Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes.
— Robert Kennedy

But his kiss was so sweet, and so closely he pressed, that I languished and pined till I granted the rest.
John Gay languish quote

Perspective, as its inventor remarked, is a beautiful thing. What horrors of damp huts, where human beings languish, may not become picturesque through aerial distance! What hymning of cancerous vices may we not languish over as sublimest art in the safe remoteness of a strange language and artificial phrase! Yet we keep a repugnance to rheumatism and other painful effects when presented in our personal experience.
— George Eliot

There are many kinds of smiles, each having a distinct character. Some announce goodness and sweetness, others betray sarcasm, bitterness and pride; some soften the countenance by their languishing tenderness, others brighten by their spiritual vivacity.
— Johann Kaspar Lavater

The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.
— languish quotation by Mahatma Gandhi