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Hope or Despair

Choosing the road not taken is easy if you live near Vancouver, B.C.

Hope or Despair thanks to Karen Moore

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“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost (1874–1963)

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Hope costs nothing. - Colette

Where there is life, there is hope. - Alyson Noel

The eyes have one language everywhere. - George Herbert

We judge of man's wisdom by his hope. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dance is the hidden language of the soul. - Martha Graham

Hope - is not a feeling; it is something you do. - Katherine Paterson

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper. - Sir Francis Bacon

The great hope of society is individual character. - William Ellery Channing

Sometimes I only hope to make a good popcorn movie. - Lou D. Phillips

Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it. - Christopher Morley

There is not love of life without despair about life. - Albert Camus

Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing. - Robert Benchley

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory. - Steven Wright

The computer is down. I hope it's something serious. - Stanton Delaplane

Where there is no hope, it is incumbent on us to invent it. - Albert Camus

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. - Abraham Lincoln

In the factory we make cosmetics, but in my stores we sell hope. - Charles Revson

My doctor gave me two weeks to live. I hope they're in August. - Ronnie Shakes

I hope it will be hard for the Russians to jump across that creek. - Gustavus Adolphus

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. - William Butler Yeats

Women with pasts interest men. They hope history will repeat itself. - Mae West

A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love. - Stendhal

Only send out into the world that which you hope to receive in return. - Peter Legge

Life without idealism is empty indeed. We just hope or starve to death. - Pearl S. Buck

A great many people think that polysyllables are a sign of intelligence. - Barbara Walters

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. - Jack London

My wife's an earth sign. I'm a water sign. Together we make mud. - Henny Youngman

Amateurs wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and go to work. - Chuck Close

The sign said "eight items or less." So I changed my name to Les. - Steven Wright

Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future. - Charles F. Kettering

Hold on to a ray of hope, and a promise of future... and follow your dreams. - Unknown

Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing. - John Erskine

I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair. - Joseph Addison

I got something important here to read and sign and I gotta consecrate on that. - Archie Bunker

The most beautiful words in the English language are "cheque enclosed". - Dorothy Parker

Even when the world throws its worst and then turns its back, there is still hope. - Pittacus Lore

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work. - Rita Mae Brown

Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth. - Blaise Pascal

Hope is the anchor of the soul, the stimulus to action, and the incentive to achievement. - Unknown

Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel. - Leonardo da Vinci

If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign? - Albert Einstein

The grand essentials of life are something to do, something to love, something to hope for. - Thomas Chalmers

Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the window which hope has opened. - Charles Spurgeon

It was never what I wanted to buy that held my heart's hope. It was what I wanted to be. - Lois McMaster Bujold

It's a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water. - Franklin P. Jones

The rose is fairest when 't is budding new, and hope is brightest when it dawns from fears. - Walter Scott

I think of inspiration as desire infused with spirit and topped with an almost reckless optimism. - Fred White

Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration. - Evan Esar

If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank. - Woody Allen

If the sign on your heart says, "WELCOME", the love will come pouring in from everywhere. - Susan Jeffers

I got all the schooling any actress needs. That is, I learned to write well enough to sign contracts. - Hermione Gingold

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

I saw a sign: "Rest Area 25 Miles". That's pretty big. Some people must be really tired. - Steven Wright

Courage will now be your best defence against the storm that is at hand - that and such hope as I bring. - JRR Tolkien

The names of colors are at the edge, between where language fails and where it's at its most powerful. - A.S. Byatt

They say everybody gets 15 minutes. I hope I'm just inside the first minute and the next 14 go really slow. - Terrence Howard

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. - Joseph Addison

The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future. - Stephen Ambrose

There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow. - O.S. Marden

The longest word in the English language is the one following the phrase, "And now a word from our sponsor." - Hal Eaton

Hold your head high, stick your chest out. You can make it. It gets dark sometimes but morning comes ... keep hope alive. - Jesse Jackson

Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks. - Johann Gottfried Von Herder

I glanced out the window at the signs of spring. The sky was almost blue, the trees were almost budding, the sun was almost bright. - Millard Kaufman

The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be. - Horace Bushnell

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. - Nelson Mandela

NASA's robot Curiosity landed on Mars. Early pictures show no signs of ESPN or beer. This makes it very clear that men are not from Mars. - Unknown

When I know that, if I have no inspiration whatsoever, when I come and I just feel empty, I have nothing, I know that I can still play the scene. - Christopher Walken

I've never been able to grow an organ back," Lana said. "Last time I tried... Let's just hope you don't end up with whip eyes. - Michael Grant

Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they translate into their own language and forthwith it is something entirely different. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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