Wishing someone would shut up, no matter how hard you wish, just doesn't make it happen. There are a few known offenders I see regularly on the bus. If I'm anywhere near them, I'm guaranteed an earful of their inane chatter until they get off. Asking them to be quiet is out of the question. Technically, they have a right to prattle on like blithering idiots. Giving them the stink eye never seems to get me anywhere.
When I'm alone I'm lonely. When I'm around others, all I want is to be left alone.