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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 a walking dream. - Aristotle

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

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

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

A riot is the language of the unheard. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

The eyes have one language everywhere. - George Herbert

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

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

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

The only real laughter comes from despair. - Groucho Marx

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Man is a victim of dope in the incurable form of hope. - Ogden Nash

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory. - Steven Wright

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

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

All human wisdom is summed up in two words - wait and hope. - Alexandre Dumas

They have a kind of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby thing going on. - Christopher Walken

There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting. - John Millington Synge

Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets. - Arthur Miller

I hope it will be hard for the Russians to jump across that creek. - Gustavus Adolphus

Amateurs wait for inspiration. The real pros get up and go to work. - Harvey Mackay

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

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

Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle I have hope for the human race. - H G Wells

A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love. - Stendhal

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

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

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. - Jack London

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.

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

I gotta lose weight, Edith. I hope you remembered my diuretic cottage cheese. - Archie Bunker

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

It is often a sign of wit not to show it, and not to see that others want it. - Suzanne Necker

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

Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity. - Bo Bennett

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

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

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

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

The grand essentials of life are something to do, something to love, something to hope for. - Thomas Chalmers

It's a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water. - Franklin P. Jones

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope or confidence. - Helen Keller

Once in a lifetime the longed-for tidal wave of justice can rise up, and hope and history rhyme. - Seamus Heaney

The most beautiful thing in the world is, precisely, the conjunction of learning and inspiration. - Wanda Landowska

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

They say everybody gets 15 minutes. I hope I'm just inside the first minute and the next 14 go really slow. - Terrence Howard

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

If the English language made any sense, 'lackadaisical' would have something to do with a shortage of flowers. - Doug Larson

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

Hold your head high, stick your chest out. You can make it. It gets dark sometimes but morning comes ... keep hope alive. - Jesse Jackson

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

Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks. - Johann Gottfried Von Herder

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

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

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

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. - Nelson Mandela

No sign of pleasure greeted the announcement. The mood in the hall was leaden.
My mood was livelier. Fright is livelier than lead. - Gail Carson Levine

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

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


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