Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
Man wants but little here below Nor wants that little long, Tis not with me exactly so; But tis so in the song. My wants are many, and, if told, Would muster many a score; And were each wish a mint of gold, I still should long for more. John Quincy AdamsThe Wants of Man.
Little I ask; my wants are few; I only wish a hut of stone (A very plain brown stone will do), That I may call my own; And close at hand is such a one In yonder street that fronts the sun. HolmesContentment.
If I live to grow old, as I find I go down, Let this be my fate in a country town; May I have a warm house, with a stone at my gate, And a cleanly young girl to rub my bald pate. May I govern my passions with an absolute sway, Grow wiser and better as my strength wears away, Without gout or stone, by a gentle decay. Walter PopeThe Old Mans Wish. First appeared in A Collection of Thirty one Songs. (1685).
Thy wish was father, Harry, to that thought: I stay too long by thee, I weary thee. Henry IV. Pt. II. Act IV. Sc. 5. L. 93. Thy wish was father to that thought. Idea found in ArrianAnabasis. I. Ch. VII. ÆschylusPrometh. Vinct. I. 928. Achilles TatiusDe Leucippes. Bk. VI. 17. Heliodorus. Bk. VIII. CæsarDe Bello Gallico. III. 18. QuintilianInstitutes. Bk. VI. Ch. II. Sec. V. (Ed. Bonnell.) (1861).
Ive often wished that I had clear, For life, six hundred pounds a year, A handsome house to lodge a friend, A river at my gardens end, A terrace walk, and half a rood Of land, set out to plant a wood. SwiftImitation of Horace. Bk. II. Satire 6.
He calls his wish, it comes; he sends it back, And says he called another; that arrives, Meets the same welcome; yet he still calls on; Till one calls him, who varies not his call, But holds him fast, in chains of darkness bound, Till Nature dies, and judgment sets him free; A freedom far less welcome than this chain. YoungNight Thoughts. Night IV. Lines near end.