Yearning Quotes

But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

Brave New World

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.

The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd - The longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are.

Hope    Longing    Pain    Regret    Yearning

Because what’s worse than knowing you want something, besides knowing you can never have it?

The Angel Experiment

James Patterson

The Angel Experiment

Why is love intensified by absence?

The Time Traveler's Wife

Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's Wife

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.

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.

The Edge of Desire

Stephanie Laurens

The Edge of Desire
Adoration    Dream    Longing    Love    Need    Romance    Yearning

Time Does Not Bring Relief
Time does not bring relief; you all have lied
Who told me time would ease me of my pain!
I miss him in the weeping of the rain;
I want him at the shrinking of the tide;
The old snows melt from every mountain-side,
And last year’s leaves are smoke in every lane;
But last year’s bitter loving must remain
Heaped on my heart, and my old thoughts abide.
There are a hundred places where I fear
To go,—so with his memory they brim.
And entering with relief some quiet place
Where never fell his foot or shone his face
I say, There is no memory of him here!
And so stand stricken, so remembering him.

Collected Poems

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Collected Poems

And then I feel as if I'm witnessing a miracle, as ever so slowly she raises her face towards the moon. I watch her drink in the sight, sensing the flood of memories she's unleashed and wanting nothing more than to let her know I'm here. But instead I stay where I am and stare up at the moon as well. And for the briefest instant, it almost feels like we're together again.

Dear John

Nicholas Sparks

Dear John

It’s like when you’re excited about a girl and you see a couple holding hands, and you feel so happy for them. And other times you see the same couple, and they make you so mad. And all you want is to feel happy for them because you know that if you do, then it means you’re happy, too.

A lot of people get so hung up on what they can't have that they don't think for a second about whether they really want it.

It hurts to breathe. It hurts to live. I hate her, yet I do not think I can exist without her.


Charlotte Featherstone

Betrayal    Lindsay    Lost love    Love    Yearning

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.

Wuthering Heights

Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights

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.

Cats    Love    Yearning

I wondered if he ever thought of me, and hated the pang I felt when I told myself he didn't.


Sarah Dessen


To want and not to have, sent all up her body a hardness, a hollowness, a strain. And then to want and not to have- to want and want- how that wrung the heart, and wrung it again and again!

Each night I lie and dream about the one
Who kissed me and awakened my desire
I spent a single hour with him alone
And since that hour, my days are layed with fire.

I want your most vital organ. I want it to be mine.

Maybe she had it wrong all this time and her empty heart could never be filled by his ingenious broken spirit. Maybe this yearning had nothing to do with him, and everything to do with her.

If only you would realize some day, how much have you hurt me,
If only your heart ever, craves for me or my presence…
If only you feel that love again someday for me,
If only you are affected someday by my absence…
Only you can end all my suffering and this unbearable pain,
If only you would know what you could never procure…
If only you go through the memories of past once again,
Since the day you left my heart has bled, no one has its cure…
If only you would bring that love, those showers and that rain…
If only you would come back and see what damage you create,
I’ve been waiting for your return since forever more…
If only you would see the woman that you have made,
You said we cannot sail through, how were you so sure?
If only you can feel the old things that can never fade,
You may have moved on, but a piece of my heart is still with you…
I know how I’ve come so far alone; I know how I’m able to wade,
People say that I’m insane and you won’t ever come back again…
Maybe you would have never made your separate way,
Maybe you would have stayed with me and proved everyone wrong…
If only you would know the pain of dying every day,
If only you would feel the burden of smiling and being strong…

Breakup    Breakups    Destiny    Expectations    Fate    Forget    Forgive    Hurt    Kill    Life    Love    Love hurts    Love story    Lovers    Memory    Pain    Philosophy    Poem    Poetry    Remember    Satisfaction    Wanting    Yearning

I won’t let you have it. I won’t give you this moment. I won’t let you fill up this valuable organ...I own it. I won’t do it. I can’t think, I won’t think about it.

I didn't know then what I wanted, but the ache for it was palpable.

The Mermaid Chair

Sue Monk Kidd

The Mermaid Chair

I vow I am, and always will be, constant and faithful in my love for you, Anais. Nothing you or anyone else does shall alter these feelings. I am forever loving, forever waiting, forever yearning...forever yours.


Charlotte Featherstone

Fidelity    Forever    Love    Obsession    Yearning

I am inhabited by a cry.
Nightly it flaps out
Looking, with its hooks, for something to love.
--from "Elm", written 19 April 1962

Longing    Love    Poetry    Yearning

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.

The Forsyte Saga

John Galsworthy

The Forsyte Saga
Meaning    Nature    Spring    Yearning

The most beautiful moments always seemed to accelerate and slip beyond one’s grasp just when you want to hold onto them for as long as possible.

The simple lack of her is more to me than others' presence.

But as, in ethics, evil is a consequence of good, so, in fact, out of joy is sorrow born. Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of today, or the agonies which
have their origin in the ecstasies which
might have been.

Joy    Memory    Past    Sorrow    Yearning

It's been the toughest week of my life, not touching you. Not talking to you. Waiting to see what you were going to do." He kissed her again, a warm, damp touch of lips, exquisitely controlled. "But it doesn't matter whether you stay or go. I'll still need you. So if you want to go off to Boston, Ill wait. Right here, whenever you need me.

A Pause of Thought
I looked for that which is not, nor can be,
And hope deferred made my heart sick in truth
But years must pass before a hope of youth
Is resigned utterly.
I watched and waited with a steadfast will:
And though the object seemed to flee away
That I so longed for, ever day by day
I watched and waited still.
Sometimes I said: This thing shall be no more;
My expectation wearies and shall cease;
I will resign it now and be at peace:
Yet never gave it o'er.
Sometimes I said: It is an empty name
I long for; to a name why should I give
The peace of all the days I have to live?--
Yet gave it all the same.
Alas, thou foolish one! alike unfit
For healthy joy and salutary pain:
Thou knowest the chase useless, and again
Turnest to follow it.

The Complete Poems

Christina Rossetti

The Complete Poems
Hope    Love    Poetry    Yearning

I knew what it was to yearn for a life so distant it seemed that it had never been anything more than a dream.

The Dovekeepers

Alice Hoffman

The Dovekeepers

part memory part distance remaining
mine in the ways that I learn to miss you

Love    Poetry    Yearning

A friend... sort of. Ren watches me like I'm a cookie jar he wouldn't mind being caught with his hands in.

Name me no names for my disease,
With uninforming breath;
I tell you I am none of these,
But homesick unto death —Homesick for hills that I had known,
For brooks that I had crossed,
...Before I met this flesh and bone
And followed and was lost… .And though they break my heart at last,
Yet name no name of ills.
Say only, "Here is where he passed,
Seeking again those hills.

Amazing sex stays with you. It soaks into your skin. It floats through your dreams and has you silently smoldering with delicious remembrances for hours after. It has you craving it days later. And it has you aching for it if you don’t get it for awhile.

Ay me! sad hours seem long.

She had left me thirsty and all my life would be thirst and longing for what I had lost before I found it.

Grief    Loss    Love    Yearning

The longing for sweets is really a yearning for love or "sweetness.

Craving    Food    Longing    Love    Sweetness    Sweets    Yearning

What I want is to live of that initial and primordial something that was what made some things reach the point of aspiring to be human.

Aspiration    Being    Desire    Evolution    Human    Yearning

He had no idea what missing was. Missing was lying in the dampness of your tears night after night. Missing was a constant hollow spot in the center of your chest. Missing was a yawning ache that was never satisfied.

Restriction generates yearning. You want what you cannot have.

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.

Moth Smoke

Moshin Hamid

Moth Smoke
Ashamed    Cleansing    Devout    Fasting    Hunger    Hypocrite    Letting go    Yearning

So often, the discarded love of youth is desperately yearned for in maturity.

Discarded    Lost love    Love    Maturity    Yearning    Youth

Be not wishing and pining but thankfully content.  For it is a short bridge between wanting and regret."
- from "Dimpellumpzki

Content    Contentment    Gratefulness    Longing    Pine    Pining    Regret    Richelle    Richelle goodrich    Thankfulness    Thanks    Want    Wanting    Wish    Wishing    Yearn    Yearning

Loving you is no more a beautiful memory, but now just a pain,
I cry and weep every time I walk down the memory lane,
Your love always completed me in every sense as a whole,
But now it’s just emptiness and sorrow in my heart that drains,
Of all the people in the world, you choose me to be hurt,
Of all the hearts in the world, you choose mine to break…
Why did you leave me I ask myself every morning and dawn?
Why my love was incomplete tell me why you were gone?
A silence surrounds my heart and fills it again with despair,
Oh this pain is just too much, and the damage beyond repair,
Please come back baby, just come back and bring that old smile,
Or just come to see me every once in a while,
So my heart no more bleeds, and no more my soul aches,
So I can be peaceful after my death, in my ashes and burnt flakes…

Breakup    Breakups    Destiny    Expectations    Fate    Forget    Forgive    Hurt    Kill    Life    Love    Love hurts    Love story    Lovers    Memory    Pain    Philosophy    Poem    Poetry    Remember    Satisfaction    Wanting    Yearning

It is rooted deep in your bones; the water calls out to you until it causes you physical pain unless you come to it.

Dying for love might be pitiable, but it wasn't much different, finally, from any other kind of dying.

Cold Spring Harbor

Richard Yates

Cold Spring Harbor
Death    Love    Yearning

The fairest things have fleetest end,
Their scent survives their close:
But the rose's scent is bitterness
To her who loved the rose.

Grief    Loss    Yearning

If there is passion, let me feel its heat.
I want my heart to beat fast,
my breath raspy, my skin to burn.

Adventure    Beauty    Discovery    Love    Lust    Passion    Poetry    Yearning

Все туй копнение в духът,
все туй скиталчество из път,
на който не съзирам края.
И поглед вечно устремен,
напред, към утрешния ден,
без там пристанище да зная...



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