Wishing Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old wishing quotes, wishing sayings, and wishing proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

While wishing and hoping makes you a dreamer, acting and doing makes you someone who can turn dreams into reality.     

Nan S. Russell

Wishing does not make a poor man rich.     

Arabian Proverb

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.     

Washington Irving

A man will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body - the wishbone.     

Robert Frost

A wish is a desire without an attempt.     

Farmer Digest

Wishing consumes as much energy as planning.     


You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don't let yourself indulge in vain wishes.     

Rabindranath Tagore

Many of us spend half of our time wishing for things we could have if we didn't spend half our time wishing.     

Alexander Woollcott

Wishes won't wash dishes.     

American Proverb

Work while others are wishing.     

William Arthur Ward

If wishes were horses beggars would ride.     

Joanne Harris

The wishing gate opens into nothing.     

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Wishing of all strategies, is the worst.     

Andrew Young

Work will win when wishy washy wishing won't.     

Thomas S. Monson

To a resolute mind, wishing to do is the first step toward doing. But if we do not wish to do a thing it becomes impossible.     

Robert Southey

I don't believe that wishing works. I think we get the things we work for.     

Brendan Fraser

Wishing of all employments is the worst.     

Edward Young

Wishing of all strategies, is the worst.     

Andrew Young

A man, when he wishes, is the master of his fate.     

Jose Ferrer

My only wish is that my wishes be at rest.     


Some people develop a wishbone where their backbone should be.     


We are never further from what we wish than when we believe that we have what we wished for.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When we get to wishing a great deal for ourselves, whatever we get soon turns into mere limitation and exclusion.     

George Eliot

We would often be sorry if our wishes were granted.     


For adults, wishing is a sign of thinking something is not possible.     

Alan Robert Neal

Don't waste too much time wishing, hoping, and being envious; it'll make you bugnutty.     

Penn Jillette

Wanting and wishing are very different.     

Jonathan Friesen

Wishing for something without tirelessly working for it, is like trying to drive a car that has no fuel in it.     

Edmond Mbiaka

I don't have the time to wish for the things that I positively desire in life because I am always busy working to attain them.     

Edmond Mbiaka

The habit of wishing is only for those who aren't hungry enough for success.     

Edmond Mbiaka