Hope is a Four Letter Word

Well, it’s true. It’s not a bad four letter word, but I thought the title was catchy. In any case, last night’s topic was kind of a downer, even for me, and I don’t want my friends who read this, especially if they’re having a tough time, to come away from my blog feeling worse than they did when they started. So I thought I’d make tonight’s entry about hope. For a change, though, I thought I would leave the fancy words to some favorite authors and characters. Enjoy.

“Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”  – Stephen King

“It’s the children the world almost breaks who grow up to save it.” – Frank Warren

“The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places. But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

“Do not lose hope — what you seek will be found. Trust ghosts. Trust those that you have helped to help you in their turn. Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and trust your story.” – Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders

“Everything that is done in this world is done by hope.” – Martin Luther

“Part of the problem with the word ‘disabilities’ is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of people who can’t feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of people who aren’t able to form close and strong relationships? And people who cannot find fulfillment in their lives, or those who have lost hope, who live in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no joy, no love? These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities.” –  Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things To Remember

“Bottom line is, even if you see ’em coming, you’re not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So what are we, helpless? Puppets? No. The big moments are gonna come. You can’t help that. It’s what you do afterwards that counts. That’s when you find out who you are.” – Whistler, Becoming, Part One, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

“Nothing in the world is the way it ought to be. It’s harsh, and cruel. But that’s why there’s us. Champions. It doesn’t matter where we come from, what we’ve done or suffered, or even if we make a difference. We live as though the world were as it should be, to show it what it can be.” Angel, Deep Down, Angel

“Faith in God means believing absolutely in something with no proof whatsoever. Faith in humanity means believing absolutely in something with a huge amount of proof to the contrary. We are the true believers.” – Joss Whedon

“Do you know what is the greatest gift anyone can receive in his lifetime? The greatest gift we can receive is to have the chance, just once in our lives, to make a difference. Do you understand how many times you made a difference? Enough for a hundred lifetimes.” Doctor Strange, Amazing Spider-Man #500

“A man without hope is a man without fear.” The Kingpin, Daredevil #229

“Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.” – Rafiki, Lion King

“Some people can’t believe in themselves unless someone else believes in them first. ” – Good Will Hunting

“Fear can hold you prisoner; hope can set you free.” – Shawshank Redemption

 

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