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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.

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Hope is a walking dream. - Aristotle

A leader is a dealer in hope. - Napoleon Bonaparte

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

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

Inspiration is remembering the future. - Unknown

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

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

I hope your only rocky road is chocolate. - Amanda Mosher

Inspiration and genius - one and the same. - Victor Hugo

Hope for a miracle. But don't depend on one. - Talmud

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

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

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

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

Where there is no hope, it is incumbent on us to invent it. - Albert Camus

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. - Abraham Lincoln

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

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

Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life. - Janine di Giovanni

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

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

No one was ever great without some portion of divine inspiration. - Cicero

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

A nurse will always give us hope,
an angel with a stethoscope. - Terri Guillemets

Women with pasts interest men. They hope history will repeat itself. - Mae West

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

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

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

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. - Thomas Edison

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

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

Symptoms are the body's mother tongue; signs are in a foreign language. - John Brown

I got something important here to read and sign and I gotta consecrate on that. - Archie Bunker

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

To be satisfied with yourself is a sure sign that your forward motion has stopped. - Unknown

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

Depression occurs when one looks back with no pride, and looks forward with no hope. - Robert Frost

Look back in forgiveness, forward in hope, down in compassion, and up with gratitude. - Zig Ziglar

Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration? - George Eliot

I'm having difficulty getting the doctors around here to sign the appropriate form. - Spike Milligan

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

If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign? - Albert Einstein

A person's name is, to that person, the sweetest, most important sound in any language. - Dale Carnegie

It was never what I wanted to buy that held my heart's hope. It was what I wanted to be. - Lois McMaster Bujold

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. - John Adams

If we hope for what we are not likely to possess, we act and think in vain, and make life a greater dream and shadow than it really is. - Joseph Addison

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

I see a good deal of talk from Washington about lowering taxes.
I hope they do get 'em lowered enough so people can afford to pay 'em. - Will Rogers

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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