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

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

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

Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) American Episcopal clergyman.

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

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.

Between the wish and the thing life lies waiting.


If wishes were horses then beggars would ride.

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Some people develop a wishbone where their backbone should be.

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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, novelist and dramatist.

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

Jean de la Bruyère (1645-1696) French satiric moralist.

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 writer.

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) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.