hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper

1661 W. RAWLEY Resuscitatio (ed. 2) 298 But, said the fisher men, we had hope then to make a better gain of it. Saith Mr. [Francis] Bacon well my Maisters, then Ile tell you; hope is a good Breakfast but it is a Bad supper.

1817 H. L. PIOZZI Autobiography (1861) II. 188 He was a wise man who said Hope is a good breakfast but a bad dinner. It shall be my supper..when all’s said and done.

1986 C. M. SCHULZ Washington Post 27 Aug. D15 (Peanuts comic strip) ‘I hope I get better grades this year. I hope I’ll be the prettiest and smartest girl in the whole class..’ ‘“Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.”’


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