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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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Hope is a walking dream. - Aristotle

We can hope while we cope. - Unknown

Hope is a force of nature. - Jim Butcher

Uncertainty is the refuge of hope. - Henri Frederic Amiel

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

Insomnia is my greatest inspiration. - Jon Stewart

An old man in a house is a good sign. - Benjamin Franklin

I hope they bury me near a strait man. - Groucho Marx

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

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

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

One lives in the hope of becoming a memory. - Antonio Porchia

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

Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one. - Baltasar Gracian

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

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

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

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

The great hope of society is individual character. - William Ellery Channing

Sometimes I only hope to make a good popcorn movie. - Lou D. Phillips

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

Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides. - Rita Mae Brown

The art of communication is the language of leadership. - James Humes

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

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

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

Hope is one of the principal springs that keep mankind in motion. - Thomas Fuller

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

If you're a good numbers person, you're a bad language person. - Frank Luntz

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

It is only hope which is real, and reality is a bitterness and a deceit. - William Makepeace Thackeray

Two words will help you cope when you run low on hope: accept and trust. - Charles R Swindoll

Amateurs wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and go to work. - Chuck Close

We have to make our inspiration first before our inspiration can build us. - Sanjive K Sharma

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. - Desmond Tutu

Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity. - Robert G Ingersoll

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

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

A dream is the bearer of a new possibility, the enlarged horizon, the great hope. - Howard Thurman

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

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

Hope is the anchor of the soul, the stimulus to action, and the incentive to achievement. - Unknown

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

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

I think those neighborhood signs that say 'slow children playing' are so very mean. - Zach Galifianakis

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

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

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

I think of inspiration as desire infused with spirit and topped with an almost reckless optimism. - Fred White

The sign of intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason. - Marya Mannes

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 I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict me. - John Wooden

Courage will now be your best defence against the storm that is at hand - that and such hope as I bring. - JRR Tolkien

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

The inability to open up to hope is what blocks trust, and blocked trust is the reason for blighted dreams. - Elizabeth Gilbert

Inspiration comes unawares, from unaccountable sources that have nothing to do with planning or intelligence. - Maurice Chevalier

Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you're positive, good things happen. - Deep Roy

Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised. - Christian Nevell Bovee

She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman. - Oscar Wilde

There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow. - Orison Swett Marden

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

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood. - Martin Luther King Jr.

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

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

The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started. - Norman Cousins

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

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


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