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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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Hope is a walking dream. - Aristotle

A leader is a dealer in hope. - Napoleon Bonaparte

Hope is a very unruly emotion. - Gloria Steinem

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

He that lives on hope will die fasting. - Benjamin Franklin

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

Hope springs eternal in the human breast. - Alexander Pope

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

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

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

At first we hope too much, later on, not enough. - Unknown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. - Mark Twain

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

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.

A sign of celebrity is that his name is often worth more than his services. - Daniel J. Boorstin

I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair. - Joseph Addison

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

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

I got something important here to read and sign and I gotta consecrate on that. - Archie Bunker

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

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

The language of the law must not be foreign to the ears of those who are to obey it. - Learned hand

I'm having difficulty getting the doctors around here to sign the appropriate form. - Spike Milligan

Hope is the anchor of the soul, the stimulus to action, and the incentive to achievement. - Unknown

Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel. - Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

The rose is fairest when 't is budding new, and hope is brightest when it dawns from fears. - Walter Scott

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

Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall. A mother's secret hope outlives them all. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Violence of language leads to violence of action. Angry men seldom fight if their tongues do not lead the fray. - Charles V Roman

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

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

The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future. - Stephen Ambrose

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

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

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true were really true, there would be little hope of advance. - Orville Wright

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

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

The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be. - Horace Bushnell

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

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

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'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

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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