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

Despair is the conclusion of fools. - Benjamin Disraeli

Language is a virus from outer space. - William S Burroughs

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

Where there's life, there's hope. - Theocritus

The only real laughter comes from despair. - Groucho Marx

Where there is no vision, there is no hope. - George Washington Carver

In the kingdom of hope, there is no winter. - Russian Proverb

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

Once you choose hope, anything's possible. - Christopher Reeve

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

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

I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best. - Benjamin Disraeli

Everything that is done in the world is done by hope. - Martin Luther

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

A chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of wood higher up. - Brigham Young

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

We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority. - Alfred Adler

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

If you wouldn't write it and sign it, don't say it. - Earl Wilson

Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it. - Madeleine L'Engle

We need a president who's fluent in at least one language. - Buck Henry

Chance has never yet satisfied the hope of a suffering people. - Marcus Garvey

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

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

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

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

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

My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here. - Jim Henson

Life without idealism is empty indeed. We just hope or starve to death. - Pearl S. Buck

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

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope. - Martin Luther King Jr.

Hope springs eternal in the human breast. Man never is, but always to be blest. - Alexander Pope

No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut. - Sam Rayburn

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work. - Rita Mae Brown

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

Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope. - Epictetus

Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

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

Tears shed for self are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are a sign of strength. - Billy Graham

Officialese: A government language where you can understand the words, but not the sentences - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

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

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us. - Samuel Smiles

It's difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope for tomorrow. - Robert H. Goddard

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

Human language appears to be a unique phenomenon, without significant analogue in the animal world. - Noam Chomsky

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

Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall. A mother's secret hope outlives them all. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

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

Figure out what you hope for. Live inside that hope, running down its hallways, touching the walls on both sides. - Barbara Kingsolver

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. - Joseph Addison

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

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. - Anne Lamott

Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature. - Steve Maraboli

The protean nature of the computer is such that it can act like a machine or like a language to be shaped and exploited. - Alan Kay

The ability to speak several languages is an asset, but the ability to keep your mouth shut in any language is priceless. - Unknown

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

Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words. - Robert G Ingersoll

Hope itself is like a star - not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity. - Charles H Spurgeon

The climate, the economic situation, rising birth rates; none of these things give me a lot of hope or reason to be optimistic. - David Attenborough

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

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

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sens, regardless of how it turns out. - Vaclav Havel

When people come alongside us during difficult times to give us renewed courage, a renewed spirit, renewed hope - that's encouragement. - David Jeremiah

I've never been able to grow an organ back," Lana said. "Last time I tried... Let's just hope you don't end up with whip eyes. - Michael Grant

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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