All you can hope for is to go on…

Hope is such a bait, it covers any hook.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728 – 1774)

The world is bad but not without hope. It is only hopeless when you look at it from an ideal viewpoint.

Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921 – 1990)

Hope is a talent like any other.

Storm Jameson (1891 – 1986)

Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821)

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

Helen Keller (1880 – 1968)

We often call a certainty a hope, to bring it luck.

Elizabeth Bibesco (1897 – 1945)

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

Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)

Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.

Aristotle (384 – 322 BCE)

At the end of the day, all you can hope for is to go on. The older I get, the more I realize that just keeping on keeping on is what life’s all about.

Janis Ian (b. 1951)

The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes.

Thomas Hardy (1840 – 1928)

34 thoughts on “All you can hope for is to go on…”

  1. We “are not allowed to desist from” the work of at least trying to help fulfill humanity’s potential for good, and this requires hope.

          1. A safer, empathetic, and sustainable global society in which each person has food, shelter, education and health care, at least at a basic level.

          2. Oops: I totally forgot that I have a good summary on every Wednesday post: “The overall objective remains that of putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.”

          3. I think I’m going to add the Table of Contents to this post so that readers don’t have to click on the phases summary if they don’t want to (and that will also show the phases in start-finish order, rather than the reverse order I thought was better, back then…).

  2. Janis Ian. And Robert Frost summing up all he know about life–“it goes on.” With or without us. Humans eem to be leaning in to the without. (K)

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