The thing with feathers that perches in the soul…

Hope is a waking dream.

Aristotle (384–322 BCE)

To live without Hope is to Cease to live.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821 – 1881)

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.

Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886)

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.

Dalai Lama (b. 1935)

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.

Samuel Smiles (1812 – 1904)

We must rediscover the distinction between hope and expectation.

Ivan Illich (1926 – 2002)

Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900)

All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope.

Alexandre Dumas (1802 – 1870)

He that lives upon hope will die fasting.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790)

Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.

Elie Wiesel (1928-2016)

38 thoughts on “The thing with feathers that perches in the soul…”

  1. Having been ping-ponged by these great minds, David, the one that caught my thought is Ivan Illich’s. I hope to “rediscover the distinction between hope and expectation” that Illich says “we must,” and expect to be happily surprised. 🙂

  2. “We must rediscover the distinction between hope and expectation”
    Wow, I love this! I’ve never heard it before. Also its contrast with the more bleak Nietzsche quote right after is very interesting. Living like with “expectations”does sound like a bit of a disasters, constant ups and downs. But how different it sounds to live life with “hope”. How steady, inspiring, and beautiful really that sort of life sounds.
    But that distinction between hope with expectations and just pure hope really got my mind working!
    As always LOVE the quotes you find! Thanks for sharing.

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