Hope roves in a future of fame and wealth.
ADELBERT VON CHAMISSO, "Maternal Dream"
None are completely wretched but those who are without hope.
WILLIAM HAZLITT, Characteristics
The season of bereavement becomes the seed-time of hope.
HARRY GREY, Sorrow Not Without Hope
Fraudulent hope is one of the greatest malefactors, even enervators, of the human race, congretely genuine hope its most dedicated benefactor.
ERNST BLOCH, The Principle of Hope
Blind hope faces a blank wall waiting for a door in it to open. Doors might be nearby, but blind hope keeps you from locating them.
REBECCA SOLNIT, Hope in the Dark
The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.
MARIAN ZIMMER BRADLEY, The Fall of Atlantis
Hope is not a strategy.
RICK PAGE, Hope Is Not a Strategy
While there is life there is hope--and while there is hope there is life.
E. E. HOLMES, Joyful Through Hope
We should expect hope's reciprocity as a natural flowering of the life of hope. Helping others and nurturing hope is expressive of hopefulness itself. It is an extension of the hopeful self to reach out to others, promoting the connection of agency and the enrichment of horizons of meaning. Hope's reciprocity grows out of the very social nature of hope; we thus frequently see it live in family relations, in intimacy, in love. And so hope spreads. This spreading should not surprise us; like love, it is freely given, fostered, and nurtured.
PATRIC SHADE, Habits of Hope
The mind which renounces, once and forever, a futile hope, has its compensations in ever-growing calm.
GEORGE GISSING, The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft
Those that hope little cannot grow much.
GEORGE MACDONALD, The Hope of the Gospel
Hope is a waking dream.
ARISTOTLE, quoted in Lives of Eminent Philosophers
In somewhat the same way as reasonable belief is to be distinguished from superstition, so is reasonable hope ("hope that maketh not ashamed") to be distinguished from that which is vain and illusory. It is also true that in somewhat the same way as the strength of the belief furnishes a very effective evidence for the reasonableness of the belief to the man who holds it, so does the assurance of hoping give much additional testimony to the reasonableness of the hope for the mind that entertains it. In both cases, a certain value, which is something more than purely "subjective," cannot easily be denied to this support of truth in a form that is primarily emotional. It is more reasonable to believe what one can honestly believe with a strong feeling of confidence in its "objective" truthfulness. It is more reasonable to hope what one can honestly hope with a large measure of firm assurance. Nor is this measure of emotional evidence to be esteemed as of value to those only who store it in their own bosoms. Beliefs and hopes that are kept ever warm and vital in the bosom of humanity, by being near to its heart and source of vital life-currents, are lawfully as well as actually most well nourished and most vigorous.
GEORGE TRUMBULL LADD, What May I hope?
- Hope springs eternal in the human breast:
- Man never is, but always To Be Blest.
ALEXANDER POPE, Essay on Man
A ship ought not to be held by one anchor, nor life by a single hope.
Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.
ANNE LEMOTT, Bird by Bird
Men of warm imaginations and towering thoughts are apt to overlook the goods of fortune which are near them, for something that glitters in the sight at a distance; to neglect solid and substantial happiness for what is showy and superficial; and to contemn that good which lies within their reach, for that which they are not capable of attaining. Hope calculates its schemes for a long and durable life; presses forward to imaginary points of bliss; grasps at impossibilities; and consequently very often ensnares men into beggary, ruin, and dishonour.
JOSEPH ADDISON, The Spectator, Nov. 13, 1712
Hope is fragile and needs to be tended and renewed.
PATRIC SHADE, Habits of Hope
Hope deceives more men than cunning can.
MARQUIS DE VAUVENARGUES, Reflecions et Maximes
To be hopeful, to embrace one possibility after another--that is surely the basic instinct. Baser even than hate, the thing with teeth, which can be stilled with a tone of voice or stunned by beauty. If the whole world of the living has to turn on the single point of remaining alive, that pointed endurance is the poetry of hope. The thing with feathers.
BARBARA KINGSOLVER, High Tide in Tucson
Hope is carefully to be distinguished, on the one hand from optimism (which springs from prediction of what the future will bring), and on the other hand from wishful thinking (which is unconstrained by the probabilities of what that future might bring). Hope is based neither on certainty, as if it were simply extrapolation of the present, nor on fantasy, as if its object bore only a tenuous relation to the present. Once again, we encounter the eschatological dialectic of continuity and discontinuity. In relation to hope, failure to respect this balance can lead either to despair that anything will ever change for the better, or to violent imaginings of apocalyptic destruction in which the future can be attained only by the annihilation of the past.
JOHN POLKINGHORNE, The God of Hope and the End of the World
Hope is the only method of recapturing hope.
HIROKAZU MIYAZAKI, The Method of Hope
Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.
VACLAV HAVEL, Disturbing the Peace
Hope is the most universal of human possessions.
- For hope will cull a withered flower
- And tune a harp with a broken string;
- And hope will shed a glimmering ray
- Of light on pleasure's ruined shrine.
- For mouldering columns still look gay
- When summer sunbeams o'er them shine.
ROSA VERTNER JEFFREY, "Hopes and Fears"
What heart has not false Hope misled?
WILLIAM B. TAPPAN, "What Heart Has Not False Hope Misled"
The near cousin of optimism is hope: knowing the steps needed to get to a goal and having the energy to pursue those steps. It is a primal motivating force, and its absence is paralyzing.
DANIEL GOLEMAN, Working With Emotional Intelligence
Hope and milk sour by standing.
AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought
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