The perils of change are so great, the promise of the most hopeful theories is so often deceptive, that it is frequently the wiser part to uphold the existing state of things, if it can be done, even though, in point of argument, it should be utterly indefensible.
To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.Oliver Wendell Holmes
JohnThomas says goodnight to Lady Jane, a little droopingly, but with a hopeful heart.
I wrote Fearful Symmetry during the Second World War, and hideous as the time was, it provided some parallels with Blake's time which were useful for understanding Blake's attitude to the world. Today, now that reactionary and radical forces alike are once more in the grip of the nihilistic psychosis that Blake described so powerful in Jerusalem, one of the most hopeful signs is the immensely increased sense of the urgency and immediacy of what Blake had to say.Northrop Frye
A genuinely fundamental and hopeful improvement in "systems" cannot happen without a significant shift in human consciousness.václav havel
Now, get this as a technical fact, not a hopeful idea. Every time we have investigated the background of a critic of Scientology, we have found crimes for which that person or group could be imprisoned under existing law. We do not find critics of Scientology who do not have criminal pasts.l. ron hubbard
I wanted to make the movie feel like life feels to me — and life feels both sad and dark and confusing and more than hopeful — it feels like something totally incredible could happen at any moment and with no explanation.miranda july
War is very uncertain in its results, and often when affairs look most desperate they suddenly assume a more hopeful state.
Progress toward a more abundant material life does not come like manna from heaven, however. My message certainly is not one of complacency. The ultimate resource is people — especially skilled, spirited, and hopeful young people endowed with liberty — who will exert their wills and imaginations for their own benefit and inevitably benefit the rest of us as well.julian simon
I am still hopeful we can go through the season unbeaten - a frightening thought.arsène wenger
I am hopeful that Antarctica in its symbolic robe of white will shine forth as a continent of peace as nations working together there in the cause of science set an example of international cooperation.richard e. byrd
There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum.arthur c. clarke
We will cease to be angry once we cease to be so hopeful.Alain de Botton
One hopeful sign that the filmmakers can learn and grow is that the sequel does not contain a single pie, if you know what I mean.roger ebert
The only thing I am certain of is that in the wake of this election, Iraq will be what Iraqis make of it and the next six months will tell us a lot. I remain guardedly hopeful.thomas l. friedman
I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous it is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are, and how hopeful it is that we are going to solve this crisis.al gore
The man who feels that he must be hopeful and cheerful to get along ignores the careers of some pretty successful misanthropes.henry s. haskins
While utterly discarding all creeds, and denying the truth of all religions, there is neither in my heart nor upon my lips a sneer for the hopeful, loving and tender souls who believe that from all this discord will result a perfect harmony... .
I'm hopeful. I know there is a lot of ambition in Washington, obviously. But I hope the ambitious realize that they are more likely to succeed with success as opposed to failure.
A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands; How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more than he. I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green stuff woven.walt whitman
Free societies are hopeful societies. And free societies will be allies against these hateful few who have no conscience, who kill at the whim of a hat.
Surely we may hope that as men get to see that prayer has not succeeded in its efforts to "move the arm which moves the world , to bring salvation down, they may turn to the more difficult, but also the more hopeful task, of moving their own arms to work out for their own salvation.
To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.Holmes, Sr., Oliver Wendell
That grand drama in a hundred acts, which is reserved for the next two centuries of Europe the most terrible, most questionable and perhaps also the most hopeful of all dramas.
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