Longing Quotes

Salvador Plascencia

I don’t know what they are called, the spaces between seconds– but I think of you always in those intervals.

Robert Goolrick

If you don't receive love from the ones who are meant to love you, you will never stop looking for it.

Jourdane Erasquin

I miss you every minute of every day. If I could miss you more than that, I would.

Natasa Pantovic Nuit

A child has a deep longing to discover that the World is based on Truth. Respect that longing. In our attempt to help children grow into Inspired Adults, we wish them to carry the Youthfulness of their Souls, and the Wonders of Childhood into their old age.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

They say when you are missing someone that they are probably feeling the same, but I don't think it's possible for you to miss me as much as I'm missing you right now

Haruki Murakami

Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I'm gazing at a distant star.
It's dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago.
Maybe the star doesn't even exist any more. Yet sometimes that light seems more real to me than anything.

Lisa Kleypas

I want morning and noon and nightfall with you. I want your tears, your smiles, your kisses...the smell of your hair, the taste of your skin, the touch of your breath on my face. I want to see you in the final hour of my life...to lie in your arms as I take my last breath.

Stephanie Laurens

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

Just because I'm not forever by your side doesn't mean that's not precisely where I want to be.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Desiring another person is perhaps the most risky endeavor of all. As soon as you want somebody - really want him - it is as though you have taken a surgical needle and sutured your happiness to the skin of that person, so that any separation will now cause a lacerating injury.

Brian Andreas

Wanting him to come back before anyone notices part of the world has not moved since he left.

Lisa Kleypas

I am running after you, and life, in desperate pursuit. My dream is that someday you will both turn and let me catch you. That dream carries me through every night... I have enclosed a hundred kisses in this letter. You must count them out carefully and not lose any.

Jourdane Erasquin

If you only knew how to respect my heart, I wouldn't have found a reason to let you go.

Ram Mohan

Amidst the chaos of the cities, a part of you always yearns for the silence of the woods.

Renea Mason

Please, always look at me this way. Stare into my eyes and see me for who I am and know that there is nothing more than this. When the world calls things into question, you need not question me because I will always be here for you.

Simona Panova

Desires are what can most easily ruin us, lovely.

Jennifer Salaiz

Longing, whether for a passion or person, is one of the most powerful, yet painful, emotions there is. It can drive you to its source under the most extreme conditions, or it can cripple you from obtaining your dreams. When it comes to the pull you feel, always go after it, if not, it'll eat you alive.

E.M. Forster

He lived to near the things he loved to seem poetical.

Margaret Mitchell

The whole world can't lick us but we can lick ourselves by longing too hard for things we haven't got any more - and by remembering too much.

Louisa May Alcott

Love Jo all your days, if you choose, but don't let it spoil you, for it's wicked to throw away so many good gifts because you can't have the one you want.

T.H. White

She hardly ever thought of him. He had worn a place for himself in some corner of her heart, as a sea shell, always boring against the rock, might do. The making of the place had been her pain. But now the shell was safely in the rock. It was lodged, and ground no longer.


…There is the heat of Love, the pulsing rush of Longing, the lover’s whisper, irresistible - magic to make the sanest man go mad.

Jonathan Safran Foer

I imagine a line, a white line, painted on the sand and on the ocean, from me to you.

William Shakespeare

See how she leans her cheek upon her hand.
O, that I were a glove upon that hand
That I might touch that cheek!

Roger De Bussy-Rabutin

Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it inflames the great.

Michael Ondaatje

We all have an old knot in the heart we wish to untie.

Paul Simon

Some people never say the words ‘I love you’, for like a child they’re longing to be told.


Give me the waters of Lethe that numb the heart, if they exist, I will still not have the power to forget you.

Haruki Murakami

Like you're riding a train at night across some vast plain, and you
catch a glimpse of a tiny light in a window of a farmhouse. In an
instant it's sucked back into the darkness behind and vanishes. But
if you close your eyes, that point of light stays with you, just
barely for a few moments.

Harper Lee

I wonder how much of the day I spend just callin' after you.

Ibuki Haneda

Mika: Were you happy?
Hiro: I was so happy.

Tom Althouse

There are times when, that which we wish to be, will come to be, when we let it be.

Ian McEwan

There's a taste in the air, sweet and vaguely antiseptic, that reminds him of his teenage years in these streets, and of a general state of longing, a hunger for life to begin that from this distance seems like happiness.

Jeffrey Eugenides

There was nowhere I could go that wouldn't be you.

Anne Gracie

If you were mine, I'd never leave you, Prudence. I couldn't.

Lisa Kleypas

But no one can predict of a certainty what will happen. And none of it will change how I intend to spend the rest of my life. I will live it on my terms. And you... you can have all of me or nothing. I won't be an invalid any longer. Not even if it means losing you.

Sarah MacLean

..he wanted her.
And at another time, as another man, he would have her. Without hesitation. As lover. . . as more.

Augustine Of Hippo

Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.

Kate Wicker

We are beautiful because we are sons and daughters of God, not because we look a certain way.

Lailah Gifty Akita

In a dry and thirsty land, my soul thirsts for the living God, the living water.

Christina Rossetti

Fair as the moon and joyful as the light;
Tot wan with waiting, not with sorrow dim; Not as she is, but was when hope shone bright;
Not as she is, but as she fills his dreams.

Tobias Wolff

The beauty of a fragment is that it still supports the hope of brilliant completeness.

Ram Mohan

Desire is when you work hard to achieve something. For an achievable object, its more about making a sudden decision.

Amy Lowell

You are ice and fire
The touch of you burns my hands like snow

Roger Zelazny

I watched the spinning stars, grateful, sad and proud, as only a man who has outlived his destiny and realizes he might yet forge himself another, can be.

Sylvia Plath

I am inhabited by a cry.
Nightly it flaps out
Looking, with its hooks, for something to love.

Heinrich Heine

A pine tree standeth lonely
In the North on an upland bare;
It standeth whitely shrouded
With snow, and sleepeth there.

It dreameth of a Palm tree
Which far in the East alone,
In the mournful silence standeth
On its ridge of burning stone.

Rubén Bonifaz Nuño

A mí me ha tocado no estar contigo;
no tengo miradas para encontrarte
ni hay cosa en que pueda reconocerte.

Benny Andersen

Min ene sko knirker af mangel på stjerneskud

Hilary Winston

There’s nothing like that feeling of waiting for a guy. It’s the loneliest feeling in the world. Holding that cell phone in your hand as you take out the trash, use the bathroom, change the litter box. Fearful that the one second you aren’t looking will be when they call. Pathetic. And something I have done as recently as last week.

Annie Barrows

It suddenly struck me that Dawsey is a lonesome person. I think it may be that he has always been lonely, but he didn't mind before, and now he minds.

Denice Envall

I miss you in waves and tonight I’m drowning. You left me fending for my life and it feels like you’re the only one who can bring me back to the shore alive.

Susan Sontag

My library is an archive of longings.

Samuel Beckett

It was long since I had longed for anything and the effect on me was horrible.

George R.R. Martin

I have become a sour woman. I take no joy in meat nor mead, and song and laughter have become suspicious strangers to me. I am a creature of grief and dust and bitter longings. There is an empty place within me where my heart was once.

Simona Panova

You know what, your imagination works faster than your mind.

Héloïse D'Argenteuil

Would that thy love, beloved, had less trust in me, that it might be more anxious!

Lorii Myers

There’s a time when it all comes together - what you long for and what you fear - and as tentative as you may feel, you’re driven to continue. At that point, the need to forge ahead is the only option, and your direction is defined despite yourself.

Tony Brasunas

We fear what we long for. This is the paradox.

Siobhan Fallon

After a dazed moment, Specialist Kit Murphy put his arms loosely around her, and Josie Schaeffer clung to him, knowing this man was not her husband, that her husband was never coming back, but for now she was as close to him as she could get and she would not let him go.

Leslea Tash

Maybe he would see me as weak and stupid. Maybe he was right.

A. Cretan

To long to read.

Spalding Gray

All the beautiful waitresses existed like eternal responsibilities.

Erik Tomblin

She had been his talisman, his cure for the insecurities and worries that he knew deep down didn't really matter, but somehow had always managed to get the best of him.

Charles Williams

The hell with her; I wouldn’t go back. But wouldn’t I? What about later on? Keeping the thought of her out of that bleak hotbox of a room was going to be like trying to dam a river with a tennis racket.

Shannon Celebi

I hung a picture of him above my bed and learned by hand the internal workings of the female combustion engine.

Beth Revis

The glitter in the sky looks as if I could scoop it all up in my hands and let the stars swirl and touch one another but they are so distant so very far apart that they cannot feel the warmth of each other even though they are made of burning.

Ivan Goncharov

The moments of nature's universal, triumphant silence had come, those minutes when the creative mind works harder, poetic thoughts seethe more ardently, the heart's passion blazes more brightly and its longing aches more painfully, the grain of criminal thought ripens in a cruel soul more imperturbably and powerfully.

Vera Nazarian

The heartland lies where the heart longs to be. Sometimes it takes a lifetime to find the true place to plant it.

Aditi Mathur Kumar

An Army wife is probably the only woman in the world who
knows and readily accepts that she is the mistress, because, let’s
face it, the Army is the wife and the wife gets all the damn

Amanda Comer

Hunger of the heart is much stronger than hunger for food.

Nadège Richards

You just know something is amiss, when you look at someone and long for something that is not yours or you cannot have. It's an absence-a loss of a heartbeat.

Orhan Pamuk

I realized that the longing for art, like the longing for love, is a malady that blinds us, and makes us forget the things we already know, obscuring reality.

Alberto Caeiro

I’d like to have enough time and quiet
To think about absolutely nothing,
To not ever feel myself living,
To only know myself in others’ eyes, reflected.

Jourdane Erasquin

What they have been teaching us is wrong. Yes, we do have control over our choices. Why? Because life gave us the freedom to choose. The only downside to this freedom are the insatiable consequences we shall have to face because of the choices we learned to embrace.

Garth Nix

‎"It always seemed somehow less real here... a really detailed dream, but sort of washed out, like a thin watercolor. Softer, somehow, even with their electric light and engines and everything. I guess it was because there was hardly any magic.

Lydia Millet

…suffering can be a work of art. It can be made of buried and rising things, helpless and undiscovered, song of frustrated want, silence after desire. It can be the test of the self falling short, constrained, distorted, disturbed or rebuffed, the vacuum left by longing, call without an answer.

Scott Hastie

The gilded spiral
Of longings within.
Our very own cathedral
That points persistently to heaven.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

We look before and after,
And pine for what is not;
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell
Of saddest thought.

Munia Khan

Each tear longs to kiss sorrow

Paulo Coelho

There is a legend that everything that falls into the waters of this river - leaves, insects, the feathers of birds - is transformed into the rocks that make the riverbed. If only I could tear out my heart and hurl it into the current, then my pain and longing would be over, and I could finally forget.

Swapnil Tewari

You have broken down my defenses.
And I don't really resent it...

J.M. Richards

Being in love with your best friend is problematic.

J.M. Richards

As much as I cared about him, I wasn’t a slave to fate. I could choose to ignore my feelings, strong as they were. It would be painful, but no more so than letting myself pine for my friend.

Victor Villaseñor

Oh, if only I could hurt with such misery once again, to feel the powers of love here inside my heart, the joys of heaven and the pains of hell!

Stephen King

Home is where they want you to stay longer

Carson McCullers

Her face felt like it was scattered in pieces and she could not keep it straight. The feeling was a whole lot worse than being hungry for any dinner, yet it was like that. I want-I want-I want-was all that she could think about-but just what this real want was she did no know.

James Kubicki

Jesus is the answer to the longing of every human heart. The love of his heart is the only love capable of filling our human longing - because it is human, yet infinite, and because it is also divine. Not only does each individual need and desire this love, but the world, taken as a whole, needs it.

Fernando Pessoa

Ah, it's my longing for whom I might have been that distracts and torments me!

Iain Pears

For the first time, she did want more. She did not know what she wanted, knew that it was dangerous and that she should rest content with what she had, but she knew an emptiness deep inside her, which began to ache.

Plamen Chetelyazov

The person in love finds only a dream, a notion, an ideal. You fall in love with nothing but your own dreams - the only carriers of your true longings. Sometimes you manage to personify your dreams in another. Sometimes it’s not a single-player game. This doesn’t make love any less primal or selfish.

Ramesh Menon

One's longing is not so much there for sense-gratification, profit and self-preservation, instead one's karma is there for no other purpose than inquiring after the Absolute Truth.

V.C. Andrews

If a little hill of happiness would satisfy Chris, good for him. But
after all these years of striving, hoping, dreaming, longing-I wanted a
mountain high! A hill wasn't enough.

Munindra Misra

All longings the essence for real liberation only,
Freedom from all sides, an ultimate supremacy;
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Patrick Califia-Rice

...my body has become
another country
and I feel like an unemployed
illegal alien
how will I survive
where I do not belong
I belong with you

Héloïse D'Argenteuil

If the portraits of our absent friends are pleasant to us, which renew our memory of them and relieve our regret for their absence by a false and empty consolation, how much more pleasant are letters which bring us the written characters of the absent friend.

Jeanne DuPrau

Now Doon seemed to care for his new friends more than he did for her. Every time she thought about him she felt a thud of pain, like a bruised place inside her.

Katherine McIntyre

Better to leave with good memories than have the last ones be the embarrassing, smoking ruin of what once had been a fantastic friendship.

Petra March

La sua voce profonda risuonava attraverso il mio intero essere. Risvegliava sentimenti e sensazioni lasciate in sospeso troppo a lungo.

Petra March

Ho provato molto seriamente a non pensare a lui. Ho sepolto il suo ricordo sotto i baci, le carezze e le voci di altri ragazzi ma ora tutto ciò che sento, provo e avverto sulla pelle è lui e il suo profumo di cannella.

Marilynne Robinson

You see how it is godlike to love the being of someone. Your existence is a delight to us. I hope you never have to long for a child as I did, but oh, what a splendid thing it has been that you came finally, and what a blessing to enjoy you now for almost seven years.

John O'Donohue

One of the deepest longings of the human soul is to be seen.

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