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What's so great about hope? Hope leads to patience, courage, and joy. It makes us stable, and we are saved by hope. It is one of the three things which last: Faith. Hope, and Love
- When people talk of the Freedom of Writing, Speaking, or thinking, I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.
- John Adams Letter to Thomas Jefferson (15 July 1817)
- Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'entrate.
- All hope abandon, ye who enter here.
- Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Canto III: The Gate of Hell, line 9
- Senza speme vivemo in desio.
- If thy hope be any thing worth, it will purify thee from thy sins.
- Joseph Alleine, The Solemn Warnings of the Dead: or, An Admonition to Unconverted Sinners (1804), Chapter 3, p. 44
- For a moment hope, bright and cruel as a knife, presented itself to me. It took every ounce of strength I had to turn away.
- This is what hope does to you when you’re not used to it. It is very like being drunk. You don’t realize how badly you’re impaired until you see the results of your spree.
- Hope is the dream of a waking man.
- Aristotle, as quoted by Diogenes Laërtius in The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers Literally translated by C. D. Yonge; Henry G. Bohn, 1853, p. 187
- Variant translations:
- You ask what hope is. He says it is a waking dream.
- The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, Book V, 18 speaking of Aristotle; ascribed to Pindar by Stobæus—Sermon CIX; to Plato by Ælian—Var. Hist, XIII. 29, as reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 375-78
- Know then, whatever cheerful and serene
Supports the mind, supports the body too:
Hence, the most vital movement mortals feel
Is hope, the balm and lifeblood of the soul.
- Our greatest good, and what we least can spare,
Is hope: the last of all our evils, fear.
- Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
- Providence has given human wisdom the choice between two fates: either hope and agitation, or hopelessness and calm.
- It is to hope, though hope were lost.
- Anna Letitia Barbauld, Come here, Fond Youth, as reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 375-78
- For the hopes of men have been justly called waking dreams.
- Hope! thou nurse of young desire.
- Nature has fixed no limits on our hopes.
- I live in hope and that I think do all
Who come into this world.
- That was all a man needed: hope. It was a lack of hope that discouraged a man.
- Everything passes away — suffering, pain, blood, hunger, pestilence. The sword will pass away too, but the stars will still remain when the shadows of our presence and our deeds have vanished from the earth. There is no man who does not know that. Why, then, will we not turn our eyes towards the stars? Why?
- The heart bowed down by weight of woe
To weakest hope will cling.
- Alfred Bunn, Bohemian Girl as reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 375-78
- Hope springs exulting on triumphant wing.
- Hope, withering, fled—and Mercy sighed farewell.
For in that word that fatal word,—howe'er
We promise, hope, believe,—there breathes despair.
- 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.
- Lord Byron, letter to Thomas Moore, 28 October 1815, in Byrons Letters and Journals (1975), Vol 4, ed. Leslie Marchand
- Daughter of Faith, awake, arise, illume
The dread unknown, the chaos of the tomb.
- Thomas Campbell, "Pleasures of Hope", Part 2, St. 23; The Pleasures of Hope; With Other Poems (7th ed. 1803), p. 67
- Auspicious Hope! in thy sweet garden grow
Wreaths for each toil, a charm for every woe.
- Cease, every joy, to glimmer in my mind,
But leave,—oh! leave the light of Hope behind!
- There's a hope that's waiting for you, in the dark.
- Alessia Cara, "Scars to your Beautiful" (2015), Know-It-All
- Unlike money, hope is all: for the rich as well as for the poor.
- Fausto Cercignani in: Brian Morris, Simply Transcribed. Quotations from Fausto Cercignani, 2013, p. 5
- Con la vida muchas cosas se remedian.
- With life many things are remedied.
(While there's life there's hope.)
- Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605-1615)
- With life many things are remedied.
- Hasta la muerte todo es vida.
- Until death all is life.
- (While there's life there's hope.)
- Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605-1615)
- I laugh, for hope hath happy place with me,
If my bark sinks, 'tis to another sea.
- Hope knows no fear. Hope dares to blossom even inside the abysmal abyss. Hope secretly feeds and strengthens promise.
- Sri Chinmoy, My Christmas-New Year-Vacation-Aspiration-Prayers Part 26 (2003)
- Ægroto dum anima est, spes est.
- To the sick, while there is life there is hope.
- Cicero, Epistolæ Ad Atticum, IX. 10
- Maxima illecebra est peccandi impunitatis spes.
- The hope of impunity is the greatest inducement to do wrong.
- Cicero, Oratio Pro Animo Milone, XVI
- As the days of spring arouse all nature to a green and growing vitality, so when hope enters the soul it makes all things new. It insures the progress which it predicts. Rooted in faith, growing up into love; these make the three immortal graces of the Gospel, whose intertwined arms and concurrent voices shed joy and peace over our human life.
- James Freeman Clarke, Self-Culture: Physical, Intellectual, Moral, and Spiritual – A Course of Lectures (1880), Chapter 19: Education of Hope, p. 411
- A variant, "As these summer days have roused all nature..." (with other minor alterations) appears as the entry for July 12 in Messages of Faith, Hope, and Love: Selections for Every Day in the Year from the Sermons and Writings of James Freeman Clarke (Boston: Geo. H. Ellis, 1895), p. 180
- And Hope enchanted smiled, and waved her golden hair.
- But thou, O Hope, with eyes so fair,
What was thy delighted measure?
Still it whisper'd promised pleasure,
And bade the lovely scenes at distance hail!
- Hope! of all ills that men endure,
The only cheap and universal cure.
- When faith and hope fail, as they do sometimes, we must try charity, which is love in action. We must speculate no more on our duty, but simply do it. When we have done it, however blindly, perhaps Heaven will show us why.
- "Hope" is the thing with feathers —
That perches in the soul —
And sings the tune without the words —
And never stops — at all —
And sweetest — in the Gale — is heard —
And sore must be the storm —
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm —
- Emily Dickinson, Poem 254 in The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson (1960), edited by Thomas H. Johnson
- I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.
- Until the day when God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, Wait and hope.
- Hopes have precarious life.
They are oft blighted, withered, snapped sheer off
In vigorous growth and turned to rottenness.
- Because I do not hope to turn again
Because I do not hope
Because I do not hope to turn
Desiring this man's gift and that man's scope
I no longer strive to strive towards such things
(Why should the agèd eagle stretch its wings?)
Why should I mourn
The vanished power of the usual reign?
- Although I do not hope to turn again
Although I do not hope
Although I do not hope to turn
- I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love,
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.
- The only hope, or else despair
Lies in the choice of pyre or pyre —
To be redeemed from fire by fire.
- L'espoir ne fait pas de poussière.
- Hope raises no dust.
- Paul Éluard, "Ailleurs, ici, partout" (1946)
- To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime.
- Erich Fromm, The Revolution of Hope: Toward a Humanized Technology (1968)
- Always believe in your dreams, because if you don't, you'll still have hope.
- The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ. Indeed, nothing genuinely human fails to raise an echo in their hearts. For theirs is a community composed of men. United in Christ, they are led by the HolySpirit in their journey to the Kingdom of their Father and they have welcomed the news of salvation which is meant for every man.
- While there is life there's hope (he cried,)
Then why such haste?—so groan'd and died.
- John Gay, The Sick Man and The Angel, as reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 375-78
- Bei so grosser Gefahr kommt die leichteste Hoffnung in Anschlag.
- In so great a danger the faintest hope should be considered.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Egmont, II, as reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 375-78
- Wir hoffen immer, und in allen Dingen
Ist besser hoffen als verzweifeln.
- We always hope, and in all things it is better to hope than to despair.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Torquato Tasso, III. 4. 197, as reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 375-78
- Hope, like the gleaming taper's light,
Adorns and cheers our way;
And still, as darker grows the night,
Emits a brighter ray.
- In all my wanderings round this world of care,
In all my griefs—and God has given my share—
I still had hopes my latest hours to crown,
Amidst these humble bowers to lay me down.
- The wretch condemn'd with life to part,
Still, still on hope relies;
And every pang that rends the heart
Bids expectation rise.
- Oliver Goldsmith, Captivity, Song, as reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 375-78
- Gay hope is theirs by fancy fed,
Less pleasing when possest;
The tear forgot as soon as shed,
The sunshine of the breast.
- Thomas Gray, Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College (1742), Stanza 5
- Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
- Václav Havel, Disturbing the Peace (1986), Chapter 5 : The Politics of Hope
- Hope is the best possession. None are completely wretched but those who are without hope; and few are reduced so low as that.
- William Hazlitt, Characteristics, in the manner of Rochefoucauld's Maxims (1823), No. 34
- Beware how you take away hope from any human being.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., in his valedictory address to medical graduates at Harvard University (10 March 1858), published in The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. LVIII, No. 8 (25 March 1858), p. 158; this has also been paraphrased "Beware how you take away hope from another human being"
- Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall;
A mother's secret hope outlives them all.
- I suppose it can be truthfully said that Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity.
- I steer my bark with Hope in the head, leaving Fear astern. My hopes, indeed, sometimes fail; but not oftener than the forebodings of the gloomy.
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, 8 April 1816, as published in Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies, from the Papers of Thomas Jefferson (2nd edition, 1830), ed. Thomas Jefferson Randolph, Vol. 4, p. 271
- When we realize the degree of agency we actually do have, we no longer have to "hope" at all. We simply do the work.
- Casey Maddox wrote that when philosophy dies, action begins. I would say in addition that when we stop hoping for external assistance, when we stop hoping that the awful situation we're in will somehow resolve itself, when we stop hoping the situation will somehow not get worse, then we are finally free — truly free — to honestly start working to thoroughly resolve it. I would say when hope dies, action begins.
- A wonderful thing happens when you give up on hope, which is that you realize you never needed it in the first place. You realize that giving up on hope doesn't kill you, nor did it make you less effective. In fact it made you more effective, because you ceased relying on someone or something else to solve your problems — you ceased hoping your problems somehow get solved, through the magical assistance of God, the Great Mother, the Sierra Club, valiant tree-sitters, brave salmon, or even the Earth itself — and you just began doing what's necessary to solve your problems yourself.
- In all the wedding cake, hope is the sweetest of the plums.
- Douglas Jerrold, Jerrold's Wit, The Cats-paw, as reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 375-78
- When there is no hope, there can be no endeavor.
- Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, No. 110, as reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 375-78
- Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, sickness and captivity would, without this comfort, be insupportable.
- Yet it is necessary to hope, though hope should always be deluded, for hope itself is happiness, and its frustrations, however frequent, are yet less dreadful than its extinction.
- Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords.
- The triumph of hope over experience.
- Samuel Johnson, in reference to an unhappily married man remarrying immediately after his wife's death, as quoted in James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), Vol. 2, p. 82
- It's the hope for all the hopeless in the worst of trying times.
- Δεν ελπίζω τίποτε. Δεν φοβούμαι τίποτε. Είμαι λεύτερος
- I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.
- Nikos Kazantzakis, epitaph, adapted from The Saviors of God (1923)
- So, when dark thoughts my boding spirit shroud,
Sweet Hope! celestial influence round me shed
Waving thy silver pinions o'er my head.
- Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope.
- The Worldly Hope men set their Hearts upon
Turns Ashes—or it prospers; and anon,
Like Snow upon the Desert's dusty Face,
Lighting a little hour or two—is gone.
- L'espérance, toute trompeuse qu'elle est, sert au moins à nous mener à la fin de la vie par un chemin agréable.
- Hope is a timid thing,
Fearful, and weak, and born in suffering;
At least, such Hope as human life can bring.
- Letitia Elizabeth Landon The New Monthly Magazine (1834) 'The Future' page 303. Re-used in 'Ethel Churchill' Vol. I, Chapter 31
- Hope is love's happiness, but not its life;—
How many hearts have nourished a vain flame
In silence and in secret, though they knew
They fed the scorching fire that would consume them!
- Radical hope anticipates a good for which those who have the hope as yet lack the appropriate concepts with which to understand it.
- One's thoughts turn towards Hope.
- Leonardo da Vinci, The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci (1938), X Studies and Sketches for Pictures and Decorations, as translated by Edward MacCurdy; by the side of this passage is a sketch of a cage with a bird sitting in it.
- If you've lost your faith in love and music, the end won't be long
- One only hope my heart can cheer,—
The hope to meet again.
- George Linley, Song, as reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 375-78
- Races, better than we, have leaned on her wavering promise,
Having naught else but Hope.
- Vita dum superest, bene est.
- While life remains it is well.
- Mæcenas, quoted by Seneca, Epist., 101, as reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 375-78
- Our dearest hopes in pangs are born,
The kingliest Kings are crown'd with thorn.
- Gerald Massey, The Kingliest Kings, as reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 375-78
- Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent.
- Hope proves man deathless. It is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity.
- Henry Melvill, in "The Advantages of a State of Expectation" in Sermons by Henry Melvill, B. D (1844), edited by Charles Pettit McIlvaine, Sermon X, p. 113
- So, cutting the lashing of the waterproof match keg, after many failures Starbuck contrived to ignite the lamp in the lantern; then stretching it on a waif pole, handed it to Queequeg as the standard-bearer of this forlorn hope. There, then, he sat, holding up that imbecile candle in the heart of that almighty forlornness. There, then, he sat, the sign and symbol of a man without faith, hopelessly holding up hope in the midst of despair.
- And the young gay people in the Altoona, Pennsylvanias and the Richmond, Minnesotas who are coming out and hear Anita Bryant in television and her story. The only thing they have to look forward to is hope. And you have to give them hope. Hope for a better world, hope for a better tomorrow, hope for a better place to come to if the pressures at home are too great. Hope that all will be all right. Without hope, not only gays, but the blacks, the seniors, the handicapped, the us'es, the us'es will give up. And if you help elect to the central committee and other offices, more gay people, that gives a green light to all who feel disenfranchised, a green light to move forward. It means hope to a nation that has given up, because if a gay person makes it, the doors are open to everyone.
- Harvey Milk, A version of his staple "Hope Speech," quoted in Randy Shilts, The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk (1982), p. 363
- Where peace
And rest can never dwell, hope never comes,
That comes to all.
- What reinforcement we may gain from hope;
If not, what resolution from despair.
- So farewell hope, and with hope farewell fear,
Farewell remorse: all good to me is lost;
Evil, be thou my good.
- Toutes choses, disoit un mot ancien, sont esperables à un homme, pendant qu'il vit.
- All things, said an ancient saw, may be hoped for by a man as long as he lives.
- Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Book II, Chapter III
- Hope against hope, and ask till ye receive.
- Oh! ever thus, from childhood's hour,
I've seen my fondest hopes decay;
I never loved a tree or flower,
But 'twas the first to fade away.
- And tho't that the light-house look't lovely as hope,
That star on life's tremulous ocean.
- Thomas Moore,"The Lighthouse", as reprinted in Melodies, Songs, Sacred Songs, and National Airs (1821), p. 64.
- Variant: I thought that the light-house looked lovely as hope, ...
- As rendered in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)
- With a mind not diseased, a holy life is a life of hope, and at the end of it, death is a great act of hope.
- A hopeful sinner is closer to the mercy of Allah than a hopeless worshipper.
- Muhammad Mizan al-hikma, Volume 10, Page 504, Tradition 7109
- A leader is a dealer in hope.
- Napoleon I of France, Napoleon : In His Own Words (1916), Ch. V : Concerning the Fine Arts
- Hope, in its stronger forms, is a great deal more powerful stimulans to life than any sort of realized joy can ever be. Man must be sustained in suffering by a hope so high that no conflict with actuality can dash it — so high, indeed, that no fulfilment can satisfy it: a hope reaching out beyond this world.
- Years from now, you'll look back and you'll say that this was the moment, this was the place where America remembered what it means to hope. For many months, we've been teased, even derided for talking about hope. But we always knew that hope is not blind optimism. It's not ignoring the enormity of the tasks ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It's not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it and to work for it and to fight for it.
- I'm not talking about blind optimism, the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. I'm not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight. I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.
- Et res non semper, spes mihi semper adest.
- My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.
- Ovid, Heroides, XVIII. 178
- Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
- But Hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?
- δὲ βλεπομένη οὐκ ἔστιν ἐλπίς ὃ γὰρ βλέπει τίς ἐλπίζει.
- Paul of Tarsus, Romans 8:24
- We can never enter upon the path to virtue unless we have hope as our guide and companion.
- Pelagius, in "Letter to Demetrias" as translated by B. Rees, in Readings in World Christian History (2013), pp. 206-210
- Nam multa præter spem scio multis bona evenisse,
At ego etiam qui speraverint, spem decepisse multos.
- For I know that many good things have happened to many, when least expected; and that many hopes have been disappointed.
- Plautus, Rudens, II. 3. 69; Mostellaria, Act I, scene 3, line 71
- Hope humbly then; with trembling pinions soar;
Wait the great teacher, Death, and God adore;
What future bliss He gives not thee to know,
But gives that hope to be thy blessing now.
- Hope travels through, nor quits us when we die.
- A man's hope measures his civilization. The attainability of the hope measures, or may measure, the civilization of his nation and time.
- Ezra Pound, Guide to Kulchur (1938), part 3, Section 6, Ch. 22
- For hope is but the dream of those that wake!
- Matthew Prior, Solomon on the Vanity of the World, Book III, line 102
- Our hopes, like tow'ring falcons, aim
At objects in an airy height;
The little pleasure of the game
Is from afar to view the flight.
- Et spes inanes, et velut somnia quædam, vigilantium.
- Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake.
- Quintilian, VI. 2. 27
- Life and hope for the world are to be found only in the deeds of love.
- Bertrand Russell, Political Ideals (1917), Chapter V: National Independence and Internationalism
Man never is, but always to be blest. ~ Alexander Pope
Lies in the choice of pyre or pyre —
To be redeemed from fire by fire. ~ T. S. Eliot
But 'twas the first to fade away. ~ Thomas Moore
Wait the great teacher, Death, and God adore;
What future bliss He gives not thee to know,
But gives that hope to be thy blessing now. ~ Alexander Pope
And gladness hides her face in scorn,
Put thou the shadow from thy brow, —
No night but hath its morn. ~ Friedrich Schiller
And manage it against despairing thoughts.
Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear. ~ William Shakespeare
But only hope:
I've hope to live, and am prepar'd to die. ~ William Shakespeare
I hear him repeating in the dark, like an echo across the ages, the thoughts that I once silently had, including the conviction that I would die young. He returns me to those terrors, which have surprisingly receded with the years. Was it, perhaps, that I had merely survived a prolonged adolescent death drive? I certainly sensed at some point that I was already in the afterlife, since my existence could have easily ended long ago.
In looking back from this immanent afterlife on my earlier terrors, and how they have been slowly buried over time, I see now that they were overly fixated on my own biological death. Since I recognized eternal transcendence as nothing more than a comforting illusion, the only thing left was my finite life in the here and now, which was destined to disappear forever in an instantaneous blackout.
It is now patently unclear to me, however, that we ever actually die in this way. Our existence has numerous dimensions, and they each live according to different times. The biological stratum, which I naïvely took to mean life in general, is in certain ways a long process of demise — we are all dying all the time, just at different rhythms. Far from being an ultimate horizon beyond the bend, death is a constitutive feature of the unfolding of biological life. In other words, I am confronting my death each day that I live.
Moreover, the physical dimension of existence clearly persists beyond any biological threshold, as the material components of our bodies mix and mingle in different ways with the cosmos. The artifacts that we have produced also persevere, which can range from our physical imprint on the world to objects we have made or writings like this one. There is, as well, a psychosocial dimension that survives our biological withdrawal, which is visible in the impact that we have had — for better or worse — on all of the people around us. In living, we trace a wake in the world.
If biological death appears to some as an endpoint to existence, there is nevertheless a longevity to our physical, artifactual and psychosocial lives. They intertwine and merge with the broader world out of which we are woven. This should not be taken as a form of spiritualist consolation, however, but rather as an invitation to face up to the ways in which our immanent lives are actually never simply our own.
Authentic existence is perhaps less about boldly confronting the inevitable reality of our own finitude than about recognizing and cultivating the multiple dimensions of our lives. Some of these can never truly die because they do not belong only to us. They carry on in the physical world, in the material and cultural vestiges we leave, as well as in the psychological and social effects we have on those around us.
It is in this regard that my twilight conversations with my oldest son take on a very different light. Although they might not bring consolation to either of us in any traditional sense, they certainly leave traces of an intense moment of sharing something that will carry on in both of us, as well as in my youngest son who “plays dead” in his bed next to us as he pretends to sleep while listening intently to our probing exchanges.Continue reading the main story