Desires are nourished by delays

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Desires are nourished by delays.

Prov. The longer you have to wait for something you want, the more eager you will be to get it. The longer I had to postpone my trip to San Francisco, the more eagerly I wanted to go. Desires are nourished by delays.
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I instantly enlarged on the danger of delay, putting all the considerations before her in every imaginable form.
The first command I give you, my lord Earl," continued the King when quiet was restored, "is to marry Mistress Marian without delay.
Raoul quitted the Palais-Royal full of ideas that admitted no delay in execution.
He had heard, I imagine, by some means or other, that you were soon to be in London, and immediately contrived to have such an attack of the gout as must at least delay his journey to Bath, if not wholly prevent it.
I received the last you sent on by the merest chance, and after considerable delay through being inland; or I might have come sooner.
having observed that they were not half bad, and some of my relations having promised to buy the book if it ever came out, I feel I have no right to longer delay its issue.
The king, who expected to pass through the city and to proceed to Vaux without delay, became quite red in the face from vexation.
And now, although pleading guilty to long delay, I have kept my promise in this book.
Ellmother smartly reproved him for the delay, he coolly attributed it to the hospitality of friends whom he had met on the road.
He respectfully entreated her Ladyship to grant him a delay of a few weeks before he entered on his explanation.
The loiterer often blames delay on his more active friend.
I felt this delay very bitterly; for I longed to see my native town and my beloved friends.
Sir,-- I beg to apologise for the delay that has occurred in the production of the Report, with which I engaged to furnish you.
In consequence of all the various delays, it was about three-quarters of an hour after Eliza had laid her child to sleep in the village tavern that the party came riding into the same place.
He dared not stay longer than to see her well; these several delays left him not another minute to lose; and Emma engaging to give assurance of her safety to Mrs.