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Hope springs eternal in the human breast:
Man never is, but always to be blest. ~ Alexander Pope

Hope is an emotional state which promotes belief in a good outcome related to events and circumstances.

See also:
Optimism

Quotes[edit]

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Hope is a waking dream. ~ Aristotle
There’s no hope without endeavor. Hope has no meaning unless we are prepared to work to realize our hopes and dreams. ~ Aung San Suu Kyi
Nature has fixed no limits on our hopes. ~ Björk
Hope knows no fear. Hope dares to blossom even inside the abysmal abyss. ~ Sri Chinmoy
When faith and hope fail, as they do sometimes, we must try charity, which is love in action. ~ Dinah Craik
Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. ~ Frank Darabont
Unlike money, hope is all: for the rich as well as for the poor. ~ Fausto Cercignani
While there's life there's hope, and only the dead have none. ~ Theocritus
All human wisdom is summed up in these two words — wait and hope. ~ Alexander Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
The only hope, or else despair
Lies in the choice of pyre or pyre —
To be redeemed from fire by fire. ~ T. S. Eliot
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
Always believe in your dreams, because if you don't, you'll still have hope. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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
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
Beware how you take away hope from any human being. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, sickness and captivity would, without this comfort, be insupportable. ~ Samuel Johnson
Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords. ~ Samuel Johnson
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope. ~ Hellen Keller
The symbol of the House of El means "Hope". Embodied within that hope is the fundamental belief the potential of every person to be a force for good. ~ Jor-El, in Man of Steel
Hope proves man deathless. It is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity. ~ Henry Melvill
A man without hope is a man without fear. ~ Frank Miller
Hope, in its stronger forms, is a great deal more powerful stimulans to life than any sort of realized joy can ever be. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? ~ Paul of Tarsus
I never loved a tree or flower,
But 'twas the first to fade away. ~ Thomas Moore
A holy life is a life of hope; and at the end of it, death is a great act of hope. ~ William Mountford
We always hope, and in all things it is better to hope than to despair. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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. ~ Barack Obama
Hope is the bedrock of this nation. The belief that our destiny will not be written for us, but by us, by all those men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, who have the courage to remake the world as it should be. ~ Barack Obama
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. ~ Barack Obama
No human being can truly be imprisoned if hope burns in your heart. [...] A true revolution of the spirit begins in each of our hearts. ~ Barack Obama
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. ~ Alexander Pope
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
Hope for the best and prepare for the worst. ~ Proverb
HLife and hope for the world are to be found only in the deeds of love. ~ Bertrand Russell
Have Hope. Though clouds environ now,
And gladness hides her face in scorn,
Put thou the shadow from thy brow, —
No night but hath its morn. ~ Friedrich Schiller
Hope is brightest when it dawns from fears. ~ Walter Scott
Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear. ~ William Shakespeare
The miserable have no other medicine
But only hope:
I've hope to live, and am prepar'd to die. ~ William Shakespeare
Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear. ~ Baruch Spinoza
This tree is our symbol. Our affirmation of Life, and everyone in this town gives part of their water rations to keep it alive. We've learned, administrator, that hope is a powerful weapon against anything, even drought. ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation
It is not necessary to succeed in order to persevere. As long as there is a margin of hope, however narrow, we have no choice but to base all our actions on that margin. ~ Leó Szilárd
To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. ~ Howard Zinn
  • Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'entrate.
    • All hope abandon, ye who enter in.
    • Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Canto III: The Gate of Hell, line 9.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nature has fixed no limits on our hopes.
  • I live in hope and that I think do all
    Who come into this world.
  • 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?
  • 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
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
The only hope, or else despair
Lies in the choice of pyre or pyre —
To be redeemed from fire by fire. ~ T. S. Eliot
  • 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 Holy Spirit in their journey to the Kingdom of their Father and they have welcomed the news of salvation which is meant for every man.
  • You are as much a child of Earth now as you are of Krypton. You can embody the best of both worlds. The dream your mother and I dedicated our lives to preserve. The people of Earth are different from us, it's true, but ultimately I believe that is a good thing. They won't necessarily make the same mistakes we did, but if you guide them, Kal, if you give them hope. That's what this symbol means. [Pulls back his coat to reveal the House of El symbol on his chest] The symbol of the House of El means "Hope". Embodied within that hope is the fundamental belief in the potential of every person to be a force for good. That's what you can bring them.
  • 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.
  • Hope is the poor man's bread.
    • English proverb, reported in George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum (1651), No. 437

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  • He that lives in hope danceth without music.
    • English proverb, reported in George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum (1640), No. 1006.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • When we realize the degree of agency we actually do have, we no longer have to "hope" at all. We simply do the work.
    • Derrick Jensen, Endgame Volume I: The Problem of Civilization, p. 330.
  • 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.
    • Derrick Jensen, Endgame Volume I: The Problem of Civilization, p. 330.
  • 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.
    • Derrick Jensen, Endgame Volume I: The Problem of Civilization, p. 332.
  • 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).
  • Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope.
  • When love leaves the world, all hearts are still. Tell them of my love and tell them of my pain and tell them of my hope, which still lives. For this is all I have and all I am and all I ask.
  • 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
  • Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent.
  • Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • Barack Obama, Iowa Caucus Victory Speech, Delivered at the Iowa Democratic caucus on 3 January 2008

The absence of hope can rot a society from within.

  • 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.
  • 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, Chapter 22.
  • 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.
  • I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.
  • There are three lessons I would write, —
    Three words — as with a burning pen,
    In tracings of eternal light
    Upon the hearts of men.

    Have Hope. Though clouds environ now,
    And gladness hides her face in scorn,
    Put thou the shadow from thy brow, —
    No night but hath its morn.

    Have Faith. Where'er thy bark is driven, —
    The calm's disport, the tempest's mirth, —
    Know this: God rules the hosts of heaven,
    The habitants of earth.

    Have Love. Not love alone for one,
    But men, as man, thy brothers call;
    And scatter, like the circling sun,
    Thy charities on all.

    Thus grave these lessons on thy soul, —
    Hope, Faith, and Love, — and thou shalt find
    Strength when life's surges rudest roll,
    Light when thou else wert blind.

    • Friedrich Schiller, Hope, Faith, and Love (c. 1786); also known as "The Words of Strength", as translated in The Common School Journal Vol. IX (1847) edited by Horace Mann, p. 386.
  • The sickening pang of hope deferr'd.
    • Walter Scott, Lady of the Lake (1810), Canto III, Stanza 22.
  • Hope is brightest when it dawns from fears.
    • Walter Scott, Lady of the Lake (1810), Canto IV, Stanza 1.
  • True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings:
    Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.
  • Worse than despair,
    Worse than the bitterness of death, is hope.
  • Imagine a man who doesn't believe in anything, hope for anything, doesn't love anyone. This is a description of a dead or paralyzed soul. This happens from great grief, or from an unhappy upbringing when parents make from their children's souls paralytics.
  • Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.
    • Baruch Spinoza, Ethics, Part III, definition 13: explanation (1677).
  • It is not necessary to succeed in order to persevere. As long as there is a margin of hope, however narrow, we have no choice but to base all our actions on that margin. America and Russia have one interest in common which may override all their other interests: to be able to live with the bomb without getting into an all-out war that neither of them wants.
    • Leó Szilárd, as quoted in "Some Szilardisms on War, Fame, Peace", LIFE‎ magazine, Vol. 51, no. 9 (1 September 1961), p. 79.
  • While there's life there's hope, and only the dead have none.
    • Theocritus (3rd century BC), Idyll 4, line 42; tr. A. S. F. Gow, Theocritus ([1950] 1952) vol. 1, p. 37.
    • Variant translation: For the living there is hope, but for the dead there is none.
    • Later variant: Ægroto, dum anima est, spes est.
      • While the sick man has life, there is hope.
      • Cicero (1st century BC), Epistolarum ad Atticum [Epistle To Atticus], Book IX, 10, 4.
  • Many are the strange chances of the world... and help oft shall come from the hands of the weak when the Wise falter.
  • Hope is the denial of reality. It is the carrot dangled before the draft horse to keep him plodding along in a vain attempt to reach it.
  • Hope of all passions, most befriends us here
    • Edward Young, Night Thoughts (1742-1745), Night VII, line 1,470.
  • Hope, like a cordial, innocent, though strong,
    Man's heart, at once, inspirits, and serenes,
    Nor makes him pay his wisdom for his joys.
    • Edward Young, Night Thoughts (1742-1745), Night VII, line 1,514.
  • Confiding, though confounded; hoping on,
    Untaught by trial, unconvinced by proof,
    And ever looking for the never-seen.
    • Edward Young, Night Thoughts (1742-1745), Night VIII, line 116.
  • To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places — and there are so many — where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.
    • Howard Zinn, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress, p. 270


Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes 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.
  • The heart bowed down by weight of woe
    To weakest hope will cling.
  • Hope springs exulting on triumphant wing.
    • Robert Burns, The Cotter's Saturday Night (1786), Stanza 16.
  • Hope, withering, fled—and Mercy sighed farewell.
  • Farewell!
    For in that word that fatal word,—howe'er
    We promise, hope, believe,—there breathes despair.
  • 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!
  • I laugh, for hope hath happy place with me,
    If my bark sinks, 'tis to another sea.
  • 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.
  • Work without hope draws nectar in a sieve,
    And hope without an object cannot live.
  • 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.
  • Lasciate ogni speranza voi ch'entrate.
    • Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.
    • Dante Alighieri, Inferno, III. 1. 9.
  • Senza speme vivemo in desio.
  • You ask what hope is. He (Aristotle) says it is a waking dream.
    • Diogenes Laertius, Book V. 18. Ascribed to Pindar by Stobæus—Sermon CIX; to Plato by Ælian—Var. Hist, XIII. 29.
  • While there is life there's hope (he cried,)
    Then why such haste?—so groan'd and died.
  • Bei so grosser Gefahr kommt die leichteste Hoffnung in Anschlag.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall;
    A mother's secret hope outlives them all.
  • In all the wedding cake, hope is the sweetest of the plums.
  • When there is no hope, there can be no endeavor.
  • So, when dark thoughts my boding spirit shroud,
    Sweet Hope! celestial influence round me shed
    Waving thy silver pinions o'er my head.
  • L'espérance, toute trompeuse qu'elle est, sert au moins à nous mener à la fin de la vie par un chemin agréable.
  • One only hope my heart can cheer,—
    The hope to meet again.
  • 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.
  • Our dearest hopes in pangs are born,
    The kingliest Kings are crown'd with thorn.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Et res non semper, spes mihi semper adest.
    • My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.
    • Ovid, Heroides, XVIII. 178.
  • 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 springs eternal in the human breast;
    Man never is, but always to be blest.
  • Hope travels through, nor quits us when we die.
  • 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.
  • Hope deferred maketh the heart sick.
    • Proverbs, XIII. 12.
  • Et spes inanes, et velut somnia quædam, vigilantium.
    • Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake.
    • Quintilian, VI. 2. 27.
  • Who against hope believed in hope.
    • Romans, IV. 18.
  • Who in Life's battle firm doth stand
    Shall bear Hope's tender blossoms
    Into the Silent Land.
  • Verzweifle keiner je, dem in der trübsten Nacht
    Der Hoffnung letzte Sterne schwinden.
    • Let no one despair, even though in the darkest night the last star of hope may disappear.
    • Friedrich Schiller, Oberon, I. 27.
  • Omnia homini, dum vivit, speranda sunt.
    • All things are to be hoped by a man as long as he is alive. ("A very effeminate saying.")
    • Seneca, Epistles, 70.
  • Through the sunset of hope,
    Like the shapes of a dream,
    What paradise islands of glory gleam!
  • To hope till hope creates
    From its own wreck the thing it contemplates.
  • But hope will make thee young, for Hope and Youth
    Are children of one mother, even Love.
  • It is never right to consider that a man has been made happy by fate, until his life is absolutely finished, and he has ended his existence.
  • We do not stray out of all words into the ever silent;
    We do not raise our hands to the void for things beyond hope.
  • Behold, we know not anything;
    I can but trust that good shall fall
    At last—far off—at last, to all,
    And every winter change to spring.
  • Ego spem pretio non emo.
    • I do not buy hope with money.
    • Terence, Adelphi, II. 2. 12.
  • Væ misero mihi! quanta de spe decidi.
    • Woe to my wretched self! from what a height of hope have I fallen!
    • Terence, Heauton timorumenos, II. 3. 9.
  • For the living there is hope, for the dead there is none.
  • Spes fovet, et fore eras semper ait melius.
    • Hope ever urges on, and tells us to-morrow will be better.
    • Tibullus, Carmina, II. 6. 20.
  • Vestras spes uritis.
  • Speravimus ista
    Dum fortuna fuit.
    • Such hopes I had while fortune was kind.
    • Virgil, Æneid (29-19 BC), X. 42.
  • Behind the cloud the starlight lurks,
    Through showers the sunbeams fall;
    For God, who loveth all his works,
    Has left his Hope with all.
  • Hope told a flattering tale
    That joy would soon return;
    Ah, naught my sighs avail
    For love is doomed to mourn.
    • John Wolcot, song introduced into the Opera, Artaxerxes.
  • Is Man
    A child of hope? Do generations press
    On generations, without progress made?
    Halts the individual, ere his hairs be gray,
    Perforce?
  • Hopes; what are they?—Beads of morning
    Strung on slender blades of grass;
    Or a spider's web adorning
    In a straight and treacherous pass.
  • Hope tells a flattering tale,
    Delusive, vain and hollow.
    Ah! let not hope prevail,
    Lest disappointment follow.
    • Miss Wrother, in the Universal Songster, Volume II, p. 86.
  • Prisoners of hope.
    • Zachariah, IX. 12.

Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)[edit]

Quotes reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895).
  • Let the sweet hope that Thou art mine,
    My life and death attend;
    Thy presence through my journey shine,
    And crown my journey's end.

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