Here our selfless desires are hidden by selfish ones. They are real, but they are covered by what is false. Therefore whoever of our own departs from this life, not one can ever be brought back before our eyes. But all those we love, alive or departed, and all things we desire but do not have, are found when we enter that space within the heart; for there abide all desires that are true, though covered by what is false.
- Chandogya Upanishad
Desires achieved increase thirst like salt water.
- Milarepa, "Drinking the Mountain Stream"
If you are destined for good fortune you will be blessed; if afflictions have been ordained, no matter where you hide they will seek you out. Submit therefore before the will of God; be grateful in well-being and endure adversity with fortitude that His light may radiate within your being.
- Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani, "Futhul Ghaib"
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
- Matthew 5:6 (Revised Standard Version)
When you pray, remove from your heart all worldly concerns.
- Nahmanides, letter to his son Nahman, 1268