Quotations About / On:
I hope I never get so old I get religious.
(Ingmar Bergman (b. 1918), Swedish stage and film writer-director. International Herald Tribune (Paris, Sept. 8, 1989).)
I know that men in exile feed on hopes.
(Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Agamemnon, l. 1668.)
There is no hope even that woman, with her right to vote, will ever purify politics.
(Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist. Anarchism and Other Essays, "The Tragedy of Women's Emancipation," (1910).)
... despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
(George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 47 (1871-1872).)
Outside of Paris, there is no hope for the cultured.
(Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Mascarille, in Les Précieuses Ridicules, sc. 9 (1659).)
Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity.
(Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), U.S. lawyer, orator. Speech, Manhattan Liberal Club. Truth-Seeker (February 28, 1892).)
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.).)