Wish quotes

  • I believe that decisions about the timing and manner of death belong to the individual as a human right. I believe it is wrong to withhold medical methods of terminating life painlessly and swiftly when an individual has a rational and clear-minded sustained wish to end his or her life.
    -- A.C. Grayling

    #Believe #Decision #Wish

  • An eternity of wishing to speak directly to my Creator - I thought in despair - and this is how He finally contacts me? Through AOL Instant Messenger?
    -- A.M. Jenkins

    #Wish #Despair #Messengers

  • Joys, which we do not know, we do not wish.
    -- Aaron Hill

    #Joy #Wish

  • You aren't what I expected. I wish you were. It'd be so much easier.
    -- Abbi Glines

    #Wish #Easier #Expected

  • Never impose your language on people you wish to reach.
    -- Abbie Hoffman

    #People #Wish #Language

  • I wish to fill in the gaps which have so far always remained unanswered in the souls of men as burning questions, and which never leave any serious thinker in peace, if he honestly seeks the Truth.
    -- Abd-ru-shin

    #Men #Soul #Wish

  • These are times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed.
    -- Abigail Adams

    #Character #Wish #Endurance

  • There is some help for all the defects of fortune; for, if a man cannot attain to the length of his wishes, he may have his remedy by cutting of them shorter.
    -- Abraham Cowley

    #Cutting #Men #Wish

  • To-day is ours; what do we fear? To-day is ours; we have it here. Let's treat it kindly, that it may Wish, at least, with us to stay. Let's banish business, banish sorrow; To the gods belong to-morrow.
    -- Abraham Cowley

    #Sorrow #Wish #May

  • Sometimes we wish the world could cry and tell us about that which made it pregnant with fear-filling grandeur. Sometimes we wish our own heart would speak of that which made it heavy with wonder.
    -- Abraham Joshua Heschel

    #Heart #Wish #World

  • I wish all men to be free. I wish the material prosperity of the already free which I feel sure the extinction of slavery would bring.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Men #Wish #Slavery

  • As a general rule, I abstain from reading reports of attacks upon myself, wishing not to be provoked by that to which I cannot properly offer an answer.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Book #Reading #Wish

  • I sincerely wish war was a pleasanter and easier business than it is, but it does not admit of holidays.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #War #Holiday #Wish

  • I am slow to listen to criminations among friends, and never espouse their quarrels on either side. My sincere wish is that both sides will allow bygones to be bygones, and look to the present & future only.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Forgiveness #Wish #Looks

  • As to your kind wishes for myself, allow me to say I can not enter the ring on the money basis--first, because, in the main, it iswrong; and secondly, I have not, and can not get, the money. I say, in the main, the use of money is wrong; but for certain objects, in a political contest, the use of some, is both right, and indispensable.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Money #Political #Wish

  • Now if you should hear any one say that Lincoln don't [sic] want to go to Congress, I wish you as a personal friend of mine, wouldtell him that you have reason to believe he is mistaken.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Believe #Wish #Politics

  • But all my people, the Palestinians and the Arabs, wish me long life and freedom.
    -- Abu Abbas

    #Long #People #Wish

  • It's always something to get one's wish, even if the wish is a failure.
    -- Ada Leverson

    #Wish

  • I wish I came from a more pure place. I don't have something to say from the bottom of my soul. I just know how to take stuff I like and repackage it in a slightly different way.
    -- Adam Brody

    #Soul #Wish #Stuff

  • Ignorance is bliss. I wish I still had some.
    -- Adam Pascal

    #Ignorance #Wish #Bliss

  • The wish to be understood may be our most vengeful demand, may be the way we hang on, as asults, to our grudge against our mothers; the way we never let our mothers off the hook for their not meeting our every need. Wanting to be understood, as adults, can be our most violent form of nostalgia.
    -- Adam Phillips

    #Mother #Wish #Adults

  • I wish I was a better athlete. That would have been a little cooler, being a great boxer and walking into a room and going: "I can knock everybody out!" That's a good feeling.
    -- Adam Sandler

    #Athlete #Feelings #Wish

  • Germany neither intends nor wishes to interfere in the internal affair of Austria, to annex Austria, or to conclude an Anschluss
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #War #Wish #Germany

  • If you wish the sympathy of the broad masses, you must tell them the crudest and most stupid things.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Stupid #Wish #Broads

  • The Potemkin city of which I wish to speak here is none other than our dear Vienna herself.
    -- Adolf Loos

    #Cities #Wish #Vienna

  • We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.
    -- Aesop

    #Wisdom #Sorry #Wish

  • The precept to worship God 'in spirit and in truth' recommand to worship him as an inward and moral force, without physical attributes and with no relation to fears and egoist wishes.
    -- African Spir

    #Wish #Inward #Spirit

  • It is odd how, when you have a secret belief of your own which you do not wish to acknowledge, the voicing of it by someone else will rouse you to a fury of denial.
    -- Agatha Christie

    #Secret #Wish #Denial

  • I wish I didn't have daily problems to deal with, so that I could just concentrate on learning more, every single day.
    -- Agnes Denes

    #Wish #Problem #Deals

  • There is a natural limit to the success we wish our friends, even when we have spurred them on their way.
    -- Agnes Repplier

    #Envy #Wish #Way

  • Back in the days when I was young I'm not a kid anymore But some days I sit and wish I was a kid again
    -- Ahmad

    #Kids #Hip Hop #Wish

  • The Hamas has taken the path of avoiding causing harm to Zionist interests outside of Palestine, not from weakness or lack of ability to do so, but because Hamas does not wish for further fronts to be opened against it around the world
    -- Ahmed Yassin

    #Taken #Wish #World

  • Days will prove that the assassination policy will not finish the Hamas. Hamas leaders wish to be martyrs and are not scared of death. Jihad will continue and the resistance will continue until we have victory, or we will be martyrs.
    -- Ahmed Yassin

    #Leader #Victory #Wish

  • It is my fondest wish that in the fullness of time, the American people will look back on the Franken presidency as something of a mixed bag and not as a complete disaster.
    -- Al Franken

    #People #Wish #Bags

  • It is just human nature to take time to connect the dots, I know that.  But I also know that there can be a day of reckoning when you wish you had connected the dots more quickly.
    -- Al Gore

    #Wish #Dots #Human Nature

  • My weaknesses... I wish I could come up with something. I'd probably have the same pause if you asked me what my strengths are. Maybe they're the same thing.
    -- Al Pacino

    #Wish #Weakness #Euthanasia

  • The literati in their cellarsPerform semantic tarantellas.I wish I did it half as well as them.
    -- Al Stewart

    #Wish #Half #Wells

  • Books are not about passing time. They're about other lives. Other worlds. Far from wanting time to pass, one just wishes one had more of it. If one wanted to pass the time one could go to New Zealand.
    -- Alan Bennett

    #Book #Other Worlds #Wish

  • It's the one species I wouldn't mind seeing vanish from the face of the earth. I wish they were like the White Rhinosix of them left in the Serengeti National Park, and all males.
    -- Alan Bennett

    #White #Mind #Wish

  • I wish Monkeys could Skype. Maybe one day.
    -- Alan Garner

    #Wish #One Day #Monkeys

  • I wish I were the type who could walk into a place and have everybody love me. But I'm not, and there's no use wishing
    -- Alan Ladd

    #Wish #Use #Type

  • You know what I wish? I wish all the scum of the Earth had one throat and I had my hands about it.
    -- Alan Moore

    #Hands #Wish #Earth

  • Every venture capitalist says at some point, 'I wish I could run this company myself' -- to be the entrepreneur instead of the investor.
    -- Alan Patricof

    #Running #Entrepreneur #Wish

  • I wish we could grow up about it, I'm sure we are contributing to global warming, and we must do all we can to reduce that, but our climate has always changed. The Romans had vineyards in Yorkshire. We're all on this bandwagon of 'Ban the 4x4 in Fulham'. Why didn't we have global warming during the Industrial Revolution? In those days you couldn't have seen across the street for all the carbon emissions and the crap coming out of the chimneys.
    -- Alan Titchmarsh

    #Growing Up #Wish #Climate

  • Belief…is the insistence that the truth is what one would ‘lief’ or (will or) wish to be…Faith is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be. Faith has no preconceptions; it is a plunge into the unknown. Belief clings, but faith let’s go…faith is the essential virtue of science, and likewise of any religion that is not self-deceptio
    -- Alan Watts

    #Self #Mind #Wish

  • Writers are lucky. Whatever the mood, no matter the longing, the writer can use his words to connect himself to any world he wishes to visit.
    -- Alan Zweibel

    #Wish #Lucky #Use

  • I felt that I had been happy and that I was happy again. For everything to be consummated, for me to feel less alone, I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Hate #Wish #Crowds

  • Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes, where we face it as free beings admiring, asking and observing, there we enter the realm of Art and Science.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Motivational #Art #Wish

  • There is a strange kind of tragic enigma associated with the problem of racism. No one, or almost no one, wishes to see themselves as racist; still racism persists, real and tenacious.
    -- Albert Memmi

    #Real #Racism #Wish

  • Why does man behave like perfect idiot? This is the problem I wish to deal with.
    -- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

    #Men #Perfect #Wish

  • Because the world to-day is so constructed that no one can do what he would like to do, and he is forced, instead, to do what others wish him to do. Because the question of money always intrudes—into what we do, into what we are, into what we wish to become, into our work, into our highest aspirations, even into our relations with the people we love!
    -- Alberto Moravia

    #People #Wish #World

  • I am I, and I wish I weren't.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Wish #Chaos

  • At this point we find ourselves confronted by a very disquieting question: Do we really wish to act upon our knowledge?
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Wish

  • I wish I could play the lead role in one movie, one great movie.
    -- Alec Baldwin

    #Play #Wish #Roles

  • But, who is Death? A figure that harrows and wastes wherever and however it pleases. This is also a possible description of the Countess Bathory. Never did anyone wish so hard not to grow old; I mean, to die. That is why, perhaps, she acted and played the role of Death. Because, how can Death possibly die?
    -- Alejandra Pizarnik

    #Mean #Wish #Waste

  • My wish for you... is that your skeptic-eclectic brain be flooded with the light of truth.
    -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    #Light #Brain #Wish

  • Even so, sometimes I wish I did have a little bit more flair in my language.
    -- Alex Berenson

    #Wish #Littles #Language

  • I wish I had some interesting stories about living in L.A., but mostly I just do my work and then go home.
    -- Alex Pettyfer

    #Home #Interesting #Wish

  • I am married and happy. My only wish is that nothing will change.
    -- Alexander Pushkin

    #Wish #Married

  • To demand that a person pee in a cup whenever you wish him to, without a documented reason to suspect that he has been using an illegal drug, is intolerable in our republic. You are saying to him, "I wonder if you are not behaving in a way that I approve of. Convince me that you indeed are. Outrageous. Intolerable.
    -- Alexander Shulgin

    #Drug #Wish #Demand

  • I wish everybody was just ethnically ambiguous. It would make life a lot easier.
    -- Alexander Siddig

    #Wish #Easier #Ambiguous

  • If you wish to preserve your secret, wrap it up in frankness.
    -- Alexander Smith

    #Secret #Wish #Frankness

  • Let us conduct ourselves so that all men wish to be our friends and all fear to be our enemies.
    -- Alexander the Great

    #Men #Enemy #Wish

  • If you wish to discover the guilty person, first find out to whom the crime might be useful.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Wish #Might #Firsts

  • I've been very fortunate in the things I've had in my life. But, at the same time, I wish I had the same types of memories as everyone else.
    -- Alfonso Ribeiro

    #Memories #Wish #Type

  • It is my express wish that in awarding the [Nobel Prizes] no consideration be given to the nationality of the candidates, but that the most worthy shall receive the prize, whether he be Scandinavian or not.
    -- Alfred Nobel

    #Wish #Consideration #Nobel

  • Good wishes alone will not ensure peace.
    -- Alfred Nobel

    #Wish #Good Wishes

  • For my part, I wish all guns with their belongings and everything could be sent to hell, which is the proper place for their exhibition and use.
    -- Alfred Nobel

    #Gun #Wish #Use

  • In a world where England is finished and dead: I do not wish to live.
    -- Alice Duer Miller

    #Wish #England #World

  • It's punishment to be compelled to do what one doesn't wish.
    -- Alice Dunbar Nelson

    #Punishment #Wish

  • I wish that I wasn't such an odd mixture. I wish I was serious, but I do love high heels and romantic comedies: being in them and watching them.
    -- Alice Eve

    #High Heels #Wish #Mixtures

  • He has the ability to catch someone by the way that he looks at her, and make her wish he would go on looking.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Wish #Looks #Goes On

  • That is how you know you've left childhood behind-when you wish for time to go backward.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Childhood #Wish #Behinds

  • Be careful what you wish for. I know that for a fact. Wishes are brutal, unforgiving things. They burn your tongue the moment they're spoken and you can never take them back.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Wish #Tongue #Facts

  • The truth about childhood, as many of us have had to endure it, is inconceivable, scandalous, painful. Not uncommonly, it is monstrous. Invariably, it is repressed. To be confronted with this truth all at once and to try to integrate it into our consciousness, however ardently we may wish it, is clearly impossible.
    -- Alice Miller

    #Childhood #Trying #Wish

  • Discipline is ... life-inhibiting, is at the very least curtailment of vital activity insofar as the latter cannot develop as it wishes but is confined within specific limits and subjected to specific rules.
    -- Alice Miller

    #Discipline #Wish #Limits

  • [Remark about Calvin Coolidge she says was erroneously attributed to her:] I do wish he did not look as if he had been weaned on a pickle.
    -- Alice Roosevelt Longworth

    #Wish #Looks #Pickles

  • I wish you all a long and happy life
    -- Alice Sebold

    #Happy Life #Long #Wish

  • People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools.
    -- Alice Walker

    #People #Wish #Literature

  • Sometimes I wish the writing and drawing were more integrated.
    -- Alison Bechdel

    #Writing #Drawing #Wish

  • The web is my unconscious but it's also a wish -- a fantasy of what my own creativity might look like if I weren't constantly impeding its flow.
    -- Alison Bechdel

    #Creativity #Wish #Looks

  • The day of judgment is either approaching or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause for adjournment. If it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. I wish therefore that candles may be brought.
    -- Alistair Cooke

    #Wish #May #Causes

  • I am not so sure whether what we do now is art or something not quite art. If I call it art, it is because I wish to avoid the endless arguments some other name would bring forth.
    -- Allan Kaprow

    #Art #Names #Wish

  • You know, I love wearing heels. I wish I could wear them all the time, but, you know, my sport doesn't really permit it.
    -- Allyson Felix

    #Sports #Wish #Permit

  • If they say "you have your last chance to look at the world", I wish that look would from Çamlıca of Istanbul.
    -- Alphonse de Lamartine

    #Istanbul #Wish #Looks

  • If you wish to strengthen your confidence in God still more, often recall the loving way in which He has acted toward you, and how mercifully He has tried to bring you out of your sinful life, to break your attachment to the things of earth and draw you to His love.
    -- Alphonsus Liguori

    #Loving Life #Attachment #Wish

  • He who wishes to find Jesus should seek Him, not in the delights and pleasures of the world, but in mortification of the senses.
    -- Alphonsus Liguori

    #Jesus #Attachment #Wish

  • The way to Heaven is straight and narrow: they who wish to arrive at that place of bliss by walking in the paths of pleasure shall be disappointed; and therefore few reach it, because few are willing to use violence to themselves in resisting temptations.
    -- Alphonsus Liguori

    #Heaven #Temptation #Wish

  • I wish to state emphatically that I do not believe in any sort of handwork or manipulation on a photographic negative or print.
    -- Alvin Langdon Coburn

    #Believe #Wish #Negative

  • I wish I could get all the discourteous drivers on a ship and sail them away and make sure it's a really horrible, wavy journey and when they get to where they're going, keep them there.
    -- Alvin Martin

    #Journey #Sailing #Wish

  • It is not enough just to wish well; we must also do well.
    -- Ambrose

    #Moving On #Wish #Enough

  • Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Evil #Political #Wish

  • The game of discontent has its rules, and he who disregards them cheats. It is not permitted to you to wish to add another's advantages or possessions to your own; you are permitted only to wish to be another.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Games #Wish #Add

  • CLOSE-FISTED, adj. Unduly desirous of keeping that which many meritorious persons wish to obtain.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Wish #Persons

  • Don't board with the devil if you wish to be fat.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Devil #Wish #Boards

  • aim, n. The task we set our wishes to.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Wish #Desire #Tasks

  • A pessimist asked God for relief. Ah, you wish me to restore your hope and cheerfulness, said God. No, replied the petitioner, I wish you to create something that would justify them. The world is all created,said God, but you have overlooked something
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Wish #Relief #World

  • I love accents - I wish I could find an accent for every one of my characters. It makes it so much easier when I don't have to hear my own voice.
    -- Amy Adams

    #Character #Voice #Wish

  • I wish I had eaten more rice cakes.
    -- Amy Krouse Rosenthal

    #Cake #Wish #Rice Cakes

  • I am a slow reader, and fast eater; I wish it were the other way around.
    -- Amy Krouse Rosenthal

    #Wish #Way #Reader