Sayings about Wishes

Treat thoughts as guests and wishes as children. ~ Chinese Proverb

Those who wish to sing always find a song. ~ Swedish Proverbs

He who does not wish for little things does not deserve big things. ~ Belgian Proverbs

Between the wish and the thing life lies waiting. ~ Traditional Proverb

If you wish to know what a man is, put him in authority. ~ Yugoslavian Proverb

If you wish for peace be ready for war. ~ Traditional Proverb

To wish to know is to wish to doubt. ~ French Proverbs

When God wishes a man well, He gives him insight into his faults. ~ Islamic Proverb

Whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad. ~ Traditional Proverb

If wishes were horses then beggars would ride. ~ English Proverbs

If every day was a sunny day, who would not wish for rain? ~ Japanese Proverbs

Shadows are formed all along the wishes of the sun. ~ Chinese Proverb

If you wish to be good, first believe that you are bad. ~ Greek Proverbs

Marriage is like a besieged castle; those who are on the outside wish to get in; and those who are on the inside wish to get out. ~ Arabian Proverb

Young people tell what they are doing, old people what they have done, and fools what they wish to do. ~ French Proverb

Your dog wishes you a long life. ~ Russian Proverbs

If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words. ~ Chinese Proverb

Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse. ~ African Proverb

The horse may wish to do one thing, but he who saddles him another. ~ Spanish Proverbs

Do you wish people to think well of you? Don’t speak. ~ French Proverb

Speak little and well if you wish to be esteemed a person of merit. ~ French Proverb

If you wish to know what most occupies a man’s thoughts, you have only to listen to his conversation. ~ Chinese Proverb

Our wishes are like little children — the more you indulge the more they want from you. ~ Chinese Proverb

He that flatters you more than you desire either has deceived you or wishes to deceive. ~ Italian Proverbs

If things are not as you wish, wish them as they are. ~ Yiddish Proverb

If you wish good advice, consult an old man. ~ Romanian Proverb

I wish that he would sink as deep in the ground as a hare can run in ten years. ~ Dutch Proverb

It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest. ~ Greek Proverb

Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes. ~ Chinese Proverb

If you wish to drown, do not torture yourself with shallow water. ~ Bulgarian Proverb

He who wishes to barter, does not like his belongings. ~ Nigerian Proverb

Who wishes to travel far spares his steed. ~ French Proverb

If you wish to learn the highest truth, begin with the alphabet. ~ Japanese Proverb

Be honorable yourself if you wish to associate with honorable people. ~ Welsh Proverb

A woman is as old as she wishes to tell you. ~ Luxembourg Proverb

If you wish to succeed, consult three old people. ~ Chinese Proverb

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

Never ask of him who has, but of him who wishes you well. ~ Spanish Proverb

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Quotations about Wishes

No more war! Never again war! If you wish to be brothers, drop your weapons. ~ Pope Paul VI

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. ~ Mohandas Gandhi

I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much. ~ Mother Teresa

Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly. ~ Saint Francis de Sales

Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be. ~ Jack Welch

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

It would not be better if things happened to men just as they wish. ~ Vance Havner

He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own. ~ Confucius

He who has no wish to be happier is the happiest of men. ~ William R. Alger

It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone. ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A man of the world must seem to be what he wishes to be thought. ~ Jean De La Bruyere

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

Everyone wishes to have truth on his side, but not everyone wishes to be on the side of truth. ~ Richard Whately

We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish. ~ Tony Robbins

Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation. ~ Saint Augustine

A wish is a desire without an attempt. ~ Farmer Digest

If you wish to be brothers, drop your weapons. ~ Pope John Paul II

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

If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest. ~ Publilius Syrus

I don’t wish to be everything to everyone, but I would like to be something to someone. ~ Javan

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

Like our shadows, our wishes lengthen as our sun declines. ~ Edward Young

My only wish is that my wishes be at rest. ~ Author Unknown

Men’s arguments often prove nothing but their wishes. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

If we wish to free ourselves from enslavement, we must choose freedom and the responsibility this entails. ~ Leo Buscaglia

We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier. ~ Walter Savage Landor

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

The poor wish to be rich, the rich wish to be happy, the single wish to be married, and the married wish to be dead. ~ Ann Landers

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. ~ Thomas a Kempis

Let us act on what we have, since we have not what we wish. ~ John Henry Newman

When you love someone all your saved-up wishes start coming out. ~ Elizabeth Bowen

I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world. ~ Muhammad Ali

Industry need not wish. ~ Benjamin Franklin

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

Men in general are quick to believe that which they wish to be true. ~ Julius Caesar

Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

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

If you wish to be loved, show more of your faults than your virtues. ~ Robert Bulwer-Lytton

Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

If any man wishes to write a clear style, let him first be clear in his thoughts. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. ~ Jim Rohn

If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius. ~ Joseph Addison

When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers. ~ Oscar Wilde

I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another. ~ Thomas Jefferson

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears. ~ Cesare Pavese

The world is full of genies waiting to grant your wishes. ~ Percy Ross

If you fall then that’s not all… if you wish to be down then stay down… if you wish to be up then get up. ~ Janice Markowitz

We would often be sorry if our wishes were granted. ~ Aesop

If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise.~ William Butler Yeats

People wish to be settled: only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you do not wish a man to do a thing, you had better get him to talk about it; for the more men talk, the more likely they are to do nothing else. ~ Thomas Carlyle

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen. ~ Michael Jordan

We cannot wish for that we know not. ~ Voltaire

We are never further from our wishes than when we imagine that we possess what we have desired. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development. ~ Brian Tracy

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. ~ Saint Augustine

The deepest wishes of the heart find expression in secret prayer. ~ George E. Rees

People wish to be poets more than they wish to write poetry, and that’s a mistake. One should wish to celebrate more than one wishes to be celebrated. ~ Lucille Clifton

We all wish to be brave and strong in the face of disaster. We all wish to be looked up to for our endurance and efforts to help others. ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes

If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

The wishing gate opens into nothing. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Treat others as you wish to be treated. Don’t just be nice, but be kind to other people. That can be so rewarding. ~ Mary Lambert

Who is the wisest man? He who neither knows or wishes for anything else than what happens. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Plenty of people wish to become devout, but no one wishes to be humble. ~ Joseph Addison

If you wish to avoid foreign collision, you had better abandon the ocean. ~ Henry Clay

Do you wish people to think well of you? Don’t speak well of yourself. ~ Blaise Pascal

If you wish to be a writer, write.~ Epictetus

Visualize, “prayerize,” “actionize,” and your wishes will come true. ~ Charles L. Allen

You can do anything you wish to do, have anything you wish to have, be anything you wish to be. ~ Robert Collier

Freedom is the right to live as we wish. ~ Epictetus


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