Allan K. Chalmers:
The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
Reasoning is a robust source of hope in a world darkened by murky deeds.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery:
If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.
We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope. But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.
Hope is what led a band of colonists to rise up against an empire; what led the greatest of generations to free a continent and heal a nation; what led young women and young men to sit at lunch counters and brave fire hoses and march through Selma and Montgomery for freedom’s cause. Hope is what led me here today — with a father from Kenya, a mother from Kansas; and a story that could only happen in the United States of America. Hope is the bedrock of this nation; the belief that our destiny will not be written for us, but by us; by all those men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is; who have courage to remake the world as it should be. [January 3, 2008]
Charlotte Perkins Gilman:
However, one cannot put a quart in a pint cup.
Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
Sanity may be madness but the maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be.
Fear grows in darkness; if you think there’s a bogeyman around, turn on the light.
Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow