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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Want, Wants
 
Every one must speak of his wants be he where he will.  Don Quixote.  1
Everything goes to him who does not want it.  French.  2
Every want that stimulates the breast,
Becomes a source of pleasure when redrest.  Goldsmith.
  3
He cannot provide for the wants of others whose own are numerous and craving.  Plutarch.  4
He is the nearest to God who has the fewest wants.  Danish.  5
He is not in want who has no desires.  Latin.  6
He that gets forgets, but he that wants thinks on.  7
He that wants the kernel must crack the nut.  French, German, Dutch.  8
He who wants a good deal must not ask for a little.  Italian.  9
I will not want when I have and when I ha’n’t too.  10
It is hard baith to hae an’ want.  11
Man wants but little here below nor wants that little long.  Goldsmith.  12
More than we use is more than we want.  13
Nothing makes men sharper than want.  Addison.  14
Of all the enemies of idleness, want is the most formidable.  Dr. Johnson.  15
On the ends of wants, wants grow.  16
The fewer our wants the nearer we resemble the gods.  Socrates.  17
The more one has the more one wants.  18
There is no woe like want.  19
To have no wants is money.  20
Want and necessity break faith and oaths.  Danish.  21
Want goes by such a one’s door.  22
Want is the master of mankind.  Rev. Dr. Crowley.  23
Want is the mother of industry.  24
Want makes strife ’twixt man and wife.  25
Want too oft betrays the tongue to lies.  Homer.  26
We lessen our wants by lessening our desires.  Labernus.  27
 
 
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