Wistful Quotes

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Wistful Quotes

“I’d like to be the moon in your sky.”― Debasish Mridha (Wistful Quotes)

2. So,” said Wood, at long last, jerking Harry from a wistful fantasy about what he could be eating for breakfast at this very moment up at the castle, “is that clear? Any questions?”
“I’ve got a question, Oliver,” said George, who had woken with a start. “Why couldn’t you have told us yesterday when we were awake? — J.K. Rowling

3. some winters will never melt some summer will never freeze and some things will only… live in poems. -Sanober Khan (Wistful Quotes)

4. Ikenna was a fragile, delicate bird; he was a sparrow. Little things could unbridle his soul. Wistful thoughts often combed his melancholic spirit in search of craters to be filled with sorrow. — Chigozie Obioma

5. “ This is what I want. I want people to take care of me. I want them to force comfort upon me. I want the soft-pillow feeling that I associate with memories of being ill when I was younger, soft pillows and fresh linens and satin-edged blankets and hot chocolate. It’s not so much the comfort itself as knowing there’s someone who wants to take care of you. ”-Franny Billingsley (Wistful Quotes)

6. All the golden societies of the past to which historians point and turn their wistful smiles have had what patience-players would call a discard pile. They operated on two levels with a slave class who worked, ate, slept, and died and a leisured class who reclined on one elbow and spoke. Naturally it is from this latter group that we learn what life at that time was like. It often makes charming reading but we can hardly take it to be the whole truth. — Quentin Crisp

7. I’m rambling again. Wandering off the point. But this is the true story of my wasted life… -Mordecai Richler (Wistful Quotes)

8. “That you should not be here when something we’ve both wanted happens is no new thing for me. Today too, as always, you’re not here.”― Sachin Kundalkar

9. we always knew that good times came with termination contracts even if we weren’t quite ready to sign it. -Sanober Khan (Wistful Quotes)

10. “This is what I want. I want people to take care of me. I want them to force comfort upon me. I want the soft-pillow feeling that I associate with memories of being ill when I was younger, soft pillows and fresh linens and satin-edged blankets and hot chocolate. It’s not so much the comfort itself as knowing there’s someone who wants to take care of you.”
― Franny Billingsley, Chime

11. He turned the crank handles, hoping the thing wouldn’t explode in his face. A few clear tones rang out-metallic yet warm. Leo manipulated the levers and gears. He recognized the song that sprang forth-the same wistful melody Calypso sang for him on Ogygia about homesickness and longing. But through the strings of the brass cone, the tune sounded even sadder, like a machine with a broken heart-the way Festus might sound if he could sing.
Leo forgot Apollo was there. He played the song all the way through. When he was done, his eyes stung. He could almost smell the fresh-baked bread from Calypso’s kitchen. He could taste the only kiss she’d ever given him. — Rick Riordan
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12. What, and end up like you? Wistfully recalling a lover from long ago? Please. -Elizabeth Carlton

13. Instead he felt only love. And that was the miracle. The surge in hatred since the war began had created more love around it. It was indomitable, mad, and everlasting, scattered through the rich and the poor, deep and calm in the Quakers, hot and fierce in the mothers, faithful in the warriors, wistful in the pets, seeping its way into mercy and atrocity, destroying things, rebuilding them. — Kathy Hepinstall

14. “I was so utterly content that I was slightly wistful. It was the feeling I got when I was about to finish a really great book. I was nostalgic for this moment even as I was still in it.”
― Noelle Hancock
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15. One watches them on the seashore, all the people, and there is something pathetic, almost wistful in them, as if they wished their lives did not add up to this scaly nullity of possession, but as if they could not escape. It is a dragon that has devoured us all: these obscene, scaly houses, this insatiable struggle and desire to possess, to possess always and in spite of everything, this need to be an owner, lest one be owned. It is too hideous and nauseating. Owners and owned, they are like the two sides of a ghastly disease. One feels a sort of madness come over one, as if the world had become hell. But it is only superimposed: it is only a temporary disease. It can be cleaned away. — D.H. Lawrence

16. “Everyone’s thought that: maybe even if, maybe we still could, maybe small bits of precious things can be salvaged. No one with cop-on thinks it after the first try. But her voice, quiet and sad, shimmering the air into those pearly colors: for a second I believed it, all over again.” ― Tana French

17. His father looked wistful. ‘And you don’t feel anticlimatic?’
What’s that?’
Somewhat the opposite of elated.’
What’s elated again?’
Good feelings. That is to say, very good. You can feel, can’t you? That’s what I’m driving at. You don’t ever wonder … where feeling went? — Ali Shaw
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Wistful Quotes about Love

18. “All these years I’ve had a story in my mind, the story about us that never really existed. And because of that story, I’ve kept you framed up on the wall in a little box of nostalgic moonlight.”
― Cathleen Schine, The Love Letter

19. When choosing the names of the seven dwarfs for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney’s first full-length cartoon, over 50 names were considered. Before he settled on Dopey, Grumpy, Doc, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy and Happy, it is possible they might have been any from a list which included: Awful, Blabby, Burpy, Chesty, Cranky, Dippy, Dirty, Flabby, Gabby, Gloomy, Hotsy, Puffy, Sniffy, Scrappy, Shifty, Sleazy, Tipsy, Weepy, Wistful, and Woeful.

20. “Eve was happy for her bestie. She just wished she had a guy who would look at her the way Seth looked at her friend, eyes all starry.
No, that wasn’t it. Or it wasn’t completely it. Eve knew there were guys at school who liked her and would give her the Seth-look if she gave them the opportunity. But she didn’t want the look from any of those guys. She wanted the look she could give the look back to. She wanted to find a guy she could all-out love who would all-out love her back.”
― Amy Meredith
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21. But her voice sounded wistful. It is one of her theories that a woman must never be jealous, never try to hold man against his will; but I could tell that she hadn’t enjoyed seeing someone else bring father to life. — Dodie Smith

22. Even when our children are still young and defenseless, we feel intimations of their departure. We find ourselves staring at them with nostalgia, wistful for the person they’re about to no longer be. — Jennifer Senior

23. I don’t know a writer who doesn’t feel some sense of glamour and magic and a complex, wistful sadness emanating from the expats of the twenties in France. Some of the sadness, of course, is that we weren’t there. — Guy Gavriel Kay (Wistful Quotes)

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Wistful Quotes

If you wanted to be cheerful, melancholic, wistful, thoughtful, or courteous, you simply had to act those things with every gesture. — Patricia Highsmith (Wistful Quotes)

25. Eyes, golden-brown curls and crimson cheeks. She laughed too much to please her father’s congregation and had shocked old Mrs. Taylor, the disconsolate spouse of several departed husbands, by saucily declaring – in the church-porch at that – “The world ISN’T a vale of tears, Mrs. Taylor. It’s a world of laughter.” Little dreamy Una was not given to laughter. Her braids of straight, dead-black hair betrayed no lawless kinks, and her almond-shaped, dark-blue eyes had something wistful and sorrowful in them. Her mouth had a trick of falling open over her tiny white teeth, and a shy, meditative smile occasionally crept over her small face. She was much more sensitive to public opinion than Faith, and had an uneasy consciousness that there was something askew in their way of living. She longed to put it right, but did not know how. Now and then she dusted the furniture – but it was so seldom she could find the duster because it was never in the same place twice. And when — L.M. Montgomery (Wistful Quotes)

26. “Once upon a time I knew his face by heart. I had him memorized.”
― Jenny Han

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Wistful Quotes

“some winters
will never melt

some summers
will never freeze

and some things will only
… live in poems.”
― Sanober Khan, Turquoise Silence
(Wistful Quotes)

28. Casting wistful glances at the Woodlawns’ house Now — Carol Ryrie Brink

29. It is the mystery of the unknown
That fascinates us; we are children still
Wayward and wistful; with one hand we cling
To the familiar things we call our own,
And with the other, resolute of will,
Grope in the dark for what the day will bring — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

30. Songwriters always reminded me of that kid at school who would go around with his guitar, like, ‘Yeah, songwritin’ man,’ looking wistful. That wasn’t me – those kinds of people put me off. In the early days, I’d write a bunch of lyrics and almost look at them as a sort of joke, to make the rest of the boys laugh. — Alex Turner (Wistful Quotes)

31. “What, and end up like you? Wistfully recalling a lover from long ago? Please.”
― Elizabeth Carlton

32. Many in Hollywood viewed the public persona of the young Debbie Reynolds as demure and vulnerable to be a complete facade. Pianist Oscar Levant once quipped, “She’s as wistful as an iron factory.” — Elizabeth Taylor

33. Look there.” Regina pointed toward the northern sky. “Polaris.”
Viktor looked up. “The constant north star, one of man’s most dependable guides.”
“Polaris will be waiting for us there when we are old and have experienced a lifetime of joys and regrets,” Regina said, a wistful note in her voice. “That fact makes me feel like one of God’s most insignificant creatures. — Patricia Grasso

34. You mostly.” Her hands went still again as her eyes stared off into the past with a look so wistful it made me ache for her. “The boys tended to take care of each other but you were too much for anyone else to handle.”
I poked at the ball of yarn avoiding her eyes. “I wasn’t that bad.”
She smiled. “You broke Ethan’s arm.”
“It was self-defense. He wouldn’t let go of my foot.”
“He was helping you tie your shoe. — Rachel Vincent
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35. “[T]hey reached the dwelling of Governor Bellingham…now moss-grown, crumbling to decay, and melancholy at heart with the many sorrowful or joyful occurrences, remembered or forgotten, that have happened, and passed away, within their dusky chambers. Then, however, there was the freshness of the passing year on its exterior, and the cheerfulness, gleaming forth from the sunny windows, of a human habitation into which death had never entered.”
― Nathaniel Hawthorne
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36. In the rush of complex modern living, we have a tendency to laugh at the ‘bring-Papa-his-pipe-and-slippers’ approach to marriage – but most men are more than a little wistful at its demise. A man dreams of home as a haven and his wife as a romantic, fragrant creature whose most important goal in life is making him comfortable. — Arlene Dahl (Wistful Quotes)

37. “In any case, while it is all very well to talk of ‘turning points’, one can surely only recognise such moments in retrospect. Naturally, when one looks back to such instances today, they may indeed take the appearance of being crucial, precious moments in one’s life; but of course, at the time, this was not the impression one had. Rather, it was as though one had available a never-ending number of days, months, years in which to sort out the vagaries of one’s relationship with Miss Kenton; an infinite number of further opportunities in which to remedy the effect of this or that misunderstanding. There was surely nothing to indicate at the time that such evidently small incidents would render whole dreams forever irredeemable.”
― Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

38. The song was wistful as the ballads Slidell and the Clayton brothers played, except words weren’t needed to feel the yearning. That made the music all the more sorrowful, because this song wasn’t about one lost love or one dead child or parent. It was as if the music was about every loss that had ever been. — Ron Rash

39. Now that I near 80, I realize with wistful pleasure that on many occasions I was 10, 20, 40, even 50 years ahead of my time. — Benoit Mandelbrot (Wistful Quotes)

Funny Wistful Quotes

40. It was funny, she thought, but her smile turned wistful because she had nobody to tell. — Laini Taylor

41. Five decades on the throne and this is how they treat me, Ms. Blakely. Makes me wish I’d been a teacher.” His voice drops. He almost sounds a little wistful. “I would have liked to have been a teacher. — Ally Carter

42. I am really very grateful for this Award. It is one of the first given to a woman, and to two women at that. When I first started getting work published, I used to have wistful thoughts at the way all important awards were given to men. Women, I used to think, could be as innovative, imaginative and productive as possible – and women were the ones mostly at work in the field of fantasy for children and young adults – but only let a man enter the field, and people instantly regarded what he had to say and what he did as more Important. He got respectful reviews as well as awards, even if what he was doing – which it often was – was imitating the women. But you have changed all that.
Thank you for being so enlightened.
Women, large-minded, formidable women, have played an almost exclusive part in helping my career. I have hardly ever dealt with a man – at least, when it came to publishing: — Diana Wynne Jones
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43. When man does not have firm, calm lines on the horizon of his life- mountain and forest lines, as it were- then a man’s innermost will becomes agitated, preoccupied, and wistful. — Friedrich Nietzsche

44. The lonely, wistful revisionism of memories is as gratingly repetitive as snow and ice in Canada. I avoid them both at all costs – memories and Canada. — Brian D’Ambrosio (Wistful Quotes)

45. I had not thought of violets of late,
The wild, shy kind that springs beneath you feet
In wistful April days. — Alice Dunbar Nelson

46. Primus is certainly learning caution,” said Secundus to his four other dead brothers.
“Well, you know what they say,” whispered Quintus, in the wistful tones of the dead, which sounded, on that day, like the lapping of distant waves upon the shingle, “a man who is tired of looking over his shoulder for Septimus is tired of life. — Neil Gaiman
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47. “I am old now, or at least, I am no longer young, and everything I see reminds me of something else I’ve seen, such that I see nothing for the first time. A bonny girl, her hair fiery red, reminds me only of another hundred such lasses, and their mothers, and what they were as they grew, and what they looked like when they died. It is the curse of age, that all things are reflections of other things.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains
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48. What, and end up like you? Wistfully recalling a lover from long ago? Please. — Elizabeth Carlton

49. Her wistful face haunts my dreams like the rain at night. — Rabindranath Tagore

50. Everyone’s thought that: maybe even if, maybe we still could, maybe small bits of precious things can be salvaged. No one with cop-on thinks it after the first try. But her voice, quiet and sad, shimmering the air into those pearly colors: for a second I believed it, all over again. — Tana French

51. Life was good then, I though, as I started to cry. Not so much because I missed the good times, although I did. It was more that I knew I was turning into one of those girls who, upon looking at high school photos, feels wistful. — Emily Giffin (Wistful Quotes)

52. The way to beat Luke,” he said. “If I’m right, it’s the only way you’ll stand a chance.” I took a deep breath. “Okay. I’m listening.” Nico glanced inside my room. His eyebrows furrowed. “Is that … is that blue birthday cake?” He sounded hungry, maybe a little wistful. I wondered if the poor kid had ever had a birthday party, or if he’d ever even been invited to one. :Come inside for cake and ice cream,” I said. “It sounds like we’ve got a lot to talk about. — Rick Riordan

53. I love the ZX Spectrum. I love it with the sort of wistful passion that can only take root in the heart of a hopelessly nostalgic nerd. It was my first computer love, my first games machine, my first gateway to a hobby that has somehow also been my living for over twenty years. I owe it all to that flat black biscuit, throbbing with 48k of raw power. — Dan Whitehead

54. “Funny, isn’t it? We hear the same name and while they see dark, I see light.”
― Nadia Hashimi

55. Eve was happy for her bestie. She just wished she had a guy who would look at her the way Seth looked at her friend, eyes all starry.
No, that wasn’t it. Or it wasn’t complete it. Eve knew there were guys at school who liked her and would give her the Seth-look if she gave them the opportunity. But she didn’t want the look from any of those guys. She wanted the look she could give the look back to. She wanted to find a guy she could all-out love who would all-out love her back. — Amy Meredith
(Wistful Quotes)

56. Nostalgia is in my blood. My mother was a passionate teacher of history and a lover of all things “was.” I, too, prefer the bygone, and I’m prone to waxing wistful over the end of something even as I’m living it–cherishing, hanging on. — Lisa Anselmo

57. So often we have a kind of vague, wistful longing that the promises of Jesus should be true. The only way really to enter into them is to believe them with the clutching intensity of a drowning man. — William Barclay

58. This is better than a romance novel.” P.J. said with a wistful sigh.
“You read that stuff?” Cole demanded.
“Why the hell do you ask the question like that?” P.J. said, annoyance evident in her tone and expression.
“You just didn’t seem the type,” Cole mumbled.
She flipped him the bird, and Shea had to bite her lip to keep from laughing. P.J. was easily half Cole’s size but she also looked like she had the confidence to take on the much larger man. She might even kick his ass. The idea intrigued Shea greatly.
“I’m tempted to shove one of my romance novels up your ass.” P.J. said sharply. “But I love my books too much to desecrate them like that, I’ll settle for my boot.”
Cole held up his hands in surrender. “I won’t say another word. Romance novels are great. I love romance novels. I think everyone should read them. — Maya Banks
(Wistful Quotes)

59. “Ymmärräthän… kun on oikein surullinen, on ihana katsella auringonlaskuja.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

60. You can’t tell a little kid that you swear to God over something and then not do it. You may effectively ruin my childhood.” He looks off into nothing, a wistful expression on his face. “Gosh, think of the therapy bills. Not to mention how I’ll probably never be able to have a normal relationship when I’m an adult. I’ll live with you forever and become a cat lady.”
I cock an eyebrow at him. “You hate cats.” He rolls his eyes. “Well, yeah, now I do. But I won’t have a choice. It’ll be inevitable. And I’ll probably have to throw birthday parties for my feline companions where I bake them cakes out of
Fancy Feast. All because you went back on your God swear. — T.J. Klune
(Wistful Quotes)

61. All these years I’ve had a story in my mind, the story about us that never really existed. And because of that story, I’ve kept you framed up on the wall in a little box of nostalgic moonlight. -Cathleen Schine

62. For thousands of years, father and son have stretched wistful hands across the canyon of time, each eager to help the other to his side, but neither quite able to desert the loyalties of his contemporaries. The relationship is always changing and hence always fragile; nothing endures except the sense of difference. — Alan Valentine

63. “we always knew
that good times came
with termination contracts
even if we weren’t quite ready
to sign it.”
― Sanober Khan
(Wistful Quotes)

64. Tod’s pale brows arched halfway up his forehead, and he looked suddenly, achingly wistful. “She knows not what she says … “
Maybe not. But I was starting to get a pretty good idea … — Rachel Vincent

65. But anything other than a yes or no question was beyond us, apparently. He opened up his mouth as though he would say something. He looked like he was trying hard, like Adrian had with the plant. But no sound came out. “I’m sorry,” I whispered. “I’m sorry I don’t understand … and … I’m sorry for everything else.” Mason gave me one last wistful look and then vanished. — Richelle Mead (Wistful Quotes)

66. Was it so wrong to relish the feeling anyway? To enjoy the way it lingered, leaving her with a wistful awareness, a pleasant unease, as if she had forgotten to do something? Yes, it probably was wrong. But she did not wish it away. – Julie Klassen

67. February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting can bring back any air of summer. — Shirley Jackson (Wistful Quotes)

68. His father looked wistful. ‘And you don’t feel anticlimatic?’
What’s that?’
Somewhat the opposite of elated.’
What’s elated again?’
Good feelings. That is to say, very good. You can feel, can’t you? That’s what I’m driving at. You don’t ever wonder … where feeling went? – Ali Shaw

69. here are more people living in freedom today than at any other time in the history of the human race. -Mike Rounds

70. He is Romeo, and he is heartbroken. Every word is wistful. When he says, ‘O, teach me how I should forget to think!’ I, for the first time, see what the big deal is about Shakespeare. — Nina LaCour

71. The girls I dream of are the gentle ones, wistful by high windows or singing sweet old songs at a piano, long hair drifting, tender as apple blossom. But a girl who goes into battle beside you and keeps your back is a different thing, a thing to make you shiver. Think of the first time you slept with someone, or the first time you fell in love: that blinding explosion that left you cracking to the fingertips with electricity, initiated and transformed. I tell you that was nothing, nothing at all, beside the power of putting your lives, simply and daily, into each other’s hands. — Tana French (Wistful Quotes)

72. There’s the appeal of the young thief who robs you, and climbs back down off your cloud. It’s possible to love that boy, in a wistful and hopeless way. It’s possible to love his greed and narcissism, to grant him that which is beyond your own capacities: heedlessness, cockiness, a self-devotion so pure it borders on the divine. — Michael Cunningham

73. I love anything to do with cooking, from watching the Food Network to reading recipe books by Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver and Levi Roots. My favourite types of cuisine are Asian and Caribbean, and I love cooking new recipes for my family. – Author: Jourdan Dunn

74. Adults are always like that, They only see what they want to see, As such, I am disapointed in them, but… That’s convenient for me. – Fujisawa Ayana – Author: Karasu Yamazaki

75. He sits in silence, and his eyes are definitely not the man I know. They’re wistful, lonely, and so beautiful I have to close mine. “I — Sally Thorne (Wistful Quotes)

76. ANXIETY i will transform you into something useful and productive. I will not bow down to you. ~THE END – Author: Jaeda DeWalt

77. Can’t call ’em zombies anymore,” sighed Manny. He seemed almost wistful. “Now we gotta be all politically correct. It’s like the Cold Wars never happened. — David S.E. Zapanta

78. We are pretty sure that we and our pets share the same reality, until one day we come home to find that our wistful, intelligent friend who reminds us of our better self has decided a good way to spend the day is to open a box of Brillo pads, unravel a few, distribute some throughout the house, and eat or wear all the rest. And we shake our heads in an inability to comprehend what went wrong here. — Merrill Markoe (Wistful Quotes)

79. A precious place is Paradise and none may know its worth, But Eden ever longeth for the knicknacks of the earth. The angels grow quite wistful over worldly things below; They hear the hurdy-gurdies in the Candle Makers Row. They listen for the laughter from the antics of the earth; They lower pails from heaven’s walls to catch the milk-maids mirth. — Nathalia Crane

80. Why are people so unkind? – Kamahl (Wistful Quotes)

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