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Spes or "Hope"; engraving by Sebald Beham, German c. 1540

Hope is a belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life. Hope is the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.[1]

When used in a religious context, hope carries a connotation of being aware of what Christians see as spiritual truth; see Hope (virtue). In Christian theology, hope is one of the three theological virtues (faith, hope, and love[2]), which are spiritual gifts of God. In contrast to the above, it is not a physical emotion but a spiritual grace. Hope is distinct from positive thinking, which refers to a therapeutic or systematic process used in psychology for reversing pessimism. The term false hope refers to a hope based entirely around a fantasy or an extremely unlikely outcome.



Hope was personified in Greek mythology as Elpis. When Pandora opened Pandora's Box, she let out all the evils except one: hope. Apparently, the Greeks considered hope to be as dangerous as all the world's evils. But without hope to accompany all their troubles, humanity was filled with despair. It was a great relief when Pandora revisited her box and let out hope as well. It may be worthy to note that in the story, hope is represented as weakly leaving the box but is in effect far more potent than any of the major evils. In some faiths and religions of the world, hope plays a very important role. Hope can be passive in the sense of a wish, or active as a plan or idea, often against popular belief, with persistent, personal action to execute the plan or prove the idea. Consider a prisoner of war who never gives up hope for escape and, against the odds, plans and accomplishes this. By contrast, consider another prisoner who simply wishes or prays for freedom, but without genuine hope, or another who gives up all hope of freedom.

In Human, All Too Human, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche argued that "Zeus did not want man to throw his life away, no matter how much the other evils might torment him, but rather to go on letting himself be tormented anew. To that end, he gives man hope. In truth, it is the most evil of evils because it prolongs man's torment." Emily Dickinson wrote in a poem that "'Hope' is the thing with feathers-- / That perches in the soul--." Ernst Bloch in "Principle of Hope" (1986) traces the human search for a wide range of utopias. Bloch locates utopian projects not only in the social and political realms of the well-known utopian theorists (Marx, Hegel, Lenin) but also in a multiplicity of technical, architectural, geographical utopias, and in multiple works of art (opera, literature, music, dance, film). For Bloch hope permeates everyday life and it is present in countless aspects of popular culture phenomenon such as jokes, fairy tales, fashion or images of death. In his view Hope remains in the present as an open setting of latency and tendencies.

Martin Seligman in his book Learned Optimism (1990) strongly criticizes the role of churches in the promotion of the idea that the individual has little chance or hope of affecting his or her life. He acknowledges that the social and cultural conditions, such as serfdom and the caste system weighed heavily against the freedom of individuals to change the social circumstances of their lives. Almost as if to avoid the criticism, in his book What You Can Change and What You Can't, he is careful to outline the extent that people can hold out hope for personal action to change some of the things that affect their lives. More recently, psychologist Anthony Scioli (2006) has developed an integrative theory of hope that consists of four elements: attachment, mastery, survival, and spirituality. This approach incorporates contributions from psychology, anthropology, philosophy and theology as well as classical and contemporary literature and the arts.[3]


1:Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

See also


  1. ^ hope. (n.d.). The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved March 18, 2008, from website:
  2. ^ Previously called charity; however, in modern English charity commonly means giving alms to the poor and needy, so the word love is more accurate.


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From Wikiquote

While there's life, there's hope! ~ Cicero

Quotations on the subject of hope.


All human wisdom is summed up in these two words — wait and hope. ~ Alexander Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. ~ Václav Havel
Beware how you take away hope from any human being. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Hope proves man deathless. It is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity. ~ Henry Melvill
Hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? ~ Paul of Tarsus
A holy life is a life of hope; and at the end of it, death is a great act of hope. ~ William Mountford
  • Nature has fixed no limits on our hopes.
  • Everything passes away — suffering, pain, blood, hunger, pestilence. The sword will pass away too, but the stars will still remain when the shadows of our presence and our deeds have vanished from the earth. There is no man who does not know that. Why, then, will we not turn our eyes towards the stars? Why?
  • While there's life, there's hope!
    • Cicero, in Epistolarum ad Atticum [Epistle To Atticus]), Book IX, 10, 4
  • "Hope" is the thing with feathers —
    That perches in the soul —
    And sings the tune without the words —
    And never stops — at all —
    And sweetest — in the Gale — is heard —
    And sore must be the storm —
    That could abash the little Bird
    That kept so many warm —
    • Emily Dickinson, Poem 254 in The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson (1960), edited by Thomas H. Johnson.
  • Because I do not hope to turn again
    Because I do not hope
    Because I do not hope to turn
    Desiring this man's gift and that man's scope
    I no longer strive to strive towards such things
    (Why should the agèd eagle stretch its wings?)
    Why should I mourn
    The vanished power of the usual reign?
  • Although I do not hope to turn again
    Although I do not hope
    Although I do not hope to turn
  • Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
    • Václav Havel, in Disturbing the Peace (1986), Ch. 5 : The Politics of Hope
  • Beware how you take away hope from any human being.
    • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., in his valedictory address to medical graduates at Harvard University (10 March 1858), published in The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal Vol. LVIII, No. 8 (25 March 1858), p. 158; this has also been paraphrased "Beware how you take away hope from another human being."
  • Hope proves man deathless. It is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity.
    • Henry Melvill, in "The Advantages of a State of Expectation" in Sermons by Henry Melvill, B. D (1844), edited by Charles Pettit McIlvaine, Sermon X, p. 113
  • But Hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? (δὲ βλεπομένη οὐκ ἔστιν ἐλπίς ὃ γὰρ βλέπει τίς ἐλπίζει)

Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)

Quotes reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895).

  • If thy hope be any thing worth, it will purify thee from thy sins.
    • Joseph Alleine, p. 327.
  • As the days of spring arouse all nature to a green and growing vitality, so when hope enters the soul it makes all things new. It insures the progress which it predicts. Rooted in faith, growing up into love; these make the three immortal graces of the gospel, whose intertwined arms and concurrent voices shed joy and peace over our human life.
  • Let the sweet hope that Thou art mine,
    My life and death attend;
    Thy presence through my journey shine,
    And crown my journey's end.
    • Anne Steele, p. 328.
  • With a mind not diseased, a holy life is a life of hope; and at the end of it, death is a great act of hope.
  • Hope humbly then; with trembling pinions soar;
    Wait the great teacher, Death, and God adore;
    What future bliss He gives not thee to know,
    But gives that hope to be thy blessing now.
  • Daughter of Faith, awake, arise, illume
    The dread unknown, the chaos of the tomb.
  • I thought that the light-house looked lovely as hope,
    That star on life's tremulous ocean.
    • T. Moore, p. 328.


  • We mourn what once was. We cherish what is. We stand in awe of what could be. We continue to hold on to hope.
    • David McCulley
  • If you've destroyed a man's hope, you've destroyed the man.
    • John du Plessis
  • There is no worse death than the end of hope.
    • Pelagius
  • No life with desperateness, and no desperateness with life.
  • One who has health has hope, and one who has hope has everything.
  • A losing battle is a battle being fought nonetheless.
    • General Teofisto Gaurano
  • You cannot live on Hope Alone.But without Hope,Life is not worth Living
  • Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.
  • Even now I am full of hope, but the end lies in God.
  • Every area of trouble gives out a ray of hope; and the one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.
  • Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.
  • Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.
  • Hope dies last. (Or Hope is the last thing to be lost) (La esperanza es lo último que se pierde)
  • Hope dies last but is first to be resurrected from the ashes.
    • Leonid S. Sukhorukov
  • Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.
  • Hope is the poor man's bread.
    • George Herbet
  • Hope? Oh yes, there is hope — infinite hope. But not for us.
  • Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, sickness and captivity would, without this comfort, be insupportable.
  • Hope is the best possession. None are completely wretched but those who are without hope, and few are reduced so low as that.
  • Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn't permanent.
  • Hope — it is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength and your greatest weakness.
  • Hope makes for a good breakfast, but a poor supper.
  • Hope? Only for a hopeless future.
    • Dylan Turner
  • Hope springs eternal within the human breast:
    Man never is, but always to be blest.
  • At a man's heart, hope isn't the last thing that dies, after that there is a slighly fear,and by that, two things can result within his soul: a endless reing of fear, that will haunt him to last his days, or a fear so strong about what he can lose, that makes him undertake any obstacle, and regain hope, at last.
    • Marcel Gaston
  • I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern. My hopes indeed sometimes fail, but not oftener than the forebodings of the gloomy.
  • I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going but I'm on the way.
  • If I was perfect, then you would be coming to my house to pray to me.
    • Jeffrey L Keller
  • If we were logical, the future would be bleak indeed. But we are more than logical. We are human beings, and we have faith and we have hope, and we can work.
  • In this uncertain space between birth and death … we need hope as surely as we need food and water, love and friendship. The trick, however, is to remember that hope is a perilous thing, that it's not a steel and concrete bridge across the void between this moment and a brighter future. Hope is no stronger than tremulous beads of dew strung on a filament of spider web, and it alone can't long support the terrible weight of an anguished mind and a tortured heart. - by T.G.S.R.
  • It is the around-the-corner brand of hope that prompts people to action, while the distant hope acts an opiate.
  • Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.
  • Justice divine has weighed: the doom is clear. All hope renounce, ye lost, who enter here.
    • Dante Alighieri, from The Divine Comedy: Inferno
      • Giustizia mosse il mio alto fattore;
        fecemi la divina podestate,
        la somma sapienza e 'l primo amore.
        Dinanzi a me non fuor cose create
        se non etterne, e io etterno duro.
        Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'entrate
  • Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.
  • Listen now to the gentle whispers of hope.
    • Charles D. Brodhead
  • Never deprive someone of hope — it may be all they have. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • Never give out while there is hope; but hope not beyond reason, for that shows more of desire than judgement
  • Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
  • Hope is the confidence or belief pertaining to ones ability to predict outcome/s. When the foundations of that confidence or belief are shaken hope slowly melts away.
    • Shrikant
  • I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.
    • Bejamin Disraeli
  • Strong hope is a much greater stimulant to life than any single realized joy could be.
  • The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty
  • The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.
  • There is always fertilization of new sap in the suffered immolations.
    • Julián Sancerni Giménez
  • There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
  • To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime.
  • True hope dwells on the possible, even when life seems to be a plot written by someone who wants to see how much adversity we can overcome. True hope responds to the real world, to real life; it is an active effort
    • Walter Anderson
  • We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.
  • Your hopes, dreams and aspirations are legitimate. They are trying to take you airborne, above the clouds, above the storms, if you only let them.
  • Hope equals desire accompanied by expectation
    • James Nichols III
  • Hope gave man a reason to live
    • Faryal Khan Kharal
  • High expectations are the keys to everything. SAAD
  • Onward Phoenix! Sire of the sun,
    Forever, it's desire that burns within
    That melts the ice to bring you home
    • The Phoenix by Eiseart Dunne
  • Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
    • Corrie ten Boom
  • Hope,last and most dangerous thing a person can lose
    • Anonymus
  • In every second when there is hope and despair, in every such moment, there is an opportunity waiting for you. Just have the courage to uncover it.
    • AS
  • "Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart, and you'll never walk alone, you'll never walk alone "
    • Song You'll Never Walk Alone - Music by Richard Rodgers; Text by Oscar Hammerstein II
  • "Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torment of man." -Friedrich Nietzsche
  • "Yet it is necessary to hope, though hope should always be deluded, for hope itself is happiness, and its frustrations, however frequent, are yet less dreadful than its extinction." -Samuel Johnson, Idler #58
  • "Hope is not blind optimism. It's not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead, or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It's not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, work for it, and fight for it." - Barack Obama
  • Imagine a man who doesn't believe in anything, hope for anything, doesn't love anyone. This is a description of a dead or paralyzed soul. This happens from great grief, or from an unhappy upbringing when parents make from their children's souls paralytics.
  • Man can lose time and money yet keeps going but a lose of hope, destroys the man.
    • Ukwuoma Uju
  • Be a dreamer. If you don't know how to dream, you're dead.
    • Jim Valvano
  • If you've lost your faith in love and music, the end won't be long
  • Pete Doherty and Carl Barat, in The Libetines-The Good Old Days
  • You Can't Hope Forever,
    • Scott Thomson
  • Hope is the denial of reality. It is the carrot dangled before the draft horse to keep him plodding along in a vain attempt to reach it.
  • Hope is a place somewhere between take off and landing.
    • Oliver Dykes
  • If you don't have hope, then you dont have anything. If you don't have anything, then hope you will get something.
    • Jordan Kai Simmons
  • You can't just hope — you have to go out there and make things happen.
  • The essential thing is hope, loss of hope makes for desperate people and desperate people do desperate things.
    • Lord Michael V. Bacon
  • Hope seemed a respect which fatigue grants to the necessity of the world.
    • Deathspell Omega, "Fas - Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum"
  • Hope is when we feel the pain that makes us try again
  • People have hope because they do not see death behind them.
    • Tite Kubo

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

There are several places called Hope, including, (among others):

  1. Hope, a town in North Dakota, USA
  2. Hope, a town in Derbyshire, England
  3. Hope, a town in British Columbia, Canada
  4. Hope, a town in Arkansas, USA
  5. Hope. a township in New Jersey, USA.
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Hope may refer to:

  • Hope, a poem by Anne Lynch Botta.
  • Hope, a poem by Emily Brontë.
  • Hope, a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar.
  • Hope, a poem by Anne Finch.
  • Hope, a poem by Christopher Smart.


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also hope


Proper noun




  1. A female given name from the virtue, like Faith and Charity first used by Puritans.
  2. An English and Scottish topographic surname for someone who lived in a hop, a small enclosed valley.
  3. A town in Arkansas
  4. A town in British Columbia


Up to date as of January 23, 2010
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From Wikispecies

(3.I.1797 - 15.IV.1862)

English entomologist (Lepidoptera).

Bible wiki

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From BibleWiki

one of the three main elements of Christian character (1 Cor. 13:13). It is joined to faith and love, and is opposed to seeing or possessing (Rom. 8:24; 1 John 3:2). "Hope is an essential and fundamental element of Christian life, so essential indeed, that, like faith and love, it can itself designate the essence of Christianity (1 Pet. 3:15; Heb. 10:23). In it the whole glory of the Christian vocation is centred (Eph. 1:18; 4:4)." Unbelievers are without this hope (Eph. 2:12; 1 Thess. 4:13). Christ is the actual object of the believer's hope, because it is in his second coming that the hope of glory will be fulfilled (1 Tim. 1:1; Col. 1:27; Titus 2:13). It is spoken of as "lively", i.e., a living, hope, a hope not frail and perishable, but having a perennial life (1 Pet. 1:3). In Rom. 5:2 the "hope" spoken of is probably objective, i.e., "the hope set before us," namely, eternal life (comp. 12:12). In 1 John 3:3 the expression "hope in him" ought rather to be, as in the Revised Version, "hope on him," i.e., a hope based on God.

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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Simple English

Hope is a confidence in something wanted. It can also mean:



For people surnamed Hope, see Hope (surname)

First names

Famous people with Hope as a first name:

  • An old English girl's first name, now more popular in the USA
  • Hope (Xena), a villain from Xena
  • The Hope, a Clow Cards and villain from the series Cardcaptor Sakura
  • Hope Clarke, an American dancer
  • Hope Cooke, an American woman who became the Queen of Sikkim
  • Hope Davis, an American actress
  • Hope Lange, an American actress
  • Hope Sandoval, an American singer
  • Hope, an artificial construct created by Lex Luthor in Lex Luthor: Man of Steel

Place names

  • Hope College in Holland, Michigan
  • Hope, Derbyshire, England
  • Hope, Flintshire, Wales
  • Hope, British Columbia
  • Hope, New Zealand
  • Hope, Quebec
  • Hope, Rhode Island
  • United States:
    • Hope, Alaska
    • Hope, Arkansas
    • Hope, Illinois
    • Hope, Maine
    • Hope, Michigan
    • Hope, New Mexico
    • Hope, New York
    • Hope, North Dakota
  • See also: Hope Island


  • The Hope Diamond, a famous diamond.
  • HOPE-X, the HOPE shuttle program, or the "H-II Orbiting Plane"
  • Hackers On Planet Earth, a biennial conference series sponsored by hacker magazine 2600
  • HOPE Worldwide, a benevolent organization
  • The Hope Channel, a Christian television channel
  • Hope (Doctor Who), a novel based on the television show Doctor Who
  • Hope (ship), American merchant ship circa 1800
  • Hope (emotion), a belief in a positive outcome in circumstances in one's life


  • Hope (album), a progressive rock album by the Canadian band Klaatu
  • Hope (hip hop album), a hip hop album by underground rapper Sage Francis and producer Joe Beats
  • Hope, an album by Hillsong Music Australia (2003)
  • "Hope", a 1985 Descendents (band) song from the album Milo Goes to College
  • "Hope", a Cantonese theme song for Dae Jang Geum by Kelly Chen
  • "Hope", a song by Avail from their 1992 album Satiate
  • "Hope", a song by Shaggy (artist)
  • "Hope", a song by Fat Freddy's Drop
  • "Hope", a 1998 song by R.E.M. from their album Up
  • "Hope (Twista song)", a 2005 song featuring Twista and R&B singer Faith Evans
  • "Hope (Rush song)", a 2007 song by rock group Rush
  • "Hope (Toshiko Akiyoshi single)", a song by jazz pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi
    • Also the title of a Toshiko Akiyoshi album, Hope (Toshiko Akiyoshi) (2005)
  • Hope (band), a Canadian punk rock band
  • Hatikvah, Hebrew for "The Hope", the national anthem of Israel
  • Hope Recordings, a record label


  • Hope (virtue)
  • Hope programming language, a small functional programming language

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