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Quotations: Hope

He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.
Douglas Adams

More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
Woody Allen

When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you're slamming the door in the face of God.
Charles L. Allen

You've gotta have hope. Without hope life is meaningless. Without hope life is meaning less and less.
Anon

Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier.
Anon

Some see a hopeless end, while others see an endless hope.
Anon

We are so constituted by Nature that we easily believe the things we hope for, but believe only with difficulty those we fear, and that we regard such things more or less highly than is just. This is the source of the superstitions by which men everywhere are troubled. For the rest, I don’t think it worth the trouble to set out in detail here the vacillations of mind that stem from hope and fear - since it follows simply from the definition of these affects that there is no hope without fear, and no fear without hope (as I shall explain more fully in due course). Moreover, in hoping for or fearing something, we love it or hate it; so what I have said about love and hate can easily be applied to hope and fear.
Baruch

If one truly has lost hope, one would not be on hand to say so.
Eric Bentley

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

Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood...Make big plans, aim high in hope and work.
Daniel H. Burnham

But what is Hope? Nothing but the paint on the face of Existence; the least touch of truth rubs it off, and then we see what a hollow-cheeked harlot we have got hold of.
George Gordon Byron

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
Dale Carnegie

There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum.
Arthur C. Clarke

Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic.
Norman Cousins

Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops... at all.
Emily Dickinson

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
Epicurus

He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
Benjamin Franklin

It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.
Robert H. Goddard

The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes.
Thomas Hardy

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

Beware how you take away hope from another human being.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Nothing is as simple as we hope it will be.
Jim Horning

Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.
George Iles

Hope itself is a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords; but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain.
Samuel Johnson

What we hope ever to do with ease we may learn first to do with diligence.
Samuel Johnson

Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.
Charles F. Kettering

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 Lamott

Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent.
Mignon McLaughlin

When hope is hungry, everything feeds it.
Mignon McLaughlin

I hope that while so many people are out smelling the flowers, someone is taking the time to plant some.
Herbert Rappaport

Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Yesterday I was a dog. Today I'm a dog. Tomorrow I'll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There's so little hope for advancement.
Charles M. Schulz

My doctor gave me two weeks to live. I hope they're in August.
Ronnie Shakes

The miserable have no other medicine But only hope.
William Shakespeare

There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.
Baruch Spinoza

With each passing day, I didn't lose hope. I fought to have more.
Amy Tan

Hope is patience with the lamp lit.
Tertullian

Lord save us all from... a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms.
Mark Twain

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
Gore Vidal

Hope never abandons you, you abandon it.
George Weinberg

Hope is the denial of reality.
Margaret Weis

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.
Woodrow Wilson

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