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WISHES
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[ Also see Ambition Anticipation Aspiration Choice Desire Hope Imagination Inclination Indifference Necessity Want Will ]

The apparently irreconcilable dissimilarity between our wishes and our means, between our hearts and this world, remains a riddle.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Where nothing wants that want itself doth seek.
      - William Shakespeare

Thy wish was father, Harry, to that thought.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (King Henry at IV, v)

Of all complexions the culled sovereignty
  Do meet, as at a fair, in her fair cheek,
    Where several worthies make one dignity,
      Where nothing wants that want itself doth seek.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Berowne at IV, iii)

I've often wished that I had clear,
  For life, six hundred pounds a year,
    A handsome house to lodge a friend,
      A river at my garden's end,
        A terrace walk, and half a rood
          Of land, set out to plant a wood.
      - Jonathan Swift, Imitation of Horace
         (bk. II, satire 6)

As you can not do what you wish, you should wish what you can do.
  [Lat., Quoniam id fieri quod vis non potest
    Id velis quod possis.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Andria
         (II, 1, 6)

We cannot wish for that we know not.
  [Fr., On ne peut desirer ce qu'on ne connait pas.]
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        Zaire (I, 1)

If all our wishes were gratified, most of our pleasures would be destroyed.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

Wishers and woulders be small householders.
      - published by Wynkyn de Worde (Jan van Wynken),
        Vulgaria Stambrigi,
        early in the 16th century

Our wishes lengthen, as our sun declines.
      - Edward Young

Why wish for more?
  Wishing of all employments is the worst.
      - Edward Young

What most we wish, with ease we fancy near.
      - Edward Young, Love of Fame (III)

Man wants but little, nor that little long;
  How soon must he resign his very dust,
    Which frugal nature lent him for an hour!
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night IV, l. 118)

Wishing, of all employments is the worst.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night IV, l. 71)

He calls his wish, it comes; he sends it back,
  And says he called another; that arrives,
    Meets the same welcome; yet he still calls on;
      Till one calls him, who varies not his call,
        But holds him fast, in chains of darkness bound,
          Till Nature dies, and judgment sets him free;
            A freedom far less welcome than this chain.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night IV, lines near end)

What folly can be ranker. Like our shadows,
  Our wishes lengthen as our sun declines.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night V, l. 661)


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