Quotations About / On: HOPE

  • 1.
    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.)
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  • 2.
    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). . . . )
  • 3.
    I'm a romantic—a sentimental person thinks things will last—a 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).)
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  • 4.
    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).)
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  • 5.
    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).)
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  • 6.
    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.)
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  • 7.
    Hope, and hopelessness, persist despite the facts.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
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  • 8.
    Hope and despair ignore one another's cries.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
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  • 9.
    We have much to hope from the flowers.
    (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Sherlock Holmes, in "The Naval Treaty," The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1892).)
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  • 10.
    Hope likes justification, but can do without.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).)
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