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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 is a walking dream. - Aristotle

A leader is a dealer in hope. - Napoleon Bonaparte

Hope is a very unruly emotion. - Gloria Steinem

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

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

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

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

Hope springs eternal in the human breast. - Alexander Pope

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

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

Hope is the last thing to abandon the unhappy. - Unknown

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

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

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

Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope. - Princess Leia

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

My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope. - Ovid

There is not love of life without despair about life. - Albert Camus

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

Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind. - Terry Pratchett

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every time a child is born it brings with it the hope that God is not yet disappointed in man. - Rabindranath Tagore

If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk? - Laurence J. Peter

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

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

If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank. - Woody Allen

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

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

I got all the schooling any actress needs. That is, I learned to write well enough to sign contracts. - Hermione Gingold

If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative. - Woody Allen

If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative. - Woody Allen

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

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us. - Calvin

The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future. - Stephen Ambrose

Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you're riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. - Bob Marley

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

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true were really true, there would be little hope of advance. - Orville Wright

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

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

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

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

Sometimes when you least expect it, the tables turn and that scary feeling that has taken hold of you for so long somehow turns into hope. - David Archuleta

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


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