Lewis

"We are homesick most for the places we have never known." - Carson McCullers

"Feeling and longing are the motive forces behind all human endeavor and human creations." - Albert Einstein

"Is there anything better than to be longing for something, when you know it is within reach?" - Greta Garbo

"Longing is the core of mystery. Longing itself brings the cure. The only rule is, suffer the pain. Your desires must be disciplined. And what you want to happen in time, sacrificed." - Rumi

"If some longing goes unmet, don't be astonished. We call that life." - Anna Freud

"Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind." - Bertrand Russell

"It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them." - George Eliot

"Only longing can fill with more of itself." - Virginia Woolf

"Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it inflames the great." - Roger de Bussy-Rabutin

"We all have an old knot in the heart we wish to untie." - Michael Ondaatje

"Longing is like a seed that wrestles in the ground." - Emily Dickinson

"The act of longing for something will always be more intense than the requiting of it." - Gail Godwin

"You must long for freedom as the drowning man longs for air. Without sincere longing, you will never find God." - Paramahansa Yogananda

"Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth." - Cicero

"Longing is like the rosy dawn. After the dawn out comes the sun. Longing is followed by the vision of God." - Ramakrishna

"The longing for light is the longing for consciousness." - Carl Jung

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Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at August 28, 2023 09:01 PM

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