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No joy for which thy hungering heart has panted,
No hope it cherishes through waiting years,
But if thou dost deserve it, shall be granted
For with each passionate wish the blessing nears.
Tune up the fine, strong instrument of thy being
To chord with thy dear hope, and do not tire.
When both in key and rhythm are agreeing,
Lo! thou shalt kiss the lips of thy desire.
The thing thou cravest so waits in the distance,
Wrapt in the silences, unseen and dumb:
Essential to thy soul and thy existence--
Live worthy of it--call, and it shall come.


Hope is a psychological mechanism unaffected by external realities.

GENE WOLFE, The Shadow of the Torturer

I have faint hopes: I have some it is true -- just enough to keep body and soul together.

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY, letter to Thomas Jefferson Hogg, May 12, 1811

It is better to hope than to mope!

MARGARET ATWOOD, The Year of the Flood

When you are well and truly screwed, either you just sit pissing yourself or you invent some reason to hope.


Hope was an instinct only the reasoning human mind could kill. An animal never knew despair.

GRAHAM GREENE, The Power and the Glory

Hope is really just a variety of fear, all the more painful because it twitches a chance of escape in front of your nose as it slides by.

K. J. PARKER, Evil for Evil

Shame on the man who goes to his grave escorted by the miserable hopes that have kept him alive.

EMIL CIORAN, The Temptation to Exist

Hope is an explorer who surveys the country ahead. That is why we know so much about the Hereafter and so little about the Heretofore.

AMBROSE BIERCE, "Epigrams of a Cynic"

Hope is but a charlatan that ceases not to deceive us. For myself happiness only began when I had lost it.

CHAMFORT, The Cynic's Breviary

Hope is a flatterer; but the most upright of parasites; for she frequents the poor man's hut, as well as the palace of his superior.

WILLIAM SHENSTONE, Essays on Men and Manners

Where there is no hope there can be no endeavour.

ELIZA COOK, Diamond Dust

Hope is, indeed, a deceitful enchantress; but she sheds a sweet radiance on the stream of life, and never exerts her magic except to our advantage. We seldom attain what she beckons us to pursue; but her deceptions resemble those which the dying husbandman in the fable practiced upon his sons, who, by telling them of a hidden mass of wealth, which he had buried in a secret place in his vineyard, led them so sedulously to delve the ground, and turn up the earth about the roots of the vines, that they found, in deed, a treasure, though not in gold, in wine.

WILLIAM MATHEWS, Hints on Success in Life

Cut the Wings of your Hens and Hopes, lest they lead you a weary Dance after them.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1754

What doctor possesses such curative resources as those latent in a spark of happiness or a single ray of hope?


Once you lost all hope, time began to go faster and the senseless days deadened your soul.

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, The Prisoner of Heaven

Hope, deceitful as it is, carries us through life agreeably enough.


It all depends whether hope is in front or behind you.


Though Hope be a small child, she can carry a great anchor!

EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON, The Last of the Barons

Those who live for hope alone find that the immediate future always slips from their grasp.

SENECA, Ad Lucilium Epistulae Morales

We watch our hopes, far flickering in the night,
Once radiant torches, lighted in our youth,
To guide, through years, to some broad morn of truth;
But these go out and leave us with no light.

HENRY ABBEY, "While the Days Go By"

Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.

LIN YUTANG, The Wisdom of China

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