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Quotations About / On: HOPE

  • 21.
    They who feel cannot keep their minds in the equilibrium of a pair of scales: fear and hope have no equiponderant weights.
    (Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Horace Walpole's Miscellany 1786-1795, p. 33, ed. Lars E. Troide, Yale University Press (1978). Originally written in 1786.)
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  • 22.
    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).)
  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    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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  • 25.
    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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  • 26.
    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.).)
  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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).)
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  • 30.
    The kind of lawyer you hope the other fellow has.
    (Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. The Long Goodbye, ch. 17 (1954).)
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