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Hope, like the gleaming taper's light,
  Adorns and cheers our way;
    And still, as darker grows the night,
      Emits a brighter ray.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Captivity
         (act II, sc. 1)

The wretch condemn'd with life to part,
  Still, still on hope relies;
    And every pang that rends the heart
      Bids expectation rise.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Captivity--Song

In all my wanderings round this world of care,
  In all my griefs--and God has given my share--
    I still had hopes my latest hours to crown,
      Amidst these humble bowers to lay me down.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
         (l. 81)

Gay hope is theirs by fancy fed,
  Less pleasing when possest;
    The tear forgot as soon as shed,
      The sunshine of the breast.
      - Thomas Gray,
        On a Distant Prospect of Eton College
         (st. 5)

Hope is a pleasant acquaintance, but an unsafe friend. Hope is not the man for your banker, though he may do for a traveling companion.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
      - Vaclav Havel

Hope is the best possession. None are completely wretched but those who are without hope; and few are reduced so low as that.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The shadow of human life is traced upon a golden ground of immortal hope.
      - George Stillman Hillard

Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall;
  A mother's secret hope outlives them all.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        A Mother's Secret

The riches of heaven, the honor which cometh from God only, and the pleasures at His right hand, the absence of all evil, the presence and enjoyment of all good, and this good enduring to eternity, never more to be taken from us, never more to be in any, the least degree, diminished, but forever increasing, these are the wreaths which form the contexture of that crown held forth to our hopes.
      - Thomas Hartwell Horne

Hope is the virgin of the ideal world, who opens beaten to as in the midst of every tempest.
      - Arsene Houssaye

A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow, real poverty.
      - David Hume

In all the wedding cake, hope is the sweetest of the plums.
      - Douglas William Jerrold,
        Jerrold's Wit--The Catspaw

Hope is an amusement rather than a good, and adapted to none but very tranquil minds.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

In all pleasure hope is a considerable part.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

It is necessary to hope, though hope should be always deluded; for hope itself is happiness, and its frustrations, however frequent, are yet less dreadful than its extinction.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Whatever enlarges hope will also exalt courage.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Where there is no hope there can be no endeavor.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

When there is no hope, there can be no endeavor.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        The Rambler (no. 110)

Hope is such a bait, it covers any hook.
      - Ben Jonson

So, when dark thoughts my boding spirit shroud,
  Sweet Hope! celestial influence round me shed
    Waving thy silver pinions o'er my head.
      - John Keats (1), Hope (st. 8)

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.
      - Robert F. Kennedy

The Worldly Hope men set their Hearts upon
  Turns Ashes--or it prospers; and anon,
    Like Snow upon the Desert's dusty Face,
      Lighting a little hour or two--is gone.
      - Omar Khayyam ("The Tent-Maker"),
        The Rubaiyat (st. 16),
        (FitzGerald's translation)

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