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Quotes for
the Journey:


What oxygen is to the lungs, such
is hope to the meaning of life.

Emil Brunner


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


Give humanity hope and it will dare and suffer joyfully, not counting the cost -- hope with laughter on her banner and on her face the fresh beauty of morning.        -John Elof Boodin

If we were logical, the future would be bleak indeed.  But we are more than logical.  We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope, and we can work.         -Jacques Cousteau

When we have hope, we are showing that we trust God to work out the situation.  Trust is the only way we're going to make it through and be a part of God's marvelous plan for His child.        -Barbara Johnson

If seeds in the black earth can turn into such beautiful roses, what might not the heart of the human become in its long journey toward the stars?         -Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Take from people their wealth, and you hinder them; take from them their purpose, and you slow them down.  But take from them their hope, and you stop them.  They can go on without wealth, and even without purpose, for awhile.  But they will not go on without hope.        -C. Neil Strait


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

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

Honor begets honor, trust begets trust, faith begets faith, and hope is the mainspring of life.        -Henry L. Stimson
Hope is outreaching desire with expectancy of good.  It is characteristic of all living beings.  Birds, beasts, and people are always alert and striving for the fulfillment of their hungers.  They are impelled forward in a ceaseless quest for satisfaction.  The antennae of insects relentlessly explore and feel their way ahead, and the imagination of humans functions in the same manner, ranging through wide areas and far futures in search of the good which hope ever promises.        -Edward S. Ames
Without hope people are only half alive.  With hope they dream and think and work.        -Charles Sawyer
There is nothing so well known as that we should not expect something for nothing--but we all do and we call it Hope.        -Edgar Watson Howe

All human wisdom is summed up in two words--wait and hope.       -Alexander Dumas


"Hope" is the thing with feathers--
That perches in the soul--
And sings the tunes without the words--
And never stops--at all.

Emily Dickinson


There is a law in life: When one door
closes to us another one opens.

Andre Gide

We stand in life at midnight; we are always
at the threshold of a new dawn.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


We are haunted by an ideal life, and it is because we have within us the beginning and the possibility of it.
-Phillips Brooks

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The well-known maxim, "While there is life there is hope," has a deeper meaning in reverse:  "While there is hope there is life."
   Hope comes first, life follows.  Hope gives power to life.  Hope rouses life to continue, to expand, to grow, to reach out, to go on.
   Hope sees a light where there isn't any.
   Hope lights candles in millions of despairing hearts.
   Hope is the miracle medicine of the mind.  It inspires the will to live.  Hope is the physician's strongest ally.
   Hope is our shield and buckler against defeat.
   "Hope," wrote Alexander Pope, "springs eternal in the human breast."  And as long as it does we will triumph and move forward.
   Hope never sounds retreat.  Hope keeps the banners flying.
   Hope revives ideals, renews dreams, revitalizes visions.
   Hope scales the peak, wrestles with the impossible, achieves the highest aim.
   "The word which God has written on the brow of every person," wrote Victor Hugo, "is Hope."  As long as we have hope no situation is hopeless.

Wilferd A. Peterson
Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn't permanent.        -Jean Kerr
Hope works in these ways:  it looks for the good in people instead of harping on the worst; it discovers what can be done instead of grumbling about what cannot; it regards problems, large or small, as opportunities; it pushes ahead when it would be easy to quit; it "lights the candle" instead of "cursing the darkness."       -unattributed

The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope.  That is why the patient's hopes are the physician's secret weapon.  They are the hidden ingredients of any prescription.       -Norman Cousins
Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears, not to oust them.        -Vincent McNabb
It is certainly wrong to despair; and if despair is wrong, hope is right.       -John Lubbock
Strong hope is a much greater stimulant of life than any single realized joy could be.        -Friedrich Nietzsche
Hope never abandons you; you abandon it.       -George Weinberg
There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.       -Baruch Spinoza
Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter.  Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.       -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Hope, like the gleaming candle's light,
Adorns and cheers our way;
And still, as darker grows the night,
Emits a brighter ray.

Oliver Goldsmith

Hope is the pillar that holds up the world.  Hope is the dream of a waking person.       -Pliny the Elder
We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.       -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every blade of grass, each leaf, each separate floret and petal, is an inscription speaking of hope.       -Richard Jefferies
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
We all have hope.  Sometimes, oddly enough, we don't want to admit it--to others or to ourselves--but no matter how bad things get in our lives, we have hope.  It's one of the greatest gifts that we've been given, for out of hope come all of our scientific and medical advances -- why even start trying something new if there's no hope for a successful outcome?  Hope is what keeps us going on those dark, dark nights in our lives when it seems as if the sun never again will shine, but we have to give hope its due; we have to let its light shine in our lives if it's to do any good.  We have to tell ourselves that things will get better, that life will radiate its beauty in our lives once more, if we but let it.

Hope never dies in us, yet often we cover its light, or we cover our ears so that we won't hear it sing its song.  But that's like turning off a lamp when we most need its light, or shutting the door on a best friend when we most need company.  We were created to be hopeful creatures, to look at the possibilities in the world and in ourselves, yet many of us aren't willing to do so, and we deny that there's even hope in the world, and once we deny the existence of hope, we start living dull, lightless lives that serve no one -- ourselves or those who surround us.  To live is to hope, and to hope is to live.

Personally, I remember that even during my darkest depressions, I've always felt the flame of hope, no matter how tiny it seemed to be.  The problem was that all of the negative thoughts that were my depression kept arguing against the hope, calling it stupid, telling me that it was unrealistic and unjustified.  The hope inside of me was like the one person who is willing to stand up with a voice of reason against a mob, only to be attacked by that mob and left for dead.  Thankfully, it didn't die, or I might have.

When the voice of hope speaks inside of you, listen closely.  The voice of hope is the voice of God, the voice of all the wonderful people with whom we share this world, the voice of truth and reality.  It's those other voices inside of you, the voices of despair and condemnation and hopelessness, that are the liars.  Call them what they are, and give them no credence.  It's hope that springs eternal.  These other things are temporary parts of ourselves that we have to learn to reject, like someone renting our house who not only isn't paying their rent, but who's destroying the house.  To restore peace and equilibrium, we have to get rid of the renter and restore the hope of better days to come.


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