I found some quotes on “hope” that I think are very interesting. We can’t live without hope, but hope can sometimes lead us astray.
“It’s not the despair… I can take the despair. It’s the hope I can’t stand.”
This is from Blackthorn’s post here. The post describes a British comedy “Clockwise” starred John Cleese, in which he played a character whose reputation is practically ruined by all the hopes. If he had stayed passive, inactive, and hopeless, he would most likely have lived a safe and uneventful life.
“I don’t like hope. Hope is killing me. My dream is to become hopeless. When you’re hopeless you don’t care and when you don’t care that indifference makes you attractive.”
This is from the Seinfeld episode, “The Fix Up”, in which George says that hope really makes him too eager and unattractive. So he wants to try hopelessness.
“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
― Emily Dickinson “Hope is the thing with feathers”
“Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.”
“And then the dreams break into a million tiny pieces. The dream dies. Which leaves you with a choice: you can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream.”
― Nora Ephron Commencement Address 1996
Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.
― Friedrich Nietzsche
My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.
― Maya Angelou
“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”
― William Faulkner
“But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.