The kind of hope that I’m interested in is a part of humility. It’s a part of saying ‘I do not know.’ I start this day with respect and acknowledgment of the past and look for a way forward.

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Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

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Hope is not about what we expect. It is an embrace of the essential unknowability of the world, of the breaks with the present, the surprises. Or perhaps studying the record more carefully leads us to expect miracles—not when and where we expect them, but to expect to be astonished, to expect that we don’t know. And this is grounds to act.

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The difference between hope and despair is a different way of telling stories from the same facts.

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Faith is the willingness to give ourselves over, at times, to things we do not fully understand… the full engagement with this strange and shimmering world.

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A faith that is afraid of other people is not faith at all.

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History says, don’t hope on this side of the grave. But then, once in a lifetime The longed for tidal wave Of justice can rise up, And hope and history rhyme.

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I had never lost hope that this great transformation would occur, because I always knew that down deep in every human heart there is mercy and generosity. No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion. If people can learn to hate they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

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But faith is not necessarily, or not soon, a resting place. Faith puts you out on a wide river in a boat, in the fog, in the dark.

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I don’t have any hope that we can stop the change from coming. My only hope is that we can accept the reality in time to prepare for it humanely, and my only faith is that facing it honestly, however painful this may be, is better than denying it.

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All true enchantments fade in time. Sooner or later we must walk alone in faith. When this happens, we are tempted, either to deny our vision, to say that it must have been an illusion and, in consequence, grow hardhearted and cynical, or to make futile attempts to recover our vision by force, i.e., by alcohol or drugs.

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Faith always starts with oneself. It means an overriding sense of responsibility for the universe, making sure the universe is left in good hands and the belief that things will finally turn out right if we remain faithful.

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Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself. You gradually struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people. In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.

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This is what I know: people's hopes go on forever.

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Hope is believing in spite of the evidence, then watching the evidence change.

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You must never confuse the faith that you will prevail in the end…with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they may be.

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Faith is not about finding meaning in the world, there may be no such thing — faith is the belief in our capacity to create meaningful lives.”

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Hope is active engagement with uncertainty and the possibilities that it holds.

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All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.

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It’s not just about hope and ideas. It’s about action.

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Because you are human beings you are going to meet failure. You are going to meet disappointment, injustice, betrayal, and irreparable loss. You will find you're weak where you thought yourself strong. You'll work for possessions and then find they possess you. You will find yourself — as I know you already have — in dark places, alone, and afraid. What I hope for you, for all my sisters and daughters, brothers and sons, is that you will be able to live there, in the dark place. To live in the place that our rationalizing culture of success denies, calling it a place of exile, uninhabitable, foreign.

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Maybe” is hope incarnate – for all but the complacent and cynical.

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We must discover the distinction between hope and expectation.

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…we have become a community of prophets in/ the downtown eastside/ rebuking the system/ and speaking hope and possibility into situations of apparent impossibility.

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Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate.

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Well he’s one of those who knows that life is just a leap of faith; Spread your arms, hold your breath and always trust your cape.

_ , from “Always Trust Your Cape”
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Faith is what replaces doubt in my dictionary.

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I am annoyingly chipper, but that doesn’t mean there is ground for hope. I think that most people have hope built into them, because a species without hope built into it wouldn’t last very long. So, we keep hoping for the next breakthrough, which keeps people working at the next breakthrough – if we didn’t hope, we wouldn’t do it.

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Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.

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Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the conviction that something makes sense to do regardless of how it turns out.

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May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears.

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My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world.

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Forgiveness is a rebirth of hope, a reorganization of thought, and a reconstruction of dreams. Once forgiving begins, dreams can be rebuilt. When forgiving is complete, meaning has been extracted from the worst of experiences and used to create a new set of moral rules and a new interpretation of life’s events.

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.

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We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.

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We’ve got to be as clear-headed about human beings as possible, because we are still each other’s only hope.

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May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears.

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