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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 a very unruly emotion. - Gloria Steinem

All hope abandon, ye who enter here! - Dante Alighieri

Inspiration is remembering the future. - Unknown

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

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

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

I hope my ship comes in before my dock rots. - Unknown

Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one. - Baltasar Gracian

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

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

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

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

How far would you go to keep the hope of love alive? - Nicholas Sparks

Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides. - Rita Mae Brown

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

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

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

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

There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting. - John Millington Synge

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

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language. - Martin Buber

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

Of all ills that one endures, hope is a cheap and universal cure. - Abraham Cowley

I don't know what can be so dangerous about giving people hope. - Joel Osteen

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

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

Silence is the language of God; it is also the language of the heart. - Sivananda

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

Don't focus on regrets; find your inspiration in what you can do now. - Catherine Pulsifer

Inspiration at its best means breath, and only too frequently means wind. - G K Chesterton

We have to make our inspiration first before our inspiration can build us. - Sanjive K Sharma

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

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

In joined hands there is still some token of hope, in the clinched fist none. - Victor Hugo

Hope springs eternal in the human breast. Man never is, but always to be blest. - Alexander Pope

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work. - Stephen King

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

Inspiration responds to our attentiveness in various and sometimes unexpected ways. - Wayne W Dyer

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

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

Hope is only a beginning; it's not a substitute for action, only a basis for it. - Rebecca Solnit

Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart. - Jose N Harris

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

I think those neighborhood signs that say 'slow children playing' are so very mean. - Zach Galifianakis

Hope is outreaching desire with expectancy of good. It is a characteristic of all living beings. - Edward S Ame

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, "It will be happier..." - Alfred Tennyson

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

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

We always kept in our hearts the most noble, beautiful feeling that sets human beings apart: hope. - Manel Loureiro

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

I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope,
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing. - T S Eliot

Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears, not to oust them. - Vincent McNabb

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

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

Although he tortures the English language, he has not yet succeeded in forcing it to reveal its meaning. - J B Morton

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

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

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

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

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

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. - Napoleon Hill

Don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong. - Ella Fitzgerald

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all. - Emily Dickinson

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

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

Abundance and vigor of automatic movements are desirable, and even a considerable degree of restlessness is a good sign in young children. - G Stanley Hall

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

Bill Gates has always been a mentor and inspiration for me even before I knew him. Just growing up, I admired how Microsoft was mission-focused. - Mark Zuckerberg


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