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- 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.
- John Armstrong, Art of Preserving Health (1744), Book IV, line 310
- Our greatest good, and what we least can spare,
Is hope: the last of all our evils, fear.
- John Armstrong, Art of Preserving Health (1744), Book IV, line 318
- I’ve always said there’s no hope without endeavor. Hope has no meaning unless we are prepared to work to realize our hopes and dreams but in order to that we do need to have friends. We need those who believe in us. Friends are those who believe in us and who want to help us whatever it is that we are trying to achieve.
- Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
- Francis Bacon, Apophthegms (1624), No. 36
- Providence has given human wisdom the choice between two fates: either hope and agitation, or hopelessness and calm.
- Evgeny Baratynsky, "Two Fates" (1823), tr. Dmitri Obolensky
- I live in hope and that I think do all
Who come into this world.
- Robert Bridges, The Growth of Love (1898), Sonnet 63
- 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?
- Mikhail Bulgakov, in The White Guard
- 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.
- Daughter of Faith, awake, arise, illume
The dread unknown, the chaos of the tomb.
- Unlike money, hope is all: for the rich as well as for the poor.
- 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)
- 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
- Work without hope draws nectar in a sieve,
And hope without an object cannot live.
- Remember, Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
- "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.
- Benjamin Disraeli, The Wondrous Tale of Alroy, pt. 10, Chapter 3
- 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.
- Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo (1845), Chapter 117
- Hopes have precarious life.
They are oft blighted, withered, snapped sheer off
In vigorous growth and turned to rottenness.
- George Eliot, The Spanish Gypsy (1868), Book III
- 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.
- Mahatma Gandhi Young India (23 March 1924)
- 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.
- Hope of consciousness is strength
Hope of feelings is slavery
Hope of body is disease.
- Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart, and you'll never walk alone, you'll never walk alone.
- 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
- 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.
- Robert G. Ingersoll, speech (1892)
- 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, in 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, in 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, in 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.
- Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, No. 67 (6 November 1750)
- 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.
- Samuel Johnson, The Idler, No. 58 (26 May 1759)
- Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords.
- The triumph of hope over experience.
- 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.
- Helen Keller, Optimism (1903)
- 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
- The Libertines, "The Good Old Days", Babyshambles Sessions (2003)
- Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent.
- Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
- Traditional proverb, as found in Roger L'Estrange, Seneca's Morals (1702)
- 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.
- Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (1851), chapter 48, p. 251
- 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.
- 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
- Now, there remain faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
- 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
- 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.
The absence of hope can rot a society from within.
- 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.
- [W]e were inspired by the fierce dignity of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, as she proved that no human being can truly be imprisoned if hope burns in your heart. [...] You're the ones who are going to have to seize freedom, because a true revolution of the spirit begins in each of our hearts.
- Barack Obama, Yangon University Speech, Remarks by President Obama at the University of Yangon, Rangoon, Burma, (19 November 2012)
- 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 springs eternal in the human breast:
Man never is, but always to be blest.
- 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
- In the factory, we make cosmetics; in the store we sell hope.
- 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.
- 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
- Our hap is loss, our hope but sad despair.
The hopes of court! my hopes in heaven do dwell.
- The miserable have no other medicine
But only hope:
I've hope to live, and am prepar'd to die.
- True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings:
Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.
- Hope is a lover's staff; walk hence with that
And manage it against despairing thoughts.
- Worse than despair,
Worse than the bitterness of death, is hope.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Cenci (1819), Act V, scene 4
- Cold hopes swarm like worms within our living clay.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Adonais (1821), st. 39
- 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.
- Simon Soloveychik, Parenting for Everyone (1989)
- 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 ( 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.
- There is always hope.
- 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
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 375-78.
- It is to hope, though hope were lost.
- Anna Letitia Barbauld, Come here, Fond Youth
- For the hopes of men have been justly called waking dreams.
- Basil, Bishop of Cæsarea (about 370). Letter to Gregory of Nazianzus. Found in A. Von Humboldt's Cosmos
- Hope! thou nurse of young desire.
- Isaac Bickerstaffe, Love in a Village, Act I, scene 1, line 1
- The heart bowed down by weight of woe
To weakest hope will cling.
- Alfred Bunn, Bohemian Girl
- Hope springs exulting on triumphant wing.
- Robert Burns, The Cotter's Saturday Night (1786), Stanza 16
- Hope, withering, fled—and Mercy sighed farewell.
- Lord Byron, Corsair, Canto I, Stanza 9
For in that word that fatal word,—howe'er
We promise, hope, believe,—there breathes despair.
- Lord Byron, Corsair, Stanza 15
- Auspicious Hope! in thy sweet garden grow
Wreaths for each toil, a charm for every woe.
- Thomas Campbell, Pleasures of Hope, Part I, line 45
- Cease, every joy, to glimmer in my mind,
But leave,—oh! leave the light of Hope behind!
- Thomas Campbell, Pleasures of Hope, Part II, line 375
- I laugh, for hope hath happy place with me,
If my bark sinks, 'tis to another sea.
- William Ellery Channing, A Poet's Hope, Stanza 13
- 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.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Work Without Hope, Stanza 2
- And Hope enchanted smiled, and waved her golden hair.
- William Collins, The Passions, an Ode for Music (1747), line 3
- 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!
- William Collins, The Passions, an Ode for Music (1747), line 29
- Hope! of all ills that men endure,
The only cheap and universal cure.
- Abraham Cowley, The Mistress, For Hope
- Lasciate ogni speranza voi ch'entrate.
- Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.
- Dante Alighieri, Inferno, III. 1. 9
- Senza speme vivemo in desio.
- Still desiring, we live without hope.
- Dante Alighieri, Inferno, IV. 42
- 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.
- John Gay, The Sick Man and The Angel
- 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
- 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.
- Oliver Goldsmith, The Captivity, Act II, scene 1
- 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.
- Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village (1770), line 81
- 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
- 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.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., A Mother's Secret
- In all the wedding cake, hope is the sweetest of the plums.
- Douglas Jerrold, Jerrold's Wit, The Cats-paw
- When there is no hope, there can be no endeavor.
- Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, No. 110
- So, when dark thoughts my boding spirit shroud,
Sweet Hope! celestial influence round me shed
Waving thy silver pinions o'er my head.
- John Keats, Hope, Stanza 8
- L'espérance, toute trompeuse qu'elle est, sert au moins à nous mener à la fin de la vie par un chemin agréable.
- Hope, deceitful as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of life along an agreeable road.
- François de La Rochefoucauld, Maximes, 168
- One only hope my heart can cheer,—
The hope to meet again.
- George Linley, Song
- Races, better than we, have leaned on her wavering promise,
Having naught else but Hope.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Children of the Lord's Supper, line 230
- The setting of a great hope is like the setting of the sun. The brightness of our life is gone.
- Who bids me Hope, and in that charming word
Has peace and transport to my soul restor'd.
- George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton, The Progress of Love. Hope. Eclogue II, line 41
- 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.
- Gerald Massey, The Kingliest Kings
- 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.
- Hope elevates, and joy
Brightens his crest.
- 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.
- James Montgomery, The World before the Flood, Canto V
- 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.
- Thomas Moore, Lalla Rookh (1817), Fire Worshippers
- 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.
- Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle I, line 95
- Hope travels through, nor quits us when we die.
- Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle II, line 273
- 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.
- Matthew Prior, To Hon. Charles Montague
- 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
- Hope dead lives nevermore,
No, not in heaven.
- Christina G. Rossetti, Dead Hope
- Who in Life's battle firm doth stand
Shall bear Hope's tender blossoms
Into the Silent Land.
- J. G. Van Salis, Song of 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!
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Hellas, Semi-chorus I
- To hope till hope creates
From its own wreck the thing it contemplates.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus, Act IV. Last stanza
- But hope will make thee young, for Hope and Youth
Are children of one mother, even Love.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Revolt of Islam, Canto VIII, Stanza 27
- 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.
- Sophocles, Frag, Tyndarus
- 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.
- Rabindranath Tagore, Gardener, 16
- 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.
- Theocritus, Idyl, IV. 42
- 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
- Speravimus ista
Dum fortuna fuit.
- Behind the cloud the starlight lurks,
Through showers the sunbeams fall;
For God, who loveth all his works,
Has left his Hope with all.
- John Greenleaf Whittier, Dream of Summer
- 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,
- William Wordsworth, The Excursion (1814), Book V
- 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.
- William Wordsworth, Hopes, What are They?
- 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)
- 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.
- Anne Steele, p. 328. "The Grace of God"