quotations about hope
Man ever talks, and Man ever dreams
Of better days that are yet to be,
After glittering goal, that distant gleams,
Running and racing untiringly.
The worldly may grow old and young as it will,
But the Hope of man is Improvement still.
Hope bears him into life in her arms,
She flutters around the boy's young bloom,
The soul of youth with her magic warms,
Nor rests with age in the silent tomb;
For ends man his weary course at the grave,
There plants he Hope o'er his ashes to wave.
FRIEDRICH SCHILLER, "Hope"
We are promised abundance of all good things--yet we are rich only in hunger and thirst. What would become of us if we did not take our stand on hope, and if our heart did not hasten beyond this world!
JEAN CALVIN, Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul
Hope is symbolized in Christian iconography by an anchor. And what does an anchor do? It keeps the ship on course when wind and waves rage against it. But the anchor of hope is sunk in heaven, not on earth.
GREGORY FLOYD, A Grief Unveiled
And then the spirit brings hope, hope in the strictest Christian sense, hope which is hoping against hope. For an immediate hope exists in every person; it may be more powerfully alive in one person than in another; but in death every hope of this kind dies and turns into hopelessness. Into this night of hopelessness (it is death that we are describing) comes the life-giving spirit and brings hope, the hope of eternity. It is against hope, for there was no longer any hope for that merely natural hope; this hope is therefore a hope contrary to hope.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD, For Self-Examination
The quality of our expectations determines the quality of our actions.
ANDRÉ GODIN, In Thought
Help, then, is the ballast that keeps us steady, that recognizes where along the path are the dangers and pitfalls that can throw us off; hope tempers fear so we can recognize dangers and then bypass or endure them.
JEROME GROOPMAN, The Anatomy of Hope
Without a minimum of hope, we cannot so much as start the struggle.
PAULO FREIRE, Pedagogy of Hope
To eat bread without hope is still slowly to starve to death.
PEARL S. BUCK, To My Daughters
If it is hope that maintains and upholds faith and keeps it moving on, if it is hope that draws the believer into the life of love, then it will also be hope that is the mobilizing and driving force of faith's thinking, of its knowledge of, and reflections on, human nature, history and society. Faith hopes in order to know what it believes. Hence all its knowledge will be an anticipatory, fragmentary knowledge forming a prelude to the promised future, and as such is committed to hope. Hence also vice versa the hope which arises from faith in God's promise will become the ferment in our thinking, its mainspring, the source of its restlessness and torment.
JÜRGEN MOLTMANN, Theology of Hope
There is always hope...only because it's the one thing that no one has figured out how to kill yet.
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, concretely genuine hope its most dedicated benefactor.
ERNST BLOCH, The Principle of Hope
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
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, attributed, Lives of Eminent Philosophers