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Wise Wishes

July 7th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 56 secs

Timely wise wishes can save a lot of heartache.

Timely wise wishes can save a lot of heartache.

I love wise quotes. To me they distil the thoughts of clever folk from all around the world. So this time, I want to celebrate wise wishes and, hopefully, give you cause for a knowing nod or two or three as you consider the insights others have already made about life:

  1. “Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live”  Oscar Wilde
  2. “My wish isn’t to mean everything to everyone but something to someone”  Anon
  3. If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles”  Benjamin Franklin
  4. “Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable”  William Shakespeare
  5. “Wishing of all strategies, is the worst”   Andrew Young
  6. “Let us act on what we have, since we have not what we wish”  Cardinal J. Newman
  7. “He who can follow his own will is a king”   Irish saying
  8. “Some people develop a wishbone where their backbone should be”   Anon
  9. “A prayer in its simplest definition is merely a wish turned Godward”  Phillips Brooks
  10. “Whoever wishes to keep a secret must hide the fact that he possesses one”   Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  11. “Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can”   Ralph Waldo Emerson
  12. “I wish I could be a better me for you, but most of all, I wish I could be a better me for myself”  Anon
  13. “The world we have created is a product of our thinking, it cannot be changed without changing our thinking”  Albert Einstein
  14. “Vows made in storms are forgotten in calm”   Thomas Fuller
  15. “May you have love that never ends, lots of money and lots of friends. Health be yours, whatever you do and may God send many blessings to you”  Irish Blessing
  16. “Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible”   Saint Augustine
  17. “All a man’s affairs become diseased when he wishes to cure evils by evils”  Sophocles
  18. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly”  Robert F. Kennedy
  19. “He that humbleth himself wishes to be exalted”  Friedrich Nietzsche
  20. “Wishes won’t wash dishes”   American saying
  21. “Stop the habit of wishful thinking and start the habit of thoughtful wishes”  Mary Martin
  22. “Destiny has two ways of crushing us – by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them”  Henri Frederic Amiel
  23. “Where there is great love, there are always wishes”  Willa Cather
  24. “Living creatively is really important to maintain throughout your life. And living creatively doesn’t mean only artistic creativity, although that’s part of it. It means being yourself, not just complying with the wishes of other people”  Matt Groening
  25. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value”   Albert Einstein.

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