wishfulness

Definitions

  • "'My master wishes to speak with you.'"
    "'My master wishes to speak with you.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wishfulness an unrealistic yearning
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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
THE WISH BROUGHT ABOUT THE MOST ASTONISHING RESULTS—See THE WISH BROUGHT ABOUT THE MOST ASTONISHING RESULTS—See

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)
    • n wishfulness The state of being wishful; longing.
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Quotations

  • Russell Lynes
    Russell Lynes
    “The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.”
  • Heraclitus
    Heraclitus
    “It would not be better if things happened to men just as they wish.”
  • Cardinal J. Newman
    Cardinal J. Newman
    “Let us act on what we have, since we have not what we wish.”
  • Ruckett
    Ruckett
    “My only wish is that my wishes be at rest.”
  • Jean Toomer
    Jean Toomer
    “Men try to run life according to their wishes; life runs itself according to necessity.”
  • Andrew Young
    Andrew%20Young
    “Wishing of all strategies, is the worst.”

Idioms

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.)
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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.
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Usage

In literature:

I wish you, from my soul, every happiness you can wish yourself; and I think you have taken the road to secure it.
"The Works of Lord Byron: Letters and Journals, Volume 2." by Lord Byron
D. Dear Madam, would you blame me, if to wish you not to marry Mr. Antony Harlowe, is to wish well to myself?
"Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
I should reply, I wish to see the effect of the Halteres.
"A Selection from the Discourses of Epictetus With the Encheiridion" by Epictetus
Ah, my friend, how I wish I might live two years; a mad wish, no doubt, an eternity of joy.
"Doctor Pascal" by Emile Zola
Then Grace had wished such an arrangement, and I had a sad happiness in executing all the known wishes of my sister.
"Miles Wallingford" by James Fenimore Cooper
I concluded he wished me to leave the hut, which I did; and immediately after I heard the girl scream.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
My theory of honest and holy living is all that you could wish it to be.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Of course for my own sake I do not wish it to be told.
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
Now I wish that thou mayst fulfil this desire of mine.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
But I wish you would fall in love.
"Don Orsino" by F. Marion Crawford
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In poetry:

I wish I had not been so kind;
But love is fain and passion blind,
While out of sight is out of mind,
And he ships in the morning.
"Sailor's Sweetheart" by Robert W Service
In my bed I died—a Christian,
Hoping straight with Christ to be;
Yet one earthly wish is buried
Deep within the grave with me—
"Epitaph Of Constantine Kanaris" by William Edmondstoune Aytoun
Wherefore should I wish to linger
Till returning joy be given?
Life can never know a morning
Bright as that which shines in heaven.
"When Shall I Flee Away, and Be at Rest?" by Caroline Fry
Bid us on from day to day,
And wish, and wish the soul away;
Till youth and genial years are flown,
And all the love of life is gone?
"To Fortune" by James Thomson
"How could ye wi' my feelings sport,
Or doubt a heart sae warm and true?
I maist could wish ye mischief for 't,
But canna wish ought ill to you."
"The Lass O' Isla" by Alexander Boswell
'Will it hurt much?'—'No, mine own:
I wish I could bear the pang for both.'
'I wish I could bear the pang alone:
Courage, dear, I am not loth.'
"In The Round Tower At Jhansi" by Christina Georgina Rossetti

In news:

Wish Ariana Grande happy birthday (and see her exclusive GL cover.).
Wishing you could quit smoking but don't know how.
I would like to tell his story with the hope and wish that it may help other families with members who still smoke.
We send Jim our best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Do you wish you could quickly put yourself out of your misery.
The Negaunee Nets third-graders concluded its season by winning all four of its games and winning the WISH Tournament.
We at Delta Farm Press wish US farmers and their families a Happy Thanksgiving.
Nobody knows that it's me so I get to do all the things I wish I could do but I can't do because it would be on the Internet the next day.
It creates a "Damn, I wish I could say that" moment.
"Things I Wish I'd Known" released Oct 1, 2012.
Deborah Cornwall shows off her new book, "Things I Wish I'd Known", released Oct 1.
Seniors in River Heights who have been pushing for more programming for older adults are finally getting their wish.
The owners of The Village Voice were thrown into jail last night, and I wish I could say that it was my fault.
VMworld is happening in Vegas this week, and dang I wish I were there.
But at the recent Make a Wish Gala, all those troubles disappeared for awhile, with the start of Zander 's wish to become a zookeeper.
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In science:

Readers who wish to proceed to the proof of the main theorem may skip ahead to Section 7.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
We wish to show that mX = |µ(X, V )| for X ∈ M0 and that mX = 0 for X /∈ M0 .
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
It is well-known to probabilists that the transition matrix of a random walk on a semigroup can be interpreted as the matrix of a convolution operator. (This is perhaps best known for groups, but the result remains valid for semigroups.) We wish to recast this result in ring-theoretic language.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
We wish to apply Proposition 2 to R = R[w] ⊆ RS .
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
Motivated by the theory of hyperplane face semigroups, we wish to isolate the conditions on S under which we can define analogues of the face relation, chambers, the semilattice of flats, etc.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
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