An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





If we hope for what we are not likely to possess, we act and think in vain and make life a greater dream and shadow than it really is.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


Human nature has grounds for hope, because love, in a sense, is inexhaustible.


Steve Allen


My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.


Maya Angelou (1928-, African-American poet, writer, performer)

Author's website:


Hope is the expectation that something outside of ourselves, something or someone external, is going to come to our rescue and we will live happily ever after.


Dr. Robert Anthony (American educator)


Hope is a waking dream.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


Hope is the dream of a waking man.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


Hope is the first thing to take some sort of action.


John Armstrong


Our greatest good, and what we least can spare, is hope.


John Armstrong


Still bent to make some port he knows not where, still standing for some false impossible shore.


Matthew Arnold (1822-1888, British poet, critic)


Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Hope is a light diet, but very stimulating.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


Hope is the parent of faith.


Cyrus A. Bartol


Before you give up hope, turn back and read the attacks that were made on Lincoln.


Bruce Barton (1886-1967, American author, advertising expert)


As lousy as things are now, tomorrow they will be somebody's good old days.


Gerald Barzan


There is hope for all of us. Well, anyway, if you don't die you live through it, day in, day out.


May L. Becker


The gift we can offer others is so simple a thing as hope.


Daniel Berrigan


No winter lasts forever; no spring skips it's turn.


Hal Borland (1900-1978, American writer)


Hope is the best part of our riches.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


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


Man partly is and wholly hopes to be.


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


Hope is the positive mode of awaiting the future.


Emil Brunner


We must have hope or starve to death.


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


Hope and patience are two sovereign remedies for all, the surest reposals, the softest cushions to lean on in adversity.


Robert Burton (1576-1640, British clergyman, scholar)


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 (1788-1824, British poet)


Hope is a vigorous principle... it sets the head and heart to work, and animates a man to do his utmost.


Jeremy Collier (1650-1726, British clergyman, conjuror)


Where there is no vision, there is no hope.


George Washington Carver (1864-1943, American scientist)


All times are beautiful for those who maintain joy within them; but there is no happy or favorable time for those with disconsolate or orphaned souls.


Rosalia Castro


The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune's spite; revive from ashes and rise.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


To give a generous hope to a man of his own nature, is to enrich him immeasurably.


William Ellery Channing (1780-1842, American Unitarian minister, author)


Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances which we know to be desperate.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.


John Ciardi (1916-1986, American teacher, poet, writer)


To the sick, while there is life there is hope.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


Hope arouses, as nothing else can arouse, a passion for the possible.


William Sloan Coffin


There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.


Leonard Cohen (1934-, Canadian-born American musician, songwriter, singer)


If you can still read this, you still have a chance!


Ronny M. Cole (1955-, American author, goal and reading coach)

Author's website:


Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


If we were logical, the future would be bleak indeed. But we are more than logical. We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope, and we can work.


Jacques Cousteau (1910-1997, French naval officer, underwater explorer)


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


Abraham Cowley (1618-1667, British poet)


The darkest day, If you live till tomorrow will have past away.


William Cowper (1731-1800, British poet)


Such is hope, heaven's own gift to struggling mortals, pervading, like some subtle essence from the skies, all things both good and bad.


Charles Dickens (1812-1870, British novelist)


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 (1830-1886, American poet)


To live without hope is to cease to live.


Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881, Russian novelist)


Hope is one of those things in life you cannot do without.


LeRoy Douglas


Ten thousand men possess ten thousand hopes.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


That glittering hope is immemorial and beckons many men to their undoing.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


He that lives upon hope will die fasting.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. If life is to be sustained hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired.


Erik H. Erikson (1902-1992, German-born American psychoanalyst)


How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.


Anne Frank (1929-1945, German Jewish refugee, diarist)

Source: Diary of a Young Girl


I always entertain great hopes.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


Great hopes make great men.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Hope is one of the principal springs that keep mankind in motion.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


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


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


I do think that being the second [female Supreme Court Justice] is wonderful, because it is a sign that being a woman in a place of importance is no longer extraordinary.


Ruth Bader Ginsberg


Honest winter, snow clad and with the frosted beard, I can welcome not uncordially; but that long deferment of the calendar's promise, that weeping loom of March and April, that bitter blast outraging the honor of May -- how often has it robbed me of heart and hope.


George Robert Gissing (1857-1903, British novelist, critic, essayist)


Hope is the second soul of the unhappy.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


In all things it is better to hope than to despair.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


The hours that we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowned with success.


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


Hope is a pleasant acquaintance, but an unsafe friend.


Thomas C. Haliburton (1796-1865, Canadian jurist, author)


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.


Vaclav Havel (1936-, Czech playwright, president)


My fortune somewhat resembled that of a person who should entertain an idea of committing suicide, and, altogether beyond his hopes, meet with the good hap to be murdered.


Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864, American novelist, short story writer)


Hope is the best possession. None are completely wretched but those who are without hope. Few are reduced so low as that.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


Let hope inspire you, but let not idealism blind you. Proverb: Don't look back, you can never look back.


Don Henley (American musician)


Some patients, though conscious that their condition is perilous, recover their health simply through their contentment with the goodness of the physician.


Hippocrates (Ancient Greek physician)


It is the around-the-corner brand of hope that prompts people to action, while the distant hope acts as an opiate.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


Women forget all the things they don't want to remember, and remember everything they don't want to forget.


Zora Neale Hurston (1903-1960, American novelist)


Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.


George Iles


Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.


Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American orator, lawyer)


Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity.


Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American orator, lawyer)


In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.


Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American orator, lawyer)


Hold your head high, stick your chest out. You can make it. It gets dark sometimes, but morning comes. Keep hope alive.


Jesse Jackson (1941-, American clergyman, Civil Rights leader)


Men and women are limited not by the place of their birth, not by the color of their skin, but by the size of their hope.


John H. Johnson (1918-, American businessman, founder of Johnson Publishing)


Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords: but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain; and expectations improperly indulged must end in disappointment.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


In all pleasure hope is a considerable part.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Nothing is more hopeless than a scheme of merriment.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Amateurs hope, professionals work.


Garson Kanin (1912-1999, American playwright, screenwriter, stage and movie director)


What can I know? What ought I to do? What can I hope?


Immanuel Kant (1724-1804, German philosopher)


Every area of trouble gives out a ray of hope, and the one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn't permanent.


Jean Kerr (1923-, American author, playwright)


Adversity not only draws people together but also brings forth that beautiful inward friendship, just as the cold winter forms ice-figures on the windowpanes, which the warmth of the sun effaces.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


The men whom I have seen succeed best in life always have been cheerful and hopeful men; who went about their business with a smile on their faces; and took the changes and chances of this mortal life like men; facing rough and smooth alike as it came.


Charles Kingsley (1819-1875, British author, clergyman)


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


Hope and fear are inseparable.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Hope is the last thing that dies in man; and though it be exceedingly deceitful, yet it is of this good use to us, that while we are traveling through life it conducts us in an easier and more pleasant way to our journey's end.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


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


The wind was cold off the mountains and I was a naked man with enemies behind me, and nothing before me but hope.


Louis L'Amour (1908-1988, American Western author)


To take the neediest class we know -- both in poverty and suffering -- and put them in such a condition that if our Lord knocked at the door I should not be ashamed to show what I have done. This is a great hope.


Rose Hawthorne Lathrop


Nothing is hopeless; we must hope for everything.


Madeleine L'Engle


No hope, no action.


Peter Levi


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.


Yutang, Lin (1895-1976, Chinese writer and philologist)


With high hope for the future, no prediction is ventured.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


This is the art of courage: to see things as they are and still believe that the victory lies not with those who avoid the bad, but those who taste, in living awareness, every drop of the good.


Victoria Lincoln


Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air... but only for one second without hope.


Hal Lindsey


Hope has as many lives as a cat or a king.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


In our sad condition our only consolation is the expectancy of another life. Here below all is incomprehensible.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


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