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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

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

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

Hope springs eternal in the human breast. - Alexander Pope

The only real laughter comes from despair. - Groucho Marx

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

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

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

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

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper. - Sir Francis Bacon

I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best. - Benjamin Disraeli

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

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

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

If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it. - Henry Ford

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work. - Rita Mae Brown

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

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

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

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us. - Samuel Smiles

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

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

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

He who labors diligently need never despair, for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor. - Menander

If I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict me. - John Wooden

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

Inspiration comes unawares, from unaccountable sources that have nothing to do with planning or intelligence. - Maurice Chevalier

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

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

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

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

Morals are an acquirement - like music, like a foreign language, like piety, poker, paralysis - no man is born with them. - Mark Twain

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

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

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are,
"I'm from the government and I'm here to help." - Ronald Reagan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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