Farid's Collection of Quotes

Farid Hajji

Quotes of Hope

Whatever is a cruel wrong,
Whatever is unjust,
The honest years that speed along
Will trample in the dust...
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, It All Will Come Out Right.

If it were not for hopes, the heart would break.
-- Thomas Fuller.

Never deprive someone of hope... it may be all they have.
-- Unknown.

My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes.
-- Anne Shirley. Anne of Green Gables. Quoting from an unknown source.

It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death.
-- Anne Frank.

God hath given each part and each power that we have.
Is it weakness to want... a crime to crave?
Has the eagle its wings not to soar in the sky?
The songster his tune not to warble on high? ...
-- Colfax Burgoyne Harman. Not to Have and to Hold.

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost:
that is where they should be. Now, put foundations under them.
-- David Henry Thoreau. Walden.

Hope, deceitful as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route.
-- Francois de La Rochefoucauld.

6:9 bonum autem facientes non deficiamus tempore enim suo metemus non deficientes.
-- Galatians, 6:9.

6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
-- Galatians, 6:9.

Your hopes, dreams and aspirations are legitimate. They are trying to take you airborne, above the clouds, above the storms, if you only let them.
-- William James.

There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow.
-- Orison Marden.

Hope is passion for what is possible.
-- Soren Kierkegaard.

Let perseverance be your engine and hope your fuel.
-- H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Develop sincere desire for the goal. Out of fire of desire comes success.
-- Unknown.

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge,
That myth is more potent than history.
I believe that dreams are more powerful than facts
That hope always triumphs over experience
That laughter is the only cure for grief
And I believe that love is stronger than death.
-- Robert Fulghum. Storyteller's Creed.

There are no hopeless situations, only people who are hopeless about them.
-- Dinah Shore, Winfried Newman.

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.
-- Pope John XXIII.

Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

But the future will roll all away.
Take cheer lonely heart the deep gloom
Will break forth and effulgence of May
Smile over thy beauty and bloom.
-- Colfax Burgoyne Harman. Clouds.

Don't lose hope. When it gets darkest the stars come out.
-- Unknown.

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
-- Pamela Vaull Starr.

Hoping does not mean doing nothing. It is not fatalistic resignation. It means going about our assigned tasks, confident that God will provide the meaning and the conclusion. It is not compelled to work away at keeping up appearances with a bogus spirituality. It is the opposite of desperate and panicky manipulations, of scurrying and worrying. And hoping is not dreaming. It is not spinning an illusion or fantasy to protect us from our boredom or our pain. It means a confident, alert expectation that God will do what he said he will do. It is imagination put in the harness of faith. It is a willingness to let God do it in his way and in his time. It is the opposite of making plans that we demand that God put into effect, telling him both how and when to do it.
-- Eugene Peterson.

Don't be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.
-- Belva Davis.

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.
-- F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.
-- Unknown.

Don't believe in miracles, rely on them!
-- Unknown.

All human wisdom is summed up in two words: wait and hope.
-- Alexandre Dumas.

We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.
-- John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
-- Helen Keller.

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.
-- Unknown. (USMC?)

Hope is nature's veil for hiding truth's nakedness.
-- Alfred Nobel.

Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.
-- Robert Ingersoll.

Beware how you take away hope from any human being.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes.

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS.
-- Mahatma Gandhi.

Don't worry, the fog will lift.
-- Unknown.

It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.
-- Robert H. Goddard.

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Disappointment often focuses on the failure of our own agenda rather than on God's long-term purposes for us, which may use stress and struggle as tools for strengthening our spiritual muscles.
-- Luci Shaw.

The light at the end of the tunnel is the headlight of the oncoming train.
-- Unknown.

Due to budget cuts, light at the end of tunnel will be out.
-- Unknown.

A man's reach should exceed his grasp; else what's a heaven for?
-- Robert Browning, Andrea del Sarto.

Now that I've given up hope I feel much better...
-- Unknown.

The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.
-- Norman Cousins.

Every area of trouble gives out a ray of hope; and the one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.
-- John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

It is a fact of life that we find ourselves in unpleasant demoralizing situations which we can neither escape nor control. We can keep our morale and spirits high by using both "coping" and "hoping" humor. Coping humor laughs at the hopelessness in our situation. It gives us the courage to hang in there, but it does not bring hope. The uniqueness of hoping humor lies in its acceptance of life with all its dichotomies, contradictions, and incongruities. It celebrates the hope in human life. From one comes courage, from the other comes inspiration.
-- Cy Eberhart.

Hope and fear are inseparable.
-- Francois de La Rochefoucauld.

Beware of desperate steps. The darkest day,
Live till to-morrow, will have pass'd away.
-- William Cowper.

The heart that throbbed with pain
From wounds so sorely dealt,
No longer beats in vain
Or writhes in anguish felt...
-- Colfax Burgoyne Harman. Love's Return.

Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts. The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it; so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it.
-- Elbert Hubbard.

We grow great by dreams... Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they [flourish]; bring them to the sunshine and light, which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.
-- Woodrow Wilson.

Trust in dreams, for in them is the hidden gate to eternity.
-- Khalil Gibran.

Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.
-- Elie Wiesel.

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
-- Epicurus.

We must stitch up what has been torn apart, render justice imaginable in the world which is so obviously unjust, make happiness meaningful for nations poisoned by the misery of this century. Naturally, it is a superhuman task. But tasks are called superhuman when men take a long time to complete them, that is all.
-- Albert Camus.

Dreams do not vanish, so long as people do not abandon them.
-- Unknown.

Hope is a waking dream.
-- Aristotle.

In your heart, keep one still secret spot where dreams may go and be sheltered so they may thrive and grow.
-- Louise Driscoll.

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge, that myth is more potent that history. I believe that dreams are more powerful than facts, that hope always triumphs over experience, that laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.
-- The Crow.

Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.
-- Jacques Prevert.

Whatever is the object of a saint's hope is the subject of his prayer.
-- William Gurnall.

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow by conflict.
-- William Ellery Channing.

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.

It is with enterprises as with striking fire; we do not meet with success except with reiterated efforts, and often at the instant when we despaired of success.
-- Francoise d'Aubigne de Maintenon.

Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one.
-- Japanese proverb.

A cat can maintain a position of curled up somnolence on your knee until you are nearly upright. To the last minute she hopes your conscience will get the better of you and you will settle down again.
-- Pam Brown.

Strength and courage aren't always measured in medals and victories. They are measured in the struggles they overcome. The strongest people aren't always the people who win, but the people who don't give up when they lose.
-- Ashley Hodgeson.

Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.
-- William S. Burroughs.

Another way in is the other way out;
Never doubt where to exit;
it is another entrance out.
-- Andrew S. Pudliner.

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
-- Dale Carnegie.

Having the world's best idea will do you no good unless you act on it. People who want milk shouldn't sit on a stool in the middle of a field in hopes that a cow will back up to them.
-- Curtis Grant.

Become the change you seek in the world.
-- Mahatma Gandhi.

A Christian will part with anything rather than his hope; he knows that hope will keep the heart both from aching and breaking, from fainting and sinking; he knows that hope is a beam of God, a spark of glory, and that nothing shall extinguish it till the soul be filled with glory.
-- Thomas Brooks.

Dreams are great. When they disappear you may still be here, but you will have ceased to live.
-- Lady Nancy Astor.

Obstacles are those frightful things we see when we take our eyes off our goal.
-- Henry Ford.

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. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.
-- Anne Lamott.

Difficulty need not foreshadow despair or defeat. Rather achievement can be all the more satisfying because of obstacles surmounted.
-- William Hastie.

'Hope' is the thing with feathers,
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tunes without the words,
And never stops at all.
-- Emily Dickinson. Hope Is The Thing With Feathers.

We have to go into the despair and go beyond it, by working and doing for somebody else, by using it for something else.
-- Elie Wiesel.

We judge of man's wisdom by his hope.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Desires which in our beings burn,
The hopes with which our bosoms yearn,
Are destined to come true.
-- Colfax Burgoyne Harman. Optimism.

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
-- Maori Proverb.

True hope dwells on the possible, even when life seems to be a plot written by someone who wants to see how much adversity we can overcome.
-- Walter Anderson.

Hope is the pillar that holds up the world.
-- Pliny the Elder.

Every possibility exists somewhere as a shadow of the real.
-- Edward S. Corwin.

Hope is medicine for a soul that's sick and tired.
-- Eric Swensson.

When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.
-- Pauline R. Kezer.

Est autem fides credere quod nondum vides;
cuius fidei merces est videre quod credis.
[Faith is to believe what you do not see;
the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.]
-- St. Augustine.

In the long run all love is paid by love,
Though undervalued by the hosts of earth;
The great eternal Government above
Keeps strict account and will redeem its worth.
Give thy love freely; do not count the cost;
So beautiful a thing was never lost
In the long run.
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, In the Long Run.

It has never been, and never will be easy work! But the road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.
-- Marion Zimmer Bradley.

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.
-- Vaclav Havel.

Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed.
-- Tom Clancy.

We live by admiration, hope and love.
-- William Wordsworth.

When you feel that you have reached the end and that you cannot go one step further, when life seems to be drained of all purpose: what a wonderful opportunity to start all over again, to turn over a new page.
-- Eileen Caddy.

The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.
-- Barbara Kingsolver.

It is never too late to begin rebuilding,
Though all into ruins your life seems hurled;
For see! how the light of the New Year is gilding
The wan, worn face of the bruised old world.
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, New Year Resolve.

There is no need to try to bring about anarchy; if a government is truly flawed it will destroy itself in due time.
-- Philip Musial.

One need not hope in order to undertake; nor succeed in order to persevere.
-- William the Silent.

Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.
-- Augustine of Hippo.

What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life.
-- Emil Brunner.

Hope springs eternal in the human breast.
-- Alexander Pope.

It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
-- Walt Disney.

There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.
-- O. S. Marden.

If you talk to your children, you can help them to keep their lives together. If you talk to them skillfully, you can help them to build future dreams.
-- Jim Rohn.

Of all ills that one endures, hope is a cheap and universal cure.
-- Abraham Cowley.

No question is ever settled
Until it is settled right...
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, An Inspiration.

Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles.
-- Samuel Smiles.

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.
-- Ayn Rand.

The brightest cloud that decks the western skies
The flatterer Hope her mimic canvas chose,
Bade pictured dreams of future bliss arise,
And stole from memory all her treasured woes.

Gay were the forms her ready pencil drew,
(Such forms she fondly thought would never fade,)
Whilst Youth enchanted threw a warmer hue
O'er the soft shadows by her hand pourtrayed.

I turned the fairy scene again to view,
With radiant Fancy's richest tints imprest;
But night's dark shade, with cold unwholesome dew,
Alone remained to chill my aching breast.

Thus Hope's fantastic visions disappear,
Her brightest prospects vanish in a Tear!
-- Janetta Philipps. Poems 1811.

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.

In the dark dreary nights, when the storm is at its most fierce, the lighthouse burns bright so the sailors can find their way home again. In life the same light burns. This light is fueled with love, faith, and hope. And through lifes most fierce storms these three burn their brightest so we also can find our way home again.
-- Unknown.

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