Quotations About / On:
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).)
In economics, hope and faith coexist with great scientific pretension and also a deep desire for respectability.
(John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. New York Times Magazine (June 7, 1970).)
We would not be interested in human beings if we did not have the hope of someday meeting someone worse off than ourselves.
(E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born French philosopher. "Strangled Thoughts," sct. 3, The New Gods (1969, trans. 1974).)
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).)
At the moment of death I hope to be surprised.
(Ivan Illich (b. 1926), Austrian-born U.S. theologian, author. Quoted in Sunday Times (London, November 20, 1988).
In reply to a question on his beliefs about the afterlife.)
We promise in proportion to our hopes, and we deliver in proportion to our fears.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 39 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
Lord Salisbury and myself have brought you back peacebut a peace I hope with honour.
(Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Quoted in Times (London, July 17, 1878).
Remark on returning from the Berlin Congress convened to resolve the European crisis (the "Eastern Question"). The words "peace with honour" were used by Neville Chamberlain in 1938. See Chamberlain on "World War II.")