Hope quotes

The last best hope of earth, two trillion dollars in debt, is spinning out of control, and all we can do is stare at a flickering cathode-ray tube as Ollie answers questions on TV while the press, resolutely irrelevant as ever, asks politicians if they have committed adultery. From V-J Day 1945 to this has been, my fellow countrymen, a perfect nightmare.

- Vidal, Gore

Hope on, and save yourself for prosperous times.

- Virgil

You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.

- Curie, Madame Marie

When I am dead, I hope it is said,'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read'.

- Hillaire Belloc

We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.

- Grant, Hanmer Parsons

How do ye expect, said Sandy, "ever to be happy, or strong, or a man at a', as long as ye go on only looking to enjoy yersel--yersel? Mony was the year I looked for nought but my ain pleasure, and got it too, when it was a'
"'Sandy Mackaye, bonny Sandy Mackaye, There he sits singing the lang simmer day; Lassies gae to him, And kiss him, and woo him-- Na bird is so merry as Sandy Mackaye.'
An' muckle good cam' o't. Ye may fancy I'm talking like a sour, disappointed auld carle. But I tell ye nay. I've got that's worth living for, though I am downhearted at times, and fancy a's wrong, and there's na hope for us on earth, we be a' sic liars--a' liars, I think--I'm a great liar often mysel, especially when I'm praying."

- Alton Locke, chap. vii.

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.

- Barack Obama

Our dead brothers still live for us and bid us think of life, not death -- of life to which in their youth they lent the passion and glory of Spring. As I listen, the great chorus of life and joy begins again, and amid the awful orchestra of seen and unseen powers and destinies of good and evil, our trumpets, sound once more a note of daring, hope, and will.

- Holmes, Oliver Wendell

The kind of lawyer you hope the other fellow has.

- Chandler, Raymond

Faith, as well intentioned as it may be, must be built on facts, not fiction--faith in fiction is a damnable false hope.

- Thomas A. Edison

My object will be, if possible, to form Christian men, for Christian boys I can scarcely hope to make.

- Arnold, Thomas

When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at twenty, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch the waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at eighty.

- Ullman, Samuel

We for a certainty are not the first have sat in taverns while the tempest hurled their hopeful plans to emptiness, and cursed whatever brute and blackguard made the world.

- Housman, A. E.

When I consider life, it is all a cheat. Yet fooled with hope, people favor this deceit.

- Dryden, John

In prosperity prepare for a change; in adversity hope for one.

- James Burgh

When my heart can beat no more I hope I die for a principle or a belief that I have lived for.

- Tupac Shakur

The building of a perfect body crowned by a perfect brain, is at once the greatest earthly problem and grandest hope of the race.

- Dio Lewis

Courage is like love; it must have hope to nourish it.

- Bonaparte, Napoleon

He who does not hope to win has already lost.

- Jose Joaquin de Olmedo

There is a devil's meaning to everything in nature, and a God's meaning too. As I read nature's parable to-night I find nothing in it but hope. What if there be darkness, the sun will rise to-morrow; what if there seem chaos, the great organic world is still living and growing and feeding, unseen by us all the night through; and every phosphoric atom there below is a sign that in the darkest night there is still the power of light, ready to flash out wherever and however it is stirred.

- Prose Idylls. 1849.

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