78 Obsession Quotes for Success, Motivation and Inspiration

Obsession is essential for achieving an extraordinary life, driving one to relentlessly pursue their dreams until they become reality.

However, obsession can have downsides, as shown by a University of Michigan study where 44% of romantically-involved individuals experienced partner obsession, leading to anxiety and depression.

Obsession differs from love: while love is selfless, obsession seeks control, often ignoring the beloved’s desires and intolerant of rejection.

Obsession Quotes

Obsessive individuals often see others in black-and-white terms, ignoring their complexity. Recognizing and managing obsession is crucial for mental health.

Let’s go through some of the quotes about Obsession.

Best Obsession Quotes

Thoughts are an obsession without meditation. ~ Osho.

When you have seen as much of life as I have, you will not underestimate the power of obsessive love. ~ J.K. Rowling.

I desire very little, but the things I do consume me. ~ Beau Taplin.


Aptitude plus obsession equals greatness. ~ Josh Bezoni.

Love is an obsession. It has that quality to it. But there are healthy obsessions, and mine is one of them. ~ Pamela Stephenson.

Fame has become this obsession for people, which kind of creeps me out. ~ Zoe Kravitz.


Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment. ~ Claude Monet.

Obsession is the single most wasteful human activity, because with an obsession you keep coming back and back and back to the same question and never get an answer. ~ Norman Mailer.

A man obsessed with ambition is not capable of knowing the truth at all. Eyes full of ambition never see what is; they only see what they want to see. ~ Shree Rajneesh.


I love when people become obsessed with Downtown. ~ Jessica Brown.


No one changes the world who isn’t obsessed. ~ Billie Jean King.

Your ability to use the principle of autosuggestion will depend, very largely, upon your capacity to concentrate upon a given desire until that desire becomes a burning obsession. ~ Napoleon Hill.

Women have this obsession with shoes. ~ Alexandra Paul.

Determination becomes obsession and then it becomes all that matters. ~ Jeremy Irvine.

An obsession is intrusive because it does not require a permit to walk into the brain. ~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset.


Obsession is a young man’s game, and my only excuse is that I never grew old. ~ Michael Caine.

The painter’s obsession with his subject is all that he needs to drive him to work. ~ Lucian Freud.

A man with an obsession is a man who has very little sales resistance. ~ C. S. Lewis.

Famous Obsession Quotes

Some people who are obsessed with food become gourmet chefs. Others become eating disorders. ~ Marya Hornbacher.


An obsession is where something will not leave your mind. ~ Eric Clapton.

Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing. ~ Elie Wiesel.

It is his one obsession, and so much of him has become absorbed in it that his view of life and the world becomes very restricted. ~ Alfred Henry.

It’s similar to the way you feel cuddling an infant or a kitten, when you want to squeeze it so hard you’d kill it… ~ Zoe Heller.

An obsession is intrusive because it does not require a permit to walk into the brain. ~ Jose A. Yaryura-Tobias


You become what you think about all day long. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Well, if you think about it, I think you’ll see that the object of your obsession is invariably something negative which you have no control over. ~ Ron Vawter.

You start living for the obsession alone. You want to arrive somewhere regardless of whether you’re enjoying the road or not. ~ Paulo Coelho.

Good requires motivation, great requires obsession. ~ M. Cobanli.

Follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. ~ Franz Kafka.


Dancing is my obsession. My life. ~ Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Powerful Obsession Quotes

‘Mad’ is a term we use to describe a man who is obsessed with one idea and nothing else. ~ Ugo Betti.

I think life’s an irrational obsession. ~ Sean Penn.

To do anything to a high level, it has to be a total obsession. ~ Conor McGregor.

The more you’re obsessed with something the better chance you have of achieving it. ~ Frank Zane.


An obsession with control generally seems to reflect a fear of uncertainty. ~ Henry Mintzberg.

I wish I knew how to quit you. ~ Annie Proulx.

Popular Obsession Quotes

The sin of pride may be a small or a great thing in someone’s life and hurt vanity a passing pinprick, or a self-destroying or ever-murderous obsession. ~ Iris Murdoch.

Obsessional does not necessarily mean sexual obsession, not even obsession for this, or for that in particular; to be an obsessional means to find oneself caught in a mechanism. ~ Jacques Lacan.

An obsession is an idea which you must get out of your mind if you are not to go out of your mind. ~ Evan Esar.


Obsession is the wellspring of genius and madness. ~ Michel de Montaigne.

Until your mission is an obsession, nothing will change. ~ Robin Sharma.

Our current obsession with creativity is the result of our continued striving for immortality in an era when most people no longer believe in an after-life. ~ Arianna Huffington.

Profound Obsession Quotes

Positive obsession is about not being able to stop just because you’re afraid and full of doubts. Positive obsession is dangerous. It’s about not being able to stop at all. ~ Octavia Butler.

I probably do have an obsessive personality, but striving for perfection has served me well. ~ Tom Ford.


Each obsession is a knot in your being. Once it is opened, great energy is released. ~ Shree Rajneesh.

Evil men, obsessed with ambition and unburdened by conscience, must be taken very seriously and we must stop them before their crimes can multiply. ~ George W. Bush.

All extremes of feeling are allied with madness. ~ Virginia Woolf.

Obsession led me to write. It’s been that way with every book I’ve ever written. I become completely consumed by a theme, by characters, by a desire to meet a challenge. ~ Anne Rice.


Obsession is just another round on the merry-go-round of unfinished business. ~ Dale Andrews.

My obsession is to make women beautiful. When you create with that in mind, things can’t go out of fashion. ~ Azzedine Alaia.

Obsessions are essentially secondary to the depression, and usually clear up when the depression lifts. ~ Padmal de Silva.

The world was collapsing, and the only thing that really mattered to me was that she was alive. ~ Rick Riordan.

I know that everybody is so obsessed with this idea of fame, and they think that I’m obsessed. In all honesty, I’m just doing me. ~ Aubrey O’Day.

Obsession is an attractive thing. People who are really, really interested and good at one thing and smart are attractive, if they’re men. ~ Meryl Streep.


Obsession is the rocket fuel of our creativity. ~ Jordan Ritter.

Obsession is extreme and hard to imagine with the rational mind that it has a science-fiction-like quality to it-it’s almost as if obsessed one has taken over by a replica, a pod, a facsimile of the rational person. ~ Susan Cheever.

But to be self-obsessed is simply not o.k. for the most important country in the world, the United States, which affects every other country in the world. ~ Christiane Amanpour.

Top Obsession Quotes

As entrepreneurs, we must constantly dream and have the conviction and obsession to transform our dreams into reality, to create a future that never existed before. ~ Clara Shih.


The obsession with instant gratification blinds us from our long-term potential. ~ Mike Dooley.

To express an obsession is to project it outside yourself. To hunt it down, to exorcize it. obsessions are the demons of a world without faith. ~ E.M. Cioran.

To obsess too virulently is to walk alone in anxiety. But to obsess too little is to wall oneself off from one’s own creativity. ~ Eric Maisel.

You know you’re already my obsession. ~ Pat Benatar.

In boxing, it is about the obsession of getting the most from yourself, wanting to dominate the world like a hungry young lion. ~ Anthony Joshua.

Everyone has their own definition of a healthy lifestyle, and mine has come to mean making health a priority but not an obsession. ~ Daphne Oz.

Our culture’s obsession with vintage objects has rendered us unable to separate history from nostalgia. People want heart. They want a chaser of emotion with their aesthetics. ~ Sloane Crosley.


To do anything to a high level, it has to be a total obsession. ~ Conor MacGregor.

An obsession with untold stories is a source of energy. ~ Greil Marcus.

For the poet, poetry is a pure obsession, a sequence of questions which have no answers, of demands that have no satisfaction other than the satisfaction of obsession itself. ~ T.R. Hummer.

Obsession is a commitment; you have to believe in it, because it soon takes you over. ~ Lennard J. Davis.

I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary. ~ Margaret Atwood.


The obsession with time is really an obsession with perfection. ~ Julia Cameron.

An obsession is a way for damaged people to damage themselves more. ~ Mark Barrowcliffe.

Once you’ll find the way you’ll be bound. It’ll obsess you. But believe me, it’ll be a magnificent obsession. ~ Paul Cavanagh.

Short Obsession Quotes

There’s a lot of obsession about people’s personal ambitions. ~ Mary Ann Shaffer.

Obsessions are the only things that matter. ~ Patricia Highsmith.

A great artist has a unique vision, obsession. They are someone willing to fail flamboyantly. ~ Jerry Saltz.


Without obsession, life is nothing. ~ John Waters.

Keeping up is the mark of a fluctuating mind that pursues nothing personal, that is unsuited to obsession, that continual impasse. ~ E.M. Cioran.

So these were the 78 quotes about Obsession.

If these quotes and sayings connect with you, check out our other posts on being unique quotes and social anxiety quotes.

Share with others!
Chandan Negi
Chandan Negi

I’m the Founder of Internet Pillar - I love sharing quotes and motivational content to inspire and motivate people - #quotes #motivation #internetpillar