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  1. Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
    Francis Bacon 1561–1626 English lawyer, courtier, philosopher, and essayist: J. Spedding (ed.) The Works of Francis Bacon vol. 7 (1859) ‘Apophthegms contained in Resuscitatio’ no. 36
  2. Providence has given human wisdom the choice between two fates: either hope and agitation, or hopelessness and calm.
    Yevgeny Baratynsky 1800–44 Russian poet: ‘Two Fates’ (1823)
  3. 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 English poet: letter to Thomas Moore, 28 October 1815, in L. A. Marchand (ed.) Byron's Letters and Journals vol. 4 (1975)
  4. If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars.
    Arthur Hugh Clough 1819–61 English poet: ‘Say not the struggle naught availeth’ (1855)
  5. Hope raises no dust.
    Paul Éluard 1895–1952 French poet: ‘Ailleurs, ici, partout’ (1946)
  6. I'm not a dreamer…but I believe in miracles. I have to.
    planning a fund-raising run across Canada after his right leg was amputated because of cancer; he completed two thirds of his ‘Marathon of Hope’
    Terry Fox 1958–81 Canadian runner: letter to the Canadian Cancer Society, 15 October 1979
  7. He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
    Benjamin Franklin 1706–90 American politician, inventor, and scientist: Poor Richard's Almanac (1758) preface
  8. Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart,
    And you'll never walk alone.
    Oscar Hammerstein II 1895–1960 American songwriter: ‘You'll never walk alone’ (1945 song) in Carousel
  9. 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.
    Václav Havel 1936–2011 Czech dramatist and statesman: Disturbing the Peace (1986)
  10. He that lives in hope danceth without music.
    George Herbert 1593–1633 English poet and clergyman: Outlandish Proverbs (1640) no. 1006
  11. Nil desperandum.
    Never despair.
    Horace 65–8 bc Roman poet: Odes bk. 1, no. 7, l. 27
  12. Plenty of hope—for God—an abundance of hope—only not for us.
    Franz Kafka 1883–1924 Czech novelist: to Max Brod, 28 February 1920; Heinz Politzer Franz Kafka: Parable and Paradox (1962)
  13. Each time a man 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 centres of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
    Robert Kennedy 1925–68 American Democratic politician: speech, Cape Town, 6 June 1966
  14. After all, tomorrow is another day.
    Margaret Mitchell 1900–49 American novelist: Gone with the Wind (1936), closing words
  15. The hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too. The audacity of hope!
    Barack Obama 1961–  American Democratic statesman, 44th President from 2009: Democratic National Convention keynote address, 27 July 2004
  16. Hope springs eternal in the human breast:
    Man never Is, but always To be blest.
    Alexander Pope 1688–1744 English poet: An Essay on Man Epistle 1 (1733) l. 95
  17. He who has never hoped can never despair.
    George Bernard Shaw 1856–1950 Irish dramatist: Caesar and Cleopatra (1901) act 4

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