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  • We are seldom happy with what we now have, but would go to pieces if we lost any part of it.

  • I like any place that isn't here.

  • Nobody writes or wishes to / Who is one with their desire.

  • The suitable is the last thing we ever want.

  • Of course advertising creates wants. Of course it makes people discontented, dissatisfied. Satisfaction with things as they are would defeat the American dream.

  • Advertising prods people into wanting more and better things. Of course advertising makes people dissatisfied with what they have — makes them raise their sights. Mighty good thing it does. Nothing could be worse for the United States than 200,000,000 satisfied Americans.

  • Prejudice ... is a subjective emotion which expresses itself upon others only because of an inner necessity for release. The object is irrelevant and opportune. The person who feels prejudice is the victim of himself and his own unhappiness and dissatisfaction. Life is not what he wants it to be and it has not been what he wishes it had been.

    • Pearl S. Buck,
    • in Pearl S. Buck and Carlos P. Romulo, Friend to Friend ()
  • Many people who say they have financial problems really mean that they want more than they need.

  • I will never be satisfied. Life is one constant search for betterment for me.

    • Jayne Mansfield,
    • 1967, in Raymond Strait, Here They Are--Jayne Mansfield ()
  • Some days confidence shrinks to the size of a pea, and the backbone feels like a feather. We want to be somewhere else, and don't know where — want to be someone else and don't know who.