Quotations About / On:
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).)
I love Germany so dearly that I hope there will always be two of them.
(François Mauriac (1885-1970), French author. quoted in Newsweek (New York, Nov. 20, 1989).)
A widow's refusal of a lover is seldom so explicit as to exclude hope.
(Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Anna Howe, in Clarissa, vol. 4, p. 170, AMS Press (1990).)
We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best, hope of earth.
(Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. annual message to Congress, Dec. 1, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 537, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
Hope is like a harebell trembling from its birth.
(Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894), British poet, lyricist. Hope Is Like a Harebell.
Harebell = bluebell.)
The power of hope upon human exertion, and happiness, is wonderful.
(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).)
If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars.
(Arthur Hugh Clough (1819-1861), British poet. repr. In Collected Poems, ed. C. Whibley (1913). "Say Not the Struggle Nought Availeth," (1862).)
The triumph of hope over experience.
(Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Dr. Johnson, entry, 1770 (1791).
Referring to the remarriage of "a gentleman who had been very unhappy in marriage." On a different note, Johnson had stated on another occasion (Sept. 30, 1769), "By taking a second wife he pays the highest compliment to the first, by shewing that she made him so happy as a married man, that he wishes to be so a second time.")
The joy that comes past hope and beyond expectation is like no other pleasure in extent.
(Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Antigone, l. 392.)