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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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A leader is a dealer in hope. - Napoleon Bonaparte

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

Inspiration is remembering the future. - Unknown

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

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

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

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

Once you choose hope, anything's possible. - Christopher Reeve

This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last. - Oscar Wilde

If the skies fall, one may hope to catch larks. - Francois Rabelais

Hope for a miracle. But don't depend on one. - Talmud

Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope. - Princess Leia

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

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

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

Death is the greatest evil, because it cuts off hope. - William Hazlitt

Man is a victim of dope in the incurable form of hope. - Ogden Nash

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

We need a president who's fluent in at least one language. - Buck Henry

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

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

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

England and America are two countries separated by a common language. - George Bernard Shaw

Hope is the power that gives a person the confidence to step out and try. - Zig Ziglar

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope. - Martin Luther King Jr.

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 gotta lose weight, Edith. I hope you remembered my diuretic cottage cheese. - Archie Bunker

When you make a commitment, you build hope. When you keep it, you build trust. - Unknown

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

All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and somebody who believes in them. - Earvin "Magic" Johnson

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Why is America the last best hope of Earth? What if it's Liechtenstein? Or, worse, Canada? - Sarah Vowell

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

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

The most beautiful thing in the world is, precisely, the conjunction of learning and inspiration. - Wanda Landowska

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

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

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

Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change. - Bertrand Russell

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

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

We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming - well, that's like saying you can never change your fate. - Amy Tan

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

Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you're riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. - Bob Marley

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

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

We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics. - Bill Vaughan

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

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

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

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

I see a good deal of talk from Washington about lowering taxes.
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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

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