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Quotations About / On: HOPE

  • 11.
    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).)
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  • 12.
    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).)
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  • 13.
    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.")
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  • 14.
    I hope we shall give them a thorough drubbing this summer, and then change our tomahawk into a golden chain of friendship.
    (Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, April 15, 1791, to Charles Carroll. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 20, p. 214, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).)
  • 15.
    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).)
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  • 16.
    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).)
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  • 17.
    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).)
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  • 18.
    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.).)
  • 19.
    In a seriously intended intellectual emancipation a person's mute passions and cravings also hope to find their advantage.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 328, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Human, All-Too-Human, part I, trans. by Helen Zimmern, in The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, vol. 6, p. 366, ed. Oscar Levy, New York, Russell and Russell (1964). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man Alone With Himself," aphorism 542, "The Dangers of Intellectual Emancipation," (1878).)
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  • 20.
    I remember her on the screen, huge as a colossus doll, mincing and whispering and simply hoping her way into total vulnerability.
    (Gloria Steinem (b. 1934), U.S. feminist, writer, editor. repr. In Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions (1983). "Marilyn Monroe: The Woman who Died Too Soon," Ms. (New York, Aug. 1972).)
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