Phrases with "wish"

Ralph Waldo Emerson There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Anthony Trollope You do not mean to say that you would wish to bind him to his engagement, if he himself thought it would be to his disadvantage?” “Yes; I will bind him to it. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

I wish there was a fire-stick in it, and I’d never gone inside a door of it. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Henry Adams He had as much as he could do to overcome domestic friction, and felt no wish to alienate foreign powers. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Anthony Trollope I have no wish to call upon her ladyship. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

H. G. Wells How is it ever coming into the open air, to face crowds and sway millions? “If he is back there with you I wish you would ask him that. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

I am compelled to put you ashore, but I have no wish to leave you without clothes. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Robert Louis Stevenson Let me entreat you to move about much, and take a walk with the boys to Leith. I think they have still many places to see there, and I wish you would indulge them in this respect. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Would one dare wish to be the Demeter? to be — what? Stone? yes, presumably stone. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Anthony Trollope Not to quarrel with his two eldest children was the wish that was now strongest at his heart. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope But I wish I knew what this sorrow is, so that I might share it with you; may I not be told, mamma? is it about Alaric?’ ‘Yes, Katie. Alaric is in trouble. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

And whichever it is, Annie, the parson or the doctor, I wish him joy. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope It was necessary to me that I should have my little triumph; — that I should show you that I knew how far you had wronged me! But now I wish you should know everything. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

I wish you would run up, Evelyn, and see if she is coming. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

All he has been able to produce, therefore, is a wish that things would happen in a way in which they are manifestly not going to happen. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

Anthony Trollope He had no wish to triumph over Harry, but he had an object to pursue, and he was not the man to allow himself to be diverted from it by any one’s caprice. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Joseph Furphy I’m a quiet, agreeable sort o’ (person), though I say it myself; an’ I would n’t wish for better (adj. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Jonathan Swif I wish you had stayed till I came over, for some reasons. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Maria Edgeworth Henry endeavoured to convince him, that it was possible for a person to wish to please, nay, even to succeed in that wish, without being insincere. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

Mother thought,” added Susan, looking round cautiously, “that someone must have had a wish to get rid of father, he knowing too much. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope But in truth, independently of the pleasure I should derive from your company, I wish you to be here on a matter of business which is of some importance to yourself. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

My view now was that he was aware beforehand of the subject of the conversation, and if so I did not wish to appear as if I had slunk away from him after the interview. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Anthony Trollope I wish that they knew it, and then I could stand up against them. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

He left his suit-case at the Starr inn, with word that it would be sent for later, for he did not wish to publish his connection with the Castle any sooner than was needful. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Benjamin Disraeli I wish I could induce your grace to come and meet him: then you could judge for yourself. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

I wish to let you know that I do the same. Wolfe Barrington’s Taming by Ellen Wood [1870]

Arnold Benne That wish has been called by many names. How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day by Arnold Benne

I have my thoughts for company,’ said Lady Maulevrier. Mary felt that this implied a wish to be alone. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Matthew Arnold Do not let us wish that the Celt had had less sensibility, but that he had been more master of it. The Study of Celtic Literature by Matthew Arnold [1867]

Jane Austen Her wish of shewing you attention could not be doubted, and his being a disengaged and social man makes it all easy. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Walter Scott I wish you saw Halbert. — Edward, where is your brother?” “Hunting, I think,” replied Edward; “at least he left us this morning to join the Laird of Colmslie and his hounds. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

His wish was now gratified; “the bar of the House of Commons is the worst pillory in the nation. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

I wish I could have said farewell to him before he died!” A few more days, and Aunt Dean was thrown on her beam-ends at a worse angle than ever the Rose of Delhi hoped to be. Aunt Dean by Ellen Wood [1872]

You wish to give me in exchange, that other woman’s child. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Thomas Hardy She almost began to wish she were not obliged to go away and leave the lonely being to loneliness still. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

I wish I were you, because it will be all yours when there is no missis!” “But is she very ill?” I asked flinging down my rake, and tying my bonnet. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

W. H. Hudson To live with the Indians I love, in the desert, that is the only wish of my heart. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Willa Cather I wish I could help them all! I didn’t quite have the courage to send him money. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Olaf Stapledon They wish to believe that all revolutionaries are inspired by envy and hate and the desire to produce chaos. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

What do you wish to do?” “I wish to marry Juliet.” “Then I refuse,” said Mrs. Octagon, savagely. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Anatole France And I also had an ardent wish to become rich, and it is very natural, is it not, to wish for all the good things when one is young and pretty? We have but one life, and that is short enough. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Anthony Trollope Why should he wish to make me unhappy all my life?’ ‘He certainly does not wish that, my dear. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton Shackwell began to speak, but the Governor interposed calmly: “Fleetwood has come to tell me that he does not wish to remain in office. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

William Makepeace Thackeray I am sure I wish I had ninety,” says poor Kicksey, her eyes turning to heaven. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

I wish I had the keeping of your purse!” “What I have given will not hurt me, Cornelia, and Kane is badly off. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Indeed I don’t mind telling you that one of my chief reasons for coming home was a wish to see Medina.” “You’ll like him tremendously. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Henry Handel Richardson She did not wish the young men good-night, but, in passing Maurice, she said in an unfriendly tone: “Do you know what time it is?” and to Krafft: “It is late, Heiriz, you are not to play. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

George Eliot But I have not just the same unsullied name and fame in the eyes of the world around us, as I believed that I had when I allowed myself to entertain that wish about you. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

George Gissing I wish to ask if you will give us the pleasure of your company. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

M. R. James No, I only see it in a flash, but I took it in like a photograft — wish I hadn’t . A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

Anthony Trollope The fact is, I wish to do all this before the archdeacon can — can interfere. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Faith, I wish ’twere known, Ere we accept great Niebuhr as a guide, Wherein he blundered and how much he lied. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Anthony Trollope But not on that account do I wish to unfrock myself; nor certainly on that account do I wish to be deprived of my wife. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

H.P. Lovecraft That these secrets should be brought to light seemed injudicious, and I began to wish for an excuse to leave the castle and the village. The Moon-Bog by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Arthur Machen But as I don’t much care where the tablet originally came from, and only wish to know what the inscription means, I paid no attention to the paper. The Red Hand by Arthur Machen

Thomas Paine Our independence with God’s blessing we will maintain against all the world; but as we wish to avoid evil ourselves, we wish not to inflict it on others. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

William Makepeace Thackeray My wish was to increase this sentiment of awe in her bosom, and to make her believe that I was a person from whom escape was impossible. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Anthony Trollope It was about that infernal friend of yours, Fred, that Ussher; I wish he’d never darkened this door. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Arthur Morrison You wish to be a client, and you wish me to recover your lost diamond. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

William Morris The danger that the present course of civilisation will destroy the beauty of life — these are hard words, and I wish I could mend them, but I cannot, while I speak what I believe to be the truth. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

Miles Franklin I’m sure it’s not any wish of mine that I’m born with inclinations for better things. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Wilkie Collins There will come a time when you’ll wish yourself dead and buried. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

I wish to goodness she would leave writing alone. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

G. K. Chesterton Ruskin rebuked Coleridge for praising freedom, and said that no man would wish the sun to be free. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

E. Phillips Oppenheim All the same, I wish she were not so fond of Anthony.” “Why?” he asked. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

I wish this marriage of yours had not taken place, then you might have roughed it as other young men do, and have been the better for a little tart experience. Lodore by Mary Shelley

H. Rider Haggard You wish to use Jane’s beauty to catch this Jew with. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

I have procured a most admirable portrait painter, who is celebrated for the fidelity of his likenesses, and I wish you to be kind enough to authorize him to paint yours. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

George Meredith Not that exactly: a wish to see the impression I made on your friend. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Jane Austen Well, I wish him out of all his trouble with all my heart, and a good wife into the bargain. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Francis Bacon And in the first place, he will undoubtedly wish to be directed to something which will not deceive him in the result nor fail him in the trial. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

George Meredith This had been his burning wish at Croridge, where he could have poured his heart to her and might have moved the wife’s. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

H. Rider Haggard Her parents had no wish to suppress it, indeed; for though Leonard was a younger son, it was well known that he was destined to inherit his mother’s fortune of fifty thousand pounds more or less. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Conan Doyle It was really our principal objection to going to London now that we did not wish to leave you when you were so pulled down. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Anthony Trollope The parson knew that the miller saw him, but the miller took no notice,—looked rather as though he did not wish to be observed,—and so the parson went on. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Anthony Trollope I do wish Plantagenet hadn’t been in such a hurry about that nasty Board of Trade, and then he might have gone there. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence And I ask myself — What are her memories, then?’ ‘I wish I were a wild-cat,’ she said suddenly. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

George Borrow I wish to dispose of the donkey; no one, however, will buy him; he is a Calo donkey, and every person avoids him. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

I wish to act dutifully to you, if I can, and I hope you will be good to me and consent to this marriage. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

But what of that? He could give Mr. Ricardo as good a sea-mark as anybody need wish for. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Virginia Woolf When he had gone, and he left her without breaking his silence more than was needed to wish her good night, she sat on for a time, reviewing what he had said. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Anthony Trollope She had quite brought herself to wish to believe it. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Elizabeth Gaskell I wish I could make you understand. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Now, if you really wish for sport, I could help you. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Henry James Yet,” I reflected, “you’re not at present — though you wish to goodness, no doubt, you were — away from me. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

John Galsworthy Promise me anyway, Dinny, not to marry anyone else?” “But suppose I met someone I liked terribly, would you wish to blight my young life?” “Yes.” “Not so do they answer on the ‘screen. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

She did not wish to be the object of any one’s notice. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Damn — I wish it could have been brought home to him!” “But it’s not about that I want you to help me,” said Larose. “It’s about quite another matter. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Robert Burns He had nae wish but — to be glad, Nor want but — when he thirsted; He hated nought but — to be sad, And thus the Muse suggested His sang that night. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

Tobias Smolle The fair orphan was overjoyed to find her wish so speedily accomplished. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Mr. Darrell knew that he was overheard; but he had no wish that it should be otherwise. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Sinclair Lewis Permit us, dear Lady Nash, to wish you all the greetings of the season, and in close we beg to remain, as ever, Yours sincerely, DUKE VERE DE VERE. He was very tired. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope Mr. Lax is another gentleman whom I wish to remove. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

You wouldn’t think it to look at her now, and perhaps she ought not to say so of herself, but she was as smart a young girl then as you’d wish to see. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Maria Edgeworth Twenty times a day I wish her at the antipodes, for I dread lest Leonora should be implicated in her affairs, and involved in her misery. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Elizabeth Gaskell I wish it would recur again; but it will take two or three interviews before the stiffness — the estrangement of this long separation — will wear away. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

He betrayed a wish to hover in gossip, while Gourlay opened his letter, but “Less lip!” said surly John, and the fellow went away. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Daniel Defoe Satan still prompting them, joined their scoffs and contempt of him, with their wicked 10 endeavors to promote the wickedness; and both with as much success as the Devil himself could wish for. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

H. G. Wells My dear little Mother, I’m anticipating Christmas and sending you a little present (I wish it could be larger). An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Anatole France I wish to have you wholly, and to have had you in the past. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

My God, I wish I had never seen that cursed motor-car! Here’s the money and be damned to you,’ and I flung four sovereigns on the table. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Thomas Paine For the domestic happiness of Britain and the peace of the world, I wish she had not a foot of land but what is circumscribed within her own island. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Anthony Trollope Now she is coming to Courcy Castle, and I wish you to come and meet her. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

I wish you could dismiss that apathy out of that countenance, and look rather more anxious about me. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Elizabeth Gaskell She did not wish to be so exclusively addressed. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

This wish she seldom gave over in her heart. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

I wish to say that the tobacco lavished upon the espada was collected for the behoof of all the prisoners. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Jane Austen I wish you had been there to see her behaviour. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Walter Scott I wish Darsie no worse ill than that he were carried where the silly fool, Alan, should never see him again. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

George Gissing I have no wish to revive disagreeable memories, and I think it quite possible that you may be worthy of respect. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

And when you think that this will be — that it cannot help being if we so wish it — then the wonderstruck heart melts with joy. Mother by Maksim Gorky

He besought an immediate reply, as he did not wish to defer his voyage beyond the spring months. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Henry James He had no wish to do that; he kept the door open, on purpose; he didn’t enjoy talking to girls under Pinnie’s eyes, and he could see that this one had every disposition to talk. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

George Gissing But if you feel that you have “done what I expressed a wish that you should do,” you must have strangely misunderstood me. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing She gave no sign of a wish to speak. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Anthony Trollope Ah me! I wish I had never thought of it again. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I wish it to be kept a secret for the present, Godfrey. Go now, and come back this evening. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Anna Katherine Green He did not wish this man sentenced. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Henry Lawson We wish it had stayed there and turned up to-night. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Wilkie Collins I wish I could give her explanation, David, in her own delightful words. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

She did not wish to be separated from him whom she loved. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Ivan Turgenev But I have no wish now to speak, I want to listen to you. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Rudyard Kipling Ollyett with an eye to his evening paper, had already taken very full notes of our own, but we did not wish to seem prejudiced. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

My children! I wish you to have a remembrance of the poor friar. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Above all, she was too generous to wish her husband to be painfully conscious of the change in their relative positions, that he was now in a manner dependent upon her father. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

George Meredith What can? My wish was your destiny, yours is mine. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

I wish I could convey to you the atmosphere of that time. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There is something I wish to show you there. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Alfred Ainger The subject that had been discussed was “Persons one would wish to have seen. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Theodore Dreiser I wish I had never gotten into it. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Do you think it strange that I don’t express a wish to go up and see him?” “I’m exceedingly sorry, Isbel, but I can’t enter into your wishes of feelings. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Sinclair Lewis I wish there was a Y. M. C. A. here, so I could take up regular exercise. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins In that hope I wish you good-morning. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Anthony Trollope Does it occur to you at this moment that there has been some true affection between you and me in former days?” “I wish it did not. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim I wish you’d let me go with you. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Anthony Trollope I wish for your sake that it really was a bishop’s seat. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Tell Lord Chelford I wish very much to see him here. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry James I wish very much,” he added, “that you would tell me some of these so-called reasons — these obligations. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Arthur Conan Doyle What is all this boasted chivalry—these fine words and vague phrases? Where is it when we wish to put it to the test? Man in the abstract will do anything to help a woman. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

I wish they could be propped open. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

E. F. Benson I wish I could sit on the floor, too, and listen to what you say to each other. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

I wish every respect to be shown the count, although he is the prisoner of her majesty the queen. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Anthony Trollope She might have broken her word a score of times, and I wish she had. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Henry James Your brother wishes to marry my daughter, and I wish to find out what sort of a young man he is. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Henry James Lady Canterville seemed to wish their aspirant to come forward more, to give certain assurances and pledges. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

George Gissing My God! How I wish I was dead!” “If you tell me that I was deceived, Carrie,” said Arthur, profoundly moved by her despair, “I of course believe you. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Rudyard Kipling I wish we could both run away like two lovers into the storm and get that little cottage by the sea which we are always thinking about, my own dear darling. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There is something you wish for? Tell me. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Bram Stoker My dear, this quite upset me, and I feel I cannot write of happiness just at once, after telling you of it, and I don’t wish to tell of the number Three until it can be all happy. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Sir Walter Scott He had also a wish to establish himself in the good graces of the lady; for John was at least as licentious in his pleasures as profligate in his ambition. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Robert Louis Stevenson And at any rate, I would not wish to kill, only to be Catherine Douglas that put her arm through the staples of the bolt, where it was broken. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing Herein he went a little beyond sincerity; yet there were arguments which, at all events, fortified his wish to see that everything was well. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Henry James Mr. and Mrs. Tarrant would have authority, opposed claims, and she didn’t wish to see them, to remember that they existed. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

George Gissing Then Dyce asked: “How long does Lady Ogram wish me to stay here?” “I don’t quite know. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

I wish — I wish ye had seen Mirren in life. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

But I shan’t come here again, so I wish to ask you to take steps to prevent a repetition. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

George Gissing He attended no Sunday service, nor had ever shown a wish that Jane should do so. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Arnold Bennett She said: “I wish you’d go out and look for George.” Imagine it — going out into the Five Towns to look for one boy! “Oh! He’ll be all right. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Arthur Conan Doyle I am sure that I wish you every happiness from the bottom of my heart. The Colonel’s Choice by Arthur Conan Doyle

He has done me the honour to receive me, and when he heard my story he expressed a wish to see you. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Arnold Bennett He did not wish to be any help at all to his father in the business. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Anthony Trollope In about twenty minutes her maid came up to her, and with a grave face asked whether she would wish that breakfast should be sent to her in her own room. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Kate Chopin If he did not wish his life to end in disgraceful shipwreck, he must take command and direction of it upon himself. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Anthony Trollope He had explained to her that, although he kept a horse for her to ride, he, as the Dean of Brotherton, did not wish her to be seen in the hunting field. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Theodore Dreiser She looked as though she was dearly loved and her every wish gratified. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Wilkie Collins I wish I could get vent in crying for her like you, but I can’t; all the crying’s been drudged and starved out of me long ago. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

I wish I were as I used to be. Mr. Justice Harbottle by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Gissing What is your wish, Lady Revill?” “My wish is yours. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

Sinclair Lewis Ignorant! I wish I hadn’t given up thirty years to motor-cars. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Elizabeth Gaskell She did not wish it for her own sake, she said she was fearing others might suffer more if her decease occurred where she was. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

George Meredith You have seen—you wish to be of service to me; you may too easily be deceived. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

A more unprepossessing population I would never wish to see—the men half stealthy, half insolent; the women bold and fierce; the children filthy, sickly, stunted, and stolid. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

George Meredith She has not a wish I don’t supply. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

William Makepeace Thackeray I wish I could say that I was myself in the least affected by the news. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Elizabeth Gaskell To all others I wish only to be an obscure, steady-going, private character. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

And now brother Piscator, I wish you and my brother your Scholer a fair day, and good fortune. The Compleat Angler by Izaac Walton [1653]

I wish you would say you would see my governor. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Anthony Trollope I am sure you would not wish to repeat slanders. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli I wish I had read more, but it is not too late. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Jane Austen How long has she been such a favourite? — and pray, when am I to wish you joy?” “That is exactly the question which I expected you to ask. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

I, I wish to see you satisfied; I wish you well. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Ibsen announced his wish to be a professional artist, but that was one which could not be indulged. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Elizabeth Gaskell I wish I could give notice too. Six Weeks at Heppenheim by Elizabeth Gaskell [1862]

George Gissing He took the volume, opened it, mused for a moment, then, with a glance at me, said, as if thinking aloud: “Yes, I wish I had time to read it. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Henry James I wish I was in the gentleman’s place. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

Anthony Trollope That is such a cruel thing to say about a woman; is it not?” Harry thought that it was a cruel thing, but as he did not wish to speak evil of Sir Hugh before Lady Clavering, he held his tongue. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

M. P. Shiel But what can I do? I can only wish and dream of doing. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Henry Fielding I say again, I wish I was a great lady for his sake. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Quite spoilt our game of — ah, here’s Susan. Off with you, Clancy. I wish to be alone. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Oliver Goldsmith I had nothing now on this side of the grave to wish for, all my cares were over, my pleasure was unspeakable. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

George Meredith I wish you and I were knights riding across that country there, as they used to, and you saying, “I wonder whether your father’s at home in the castle expecting our arrival. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Jonathan Swif Nor yet, have not you the box? I wish Mrs. Edgworth had the ——-. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Anthony Trollope I wish you’d see about it, Glencora. Plantagenet will never attend to anything. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis I wish I could get at a drink and sober up,” he agonized. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Sinclair Lewis Probably I’m just jealous of you, Gid. Maybe I wish I could hypnotize audiences too. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope I wish I knew some man who wasn’t, that I might think of changing my condition. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott What is his business who has her? I wish we were well up the Ghauts again, my dear Sadoc.” “For my part,” answered the slave, “I am half determined never to ascend the Ghauts more. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

Henry James She would probably not have admitted that she suffered at all, and she had no wish to pose for a martyr. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

I wish the priest would — “Mais je croy que je Suis descendu on puiz Ténébreux onquel disoit Heraclytus estre Vereté cachée. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

George Gissing Perhaps he would not be at the flat; yet his wish might suggest the bare hope of her coming today. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]