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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 force of nature. - Jim Butcher

Hope is a song in a weary throat. - Pauli Murray

Uncertainty is the refuge of hope. - Henri Frederic Amiel

Where flowers bloom, so does hope. - Lady Bird Johnson

Hope is the dream of the waking man. - French Proverb

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

Who darns nothing, need hope for nothing. - Johann von Schiller

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

The only real laughter comes from despair. - Groucho Marx

One lives in the hope of becoming a memory. - Antonio Porchia

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

If the skies fall, one may hope to catch larks. - Francois Rabelais

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

Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

Inspiration fires you up; motivation keeps you burning. - Stuart Aken

Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing. - Robert Benchley

Beware how you take away hope from another human being. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The computer is down. I hope it's something serious. - Stanton Delaplane

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

Hope is the last thing a person does before they are defeated. - Henry Rollins

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

What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life. - Emil Brunner

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

Where hope would otherwise become hopelessness, it becomes faith. - Robert Brault

Changes in language often reflect the changing values of a culture. - Ravi Zacharias

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

Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever. - Roy T Bennett

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

Forgiveness provides hope, joy, and a bright future that nothing else can. - Paul J Meyer

For many in our high-paced world, despair is not a moment; it is a way of life. - Ravi Zacharias

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

A dream is the bearer of a new possibility, the enlarged horizon, the great hope. - Howard Thurman

Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man. - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection. - Yakov Smirnoff

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

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

Faith has to do with things that are not seen, and hope with things that are not at hand. - Thomas Aquinas

Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song. - Pope John Paul II

In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing. - Robert Ingersoll

If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride, because it shows you trust in your own powers. - Mother Teresa

Success is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration, and 2 percent attention to detail. - Phil

When you do not know what you are doing, and what you are doing is the best - that is inspiration. - Robert Bresson

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

The value of another's experience is to give us hope, not to tell us how or whether to proceed. - Peter Block

Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife. - Kahlil Gibran

I saw a sign: "Rest Area 25 Miles". That's pretty big. Some people must be really tired. - Steven Wright

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

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

Dreams are what give us purpose, because without dreams we have no hope, and without hope we have no purpose. - Unknown

It's a sign of age if you feel like the morning after the night before and you haven't been anywhere. - Unknown

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

Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness. - Floyd W Tomkins

We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming - well, that's like saying you can never change your fate. - Amy Tan

Lord save us all from old age and broken health and a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms. - Mark Twain

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

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

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 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

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

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

Keep your heart open to dreams. For as long as there's a dream, there is hope, and as long as there is hope, there is joy in living. - Unknown

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

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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