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A loving heart encloses within itself an unfading and eternal Eden. Hope is like a bad clock, forever striking the hour of happiness, whether it has come or not.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Hope is the ruddy morning of joy.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

We here in America, hold in our hands the hope of the world, the fate of the coming years; and shame and disgrace will be ours if in our eyes the light of high resolve is dimmed, if we trail in the dust the golden hopes of men.
      - Theodore Roosevelt

Hope dead lives nevermore,
  No, not in heaven.
      - Christina Georgina Rossetti, Dead Hope

Who in Life's battle firm doth stand
  Shall bear Hope's tender blossoms
    Into the Silent Land.
      - Baron Johann Gaudenz von Salis-Seewis,
        Song of the Silent Land

Let no one despair, even though in the darkest night the last star of hope may disappear.
  [Ger., Verzweifle keiner je, dem in der trubsten Nacht
    Der Hoffnung letzte Sterne schwinden.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Oberon (I, 27)

Hope and fear alternate chase
  Our course through life's uncertain race.
      - Sir Walter Scott

The sickening pang of hope deferr'd.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake
         (canto III, st. 22)

Hope is brightest when it dawns from fears.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake
         (canto IV, st. 1)

All things are to be hoped by a man as long as he is alive. ("A very effeminate saying.")
  [Lat., Omnia homini, dum vivit, speranda sunt.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Epistles

Hope is a very thin diet.
      - Thomas Shadwell

Our hap is loss, our hope but sad despair,
  Our ranks are broke and ruin follows us.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (Clarence at II, iii)

The miserable have no other medicine,
  But only hope:
    I have hope to live, and am prepared to die.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Claudio at III, i)

  The hopes of court; my hopes in heaven do dwell.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Wolsey at III, ii)

True hope is swift and flies with swallow's wings;
  Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Richmond at V, ii)

Hope is a lover's staff; walk hence with that
  And manage it against despairing thoughts.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Two Gentlemen of Verona
         (Proteus at III, i)

Hope will make thee young; for Hope and Youth are children of one mother.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley

Through the sunset of hope,
  Like the shapes of a dream,
    What paradise islands of glory gleam!
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Hellas
         (semi-chorus I)

To hope till hope creates
  From its own wreck the thing it contemplates.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus
         (act IV, last stanza)

But hope will make thee young, for Hope and Youth
  Are children of one mother, even Love.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Revolt of Islam
         (canto VIII, st. 27)

Worse than despair,
  Worse than the bitterness of death, is hope.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Cenci
         (act V, sc. 4)

Hope itself is a pain, while it is overmatched by fear.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.
      - Samuel Smiles

It is never right to consider that a man has been made happy by fate, until his life is absolutely finished, and he has ended his existence.
      - Sophocles, Frag. Tyndarus

There is no hope without fear, and no fear without hope.
      - Benedict (Baruch) Spinoza, Ethics
         (pt. 2, para. 178)

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