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A religious hope does not only bear up the mind under her sufferings but makes her rejoice in them.
      - Joseph Addison

If thy hope be any thing worth, it will purify thee from thy sins.
      - Joseph Alleine

Know then, whatever cheerful and serene
  Supports the mind, supports the body too:
    Hence, the most vital movement mortals feel
      Is hope, the balm and lifeblood of the soul.
      - John Armstrong, Art of Preserving Health
         (bk. IV, l. 310)

Our greatest good, and what we least can spare,
  Is hope: the last of all our evils, fear.
      - John Armstrong, Art of Preserving Health
         (bk. IV, l. 318)

A hope unaccompanied with a godly life had better be given up, and the sooner the better; for, if retained, it will prove as a spider's web when God shall take away the soul.
      - James H. Aughey

Hope is the last lingering light of the human heart. It shines when every other is put out. Extinguish it, and the gloom of affliction becomes the very blackness of darkness--cheerless and impenetrable.
      - James H. Aughey

Failure will hurt but not hinder us. Disillusion will pain but not dishearten us. Sorrows will shake us but not break us. Hope will set the music ringing and quicken our lagging pace. We need hope for living far more than for dying. Dying is easy work compared with living. Dying is a moment's transition; living, a transaction of years. It is the length of the rope that puts the sag in it. Hope tightens the cords and tunes up the heart-strings. Work well, then; suffer patiently, rejoicing in hope. God knows all, and yet is the God of Hope. And when we have hoped to the end here, He will give us something to look forward to, for all eternity. For "hope abideth."
      - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

Hope is a leaf-joy which may be beaten out to a great extension, like gold.
      - Francis Bacon

A wise Providence consoles our present afflictions by joys borrowed from the future.
      - Hosea Ballou

Hope is a light diet, but very stimulating.
      - Honore de Balzac

It is to hope, though hope were lost.
      - Mrs. Anna Letitia Barbauld,
        Come here, Fond Youth

For the hopes of men have been justly called waking dreams.
      - Saint Basil (Bishop of Caesarea) ("The Great"),
        Letter to Gregory of Nazianzus,
        found in A. Von Humboldt's "Cosmos"

God puts the excess of hope in one man, in order that it may be a medicine to the man who is despondent.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

The greatest architect and the one most needed is hope.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Hope is a risk that must be run.
      - Georges Bernanos

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XIII, v. 12)

Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
      - Bible, Romans (ch. IV, v. 18)

Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;
  When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.
      - Bible, Zechariah (ch. IX, v. 12-13)

Hope! thou nurse of young desire.
      - Isaac Bickerstaffe (Bickerstaff),
        Love in a Village (act I, sc. 1, l. 1)

Hope is the best part of our riches. What sufficeth it that we have the wealth of the Indies in our pockets, if we have not the hope of heaven in our souls?
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

The night is past;--joy cometh with the morrow.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

The heart bow'd down by weight of woe,
  To weakest hope will cling,
    To thought and impulse while they flow,
      That can no comfort bring,
        That can, that can no comfort bring,
          With those exciting scenes will blend,
            O'er pleasure's pathway thrown;
              But mem'ry is the only friend
                That grief can call its own.
      - Alfred Bunn, Bohemian Girl
         (Count Arnheim at act II, sc. 3, a song)

Hope springs exulting on triumphant wing.
      - Robert Burns, Cotter's Saturday Night
         (st. 16)

  For in that word--that fatal word--howe'er
    We promise--hope--believe--there breathes despair.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Corsair (canto I, st. 15)

Hope, withering, fled--and Mercy sighed farewell.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Corsair (canto I, st. 9)

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