„If I were not Alexander, I should wish to be Diogenes.“

After Diogenes of Sinope who was lying in the sun, responded to a query by Alexander asking if he could do anything for him with a reply requesting that he stop blocking his sunlight. As quoted in "On the Fortune of Alexander" by Plutarch, 332 a-b

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makedonischer Feldherr und König -356 - -323 v.Chr

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„I wish you were here
I wish you were here
To see what I could see
To hear
And I wish you were here“

—  Bono Irish rock musician, singer of U2 1960

"Stranger in a Strange Land"
Lyrics, October (1981)

Dorothy Parker Foto

„I wish, I wish I were a poisonous bacterium.“

—  Dorothy Parker American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist 1893 - 1967

Emily Brontë Foto

„I wish I were big.“

—  Gary Ross American film director 1956

Big (1988)

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„I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred. I wish the days to be as centuries, loaded, fragrant.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

Considerations by the Way
1860s, The Conduct of Life (1860)

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„I wish to live for myself. I should never want to be trapped.“

—  Libba Bray, buch The Sweet Far Thing

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„I am most astonished by what has been written about the [painting] 'Alexander', which is so well done that I must suppose there are not many lovers of art [amatori] at Messina. I am also surprised that Your Lordship [Don Antonio Ruffo] should complain as much about the price as about the canvas, but if Your Lordship wishes to return it as he did the sketch [schizzo] of Homer, I will do another Alexander... If Your Lordship likes the Alexander as is, very well. If he does not want to keep it, six hundred florins remain outstanding. And for the Homer [painting] five hundred florins plus the expenses of canvas, it being understood that everything is at Your Lordship's expense. Having agreed to it, would he kindly send me his desired measurements. Awaiting the response to settle the matter.“

—  Rembrandt van rijn Dutch 17th century painter and etcher 1606 - 1669

Quote of Rembrandt's letter, Nov/Dec. 1662, to buyer Don Antonio Ruffo from Messina, Sicily (location: RD, 1662/12, 509); as quoted in Rembrandt's Eyes, Simon Schama, Alfred A. Knopf, Borzoi Books, NEW YORK 1999, p. 591, & notes 32-36
Rembrant's reaction after complaints of Don Antonio Ruffo, dispatched through the Dutch consul in Messina, Jan van den Broeck, who was on his way to Amsterdam. Once there he was to inform Isaac Just (presumably the intermediary between Rembrandt and the Messina patrician), of the intense dissatisfaction at the work, which Don Ruffo had received. 'The Alexander', he complained, being unacceptably stitched together from four separate pieces, showed seams which were 'too horrible for words.'..g with so many defects.. (Don Ruffo already bought Rembrandt's painting Aristotle with a Bust of Homer c. 1655 and still existing: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rembrandt_-_Aristotle_with_a_Bust_of_Homer_-_WGA19232.jpg, but 'The Alexander' of Rembrandt is lost).
1640 - 1670

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„I wish I were as cocksure of anything as Tom Macaulay is of everything.“

—  William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne British Whig statesman 1779 - 1848

Lloyd C. Sanders (ed.), Lord Melbourne's Papers (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1889), p. xii

George Frideric Handel Foto

„I should be sorry if I only entertained them, I wish to make them better.“

—  George Frideric Handel German, later British Baroque composer 1685 - 1759

James Beattie, letter of May 25, 1780, published in William Forbes An Account of the Life and Writings of James Beattie, LL.D. (1806) p. 331.
In reply to Lord Kinnoull, who had complimented him on his Messiah, "the noble entertainment which he had lately given the town". Beattie had this on the authority of Kinnoull himself.

Emily Brontë Foto

„Oh, I'm burning! I wish I were out of doors. I wish I were a girl again, half savage and hardy, and free, and laughing at injuries, not maddening under them! Why am I so changed?“

—  Emily Brontë, buch Sturmhöhe

Catherine Earnshaw (Ch. XII).
Variante: I wish I were a girl again, half savage and hardy, and free; and laughing at injuries, not maddening under them! Why am I so changed? why does my blood rush into a hell of tumult at a few words?
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Emily Brontë Foto

„I wish I were a girl again, half-savage and hardy, and free.“

—  Emily Brontë, buch Sturmhöhe

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„I love being with you. When we're not together, i wish we were“

—  Sylvia Day, buch Bared to You

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„My head is pounding. I wish the mints were aspirin.“

—  Holly Black, buch White Cat

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„I sometimes wish that I were in the Labour Party. I would tear down all these institutions!“

—  David Lloyd George Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1863 - 1945

Speaking of landlords, quoted in Frances Stevenson's diary entry (17 December 1919), A. J. P. Taylor (ed.), Lloyd George: A Diary (London: Hutchinson, 1971), p. 193
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A.A. Milne Foto

„I wonder what Piglet is doing," thought Pooh.
"I wish I were there to be doing it, too.“

—  A.A. Milne, buch Winnie-the-Pooh

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