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Used with due abstinence, hope acts as a healthful tonic; intemperately indulged, as an enervating opiate. The visions of future triumph, which at first animate exertion, if dwelt upon too intently, will usurp the place of the stern reality; and, noble objects will be contemplated, not for their own inherent worth, but on account of the day-dreams they engender. Thus hope, aided by imagination, makes one man a hero, another a somnambulist, and a third a lunatic; while it renders them all enthusiasts.
      - Sir James Fitzjames Stephen

Hope is the mainspring of human action; faith seals our lease of immortality; and charity and love give the passport to the soul's true and lasting happiness.
      - Alfred Billings Street

We do not stray out of all words into the ever silent;
  We do not raise our hands to the void for things beyond hope.
      - Rabindranath Tagore, Gardener (16)

Hope is like the wing of an angel, soaring up to heaven, and bearing our prayers to the throne of God.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Behold, we know not anything;
  I can but trust that good shall fall
    At last--far off--at last, to all,
      And every winter change to spring.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam (LIV)

The might hops that make us men.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam (LXXXV)

I do not buy hope with money.
  [Lat., Ego spem pretio non emo.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Adelphi
         (II, 2, 12)

Woe to my wretched self! from what a height of hope have I fallen!
  [Lat., Vae misero mihi! quanta de spe decidi.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer),
        Heauton timoroumenos (II, 3, 9)

It is only hope which is real, and reality is a bitterness and a deceit.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Hope is the only good which is common to all men; those who have nothing more possess hope still.
      - Thales of Miletus

Hope is the poor man's bread.
      - Thales of Miletus

For the living there is hope, for the dead there is none.
      - Theocritus, Idyl (IV, 42)

Hope ever urges on, and tells us to-morrow will be better.
  [Lat., Spes fovet, et fore cras semper ait melius.]
      - Albius Tibullus, Carmina (II, 6, 20)

Never give up! it is wiser and better
  Always to hope, than once to despair;
    Fling off the load of Doubt's cankering fetter,
      And break the dark spell of tyrannical Care:
        Never give up or the burden may sink you,--
          Providence kindly has mingled the cup;
            And in all trials and troubles, bethink you
              The watchword of life must be,--never give up.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

The most wretched have yet hope.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Hope animates the wise, and lures the presumptuous and indolent who repose inconsiderately on her promises.
      - Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues

You burn your hopes.
  [Lat., Vestras spes uritis.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (V, 68)

Such hopes I had while fortune was kind.
  [Lat., Speravimus ista
    Dum fortuna fuit.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (X, 42)

The hope of all earnest souls must be realized.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

Behind the cloud the starlight lurks,
  Through showers the sunbeams fall;
    For God, who loveth all his works,
      Has left his Hope with all.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier, Dream of Summer

Hope told a flattering tale
  That joy would soon return;
    Ah, naught my sighs avail
      For love is doomed to mourn.
      - Dr. John Wolcot (Wolcott or Woolcott) (used pseudonym Peter Pindar),
        song introduced into the opera, "Artaxerxes"

Hope rules a land forever green,
  All powers that serve the bright-eyed queen
    And confident and gay;
      Clouds at her bidding disappear
        Points she to aught?--the bliss draws near
          And fancy smooths the way.
      - William Wordsworth

Is Man
  A child of hope? Do generations press
    On generations, without progress made?
      Halts the individual, ere his hairs be gray,
      - William Wordsworth, Excursion (bk. V)

Hopes, what are they?--Beads of morning
  Strung on slender blades of grass;
    Or a spider's web adorning
      In a straight and treacherous pass.
      - William Wordsworth, Hopes, What are They?

Hope tells a flattering tale,
  Delusive, vain and hollow,
    Ah! let not hope prevail,
      Lest disappointment follow.
      - Miss Wrother, In the Universal Songster
         (vol. II, p. 86)

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