- Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
The Works of Francis Bacon vol. 7 (1859) ‘Apophthegms contained in Resuscitatio’ no. 36 1561–1626 English lawyer, courtier, philosopher, and essayist: J. Spedding (ed.)
- Providence has given human wisdom the choice between two fates: either hope and agitation, or hopelessness and calm. 1800–44 Russian poet: ‘Two Fates’ (1823)
- 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.
Byron's Letters and Journals vol. 4 (1975) 1788–1824 English poet: letter to Thomas Moore, 28 October 1815, in L. A. Marchand (ed.)
- If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars.
1819–61 English poet: ‘Say not the struggle naught availeth’ (1855)
- Hope raises no dust. 1895–1952 French poet: ‘Ailleurs, ici, partout’ (1946)
- 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’ 1958–81 Canadian runner: letter to the Canadian Cancer Society, 15 October 1979
- He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
Poor Richard's Almanac (1758) preface 1706–90 American politician, inventor, and scientist:
- Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart,
And you'll never walk alone.
Carousel 1895–1960 American songwriter: ‘You'll never walk alone’ (1945 song) in
- 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.
Disturbing the Peace (1986) 1936–2011 Czech dramatist and statesman:
- He that lives in hope danceth without music.
Outlandish Proverbs (1640) no. 1006 1593–1633 English poet and clergyman:
- Nil desperandum.
Odes bk. 1, no. 7, l. 27 65–8 bc Roman poet:
- Plenty of hope—for God—an abundance of hope—only not for us.
Franz Kafka: Parable and Paradox (1962) 1883–1924 Czech novelist: to Max Brod, 28 February 1920; Heinz Politzer
- 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. 1925–68 American Democratic politician: speech, Cape Town, 6 June 1966
- After all, tomorrow is another day.
Gone with the Wind (1936), closing words 1900–49 American novelist:
- The hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too. The audacity of hope! 1961– American Democratic statesman, 44th President from 2009: Democratic National Convention keynote address, 27 July 2004
- Hope springs eternal in the human breast:
Man never Is, but always To be blest.
An Essay on Man Epistle 1 (1733) l. 95 1688–1744 English poet:
- He who has never hoped can never despair.
Caesar and Cleopatra (1901) act 4 1856–1950 Irish dramatist: