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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 will never be silent. - Harvey Milk

Hope is a very unruly emotion. - Gloria Steinem

Uncertainty is the refuge of hope. - Henri Frederic Amiel

While the heart beats, hope lingers. - Alison Croggon

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

Music is the universal language of mankind. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

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

Inspiration exists, but it must find you working. - Pablo Picasso

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

To play billiards well is a sign of ill-spent youth. - Charles Roupell

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

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

Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing. - Robert Benchley

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

Christ showed us hope transformed into sacrificial love. - Chuck Colson

Where there is no future before a people, there is no hope. - Edward Wilmot Blyden

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

Learn from the past, Hope for the future, Live in the present. - Ken Lancaster

Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory. - Norman Vincent Peale

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

In the factory we make cosmetics, but in my stores we sell hope. - Charles Revson

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

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

Forgiveness provides hope, joy, and a bright future that nothing else can. - Paul J Meyer

Hold on to a ray of hope, and a promise of future... and follow your dreams. - Unknown

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

That was all a man needed: hope. It was lack of hope that discouraged a man. - Charles Bukowski

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

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

In joined hands there is still some token of hope, in the clinched fist none. - Victor Hugo

When you make a commitment, you build hope. When you keep it, you build trust. - Unknown

All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and somebody who believes in them. - Earvin "Magic" Johnson

Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure. - Jane Austen

Even when the world throws its worst and then turns its back, there is still hope. - Pittacus Lore

Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man. - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

The language of the law must not be foreign to the ears of those who are to obey it. - Learned hand

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

When we have lost everything, including hope, life becomes a disgrace, and death a duty. - WC Fields

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

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 you are discouraged it is a sign of pride, because it shows you trust in your own powers. - Mother Teresa

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

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

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, "It will be happier..." - Alfred Tennyson

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

I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope,
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing. - T S Eliot

Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears, not to oust them. - Vincent McNabb

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

I really do believe that God is love, one of deep affection and grace and forgiveness and inspiration. - William P Young

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

I hope you don't mind that I put down in words, how wonderful life is while you're in the world. - Bernie Taupin

Hope is tenacious. It goes on living and working when science has dealt it what should be its deathblow. - Paul L Dunbar

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

Pain is a sign that we are alive. Problems are a sign that we are strong. Prayer is a sign that we are not alone. - Unknown

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

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

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

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

Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is good. - Calvin Coolidge

None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free. - Pearl S Buck

I have tried to keep on with my striving because this is the only hope I have of ever achieving anything worthwhile and lasting. - Arthur Ashe

The symbolic language of the crucifixion is the death of the old paradigm; resurrection is a leap into a whole new way of thinking. - Deepak Chopra

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

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

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

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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