In all things it is better to hope than to despair.    ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe   
Hope is the dream of a soul awake   ~French Proverb 
Hope never abandons you; you abandon it.  ~George Weinberg

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.    ~Anonymous
Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.   ~George Iles  
Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.  ~Bill Cosby

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.  ~Oscar Wilde

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.  ~ Albert Einstein

Hope is the most exciting thing in life and if you honestly believe that love is out there, it will come. And even if it doesn't come straight away there is still that chance all through your life that it will.  ~Josh Hartnett

Hope is the feeling that the feeling you have isn't permanent.  ~Jean Kerr
What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life.  ~Emil Brunner
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  
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

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

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.  ~Thich Nhat Hanh
He who has health, has hope.  And he who has hope, has everything.  ~Proverb  
Hope arouses, as nothing else can arouse, a passion for the possible.  ~William Sloan Coffin 
Hope costs nothing.  ~Sidonie Gabrielle
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.  ~Barbara Kingsolver
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 

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

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

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.  ~Howard Zinn

Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!
Look to this Day!
For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
In its brief course lie all the
Verities and Realities of your Existence.
The Bliss of Growth,
The Glory of Action,
The Splendor of Beauty;
For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And To-morrow is only a Vision;
But To-day well lived makes
Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day!
Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!

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

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow them.  ~Louisa May Alcott

To eat bread without hope is still slowly to starve to death.  ~Pearl S. Buck

My hopes indeed sometimes fail, but not oftener than the forebodings of the gloomy.  ~Thomas Jefferson

I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!  ~ Louise Bogan

If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.  ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without words, and never stops at all.  ~Emily Dickinson

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.  ~Gandhi

The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope.   ~Teilhard de Chardin

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.  ~Rita Mae Brown

Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.  ~ Robert F. Kennedy

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