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desires are nourished by delays

proverb One's interest in something will grow as one waits for it. A: "Ugh, I still haven't heard back from the recruiter at my dream job." B: "At least desires are nourished by delays."
See also: by, delay, desire, nourish

justice delayed is justice denied

Justice served at a later time has as little impact as justice not being served at all. A: "We need to get this matter before a judge quickly." B: "Of course. Justice delayed is justice denied."
See also: delay, deny, justice
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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.
See also: by, delay, Desire, nourish
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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3.7 Expression for average waiting time of video packets under MMPP/BP/1 queue system before delaying the voice packet
The expression for the average waiting time of video packets before delaying the voice packets under MMPP/G/1 can be deduced from equation 10 as follows:
Therefore, the expression for the average waiting time for a tagged video packet before delaying the voice packets for two states for MMPP/G/1 is given as:
In the next section, the expression for average waiting time of voice packet under the MMPP/G/1 queue system after delaying the voice packets is derived.
The expression for the average waiting time of voice packets after delaying the voice packets once under MMPP/G/1 can be deduced from equation 3.4 as follows:
Therefore, the expression for the average waiting time of voice packets after delaying the voice packets once for two states for
In the next section, the expression for average waiting time of video packets under the MMPP/G/1 queue system after delaying the voice packets is derived.
3.9 Expression for average waiting time of video packets in an MMPP/BP/1 queue after delaying voice packets once
Secondary earners in two-earner households benefit less from delaying than primary earners, but even they can increase the present value of their benefits by delaying if real interest rates are 1.6 percent or less.
While benefits have been adjusted downward in private annuities to account for increasing life expectancy, the terms of delaying Social Security benefits from 62 to full retirement age have been largely unchanged for a half century (although the full retirement age has been adjusted modestly upward).
by delaying, that's not how new retirees tend to act.
The closest studies to evaluating physicians' role in delays assess physician propensity to admit patients or their reasons for delaying hospital discharge.
But the city is using it as a delaying lactic," he said matter-of-factly.