We for a certaintyare not the first Have sat in taverns while the tempest hurled Their hopeful plans to emptiness, and cursed Whatever brute and blackguard made the world.
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
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
War is very uncertain in its results, and often when affairs look most desperate they suddenly assume a more hopeful state.Letter to his wife Margaretta (11 June 1863); published in The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade (1913)
Nowadays, to say that we are clever animals is not to say something philosophical and pessimistic but something political and hopeful – namely, if we can work together, we can make ourselves into whatever we are clever and courageous enough to imagine ourselves becoming. This is to set aside Kant’s question “What is man?” and to substitute the question “What sort of world can we prepare for our great grandchildren?”richard rorty
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... .Robert G. Ingersoll, "The Gods" (1876) as published in The Gods and Other Lectures (1879).
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.George W. Bush —Interview with the Associated Press, January 18, 2001
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.Robert Gascoyne-Cecil (Lord Salisbury), c. 1890. Quoted in Peter Clarke, A Question of Leadership (Penguin, 1991).
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.George W. Bush, Washington, D.C. (17 September 2004), quoted in "The 'misunderestimated' president?" BBC News (7 January 2009).
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.Annie Besant (2102), in The Theosophical Writings of Annie Besant, p.173
To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., on the seventieth birthday of Julia Ward Howe, May 27, 1889.
The world is full of hopeful analogies and handsome, dubious eggs, called possibilities.George Eliot, in Common Precedents: The Presentness of the Past in Victorian Law and Fiction, p.94
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