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Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.
  [It., Lasciate ogni speranza ch'entrate.]
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri"), Inferno
         (III, 1, 9)

Still desiring, we live without hope.
  [It., Senza speme vivemo in desio.]
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri"), Inferno
         (IV, 42)

Hope is a willing slave; despair is free.
      - Charles Gates Dawes

Hope of ill gain is the beginning of loss.
      - Democritus

It is when our budding hopes are nipped beyond recovery by some rough wind, that we are the most disposed to picture to ourselves what flowers it might have borne, if they had flourished.
      - Charles Dickens

There are hopes, the bloom of whose beauty would be spoiled by the trammels of description; too lovely, too delicate, too sacred for words, they should only be known through the sympathy of hearts.
      - Charles Dickens

You ask what hope is. He (Aristotle) says it is a waking dream.
      - Laertius Diogenes,
        Lives of Eminent Philosophers
         (bk. V, 18)

I am prepared for the worst but hope for the best.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

A woman's hopes are woven of sunbeams; a shadow annihilates them.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Hopes have precarious life.
  They are oft blighted, withered, snapped sheer off
    In vigorous growth and turned to rottenness.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        The Spanish Gypsy (bk. III)

No hope so bright but is the beginning of its own fulfilment.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Delusive hope still points to distant good.
      - Euripides

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for.
      - Euripides

His worth shines forth the brightest who in hope always confides; the abject soul despairs.
      - Euripides

Hope is to a man as a bladder to a learning swimmer--it keeps him from sinking in the bosom of the waves, and by that help he may attain the exercise; but yet it many times makes him venture beyond his height, and then if that breaks, or a storm rises, he drowns without recovery. How many would die, did not hope sustain them! How many have died by hoping too much! This wonder we find in Hope, that she is both a flatterer and a true friend.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

Human life has not a surer friend, nor oftentimes a greater enemy, than hope. It is the miserable man's god, which in the hardest gripe of calamity never fails to yield to him beams of comfort. It is the presumptuous man's devil, which leads him a while in a smooth way, and then suddenly breaks his neck.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

He that lives upon hopes will die fasting.
      - Benjamin Franklin

This comforts me, that the most weather-beaten vessel cannot properly be seized on for a wreck which hath any quick cattle remaining therein. My spirits are not as yet forfeited to despair, having one lively spark of hope in my heart because God is even where He was before.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

When our hopes break, let our patience hold.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

While there is life there's hope (he cried,)
  Then why such haste?--so groan'd and died.
      - John Gay, The Sick Man and The Angel

Hope, alas! is our waking dream.
      - Madame Delphine Gay de Girardin

O Hope, sweet flatterer! thy, delusive touch
  Sheds on afflicted minds the balm of comfort,
    Relieves the load of poverty, sustains
      The captive, bending with the weight of bonds,
        And smooths the pillow of disease and pain.
      - Richard Glover

In all things it is better to hope than to despair.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In so great a danger the faintest hope should be considered.
  [Ger., Bei so grosser Gefahr kommt die leichteste Hoffnung in Anschlag.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Egmont (II)

We always hope, and in all things it is better to hope than to despair.
  [Ger., Wir hoffen immer, und in allen Dingen
    Ist besser hoffen als verzweifeln.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Torquato Tasso
         (III, 4, 197)

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