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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

Road signs for optimists and pessimists

“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.

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Hope is a very unruly emotion. - Gloria Steinem

Hope is the dream of the waking man. - French Proverb

I hope they bury me near a strait man. - Groucho Marx

A riot is the language of the unheard. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Who darns nothing, need hope for nothing. - Johann von Schiller

Life begins on the other side of despair. - Jean-Paul Sartre

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

I hope your only rocky road is chocolate. - Amanda Mosher

The Pope, I hope, can only be scared by God. - Donald Trump

Inspiration exists, but it must find you working. - Pablo Picasso

Love paid a price so hope could become a reality. - Susan Gaddis

I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best. - Benjamin Disraeli

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

My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope. - Ovid

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

Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind. - Terry Pratchett

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

They have a kind of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby thing going on. - Christopher Walken

Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets. - Arthur Miller

No one was ever great without some portion of divine inspiration. - Cicero

A nurse will always give us hope,
an angel with a stethoscope. - Terri Guillemets

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

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

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

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

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

Sometimes I can only groan, and suffer, and pour out my despair at the piano. - Frederic Chopin

Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity. - Bo Bennett

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

To be satisfied with yourself is a sure sign that your forward motion has stopped. - Unknown

I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain. - Jane Wagner

If you're not failing now and again, it's a sign you're playing it safe. - Woody Allen

Depression occurs when one looks back with no pride, and looks forward with no hope. - Robert Frost

Look back in forgiveness, forward in hope, down in compassion, and up with gratitude. - Zig Ziglar

Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration? - George Eliot

Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree. - Ezra Pound

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

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

A person's name is, to that person, the sweetest, most important sound in any language. - Dale Carnegie

Once in a lifetime the longed-for tidal wave of justice can rise up, and hope and history rhyme. - Seamus Heaney

It's difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope for tomorrow. - Robert H. Goddard

In a democracy, the one thing that cannot be done is to destroy its trust, its hope, its idealism. - Teresa Heinz

If I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict me. - John Wooden

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

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

I have drawn inspiration from the Marine Corps, the Jewish struggle in Palestine and Israel, and the Irish. - Leon Uris

If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative. - Woody Allen

If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative. - Woody Allen

Inspiration comes unawares, from unaccountable sources that have nothing to do with planning or intelligence. - Maurice Chevalier

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

Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised. - Christian Nevell Bovee

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us. - Calvin

She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman. - Oscar Wilde

Don't be afraid of being scared. To be afraid is a sign of common sense. Only complete idiots are not afraid of anything. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

There's a limit to how many times you can read how great you are and what an inspiration you are, but I'm not there yet. - Randy Pausch

The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist." - Maria Montessori

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

I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy. - Oscar Wilde

No sign of pleasure greeted the announcement. The mood in the hall was leaden.
My mood was livelier. Fright is livelier than lead. - Gail Carson Levine

A man’s life is interesting primarily when he has failed – I well know. For it’s a sign that he tried to surpass himself. - Georges Clemenceau

Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. - John Adams

If we hope for what we are not likely to possess, we act and think in vain, and make life a greater dream and shadow than it really is. - Joseph Addison

"I am" is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that "I do" is the longest sentence? - George Carlin

I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary language in our private thoughts is one of the main obstacles to progress in philosophy. - Bertrand Russell

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

Like all parents, my husband and I just do the best we can, and hold our breath and hope we've set aside enough money for our kids' therapy. - Michelle Pfeiffer

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

Playoff hockey is the best way to market your team. It's the best way to grow your fan base and give hope to your players and for them to develop. - Steve Yzerman


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