Quotations About / On: HOPE
My sweetest hope is to lose hope.
(Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. The Infanta, in The Cid, act 1, sc. 2 (1637).
The Infanta wishes to no longer vainly hope to marry a man below her station.)
One must always hope when one is desperate, and doubt when one hopes.
(Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 100, Conard (1915).)
Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope.
(Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. fragment on free labor (Sep. 17, 1859?). Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 462, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
Dreams bring hopes and hopes life and the day you stop dreaming you will be a dead man living
There are two kinds of adventurers: those who go truly hoping to find adventure and those who go secretly hoping they won't.
(William Least Heat Moon [William Trogdon] (b. 1939), U.S. author. Blue Highways: A Journey into America, pt. 2, ch. 4 (1983). . . .
I'm a romantica sentimental person thinks things will lasta romantic person hopes against hope that they won't.
(F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Amory Blaine, in This Side of Paradise, bk. 2, ch. 1 (1920).)
Women hope men will change after marriage but they don't; men hope women won't change but they do.
(Bettina Arndt (20th century), Australian journalist. Private Lives, ch. 2 (1986).)
Pessimists fear becoming the dupes of Hope. Optimists enjoy Hope's company, and consider being duped no great matter.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.
(Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. repr. in Works of Samuel Johnson, vol. 3, eds. W.J. Bate and Albrecht B. Strauss (1969). Rambler (London, March 24, 1750), no. 2.)
In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favors.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 298 (1678).)