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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.

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A leader is a dealer in hope. - Napoleon Bonaparte

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

Don't hope for success. Work for it. - Unknown

Hope springs eternal in the human breast. - Alexander Pope

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

The only real laughter comes from despair. - Groucho Marx

Where there is no vision, there is no hope. - George Washington Carver

For hope is but the dream of those that wake. - Matthew Prior

Hope is the last thing to abandon the unhappy. - Unknown

A spotless house is a sign of a misspent life. - Unknown

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

Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair. - Edmund Burke

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

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

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

A chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of wood higher up. - Brigham Young

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

How do they get the deer to cross at that yellow road sign? - George Carlin

Where there is no future before a people, there is no hope. - Edward Wilmot Blyden

All human wisdom is summed up in two words - wait and hope. - Alexandre Dumas

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

When inspiration does not come to me, I go halfway to meet it. - Sigmund Freud

Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life. - Janine di Giovanni

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

If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it. - Henry Ford

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

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

Amateurs wait for inspiration. The real pros get up and go to work. - Harvey Mackay

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

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

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

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

I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial. - Irvin S. Cobb

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

Three problems we have: lack of boundaries, insufficient language, incompletions. - Thomas Leonard

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

I hope that one or two immortal lyrics will come out of all this tumbling around. - Louise Bogan

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

We really have everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language. - Oscar Wilde

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

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

I used to think that one of the great signs of security was the ability to just walk away. - Jack Nicholson

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

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

Every time a child is born it brings with it the hope that God is not yet disappointed in man. - Rabindranath Tagore

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

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

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

He who labors diligently need never despair, for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor. - Menander

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

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

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

Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself. - Cicero

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

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

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

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

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

Heard about the young deaf boy who used sign language?
One day he told his mother a dirty joke and she washed his hands out with soap. - Red Skelton

Sometimes when you least expect it, the tables turn and that scary feeling that has taken hold of you for so long somehow turns into hope. - David Archuleta

Today, people struggle to find what's real. Everything has become so synthetic that a lot of people, all they want is to grasp onto hope. - Wyclef Jean

Just be good and kind to your children. Not only are they the future of the world, they're the ones who can sign you into the nursing home. - Dennis Miller

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

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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