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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 the dream of the waking man. - French Proverb

Inspiration is remembering the future. - Unknown

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

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

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

The only real laughter comes from despair. - Groucho Marx

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sometimes I only hope to make a good popcorn movie. - Lou D. Phillips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Only send out into the world that which you hope to receive in return. - Peter Legge

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

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

Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing. - John Erskine

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

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

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

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

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

It's better to die in pursuit of your dreams than to live a life without hope. - Terry Brooks

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

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

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

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

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

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

Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

A person's name is, to that person, the sweetest, most important sound in any language. - Dale Carnegie

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

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

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

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

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

Let hope inspire you, but let not idealism blind you. Don't look back, you can never look back. - Don Henley

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

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

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

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

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

I glanced out the window at the signs of spring. The sky was almost blue, the trees were almost budding, the sun was almost bright. - Millard Kaufman

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

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

If we hope for what we are not likely to possess, we act and think in vain, and make life a greater dream and shadow than it really is. - Joseph Addison

"I am" is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that "I do" is the longest sentence? - George Carlin

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

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

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

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

Playoff hockey is the best way to market your team. It's the best way to grow your fan base and give hope to your players and for them to develop. - Steve Yzerman


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