• "'My master wishes to speak with you.'"
    "'My master wishes to speak with you.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv wishfully in a wishful manner "he wishfully indulged in dreams of fame"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A motorist wishes to point out A motorist wishes to point out
"I love that old man, and wish him awful well." "I love that old man, and wish him awful well."
How I did wish he could have had some of my scolloped oysters, and jell-cake, and tarts How I did wish he could have had some of my scolloped oysters, and jell-cake, and tarts
X Y Z & Amperse and All wished for a piece in hand X Y Z & Amperse and All wished for a piece in hand
Despite the good wishes from friends Despite the good wishes from friends

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If you need to remember pi, just count the letters in each word of the sentence: "May I have a large container of coffee?" If you get the coffee and are polite say: "Thank you," get two more decimal places. (3.141592653...). Here is another sentance: How I wish I could calculate Pi. (3.141592)
    • wishfully With desire; longingly; wistfully.
    • wishfully Desirably; according to one's wishes.
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  • Georges Bernanos
    “The wish to pray is a prayer in itself. God can ask no more than that of us.”
  • Robert J. Ringer
    Robert J. Ringer
    “Reality isn't the way you wish things to be, nor the way they appear to be, but the way they actually are.”
  • Seneca
    “It is part of the cure to wish to be cured.”
  • St. Francis De Sales
    “Do not wish to be anything except what you are.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone.”


Be careful what you wish for - If you get things that you desire, there may be unforeseen and unpleasant consequences.('Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true.' and 'Be careful what you wish for; you may receive it.' are also used.)
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride - This means that wishing for something or wanting it is not the same as getting or having it.


In literature:

I almost wished that I might be dismissed too; but it was only a vague, wordless wish.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
That I wish you every joy and happiness I need not say.
"The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him" by Paul Leicester Ford
What is it you're wishing to be?
"Unleavened Bread" by Robert Grant
I do not wish to kill you.
"Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" by Charles Major
He wished again for Edward, and he wished that Henry had not died.
"Lewis Rand" by Mary Johnston
It is to be wished they may draw kindly together.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
If thou art willing that I should nothing of this affair, thou art of a mind with me, for neither do I wish to hear.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
I wish we all saw it oftener.
"Gladys, the Reaper" by Anne Beale
It is the wish of the learned in the world to possess the details and the abridgement.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
We do not wish to give up the kingdom, nor do we wish to see the extinction of our race.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"

In poetry:

We would not care, nay, would not dare
To wish thee back again,
Nay, rather say, "Queenie, good day,
Till we your rest attain."
"Queenie" by Mary Weston Fordham
And as thus we lay in darkness,
Each one wishing we were there,
"We are through!" the captain shouted,
And he sat upon a chair.
"Ballad of the Canal" by Phoebe Cary
I wish I were the little flower
So near the Host's sweet face,
Or like the light that half an hour
Burns on the shrine of grace.
"A Child's Wish" by Abram Joseph Ryan
SIGISMUND. To Clotaldo, who so truly
Served my father, I can give him
But these open arms wherein
He will find what'er he wishes.
"Life Is A Dream - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
That wish, on some fair future day
Which Fate shall brightly gild,
('Tis blameless, be it what it may,)
I wish it all fulfilled.
"The Poet's New-Year's Gift. To Mrs. (Afterwards Lady) Throckmorton" by William Cowper
"Nay," she answered, deeply sighing,
As the maid grew womanish—
"Love, how hard have I been trying'
To believe the thing I wish!
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

In news:

Wish the color would last longer.
I wish this would be the case.
Apple's iPhones, iMacs and especially iPads are on most people's wish lists.
Blake Madone wishes he could be part of the Tigers football team, but three concussions were enough for his mom to say enough was enough.
About the only thing everyone can agree on when it comes to education is that tax dollars alone won't accomplish everything communities wish their schools could do.
To relive the plays they could've made and lament the ones they wish they wouldn't have.
At a little-known baseball camp, major league coaches teach you everything you wish you'd learned growing up.
100 year-old Arthur Giddon got to fulfill a lifetime wish when he was named the honorary batboy for the Boston Red Sox.
Retailers' Wish List: Cheery Shoppers.
Chely Wright's 'Wish Me Away' Documentary Available for Web Purchase.
I wish I could wake up five times a day just so I could eat breakfast.
As one of the couples featured, we wish to make two points.
I wish to apologize to you for my behavior last week.
The unemployed wish campaign spotlight would stay on economy.
Sharon Osbourne wishes she'd been a stay-at-home mother.

In science:

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A GRB Tool Shed
I wish to thank the International center for cultural cooperation (NOOPOLIS) Italy, for partial financial support.
On the triviality of certain non-Riemannian models of gravitation
I also wish to thank Kenji Iohara, Masao Jinzenji, Akishi Kato and Minoru Wakimoto for valuable discussions and comments.
Algebraic structures on quasi-primary states in superconformal algebras
We wish to emphasize again that there are two different types of applications of RMT to physical problems.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
They wish to argue that since the pumped state is out of equilibrium, we would assign a nonzero level of complexity to this state.
Response to Comments on "Simple Measure for Complexity"