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wishes Quotes

55 of the best book quotes about wishes
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“I would ten thousand times rather that my children should be the half-starved paupers of Ireland than to be the most pampered among the slaves of America.”
Harriet Ann Jacobs
author
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
book
Joseph Jacobs
Louisa Matilda Jacobs
characters
slavery
mothers love for a child
wishes
concepts
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“For magic and applied science alike the problem is how to subdue reality to the wishes of men.”
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“But do thou have a care, my son, that I be not the occasion of a gift fatal to thee, and while the matter still permits, alter thy intentions.”
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“Our goddess of the moon is gifted with magic, with power over the dead. She could banish the dreams, if she wished. She did not.”
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“He believed the stars were wishes, and that one day they would all come true.”
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“The subconscious mind is ruled by suggestion, it accepts all suggestions – it does not argue with you – it fulfils your wishes.”
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“If heaven ever wishes to grant me a boon, it will be a total effacing of the results of a mere change which fixed my eye on a certain stray piece of shelf-paper.”
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“I wish I was still an atheist. Believing I was born into a harsh, uncaring cosmos – in which my existence was a random roll of the dice and I was destined to die and rot and then be gone forever – was infinitely more comforting than the truth.”
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“It matters not how we were brought up. What determines our way of acting is the manner in which we administrate our will. A man is the sum of all his wishes, which determine his way of living and dying. The will is a sentiment, a talent, something which lends us enthusiasm.”
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“I wish I were popular and beautiful and wealthy and talented.”
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“I’ve enjoyed imagining you were my son, that perhaps when I was young I went into a state of coma and begat you, and when I came to, had no recollection of it… it’s the paternal instinct, Amory.”
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“Only it seems to me that once in your life before you die you ought to see a country where they don’t talk in English and don’t even want to.”
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“Only a lunatic would want to be president. These lunatics are created deliberately by those who wish to be presided over.”
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“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
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“If there was such a thing as a doctor who was also a woman. She toyed with the idea, and then went to look for a paintbrush, as though this action could cancel the uncomfortable sensation of having been born into the wrong world.”
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“There are a great many things that I wish to do, and don’t get to.”
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“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”
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“Aim at secret wishes that have been thwarted or repressed, stirring up uncontrollable emotions, clouding their powers of reason. Lead the seduced to a point of confusion in which they can no longer tell the difference between illusion and reality.”
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“If things do not turn out as we wish, we should wish for them as they turn out.”
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“She wished to find out about this hazardous business of “passing,” this breaking away from all that was familiar and friendly to take one’s chance in another environment, not entirely strange, perhaps, but certainly not entirely friendly.”
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“Money’s awfully nice to have. In fact, all things considered, I think, ‘Rene, that it’s even worth the price.”
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“I wanted to freeze this moment forever, the chimes, the slight splash of water, the chink of dogs’ leashes, laughter from the pool, the skritch of my mother’s dip-pen, the smell of the tree, the stillness. I wished I could shut it in a locket to wear around my neck.”
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“Now he closed his eyes and unwished the test pass and wished instead that this little twisty key would turn Gillon’s present into a secret cupboard.”
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“I came to the mound where my ancestors had sometimes camped in the summer. I thought of them and of the happy times spent in my house on the headland, of my canoe lying unfinished beside the trail. I thought of many things, but stronger was the wish to be where people lived, to hear their voices and their laughter.”
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“Robert rushed to the gravel-pit, found the Psammead, and presently wished for— But that, too, is another story.”
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“We haven’t really got anything worth having for our wishes.′ ‘We’ve had things happening,’ said Robert; ‘that’s always something.’ ‘It’s not enough, unless they’re the right things,’ said Cyril firmly.”
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“Mr. Duncan put the magic pebble in an iron safe. Some day they might want to use it, but really, for now, what more could they wish for? They all had all that they wanted.”
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“THINK! You can think any THINK that you wish... Think a race on a horse on a ball with a fish!”
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″ I like the ZABLE on the TABLE. And the GHAIR under the CHAIR. But the BOFA on the SOFA ... Well, I wish he wasn’t there.”
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“It’s trousers I want, Dad.”
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“If you wish you may go by lion’s tail. Or stamp yourself and go by mail.”
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“Have you come from the mountains? How wonderful to be able to fly over the city on those bronze wings! I wish I wasn’t stuck here on the ground. I wish I could fly with you!”
Troy
book
Xanthe
character
freedom
wishes
wings
to fly
concepts
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“Sometimes when I’m tucked into my potato chips bag, I look up at all the cozy windows and wonder what it would be like to live with creature comforts. To belong to somebody. To be a real pet.”
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″‘I must fly’ said the man”
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“All he thought about, dreamed about, was the star.”
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“The trees filled with birds which flew still nearer the star.”
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″ ‘I can wish,’ sighed poor Katy, ‘What else can I do? If you wish hard enough then your wish might come true.’ ”
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“From Market Oh who’ll give us Posies, And Garlands of Roses, To twine round our heads to gay? For here we come bringing You many good wishes to-day. From Market-from market-from market- We all come up from market.”
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“Wishes Oh, if you were a little boy, And I was a little girl- Why you would have some whiskers grow And then my hair would curl. Ah! if I could have whiskers grow, I’d let you have my curls; But what’s the use of wishing it- Boys never can be girls.”
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“You may be sure there are mummies there, and very likely magic writings in their hands. I wish we could get a magic writing. Then we could do anything, and we could know all the secrets.”
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“He wished he had a mother, but who could his mother be?”
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″ ‘If we only had a cat!’ sighed the very old woman. ‘A cat?’ asked the very old man. ‘Yes, a sweet little fluffy cat,’ said the very old woman. ‘I will get you a cat, my dear,’ said the very old man.”
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“Books should be found in every house To form and feed the mind; They are the best of luxuries ‘Tis possible to find. For all the books in all the world Are man’s greatest treasure; They make him wish, and bring to him His best, his choicest pleasure.”
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“He’s my relation, and of course you have to like your relations; and besides, he’s been very kind to me. When a person does so many things for you, and wants you to have everything you wish for, of course you’d like him if he wasn’t your relation; but when he’s your relation and does that, why, you’re very fond of him.”
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“I wish I had a great deal of money...there are so many things a person can do with money.”
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“There was a great wish in him to stay here on Gont, and forgoing all wizardry and venture, forgetting all power and horror, to live in peace like any man on the known, dear ground of his home land. That was his wish; but his will was other.”
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″‘The thing is,’ Mark went on, ‘was it just an accident, or did we want so much to be magic we got that way, somehow? The thing is, each of us ought to make a wish. That’ll prove it one way or the other.‘”
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″ ‘But you mustn’t tell anybody your wish, or it won’t come true,’ cautioned her mother. ‘It’s supposed to be a secret wish.’ ”
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″‘How I wish I lived in a Jane Austen novel!’ I said I’d rather be in a Charlotte Bronte. ‘Which would be nicest- Jane with a touch of Charlotte, or Charlotte with a touch of Jane.‘”
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″ ‘Our wishes were all used up...besides, Jane, two ice-cream cones would ruin your appetite. When we get home we’re going to have clam chowder for lunch!’ ”
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″ ‘I guess some clam will find my tooth and get what I wished for,’ said Sal. ‘If we come back here tomorrow and I find a clam eating a chocolate ice-cream cone, why, we’ll have to take it away from him and make him give my tooth back too,’ she said.”
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″‘You don’t believe me,’ he said at last. ‘Well I don’t expect you to! I wouldn’t myself unless I saw it with my own eyes. But I wish, I wish it would happen. I wish the ship would take us somewhere — anywhere!‘”
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“My special wish for you is that before you’re one year older, you’ll inherit some of the Crowley money, so that you can take those singing lessons!”
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“inside the pocket there’s one cookie. Hit the pocket, there are two! Hit it again. There are three. The more I hit it. The more there are! I wish I had a pocket like that! I wish I had a pocket like that!”
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“My good woman (for the Fairy was very familiar, and no more minded a Queen than a washerwoman)- my good woman, these people who are following you will be the first to turn against you; and as for this little lady, the best thing I can wish her is a LITTLE MISFORTUNE.”

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