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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.

QuotaBills
Hope costs nothing. - Colette

Hope is a walking dream. - Aristotle

An old man in a house is a good sign. - Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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

The only real laughter comes from despair. - Groucho Marx

Inspiration and genius - one and the same. - Victor Hugo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain. - Lily Tomlin

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

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

I hope life isn't a big joke, because I don't get it. - Jack Handey

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

If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes. - St. Clement of Alexandra

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

Jon Snow: I'm not afraid to die.
Mormont: Nor life, I hope. - George R.R. Martin

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

Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle I have hope for the human race. - H G Wells

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

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

It is often a sign of wit not to show it, and not to see that others want it. - Suzanne Necker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is not necessary to hope in order to undertake, nor to succeed in order to persevere. - Charles the Bold

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

The first man to use abusive language instead of his fists was the founder of civilization. - Sigmund Freud

Language is our meeting place, the sea we live in…it is the common ground of our humanity. - Toby Wolfe

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

No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement. - Florida Scott-Maxwell

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

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

German is the most extravagantly ugly language - it sounds like someone using a sick bag on a 747. - Willy Rushton

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

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

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

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

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

If the English language made any sense, 'lackadaisical' would have something to do with a shortage of flowers. - Doug Larson

Who is apt, on occasion, to assign a multitude of reasons when one will do? This is a sure sign of weakness in argument. - Harriet Martineau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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