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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
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
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