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ThucydidesStill hope leads men to venture; and no one ever yet put himself in peril without the inward conviction that he would succeed in his design

—  Thucydides, 460-394 BC, Ancient Greek historian

Benjamin DisraeliI am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

Francis BaconHope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

DanteAbandon all hope, you who enter here.

Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'entrate.

—  Dante, 1265-1321, Italian poet

NapoleonA leader is a dealer in hope.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Emile M. CioranTo hope is to contradict the future.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

Emile M. CioranHope is the normal form of delirium.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

Benjamin FranklinHe that lives upon hope will die fasting.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Arthur SchopenhauerHope is the confusion of the desire for a thing with its probability.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Ambrose BiercePresent, n. That part of eternity dividing the domain of disappointment from the realm of hope.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Laurence J PeterDon't believe in miracles - depend on them.

—  Laurence J Peter, 1919-1990, Canadian writer & educator

Eric HofferIt is the around-the-corner brand of hope that prompts people to action, while the distant hope acts as an opiate.

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonWhen it is dark enough, you can see the stars.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

SenecaDo not hope without despair, or despair without hope.

—  Seneca, 4 AD-65 AD, Roman philosopher

VauvenarguesPatience is the art of hoping.

—  Vauvenargues, 1715-1747, French author of maxims

La RochefoucauldWe promise according to our hopes; we fulfill according to our fears.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

Jean AnouilhTragedy is restful: and the reason is that hope, that foul, deceitful thing, has no part in it.

—  Jean Anouilh, 1910-1987, French playwright

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Believe in miracles but don't depend on them.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Never deprive someone of hope it may be all they have.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

Will DurantThe trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Latin Quotes

Latin phraseWhile I breathe, I hope.

Dum spiro spero.

—  Latin phrase


Quotes in Verse

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

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

Ancient Greek

TheocritusYou need to have courage, because tomorrow will be better. While there's life there’s hope, and only the dead have none.

Θαρσείν χρη, τάχ’ αύριον έσσετ’ άμεινον. Eλπίδες εν ζωοίσιν, ανέλπιστοι δε θανόντες.

—  Theocritus, 3rd cent. BC, Ancient Greek poet

HeraclitusHe who does not hope for the unexpected, will not find it.

Εάν μη έλπηται ανέλπιστον, ουκ εξευρήσει.

—  Heraclitus, 544-484 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

AristotleWhen asked what is hope, he said 'the dream of a waking man'.

Ερωτηθείς τι έστιν ελπίς, « Εγρηγορότος», είπεν, «ενύπνιον. »

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher



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