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Quotations about Hope
What is Hope? a star that gleaming
Lord save us all from old age and broken health and a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms. ~Mark Twain, 1891
When hope is hungry, everything feeds it. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier. ~Author Unknown
If one truly has lost hope, one would not be on hand to say so. ~Eric Bentley
I will never willingly destroy a solitary human hope. ~Robert G. Ingersoll
Here's to Hope! — the child of Care,
And pretty sister of Despair,
Here's hoping that Hope's children shan't
Take after their Grandma or Aunt!
~Oliver Herford, c.1903
It is the first purpose of hope to make hopelessness bearable. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes. ~Thomas Hardy
Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic. ~Norman Cousins
Sanity may be madness but the maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be. ~Don Quixote
Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, sickness, of captivity, would, without this comfort, be insupportable. ~Samuel Johnson
It's all one thing — both tend into one scope -
To live upon Tobacco and on Hope,
The one's but smoke, the other is but wind.
~Sir Robert Aytoun of Kincaldie, "Sonnet on Tobacco"
HOPE.—A Phœnix singing upon its funeral pile. ~"A Chapter of Definitions," Daily Crescent, 1848 June 23rd
Hope rises like a phoenix from the ashes of shattered dreams. ~S.A. Sachs
'Tis a wreath of sunny flowers;
On the future's brow it twines;
Culled in love's own roseate bowers,
Fresh with sparkling dew it shines.
~R.A.P., "Hope," in Southern Literary Messenger, December 1840
The wings of hope belong to a dove best left to fly free. ~Taylor Schwab, May 2011 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter
We make our lives out of chaos and hope. And love. ~Bones, "Mother and Child in the Bay," original airdate 2006 September 6th, spoken by the character Angela Montenegro, writing credits S.Nathan, H.Hanson, K.Reichs, and N.Hawley
Hope is a roving gypsy
With laughter on her tongue,
And the blue sky and sunshine
Alone, can keep her young;
And year by year she lingers
Under a budding tree...
~Dora Read Goodale, "The Chorus," in Country Life in America: A Magazine for the Home-maker, the Vacation-seeker, the Gardener, the Farmer, the Nature-teacher, the Naturalist, April 1902
Hope is the physician of each misery. ~Irish Proverb
God sends the dawn
that we might see
that still might be. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us — in the dreariest and most dreaded moments — can see a possibility of hope. ~Maya Angelou
Hope deceives more men than cunning does. ~Vauvenargues, Reflections and Maxims, 1746
Who thinks, at night, that morn will ever be?
Who knows, far out upon the central sea,
That anywhere is land? And yet, a shore
Has set behind us, and will rise before:
A past foretells a future...
~Bayard Taylor, "First Evening"
Hope is a great perspective picture-painter, whose work appears dauby and unfinished when submitted to Reason's close inspection. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897
Hope is much like a cat in the Dark — you only know it's there by the reflection of its eyes — which means there is Light nearby. ~Terri Guillemets
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 faith holding out its hand in the dark. ~George Iles
Take hope from the heart of man and you make him a beast of prey. ~Ouida
Hope is the very beat of our hearts.
Love is the very beat of our hearts.
Joy is the very beat of our hearts.
Life is the very beat of our hearts.
~Terri Guillemets, "Very," 2000
It is the around-the-corner brand of hope that prompts people to action, while the distant hope acts as an opiate. ~Eric Hoffer
Hope is a strange invention –
A Patent of the Heart –
In unremitting action
Yet never wearing out....
~Emily Dickinson, c.1877
To eat bread without hope is still slowly to starve to death. ~Pearl S. Buck
Let hope be your pulse
Faith in every heartbeat
Joy with every breath...
Hope is a walk through a flowering meadow. One does not require that it lead anywhere. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Hope is but the dream of those who wake. ~Matthew Prior
Hope is grief's best music. ~Author unknown
...the fairy dust of poetry and glittery hope of dreams... ~Terri Guillemets
There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope. ~Baruch Spinoza
Hope peers beyond the sunset gate,
And sees heaven ope, with clearest eye;
In Sorrow's sombre vale we wait,
Till Love translates us to the sky...
~Luther G. Riggs, "Hope and Fear," c.1884 [Riggs was an editor and the poet-paragrapher of the Chicago Daily Sun.
He that lives upon hope will die fasting. ~Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack
When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you're slamming the door in the face of God. ~Charles L. Allen
Though you lose all hope, there is still hope, and it loves to surprise. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Hope is warmth against the cold winter of adversity. ~Terri Guillemets
Never deprive someone of hope — it may be all they have. ~Author unknown
Hope never abandons you, you abandon it. ~George Weinberg
The birds of hope are everywhere, listen to them sing. ~Terri Guillemets
Some see a hopeless end, while others see an endless hope. ~Author Unknown
Hope is patience with the lamp lit. ~Tertullian
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
Hope is the poor man's bread. ~Gary Herbert
We hope with every breath. We love with every smile. ~Terri Guillemets, "Relative distance," 2005
Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man. ~Victor Hugo
Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers. ~Robert Ingersoll
I still believe in some faraway place where it's all okay. ~Terri Guillemets, "Beyond the horizon," 1989