Wished Quotes

We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Wished Quotes from V. S. Naipaul, Douglas Coupland, Annie Wersching, Jim James, Henry David Thoreau. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.

We made no inquiries about India or about the families

We made no inquiries about India or about the families people had left behind. When our ways of thinking had changed, and we wished to know, it was too late. I know nothing of the people on my father’s side; I know only that some of them came from Nepal.
V. S. Naipaul
Florida isn’t so much a place where one goes to reinvent oneself, as it is a place where one goes if one no longer wished to be found.
Douglas Coupland
I really wished I had done the backpacking-through-Europe thing when I was younger, but I was busy doing musical theater.
Annie Wersching
I listened to ‘En la Ceremony’ and had always wished it had some flamenco guitar.
Jim James
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
Henry David Thoreau
I had one young man tell me he wished I was his mom. Another young woman told me that every time she watched ‘The Office,’ I reminded her of her mother, who had just passed away a year ago, and that every time she saw me she felt as if she had a piece of her mom still with her.
Phyllis Smith
When my fans and actors like Rajinikanth and Amitabh garu wished that I do films once again, I thought I should do. I had some skepticism in me, initially. But looking at the encouragement, I grew in confidence.
I’ve known the poet Eileen Myles since the 1990s, when I first moved to New York, and I remember seeing her walking her Pit Bull Rosie around the East Village. She had these beautiful arms and David Cassidy hair and the sort of swagger so many of the gay boys I knew wished we had. We all had crushes on her.
Alexander Chee
I never wanted to be like other blues singers. I might like hearing them play, but I’ve never wanted to be anyone other than myself. There are a few people that I’ve wished I could play like, but when I tried, it didn’t work.
B. B. King
Prince never, ever mentioned it except to say he wished he was taller so he could play basketball. He was actually a really great basketball player.
Mayte Garcia
My mom wanted me to study medicine. But it was not easy to become a doctor in those days, and I became an actress. So, if I hadn’t taken up acting, I would have tried to become a doctor as my mom wished for it.
I have always been principally interested in men for sex. I’ve always thought any sane woman would be a lover of women because loving men is such a mess. I have always wished I’d fall in love with a woman. Damn.
Germaine Greer
I liked working with Tom Christopher as he was great as Hawk, and Wilfred Hyde White but I wished it were in a different context as the changes really tuned off the audience.
Gil Gerard
It was my father’s passion actually. I had never wished to become a wrestler. I was 12 when my father initiated me into this sport. Gradually, I started liking it and then it became my passion too.
Geeta Phogat
I remember watching the Blu-ray, and also when they first released it on DVD in the collection of all three movies of ‘The Godfather,’ and seeing all of those scenes that they cut out, and there wasn’t a single one of them that I wished they had kept it, but they were the most exciting thing to watch anyway.
Matt Reeves
Cobb lived off the field as though he wished to live forever. He lived on the field as though it was his last day.
Branch Rickey
I never wished my parents were normal, because they were unique, special and fabulous.
Nile Rodgers
I would say that if you really wished to be a working member of the community, don’t go out on strike because then there’s no work and no potential of work.
Dick Wolf
Fiction, for me, is sort of a protracted way of saying all the things I wished I said the night before.
Christopher Buckley
It was tough to cope with the pressure of having to talk about menstruation, but now with ‘Newsweek’ splashing it as the cover story, I thing the point I wished to make has found its mark.
Rupi Kaur
We never had planned to hijack a ship. We never thought of any war plans outside the Palestinian lands. We wished that the program had not failed and then the warriors could have achieved their goals.
Abu Abbas
Shashi saab had always wished that the traditions continue, even after he bids adieu to the mortal world. He didn’t want any of us to mourn his death; his desire was to celebrate life in every form.
Randhir Kapoor
I never wished that I was a superstar. Hell, I never even wished that I was an actress.
Diane Lane
I would like to explore and see this country. I have had so many opportunities to see it from the air! I would like to climb the mountains that I wished I could climb at the time but had to get back to Washington.
Janet Reno
When I was five, long before I understood what the word ‘gender’ meant, I would always tell my mother that I wished I were a girl.
Josie Totah
So if you’re a robot and you’re living on this planet, you can do things that you can’t do in real life – things that you wished you could do: like fly; like have a car that flies; like have furniture that is alive.
William Joyce
At a programme in Kannur, I was asked who I wanted to be in my next birth. I said I don’t believe in rebirth but if we should imagine it, I wished to be born in a world without religion or politicians.
I do not fault anyone else who makes choices to play characters that they wished they hadn’t… Because at the end of the day, none of us are happy with our jobs all the time.
Peter Dinklage
Dortmund is a fantastic club, critical for my career. But my Spanish grandfather on my mother’s side always wished that I play in Spain. And if, then at Real Madrid.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Only to he avoid misunderstandings, I must say that even last year, when I wrote my pamphlet, I heartily wished that Prussia should declare war against Napoleon.
Ferdinand Lassalle
I’ve taken regular gigs, I’ve worked in grocery stores, worked as a dishwasher, a porter in different places, all for survival. I don’t feel bad about doing it. I wished I could have done better. And still do.
Jimmy Scott
If I wished to do something, even if I couldn’t find anyone who wanted to make the effort with me, I would go out solo climbing. I did find solo climbing very challenging and a little frightening. You knew that you were completely on your own, and you had to overcome all the problems and possible dangers.
Edmund Hillary
I’m sure all of us can find fault in our own education, and I certainly wished at times that I’d had other options. My own K-12 education may have been free and easy, but it wasn’t necessarily very good.
Kim Brooks
It was wrongly assumed that I wished to become some sort of leader among gay activists, whereas in reality I was happier to be a foot soldier.
Ian Mckellen
Life is a crusade in the service of God. Whether we wished to or not, we set out as crusaders to free – not the Holy Sepulcher – but that God buried in matter and in our souls.
Nikos Kazantzakis
I always wished I had a chance to meet an NFL player or even a college player when I was growing up in Los Angeles.
Stephen Baker
When I was a child, sitting in front of the campfire, I wished that I could win the Ballon d’Or.
Paulo Dybala
My first Valentine gift was a cute little pup gifted to me by my family, which I had always wished for.
Shefali Zariwala
More than once, I’ve wished my real life had a delete key.
Harlan Coben
It is much to be wished that one had a post that knew what it was doing again; and lawmakers that knew what they were doing. If I were the Government, I should feel rather ashamed of making regulations one month and unmaking them the next.
Jane Welsh Carlyle
We asked ourselves the question: is there anything we wished we had known before heading out into the terrifying unknown that is the ‘real world.’ Turns out yeah. There’s a lot we wish we had known.
Matt Duffer
It’s not my business to think about the business; it’s my business to think about the character. Sure, there have been times in my career where I wished I was more popular or more this or more that – but that’s just stupid.
Lee Pace
When I wished to sing of love, it turned to sorrow. And when I wished to sing of sorrow, it was transformed for me into love.
Franz Schubert
Directors sometimes have good ideas that I wished I’d had, not on rewriting but simply on staging.
Tom Stoppard
For better or worse, I refuse to live my life with regret. Sometimes, I’ll look back on my past mistakes with fondness. But I never wished I wouldn’t have made them. That’s why I don’t like re-takes.
Takashi Miike
If Oak Flat were a Christian holy site or, for that matter, Jewish or Muslim, no senator who wished to remain in office would dare to sneak a backdoor deal for its destruction into a spending bill – no matter what mining-company profits or jobs might result. But this is Indian religion.
Lydia Millet
Personally, I have never wished I were a male novelist.
Curtis Sittenfeld
A drone isn’t any different than a bomb; it’s not any different than other weapons that are used, where there is always a capacity for people to be killed who you wished were not. It’s just the weapons platform.
Tim Kaine
Pops, he was a singer’s singer. I loved to hear my father sing. He just was so laid-back and cool. I always wished I could sing like Pops.
Mavis Staples
I don’t really believe in closure. That’s something that writers talk about or people wished that they had.
Thomas Gibson
I wished that I could have been down there because Paul actually wanted me to do the tour with him, but then he realized that it just wouldn’t be right. It wouldn’t be a solo tour anymore. It would look like just half of KISS.
Eric Carr
The Emperor Napoleon, ascending gradually from his post of national magistrate to seat himself upon a throne without limits, seems to have wished to punish, as for the abuse of republican reforms, by making us feel all the weight of absolute monarchy.
Marquis de Lafayette
I came into politics because I wished to change things. You can’t do that by lying to people; you have to educate, and persuade, and carry them with you – and it’s often a long haul.
Ken Livingstone
I got a call this morning, and it was from Nancy Kerrigan, wishing me luck. She wished me luck and sent me all her good wishes.
Michelle Kwan
I was informed… that some… were dreaming and wished to return.
Zebulon Pike
Just because I bought some jewelry and things I’ve always wished for and always wanted, it doesn’t mean I’m not focused. It doesn’t mean that I’m not hungry anymore.
Andy Ruiz Jr.
When women told me they’d always wished they had a sister, they were thinking of this ideal of mutual encouragement and support. Many of those who have sisters also yearn for this ideal because their relationships with their sisters don’t always live up to it.
Deborah Tannen
My father wasn’t too crazy about me. I loved him anyway. One of the things I regretted for a long time was that he died before he could see that he would be proud of me. I was actually more what he wished for than he thought.
Mike Nichols
I was navigator on the Gloucester schooner ‘Gertrude L. Thebaud’ in the International Fisherman’s race. That’s a big thing in New England – the race, I mean. A Boston newspaper man covered it, and saw me on board. For a long time I wished he hadn’t! He wrote a piece saying I ought to be in motion pictures.
Sterling Hayden
The fact that he didn’t get credit for a while is more the story of social injustice. But his own spirit wasn’t driven by that, and wasn’t dependent upon that. He just wished he had the cash to go to medical school.
Mary Stuart Masterson
If you wished to be loved, love.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Even in past years, when I wasn’t in the Super Bowl, I wished I was.
Brett Favre
I’ve often wished when I started a book I knew what was going to happen. I talked to writers who write 80-page outlines, and I’m just in awe of that.
Charlaine Harris
I just admire people like Woody Allen, who every year writes an original screenplay. It’s astonishing. I always wished that I could do that.
Francis Ford Coppola
I guess we’d be living in a boring, perfect world if everybody wished everybody else well.
Jennifer Aniston
I always wished I had a song like that George Strait song, ‘The Chair’, ’cause it’s basically just a guy trying to pick up a girl at a bar.
Blake Shelton
When I was getting it relaxed, I almost wished my hair didn’t grow, because it was so expensive and broke easily.
Corinne Bailey Rae
You have only to see what became of my father’s will immediately after his death, and the wills of so many other kings. I know it well; but nevertheless, they have wished it; they gave me no rest nor repose, no calm until it was done.
Louis XIV
I think the Swedish Academy wished to manifest its solidarity with the living spirit of Greece today.
Giorgos Seferis
Lady Jaye dressed me in her clothes the first day we met. The love we had was so strong, we wished we could become one. Then we thought, ‘Why shouldn’t we?’
Genesis P-Orridge
In seeking an empire of liberty, Jefferson wished not only to expand the country’s territorial holdings, but also to extend American institutions around the globe.
Robert Dallek
I have always wished I could learn to be a potter. I love collecting ceramics; it would be so fulfilling to create something lovely.
Julie Andrews
James Joyce – an essentially private man who wished his total indifference to public notice to be universally recognized.
Tom Stoppard
In my youth, when I tried to plan for the future, I had wished to be an engineer so I could get work with technology while writing sci-fi after hours. I figured that if I got lucky, I could then turn into a full-time writer.
Liu Cixin
Nine years old, I became the victim of war. I didn’t like that picture at all. I felt like, why he took my picture, when I was agony, naked, so ugly? I wished that picture wasn’t taken.
Phan Thi Kim Phuc
I grew up in Los Angeles and always wished I’d spent a childhood in a far different place.
Berkeley Breathed
Priests, she insisted, could not sin. It was a thing impossible. Everything that they did, and wished, was of course right. She hoped I would see the reasonableness and duty of the oaths I was to take, and be faithful to them.
Maria Monk
I was always a good student. I wasn’t the A-plus student, but I studied really hard, and I probably had a 3.2. I always wished that I had the capacity to get straight A’s, but I didn’t. I didn’t beat myself up about it, but I really studied hard for my grades.
Tyra Banks
My parents wished peace upon their firstborn child.
Shalom Harlow
In addition to their power over government based on government financing and personal influence, bankers could steer governments in ways they wished them to go by other pressures.
Carroll Quigley
Some manufacturers illustrate their advertisements with abstract paintings. I would only do this if I wished to conceal from the reader what I was advertising.
David Ogilvy
God expects from men something more than at such times, and that it were much to be wished for the credit of their religion as well as the satisfaction of their conscience that their Easter devotions would in some measure come up to their Easter dress.
Robert South
Penal law was not created by the common people, nor by the peasantry, nor by the proletariat, but entirely by the bourgeoisie as an important tactical weapon in this system of divisions which they wished to introduce.
Michel Foucault
In a federal structure such as ours, state governments are imperative for the smooth functioning of our overall polity. They can’t just be wished away.
Pinarayi Vijayan
Israel should not feel satisfaction at my son’s death, for he died on the battlefield, facing the conquerors as he wished, with a gun in his hand.
Hassan Nasrallah
In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.
W. H. Auden
I tried the Xenith helmet later in my career and immediately wished I had done it earlier. It was comfortable, secure, and allowed me to perform without distractions.
Frank Gore
Don’t get me wrong: there have been many occasions where I wished I could be thinner or have a different nose or hairline to fit in, but I realized that fitting in is not always as important as it seems; I realized that I love standing out in positive ways!
Nia Jax
At times during high school and college I wished to be a sportswriter.
Luke Ford
That was a surprise. I just had wished that Wil Wheaton was there. He was missing from the last show and it would have been nice if everyone could have been there.
Denise Crosby
I’ve never wished for people to recognise me or anything.
Diljit Dosanjh
All through my twenties, I spent more time worrying what I didn’t have than thinking about what I did have. I wished that I was taller, had longer legs, slimmer hips, a smaller bottom, even straighter hair.
There were times, I could say, later in the career, that I wished that my voice would be deeper for materials that I might’ve wanted to select to do. But that’s the style of my voice. There’s nothing I can do about the height of my voice. And so I learned to deal with it.
Jimmy Scott
Don’t get me wrong, there are sometimes if I go and see a really funny comedy, that I wished I had smoked a joint. I’ll be honest with you. That’s the truth.
Stephen Baldwin
I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty… but I am too busy thinking about myself.
Edith Sitwell
In the past, those who had ideas they wished to communicate to the public had the unquestioned right to disseminate those ideas in an open marketplace, called a mall, we should not abridge that right.
Sol Wachtler
Andy wasn’t capable of any complicated thoughts or ideas. Ideas need a verb and a noun, a subject. Andy spoke in a kind of stumbling staccato. You had to finish sentences for him. So Andy operated through people who could do things for him. He wished things into happening, things he himself couldn’t do.
Paul Morrissey
I think I’m probably the only person that, when the parents lent me money to make the movie, they wished I had not paid them back. They could have said ‘No,’ and it would have ended, and I would have gotten a real job.
John Waters
I’ve always liked to think I could do anything I wished as well as – if not better than – a man. But I wasn’t very good at rally driving.
Jo Brand
In December 1998, I considered myself an expert on love. I was almost a year into a relationship, one that had grown more slowly than I had wished, but once it flowered it was much more stimulating than any marriage or relationship I had known.
Jane Smiley
Let me tell you this, if I had wanted to have a library of audio and videotapes of Bill Clinton, I could have had that. And after I was accused of being a liar, I wished that I had of.
Gennifer Flowers
AIDS is the biggest challenge, the major disaster facing this country and we would have wished for something more specific and far-reaching.
Mangosuthu Buthelezi
One of mom’s greatest acts of generosity was that she trained me to be defiant. Her great gift to me was encouraging me to be the person that I wanted to be, not the one that she and my father wished I was.
Ruth Reichl
We have to find a way to try and reconcile our beliefs – and Islam, like Judaism and Christianity, has traditionally seen homosexuality as a sin – with the reality of life in modern, pluralistic, secular societies in which gay people cannot be wished away or banished from sight.
Mehdi Hasan
Few people have ever seriously wished to be exclusively rational. The good life which most desire is a life warmed by passions and touched with that ceremonial grace which is impossible without some affectionate loyalty to traditional form and ceremonies.
Joseph Wood Krutch
One of my goals is to find an unsigned YouTube artist and feature them on my album. That’s what I wished someone would’ve done for me.
Charlie Puth
I have never imagined being or wished to be chosen as something important in the world.
Fethullah Gulen
I wished they did more things like ‘How’ and ‘Tomorrow’s World.’ Programmes about how things work.
Zoe Ball
It is necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live.
Alexandre Dumas
I listened to my kids talk about me as a parent, and I learned about things they wished I’d done and said. And I wished that I had done more of those things.
Don Yaeger
I think they saw me as something like a deliverer, a way out. My means of expression, my music, was a way in which a lot of people wished they could express themselves and couldn’t.
Little Richard
I wished to have the time to put together a world view, but there was never enough time, and also, those who had it seemed to have had it from a very young age; they didn’t begin at forty.
Sheila Heti
Korea taught me nothing, for no one spoke of it when I was growing up, except as something about how wonderful the girls in Japan were. Vietnam taught some of us more than we perhaps ever wished to know.
Gloria Emerson
For quite sometime, I’ve secretly wished for a bigger butt.
Sherlyn Chopra
Somehow, I had the feeling that I was responsible for Harry being dead. I remembered all the times that I wished he were dead, all the times I had dreamed of killing him. I got to thinking that maybe my wishing had finally killed him.
Arnold Rothstein
I always had this idea that, ‘Sure, I wished I was a boy and felt more like a boy and all of that.’ But I wasn’t, so I would deal with it. And I for some reason thought there were other lesbians that felt that way and that was just part of that community.
Chaz Bono
I said that I like to write on trains and that I wished Amtrak had residencies for writers.
Alexander Chee
I never wished to be a ‘rock star.’ I just wanted to be a working musician. My dreams didn’t even go past a session player or a working musician. It was too far beyond my dreams.
John 5
Ever since I was younger I wanted to be on stage, singing my songs in a glittering costume. And that happened and is still happening. I have to remember that this is what I wished for and be grateful because there are 500 other girls right behind me that are ready to snatch it up.
Katy Perry
There were loads of plays which were very popular before and after the war, where everybody wore a dinner jacket in the third act and it was in a house that you wished you’d owned with people that you wish you knew. It was life seen through a very privileged way.
Timothy West
A drone isn’t any different than a bomb; it’s not any different than other weapons that are used, where there is always a capacity for people to be killed who you wished were not.
Tim Kaine
Time Bomb encapsulates everything I have learned over the years and wished I could find in a capsule collection. It’s the absolute best skincare and body products I could envisage – and I am fussy. I am now able to indulge my love of beauty products and call it research.
A form of reason that in some way wished to strip itself of beauty would be diminished; it would be a blinded reason.
Pope Benedict XVI
I’ve come up in the scripted world, and I have wished there were more time slots for us to tell compelling scripted stories and not fill the airwaves with a lot of fluff and tabloid entertainment.
Ralph Macchio
It was tragic every single time my mom told me we were moving. I would always envy my friends who had grown up in the same house their entire life, and they had markings on the wall of ‘me at five years old’ and all that. It made me so sad. I wished I’d had that.
Camila Mendes