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





Hope says to us constantly, "go on, go on," and leads us to the grave.


Francoise D'Aubegne Maintenon


When you're in love, you put up with things that, when you're out of love you cite.


Miss Manners


The hopeful man sees success where others see failure, sunshine where others see shadows and storm.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


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


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


Even the cry from the depths is an affirmation: why cry if there is no hint of hope of hearing?


Martin Marty


Hope is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity.


Herman Melville (1819-1891, American author)


Hope is the major weapon against the suicide impulse.


Dr. Karl Menninger


Hope is a bad thing. It means that you are not what you want to be. It means that part of you is dead, if not all of you. It means that you entertain illusions. It's a sort of spiritual clap, I should say.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


Where no hope is left, there is left no fear.


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


Ah, Hope! what would life be, stripped of thy encouraging smiles, that teach us to look behind the dark clouds of today, for the golden beams that are to gild the morrow.


Susanna Moodie (1803-1885, Canadian author)


The safest hope is in heaven.




Hope is a song in a weary throat.


Pauli Murray


Man is a victim of dope in the incurable form of hope.


Ogden Nash (1902-1971, American humorous poet)


Hope is some extraordinary spiritual ice that God gives us to control our fears, not to oust them.


Vincent NcNabb


Strong hope is a much greater stimulant of life than any single realized joy could be.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


What I cannot love, I overlook.


Anais Nin (1914-1977, French-born American novelist, dancer)


Hope is nature's veil for hiding truth's nakedness.


Alfred Nobel (1833-1886, Swedish-Russian chemist, industrialist, founder of the Nobel Prizes)


He who does not hope to win has already lost.


Jose Joaquin Olmedo


Wait'll next year! is the favorite cry of baseball fans, football fans, hockey fans, and gardeners.


Robert Orben (1927-, American editor, writer, humorist)


Take hope from the heart of man and you make him a beast of prey.


Ouida (1838-1908, British writer)


I've found that the chief difficulty for most people was to realize that they had really heard new things: that is things that they had never heard before. They kept translating what they heard into their habitual language. They had ceased to hope and believe there might be anything new.


Peter Demianovich Ouspensky (1878-1947, Russian philosopher)


My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


Hope is not a feeling; it is something you do.


Katherine Paterson


Just as dumb creatures are snared by food, human beings would not be caught unless they had a nibble of hope.


Petronius (27-66, Roman writer)


Hope is the pillar that holds up the world. Hope is the dream of a waking man.


Pliny The Elder (c.23-79, Roman neophatonist)


The people of hope are those who believe that God created them for a purpose and that He will provide for their needs as they seek to fulfill His purpose in their lives.


Pope Jobn Paul II


Hope springs eternal in the human breast.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


One measure of a civilization, either of an age or of a single individual, is what that age or person really wishes to do. 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 (1885-1972, American poet, critic)


Hopes are but the dreams of those that wake.


Matthew Prior (1664-1721, British diplomat, poet)


No matter how long the night is, the morning is sure to come.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


He who has health, has hope. And he who has hope, has everything.


Arabian Proverb (Sayings of Arabian origin)


Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


He that waits for a dead man's shoes may long go barefoot.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Hope is the dream of a soul awake.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Love conceals ugliness, and hate sees many faults.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


He gains a great deal who loses a vain hope.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Hope is the last thing ever lost.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Hope is the last to abandon the unhappy.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


The coat is quite new, only the holes are old.


Russian Proverb (Sayings of Russian origin)


No matter how much snow falls, it won't remain there all the way till summer.


Turkish Proverb (Sayings of Turkish origin)


My only hope lies in my despair.


Jean Racine (1639-1699, French dramatist)


In the factory we make cosmetics; in the store we sell hope.


Charles Revson (American businessman, chairman of Revlon)


Hope, the patent medicine for disease, disaster, sin.


Wallace Rice (1859-1939, American poet, editor)


Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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The hopes of the Republic cannot forever tolerate either undeserved poverty or self-serving wealth.


Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945, American President (32nd))


Hope is like a hairball trembling from its birth...


Christina Rossetti (1830-1894, British poet, lyricist)


Faith, hope, and charity -- if we had more of the first two, we'd need less of the last.


Author Unknown


Faith, hope, and charity -- if we had more of the first two, we'd need less of the last.


Author Unknown


Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


Not seeing is half-believing.


Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962, British novelist, poet)


Hope is the most sensitive part of a poor wretch's soul; whoever raises it only to torment him is behaving like the executioners in Hell who, they say, incessantly renew old wounds and concentrate their attention on that area of it that is already lacerated.


Marquis De Sade (1740-1814, French author)


For yesterday is but a memory and tomorrow is only a vision; but today well lived makes every yesterday a memory of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.


Sanskrit Poem


Of all the forces that make for a better world, none is so indispensable, none so powerful, as hope. Without hope men are only half alive. With hope they dream and think and work.


Charles Sawyer


Without hope men are only half alive. With hope they dream and think and work.


Charles Sawyer


Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.


Robert H. Schuller (1926-, American minister, author, social leader)


Hope is brightest when it dawns from fears.


Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832, British novelist, poet)


Who can hope for nothing, should despair for nothing.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


The miserable have no other medicine but only hope.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


He who has never hoped can never despair.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Cold hopes swarm like worms within our living clay.


Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822, British poet)


Refusal to hope is nothing more than a decision to die.


Bernie S. Siegel (American doctor, author, lecturer)


In the face of uncertainty, there is nothing wrong with hope.


Carl 0. Simonton


When you're depressed, the whole body is depressed, and it translates to the cellular level. The first objective is to get your energy up, and you can do it through play. It's one of the most powerful ways of breaking up hopelessness and bringing energy into the situation.


Carl 0. Simonton


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


Samuel Smiles (1812-1904, Scottish author)


Hope is the belief, more or less strong, that joy will come; desire is the wish it may come.


Sydney Smith (1771-1845, British writer, clergyman)


Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.


Baruch Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677, Dutch philosopher and theologian)


Hope is a very unruly emotion.


Gloria Steinem (1934-, American feminist writer, editor)


Honor begets honor, trust begets trust, faith begets faith, and hope is the mainspring of life.


Henry Lewis Stimson (1867-1930, American statesman)


Every heart that has beat strongly and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)


Hope is not a dream, but a way of making dreams become reality.


L.J. Cardinal Suenens


Hope for a miracle, but don't depend on one.


The Talmud (BC 500?-400? AD, Jewish archive of oral tradition)


Hope is the poor man's bread.


Thales of Miletus (640-546 BC, Founder of Greek philosophy, sciences)


It's never too late -- in fiction or in life -- to revise.


Nancy Thayer


And thou shalt be secure because there is hope.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Job 11:18


Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 13:12


Now the God of hope fills you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Romans 15:13


A misty morning does not signify a cloudy day.


Author Unknown


All happiness is in the mind.


Author Unknown


From the withered tree, a flower blooms.


Author Unknown


Hope is a good thing but not if you depend on it solely.


Author Unknown


Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier.


Author Unknown


Hope is the anchor of the soul, the stimulus to action, and the incentive to achievement.


Author Unknown


Hope is the golden thread that should be woven into every experience of life.


Author Unknown


Hope works in these ways: it looks for the good in people instead of harping on the worst; it discovers what can be done instead of grumbling about what cannot; it regards problems, large or small, as opportunities; it pushes ahead when it would be easy to quit; it "lights the candle" instead of "cursing the darkness."


Author Unknown


In time of trouble avert not thy face from hope, for the soft marrow abideth in the hard bone.


Author Unknown


It isn't our position, but our disposition, that makes us happy.


Author Unknown


Our hopes are but memories reversed.


Author Unknown


Quit not certainty for hope.


Author Unknown


Though you are disappointed is hope; never let hope fail you! Though one door is shut, there are thousands still open to you.


Author Unknown


To hope is not to demand.


Author Unknown


Hope for forces which you do not yet have.


Rachel Varnhagen


Patience is the art of hoping.


Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)


There is nothing that fear or hope does not make men believe.


Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)


Hope on, and save yourself for prosperous times.


Virgil (c. 70 - 19 BC, Roman poet)


Steady as a clock, busy as a bee, and cheerful as a cricket.


Martha Washington (1731-1802, American First Lady)


The secret of the true love of work is the hope of success in that work. It is not for the money reward, for the time spent, or for the skill exercised, but for the successful result in the accomplishment of the work itself.


Sidney A. Weltmer


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 (1928-, Rumanian-born American writer)


People at my stage of life are apt to cherish the past and be pessimistic about the future. But when I meet energetic young people who are making wonderful contributions to the communities, I feel rejuvenated and full of hope and trust in the future.


Hirokichi Yoshiyama


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