Quotation Explorer - 'Wishes'

We must consult our means rather than our wishes. - George Washington
I was thinking as small children think, as if my thoughts or wishes had the power to reverse the narrative, change the outcome. - Joan Didion
She needs to make one phone call, and she wishes she could make it into her past. Into last year. Or two years ago. - Adele Griffin
You can have your wishes but you must work. - Lailah Gifty Akita
If wishes were horses, I'd need a very big stable. - Greg Curtis
A parents wishes for their children shouldn't be to be as good as them but to surpass their own abilities and hopefully lead to a better world. - Stanley Victor Paskavich
He says "You are my property" and I feel relieved. After all, no one wishes to shatter what he owns. - Malak El Halabi
The vampire could woo any woman with his charisma and his charm, but he only wishes to romance her.. for eternity. - Mr. Depravity
Desires and wishes don’t lead to success. Plans and efforts do. Create a vision, chalk out an action plan, put in your best efforts and give yourself a headstart in achieving your dreams. - Roopleen
It is easier to make our wishes conform to our means than to make our means conform to our wishes. - Robert E. Lee
To cheapen the lives of any group of men, cheapens the lives of all men, even our own. This is a law of human psychology, or human nature. And it will not be repealed by our wishes, nor will it be merciful to our blindness. - William Pickens
He who wishes to serve his country must have not only the power to think, but the will to act - Plato
Stress the right of the individual to select only what he desires to know, to use any knowledge as he wishes, that he himself owns what he has learned. - L. Ron Hubbard
Everyone wants to see a falling star and make all their wishes come true. My wish is to see only you, because you are the only star in my life. - Karel Hrošek
Those who cannot tell what they desire or expect, still sigh and struggle with indefinite thoughts and vast wishes. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world. - Marilyn Monroe
It is always the simple things that change our lives. And these things never happen when you are looking for them to happen. Life will reveal answers at the pace life wishes to do so. You feel like running, but life is on a stroll. This is how God does things. - Donald Miller
When all of your wishes are granted, many of your dreams will be destroyed.
America lives in the heart of every man everywhere who wishes to find a region where he will be free to work out his destiny as he chooses. - Woodrow Wilson
When one wishes to play the wit, he sometimes wanders a little from the truth. - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I imagine what would happen if everyone turned their regrets into wishes, went around shouting them. - Nina LaCour
I am sure my fellow-scientists will agree with me if I say that whatever we were able to achieve in our later years had its origin in the experiences of our youth and in the hopes and wishes which were formed before and during our time as students. - Felix Bloch
one does not only wish to be understood when one writes; one wishes just as surely not to be understood. - Friedrich Nietzsche
Man is free at the moment he wishes to be. - Voltaire
A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, -- a mere heart of stone. - Charles Darwin
Either I can go back to my childhood or my childhood can come forth to me. This is what I'm desperately wishes... - Hira Shahid Kazim
Convince yourself that you are working in clay, not marble, on paper not eternal bronze: Let that first sentence be as stupid as it wishes. - Jacques Barzun
No matter how your dreams are impossible if you keep in dreaming, your wishes will come true. - Thea Marielle Santos
Writing is something you Do and not discuss. Talk is cheap, wishes are free and a fool is included with every purchase. So spend your time wisely. - Jaime Reed
Dreams are wishes your heart makes. - American Proverb
Great minds have purpose, others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them. - Washington Irving
The whole thing could have been uncomfortable if all your wishes were to be drowned in to the sea or passed through a heart of a lion that shed not the innocent blood. - Auliq Ice
Every man is a chauvinist, however much he wishes to be otherwise. - Robyn Donald
Religion serves all of us; men, women, gays, straights, blacks, whites, Americans and Indians. If it does not comply with our needs, wishes and happiness, then religion without a doubt is a plague that must be stopped. - M.F. Moonzajer
Taking actions will fulfill your dreams and wishes, not the prayers and blessings. - Amit Kalantri
Have faith little one ‘til your hopes and your wishes come true. You must try to be brave. - The Rescuers
All that matters is this moment and what you make of it, because the past is history and the future is just full of wishes that you can’t foresee. - Austin V. Songer
Only in youth does coincidence seem the same as fate. Later, we know that the real course of our lives is decided within us; our paths may seem to diverge from our wishes in a confused and pointless way, but in the end the way always leads us to our invisible destination. - Zweig, Stefan
Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. - Washington Irving
Wishes don't bring riches; work make things work. - Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
If wishes would prevail with me, my purpose should not fail with me. - William Shakespeare
God can allow you to pass through storms and get to your success. But what the devil loves to do is to make you not to realize it that the storm is over. He wishes to keep you in condemnation even at the time you have to feel liberated. - Israelmore Ayivor
No woman in maternity confinement can have stranger and more impatient wishes than I have. - Søren Kierkegaard
Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wishes to die. The same could be said about success. Everybody wants to achieve it but few are willing to pay the price of success. - Michael A. Contés II
A vicious circle develops in which the people around you expect you to be there for them all the time and comply with their wishes. - Auliq Ice
My Muse sits forlornShe wishes she had not been bornShe sits in the coldNo word she says is ever told. - Stevie Smith
Nature wishes that woman should attract man, yet she often cunningly moulds into her face a little sarcasm, which seems to say, 'Yes, I am willing to attract, but to attract a little better kind of a man than any I yet behold - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Depend upon it, he who wishes to win the prize must come on the principle that two and two make four. - Cardinal Wiseman
Even more than dreams our lies reveal our secret wishes. - Marty Rubin
In general, silence often reflects ambiguity on the part of the listener as the observer wishes to understand the other's experience. - Sandra Leanne Bosacki
The superstitious man wishes he did not believe in gods, as the atheist does not, but fears to disbelieve in them. - Plutarch
He who praises you for what you lack wishes to take from you what you have. - Don Juan Manuel
If man could have half his wishes, he would double his troubles.
For the writer, the serial killer is, abstractly, an analogue of the imagination's caprices and amorality; the sense that, no matter the dictates and even the wishes of the conscious social self, the life or will or purpose of the imagination is incomprehensible, unpredictable. - Joyce Carol Oates
My wishes before I die, to fulfill my mission on earth; The writing of my life stories to inspired present and future generations. - Lailah Gifty Akita
Any nation that wishes to enjoy the fruits of development and civilization, must follow the golden rules of this scripture as a national policy and culture. - Sunday Adelaja
Contemplating this suffering which is unbearable to us, and is unbearable to others, too, can produce awake mind, which arises from the compassion that wishes to free all living beings from suffering. - Dalai Lama XIV
The fate of warnings in political affairs is to be futile when the recipient wishes otherwise. - Barbara W. Tuchman
The honest man must be a perpetual renegade, the life of an honest man a perpetual infidelity. For the man who wishes to remain faithful must take himself perpetually unfaithful to all the continual, successive, indefatigable, renascent errors.
AIM, n. The task we set our wishes to. "Cheer up! Have you no aim in life?" She tenderly inquired. "An aim? Well, no, I haven't, wife; The fact is -- I have fired." G.J. - Ambrose Bierce
It is equally wrong to speed a guest who does not want to go, and to keep one back who is eager. You ought to make welcome the present guest, and send forth the one who wishes to go. - Homer
None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.
Best wishes to all the fonts in all the texts in all the books that make for a world of unfolding stories. - Michael Ray Smith
Anyone who wishes to destroy humanity's past, desires to destroy its future. - Mario J. Lucero
It is absurd to expect the inclinations and wishes of two human beings to coincide, through any long period of time. To oblige them to act and live together is to subject them to some inevitable potion of thwarting, bickering, and unhappiness. - William Godwin
I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Sometimes out of sheer perversion reality conforms to my wishes. - Marty Rubin
He who wishes to exert a useful influence must be careful to insult nothing. Let him not be troubled by what seems absurd, but concentrate his energies to the creation of what is good. He must not demolish, but build. He must raise temples where mankind may come and partake of the purest pleasure. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. - John F. Kennedy
When in prayer, there is no need to implore, beg or repeat. You have been heard, and your wishes will be granted perfectly at the right time. Relax, be patient and do not fret. - Pooja Ruprell
If your friend wishes to read your 'Plutarch's Lives,' 'Shakespeare,' or 'The Federalist Papers,' tell him gently but firmly, to buy a copy. You will lend him your car or your coat - but your books are as much a part of you as your head or your heart. - Mortimer J. Adler
No matter what your wishes, they are not crazy so long as they are not crazy to you! - Stephen Richards
Wishes and fears are illusions, Dil Bahadur, not realities. You must practice detachment. - Isabel Allende
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. - John Adams
As for my feelings toward 'Over the Rainbow,' it's become part of my life. It is so symbolic of all my dreams and wishes that I'm sure that's why people sometimes get tears in their eyes when they hear it. - Judy Garland
The ultimate goal of technology, the telos of techne, is to replace a natural world that’s indifferent to our wishes a world of hurricanes and hardships and breakable hearts, a world of resistance with a world so responsive to our wishes as to be, effectively, a mere extension of the self. - Jonathan Franzen
If wishes were grains of sand, the world would be a desert. - Palle Oswald
Religion consists in a set of things which the average man thinks he believes and wishes he was certain of. - Mark Twain
That is ever the way. 'Tis all jealousy to the bride and good wishes to the corpse. - James M. Barrie
It's awkward how some people refuse to be humans regarding their behaviours! Isn't that against God's will for he created them as humans? And yet, they at night hold hands up and ask God for forgiveness and to grant them their wishes; when he created animals sinless. - Mustafa SULTAN
Your wishes doesn't come true, because there is someone else who is wishing harder and trying harder for the same wish. - Amit Kalantri
Wishes can be harmful to us when they overcome patience. - Auliq Ice
What is it about our specific belief in God and His wishes that makes us so angry at the specific beliefs of another? What is it about the teachings of our respective deities that makes us more right than the next person? Or more wrong? - Chuck Austen
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty. - John F. Kennedy
I'm thinking about past events. I'm interested in recall, exact recall, of what was said, who said it and to whom. I want to know the truth, undistorted by time and revision and wishes and regrets. - Dana Spiotta
We'd rather have a grand spectacle of retribution of the 'wicked', than their silent walk towards redemption that our wishes questions the depth and nature of our love and hearts. - Ufuoma Apoki
If you fulfill the wishes of your employees, the employees will fulfill your visions. - Amit Kalantri
No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes that she were not. - H.L. Mencken
God wishes to see people happy. - shivani lal
Sylvie wishes the anti-depressants had been around when she was in her early twenties, not only to rescue her from the dark tunnels that came when her brother first got sick, but also to keep her from fucking all those assholes. - Francesca Lia Block
When man comes into the presence of God he will find, whether he wishes it or not, that all those things which seemed to make him so different from the men of other times, or even from his earlier self, have fallen off. He is back where he always was, where every man always is. - C.S. Lewis
None of you will have faith till he wishes for his (Muslim) brother what he likes for himself - Richard Spinos
There is no reward for wishes. - Chinedum Azuh
Go for your goal, be ambitious. Do what you dream, unlock your wishes. - Aaron David
Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them. - Washington Irving
Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified. - Samuel Jackson
Ask anyone; possibly ninety-five percent of our wishes have come true. The unfortunate part is, we all overlook that, and regret all our lives and torment ourselves for not getting the other five percent. - Love, Life, and Logic
Some people say the rain with no purpose and others say with memories and wishes - Tagor Manroo
Conservative. noun. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from a liberal, who wishes to replace them with others. - Ambrose Bierce
The easiest thing of all is to deceive one's self; for what a man wishes he generally believes to be true. - Demosthenes
This is patently absurd; but whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities. - Bertrand Russell
Life affords no higher pleasure than that of summoning difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified. - Samuel Johnson
I'm not sure why the saying goes..."be careful what you wish for"...it should be, "prepare yourself for your wishes". We need to know ahead of time to prepare for what we wish for, so that when our wishes come true, we don't regret the wish or have them turn into nightmares. - C. Nzingha Smith
There are many who wish to be masters over others. Rare indeed is the man who wishes to be master of himself - Radhe Maa
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. - Oscar Wilde
If wishes were fishes, then we would all cast nets. - Frank Herbert
If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles. - Benjamin Franklin
Even though everybody hates you, you'll always have a friend who protects you and wishes to uplift you from pain, misery and suffering and that will always turn and remain the hardest blow to those who hate you. - Auliq Ice
If you do not respect your own wishes, no one else will. You will simply attract people who disrespect you as much as you do. - Vironika Tugaleva
It is called as ‘discharge’ (karma) when one has to do it compulsorily and against his wishes. - Dada Bhagwan
We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified. - Aesop
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty. - John F. Kennedy
Despair wishes their hope diminishes. - Sherina Gandia
Sometimes out of sheer perversity reality conforms to my wishes. - Marty Rubin
Men's arguments often prove nothing but their wishes.
Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true. - Demosthenes
Your abilities are not enough to fulfill your wishes, so work considering your wishes and not your abilities. - Amit Kalantri
Wishes and wants do not transform a person; actions and reactions do so! Show the world your plans by the actions you take progressively and consistently. - Israelmore Ayivor
A tough lesson in life that one has to learn is that not everybody wishes you well. - Dan Rather
Only the devil wishes everyone to be his friend.
Every one wishes to have truth on his side, but it is not everyone sincerely wishes to be on the side of truth.
Courtesy: Wishes not to be loved, but to be lovely; Not to be benefitted, but to be a benevolence. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. - John Adams
People wishes their friends to be in politics, but their sons in professions. - Amit Kalantri
We can’t continuously be a society of well-wishers. We must take action to bring those wishes to fruition. - Steve Maraboli
The central feature of pride is enmity—enmity toward God and enmity toward our fellowmen. Enmity means hatred toward, hostility to, or a state of opposition. It is the power by which Satan wishes to reign over us. - Ezra Taft Benson
Everything that is experienced through the five senses is all ‘discharge’. It is due to one’s merit karmas that everything works according to one’s wishes, but he claims, ‘I did it’ and when one faces losses, he will say, ‘God did it’ or ‘my horoscope is unfavorable’. - Dada Bhagwan
Poets find their voices when they articulate the wishes of the dead, especially those slain as sacrificial talismans to a larger frame of existence. - Michael S. Harper
If you keep looking at your business wishes as delusional dreams you will end up running just another one of them. If you get inspired by your business wishes then plan to find a way and people to make it happen, you will end up mastering a second to none organization. - Sameh Elsayed
The north wind brings forth rain, yet your wishes bring you hope. - Auliq Ice
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live. It is asking other people to live as one wishes to live. - Oscar Wilde
One honest John Tompkins, a hedger & ditcher, Although he was poor, did not want to be richer;For all such vain wishes in him were preventedBy a fortunate habit of being contented. - Jane Taylor
No poet or novelist wishes he was the only one who ever lived, but most of them wish they were the only one alive, and quite a number believe their wish has been granted. - W.H. Auden
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