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"Wishes are free." ~ George Ella Lyons


Do not seek to bring things to pass in accordance with your wishes, but wish for them as they are, and you will find them. ~ Epictetus

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. ~ Washington Irving

I'm the kind of person that when I really want something, I wish for it. I wish on shooting stars. I wish on lots of things. ~ Picabo Street

You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don't let yourself indulge in vain wishes. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

A man will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body - the wishbone. ~ Robert Frost

Wishes on their way to coming true will not be rushed. ~ Arnold Lobel

Even the wishes of an ant reach heaven. ~ Japanese Proverb

If I had my way, I'd remove January from the calendar altogether and have an extra July instead. ~ Ronald Dahl

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 Johnson

Happy the man who early learns the wide chasm that lies between his wishes and his powers. ~ Goethe

If a man could have half his wishes, he would double his trouble. ~ Benjamin Franklin

If wishes were fishes we'd all be throwing nets. If wishes were horses we'd all ride. ~ Doug Horton

Wish for nothing larger Than your own small heart. ~ Alice Walker, Expect Nothing

I wish they would only take me as I am. ~ Vincent Van Gogh

If you wish your merit to be known, acknowledge that of other people. ~ Oriental Proverb

If there's a single lesson that life teaches us, it's that wishing doesn't make it so. ~ Lev Grossman, The Magicians

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