An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





We would often be sorry if our wishes were granted.


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


Stop the mindless wishing that things would be different. Rather than wasting time and emotional and spiritual energy in explaining why we don't have what we want, we can start to pursue other ways to get it.


Greg Anderson (American author, "The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness")


A prayer in its simplest definition is merely a wish turned Godward.


Phillips Brooks (1835-1893, American minister, poet)


To do nothing evil is good; to wish nothing evil is better.


Claudius (10 BC-AD 54, Roman emperor)


Wishes expand in direct proportion to the resources available for their gratification.


Robert Dato


When we get to wishing a great deal for ourselves, whatever we get soon turns into mere limitation and exclusion.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


Beware what you set your heart upon. For it shall surely be yours.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


There is no beautifier of complexion or form of behavior like the wish to scatter joy, and not pain, around us.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


A wish is a desire without an attempt.


Farmer Digest (American magazine)


A man, when he wishes, is the master of his fate.


Jose Ferrer (1912-1992, Puerto Rican actor, director, producer)


Oh, the secret life of man and woman -- dreaming how much better we would be than we are if we were somebody else or even ourselves, and feeling that our estate has been unexploited to its fullest.


Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948, American writer)


If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Industry need not wish.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


We are never further from what we wish than when we believe that we have what we wished for.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


If wishes were fishes, we'd all be throwing nets. If wishes were horses, we'd all ride.


Doug Horton


A man of the world must seem to be what he wishes to be thought.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


Let us act on what we have, since we have not what we wish.


John Henry Newman (1801-1890, British religious leader, prelate, writer)


The wishing gate opens into nothing.


Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892, British Baptist preacher)


We must not wish anything other than what happens from moment to moment, all the while, however, exercising ourselves in goodness.


St. Catherine of Genoa


Men try to run life according to their wishes; life runs itself according to necessity.


Jean Toomer


Between the wish and the thing life lies waiting.


Author Unknown


If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.


Author Unknown


My only wish is that my wishes be at rest.


Author Unknown


Some people develop a wishbone where their backbone should be.


Author Unknown


Wishing of all strategies, is the worst.


Andrew Young (1932-, Civil rights activist, protestant minister, public official)


Like our shadows, our wishes lengthen as our sun declines.


Edward Young (1683-1765, British poet, dramatist)


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