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18,975.  Freud said ‘Dreams are wishes’.  (Gangs US: New Jersey & Mafia & Mafia: US & Dream & Wish)  The Sopranos s4e11: Calling All Cars, Dr Melfi to Tony

 

 

830.  Ted, if you had three wishes, what would they be?

 

Ted: Three wishes?  I don’t know really.  Well I suppose the first thing would be world peace.  And then maybe an end to hunger.  And er [dreams of being disco king] … more money for hospitals, that kind of thing.  (Comedy & Catholicism & Priest & Island & Peace & Hunger & Disco & Wish)   Father Ted s1e2: Entertaining Father Stone

 

 

273.  Why does this delusion persist? ... I think it’s to do with wishful thinking.  (God & Delusion & Wish)  Christopher Hitchens v Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, 30th January 2008 New York

 

 

92,073.  I wouldn’t want anything for myself, but I’d like a fatal stroke for Jamesie.  (Unemployment & Wish)  John Sergeant Meets Rab C Nesbitt, BBC 2014

 

 

4,181.  Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world.  (World & Wish & Monroe)  Marilyn Monroe 

 

 

4,213.  To those human beings who are of any concern to me I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill treatment, indignities, profound self-content, the torture of self-mistrust and the torture of the vanquished.  (Humanity & Wish & Enemy)  Friedrich Nietzsche

 

 

56,787.  If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.  (Proverbs & Wishes)  Early 17th century proverb

 

 

61,444.  I would say that is was a pretty safe bet that one magic wish most people would like to be granted would be to see into the future,  (Civilisation & Wish & Future)  James Burke, Connections: Death In The Morning s1e2, BBC 1978

 

 

93,433.  Oft have you heard me wish for such an hour,

And now I find it.  (Wish & Hour)  William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus V iii 154-155

 

 

93,434.  Be as you wish to seem.  Socrates

 

 

93,435.  It is legal because I wish it.  (Wish & Legal)  Louis XIV

 

 

93,436.  Be careful what you wish for, you may receive it.  Anonymous, cited W W Jacob’s ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ 1902

 

 

93,437.  Wert thou all that I wish thee, great, glorious and free,

First flower of the earth, and first gem of the sea.  Thomas Moore, Remember Thee

 

 

93,438.  We cannot wish for that we know not.  Voltaire, Zaïre  

 

 

95,068.  I wish I were a jelly fish

That cannot fall downstairs:

Of all the things I wish to wish

I wish I were a jelly fish

That hasn’t any cares,

And doesn’t even have to wish

‘I wish I were a jelly fish

That cannot fall downstairs’.  G K Chesterton, Triolet

 

 

95,181.  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.  George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss

 

 

97,320.  Q) What do you wish for most?

 

Iranian woman: A better life, a lot of money, being able to have fun.  (Iran & Wish)  Decadence and Downfall: The Shah of Iran’s Ultimate Party, television interview of poor Iranian woman, BBC 2016

 

 

71,294.  People wish their enemies dead – but I do not; I say give them the gout, give them the stone!  (Enemy & Wish)  Lady Mary Wortley Montagu