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3 Quotes About Hope


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Posted On: Oct 13, 2016

3 Quotes About Hope

Maybe I'm a bit biased as a writer, but the power of the written word can have a profound effect on me, and the power is concentrated if it comes in the form of a brevity-laden quote or maxim.

Here are three quotes that you may find help you keep things in a proper perspective when you're grieving, make you more optimistic about the future, or just simply make you happy by itself. They are all about hope, the most precious resource we have as human beings, whether we are grieving or not.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
Bil Keane

Bil Keane is a cartoonist who wrote The Family Circus for decades, and is a national treasure. This quote really nails the importance of staying in the moment. You can, if you like, discard that “gift of God” part if you're a non-believer, because I don't think it's central to the message. What IS central is that the present is the only increment of time you are ever occupying. If you're grieving for the past or lamenting what that means for the future (not that you shouldn't grieve and let out the emotions you need to let out), you are (in the case of the past) dwelling on things you cannot change, or (in the case of the future) approaching it with an attitude that does little to help you towards the best kind of future you can have. So live in the present and stay in the moment.

"Hope is outreaching desire with expectancy of good. It is a characteristic of all living beings."

Edward S. Ame

It may well be a characteristic of all living things – I”m not sure if they polled the Nicaraguan Swamp Frogs – but it's definitely something humans can have, but lose. Or not even lose, but willfully and purposely throw away.

Grief will do that. Grief can make everything seem joyless, meaningless, and hopeless. It can essentially be the antidote of hope.

But, difficult as it may be, you have to fight that. Refuse to bail on hope. Keep resubscribing to hope again and again and again, in the face of all tragedies and adversity. It's the way to win at life, spit at the fates, and gain agency over your own happiness.

“So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.”

― E.A. Bucchianeri

I like how well this quote goes with the one before it. There is one way to completely avoid all grief and bereavement: don't love. People die by the thousands every day, and you grieve over almost none of them (particularly in a personal sense, if not in an abstract sense). So all you have to do is bring that same detachment to the people in your life.

Except, no one is willing to do that, for good reason. As awful as grief is, it isn't as awful as love is wonderful. It's, quite simply, worth the pain. Worth the risk. It may seem impossible to choose hope over despair, but if you love anyone, you've already made that choice.