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wishes Quotes

22 of the best book quotes about wishes
  1. #1
    “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.”
  2. #2
    “For magic and applied science alike the problem is how to subdue reality to the wishes of men.”
  3. #3
    “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.”
  4. #4
    “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.”
  5. #5
    “He believed the stars were wishes, and that one day they would all come true.”
  6. #6
    “The subconscious mind is ruled by suggestion, it accepts all suggestions – it does not argue with you – it fulfils your wishes.”
  7. #7
    “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.”
  1. #8
    “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.”
  2. #9
    “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.”
  3. #10
    “I wish I were popular and beautiful and wealthy and talented.”
  4. #11
    “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.”
  5. #12
    “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.”
  6. #13
    “Only a lunatic would want to be president. These lunatics are created deliberately by those who wish to be presided over.”
  7. #14
    “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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  1. #15
    “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.”
  2. #16
    “There are a great many things that I wish to do, and don’t get to.”
  3. #17
    “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”
  4. #18
    “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.”
  5. #19
    “If things do not turn out as we wish, we should wish for them as they turn out.”
  6. #20
    “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.”
  7. #21
    “Money’s awfully nice to have. In fact, all things considered, I think, ‘Rene, that it’s even worth the price.”
  8. #22
    “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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