Quotations About / On:
The person who wants nothing, hopes for nothing, and fears nothing can never be an artist.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, November 25, 1892, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 5, p. 134, "Nauka" (1976).)
Pity the selfishness of lovers: it is brief, a forlorn hope; it is impossible.
(Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973), Anglo-Irish novelist. The Death of the Heart, pt. 2, ch. 4 (1938).)
Hope is a pathological belief in the occurrence of the impossible.
(H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 617, Knopf (1949).)
Life's brief span [vitae summa brevis] forbids us to enter on far-reaching hopes.
(Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Odes, bk. 1, ode 4, l. 15 (23 B.C.).)
Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
The kind of lawyer you hope the other fellow has.
(Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. The Long Goodbye, ch. 17 (1954).)
The only way of knowing a person is to love them without hope.
(Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), German critic, philosopher. repr. In One-Way Street and Other Writings (1978). "Arc Lamp," One-Way Street (1928).)
Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
(Arthur Miller (b. 1915), U.S. dramatist. Tom, in The Ride Down Mount Morgan, act 1 (1991).)
Uncertainty is the refuge of hope.
(Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881), Swiss philosopher, poet. Journal Intime, entry for January 23, 1881 (1882), trans. by Mrs. Humphry Ward (1892).)
Mortality: not acquittal but a series of postponements is what we hope for.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)