But our wishes are like tinder: the flint and steel of circumstances are continually striking out sparks, which vanish immediately, unless they chance to fall upon the tinder of our wishes; then, they instantly ignite, and the flame of hope is kindled in a moment.
~ Agnes Grey
by Anne Bronte
If wishes were fishes, we'd all cast nets.
by Frank Herbert
"You wanted to look at life for yourself--but you were not allowed; you were punished for your wish. You were ground in the very mill of the conventional!"
~ The Portrait of a Lady
by Henry James
"Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing, and the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the folly of the chase."
~ Love for Love
by William Congreve
"There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it."
~ Man And Superman
by George Bernard Shaw
"But I can't give up wishing," said Philip, impatiently. "It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them. How can we ever be satisfied without them until our feelings are deadened?"
~ The Mill on the Floss
by George Eliot
"I cannot be a man with wishing, therefore I will die a woman with grieving."
~ Much Ado About Nothing
by William Shakespeare
"Judiciously show a cat milk, if you wish her to thirst for it. Judiciously show a dog his natural prey, if you wish him to bring it down one day."
~ A Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens
"You seek for knowledge and wisdom, as I once did; and I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been."
by Mary Shelley