So she sat there and started crying about how messed up she was and how she had promised to stop using and now she was with me gettin high and how she wished that she was dead. And I thought "well..."
Parson: This isn't what I wished for.
An elderly man was sitting alone on a dark path, right? He wasn't certain of which direction to go, and he'd forgotten both where he was traveling to and who he was. He'd sat down for a moment to rest his weary legs, and suddenly looked up to see an elderly woman before him. She grinned toothlessly and with a cackle, spoke: 'Now your *third* wish. What will it be?'
'Third wish?' The man was baffled. 'How can it be a third wish if I haven't had a first and second wish?'
'You've had two wishes already,' the hag said, 'but your second wish was for me to return everything to the way it was before you had made your first wish. That's why you remember nothing; because everything is the way it was before you made any wishes.' She cackled at the poor berk. 'So it is that you have one wish left.'
'All right,' said the man, 'I don't believe this, but there's no harm in wishing. I wish to know who I am.'
'Funny,' said the old woman as she granted his wish and disappeared forever. 'That was your first wish.'
— Morte's Story, note , Planescape: Torment
"All get what they want in the end. They do not always like it."
—Aslan, The Magician's Nephew
"You got what you wanted!
Be careful what you wish for, 'cause you just might get it; You just might get it; You just might get it (get it).
—"When I Grow Up", The Pussycat Dolls
Don't wish for elephants unless you own a zoo,
'Cause wishes have a way of coming true!
Careful what you wish
Careful what you say
Careful what you wish
You may regret it
Careful what you wish
You just might get it
—"King Nothing", Metallica
"When the gods want to punish you, they answer your prayers."
—Karen Blixen, Out of Africa
—A similar quote is commonly attributed to Oscar Wilde.
Not so fast, Jafar, aren't you forgetting something? You wanted to be a genie, you got it, and everything that goes with it! Phenomenal Cosmic Powers...itty-bitty living space.
You'd better watch out
Oh, what you wish for
It'd better be worth it
So much to die for
— "Celebrity Skin", Hole
- "I wish, more than anything, more than life..."
- "Wishes come true, not free."
— Everyone from Into the Woods, once they've learned their lessons
"“There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, 'All right, then, have it your way'."
— C. S. Lewis, writing about Hell
Isn't that what you wanted? That's what you said, anyway . . . all that I did was grant you your wish, doctor.
— Johan Liebert, Monster, note
"Every wish that does not fit within the bounds of reason inevitably gives birth to some kind of distortion. It is an obvious conclusion that the outcome would be the worst. If you consider that a betrayal, then making wishes is a mistake to begin with."
—Kyubey, Puella Magi Madoka Magica
I wanted all the attention, and instead it was going to you! I even started hoping that you would do something silly, so your modeling career would be over, but then, when it started happening, all I could think was, how could I want you to fail at something you love so much?
— Rarity, to Fluttershy, from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
You finally have everything you ever wanted. Call me when you get over it.
— Stacy Hirano, Phineas and Ferb, "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted"
"I just wanted to warn you about it. It only has a few wishes available per person, and ..."
"Let me guess: 'Be careful what you wish for because it might not be what you expect?'" Bob had a distinct feeling he was being played, and that he knew all the lines to boot.
"Oh good, you understand. I was just afraid you were like most mor—locals and didn't know about such things. You wouldn't believe how big of a mess they can get themselves into when they don't understand the rules."
— Case Study: How Not To Wish, a few pages before Bob inadvertently merges himself with a girl's vagina
"Take your time with the third [wish]. Or you will wish that you'd never been born."
—Jafar, to Abis Mal, The Return of Jafar
"Sometimes the most sadistic thing the DM can do to is to let the players have their own way."
"The mortals never understand. They only see the prize. They never think that the price of getting what you want is having what you once wanted."
—Morpheus, The Sandman
"You see Jake there's rules to this stuff, wishing an event to be changes elements before and after it. Memories will be destroyed, babies will not be born, potential worlds could be evaporated by your wish!"
—Prismo, Adventure Time
Roger: My mother always said, "Be careful what you wish for, because you'll get it. And then people get jealous, and try and take it away from you."
Don: I don't think that's how that goes...
— Mad Men
Come in through the gold gates or not at all.
Take of my fruit for others, or forbear.
For those who steal, or those who climb the wall
Shall find their heart's desire and find despair.
"We are evil, according to your morality. We have chosen not to harm you any longer. We are useless, according to your economics. We have chosen not to exploit you any longer. We are dangerous and to be shackled, according to your politics. We have chosen not to endanger you, nor to wear the shackles any longer. We are only an illusion, according to your philosophy. We have chosen not to blind you any longer and have left you free to face reality — the reality you wanted, the world as you see it now, a world without mind. We have granted you everything you demanded of us."
— John Galt, Atlas Shrugged
When all of your wishes are granted / many of your dreams will be destroyed
—"The Man That You Fear", Marilyn Manson
"She's like the creepy stalker I always thought I wanted- until I got one!"
— Cody, Total Drama: World Tour
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."
Tumblr user: So when is Marvel going to turn you lose on Dr. Strange and the magical end of the MU? I'd love to see you take a shot at Defenders or even a Strange solo.
Kieron Gillen: When friends and I are making jokes on twitter about a 90s-style reboot of Strange involving him wielding a cannon called DOCTOR STRANGE: SORCERER EXTREME, it’s probably the wrong day for this question.
After Pulverizer has mutated into Mutagen Man, against the Turtles wishes
Splnter: Do you think Timothy is happy with his new state of being?
Leonardo: Seems that way. He wanted to be a mutant and he got his wish.
Your typical Lovecraftian protagonist is the scholar who seeks to touch the face of God...and having succeeded, becomes desperate to forget the existence of his own hands.
— Zack Hanlon