Wishful Thinking Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old wishful thinking quotes, wishful thinking sayings, and wishful thinking proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Wishful thinking is not idealism. It is self-indulgence at best and self-exaltation at worst. In either case, it is usually at the expense of others. In other words, it is the opposite of idealism.     

Thomas Sowell

It had been wishful thinking, plain and simple, dangerous for me to indulge in. Hope, happiness and freedom were not in my future.     

Maria V. Snyder

The act of speaking our intentions aloud shifts them from wishful thinking into action.     

Michael Thomas Sunnarborg

A goal without real consequences is wishful thinking. Good follow-through doesn't depend on the right intentions. It depends on the right incentives.     

Tim Ferriss

Writing what you wished was the most dangerous form of wishful thinking.     

Amy Tan

Never act upon wishful thinking. Act without checking the facts, and chances are that you will be swept away along with the mob.     

Jim Rogers

Wishful thinking gives false gods to people who hunger for gods, but those who yearn for a world with no gods are no less likely to fall victim to their own wishful thinking.     

Orson Scott Card

Stop the habit of wishful thinking and start the habit of thoughtful wishes.     

Mary Martin

If something is true, no amount of wishful thinking will change it.     

Richard Dawkins

It isn't common sense that is paramount in this world, it's wishful thinking.     

Francoise Sagan

Where there is life there is wishful thinking.     

Gerald F. Lieberman

There is a great deal of wishful thinking in such cases it is the easiest thing of all to deceive ones self.     


People get into the habit of entrusting the things they desire to wishful thinking, and subjecting things they don't desire to exhaustive thinking.     


To me, you can be young in your mind, in the way you think, but if your body don't come with that, then it's wishful thinking.     

Bernard Hopkins

With the first drink comes the truth, with the second drink comes wishful thinking, and with the third drink come the lies     

Douglas Coupland

Unplanned process improvement is wishful thinking.     

Watts Humphrey

Maybe this is wishful thinking, Probably mindless dreaming but if we loved again, I swear I'd love you right,      

Taylor Swift

Faith is not by wishful thinking, it is what takes root in the heart and shows in one's actions.     

Sayyid Qutb

If you have a dream of writing, that's wishful thinking. If you have a commitment to writing, that's the way to make your dreams come true.      

Nancy Pickard