— Joss Whedon American director, writer, and producer for television and film 1964
„Always before in moments of crisis I called on that power we call God to help me through. This time, having lost faith in others and my faith in myself, I had lost my hope in God too. Now that hope returned. I really believed that He hadn't wanted me to die.“
— Lana Turner American actress 1921 - 1995
On the aftermath of her suicide attempt, p. 160.
„“Was your mother furious?”
“She’ll get over it,” Stanton said. “Perhaps not in this lifetime, but I happen to believe in reincarnation, so there’s still hope.”“
— M. K. Hobson American writer 1969
Chapter 5, “Dreadnought” (p. 65)
— Махатма Ганди pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism during British-ruled India 1869 - 1948
Young India (23 March 1924)
„I am hopeful, though not full of hope, and the only reason I don't believe in happy endings is because I don't believe in endings.“
— Edward Abbey, Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast
— Henri-Frédéric Amiel Swiss philosopher and poet 1821 - 1881
Context: My mind has been a tumult of opposing systems, — Stoicism, Quietism, Buddhism, Christianity. Shall I never be at peace with myself? If impersonality is a good, why am I not consistent in the pursuit of it? and if it is a temptation, why return to it, after having judged and conquered it? Is happiness anything more than a conventional fiction? The deepest reason for my state of doubt is that the supreme end and aim of life seems to me a mere lure and deception. The individual is an eternal dupe, who never obtains what he seeks, and who is forever deceived by hope. My instinct is in harmony with the pessimism of Buddha and of Schopenhauer. It is a doubt which never leaves me, even in my moments of religious fervor. Nature is indeed for me a Mala; and I look at her, as it were, with the eyes of an artist. My intelligence remains skeptical. What, then, do I believe in? I do not know. And what is it I hope for? It would be difficult to say. Folly! I believe in goodness, and I hope that good will prevail. Deep within this ironical and disappointed being of mine there is a child hidden — a frank, sad, simple creature, who believes in the ideal, in love, in holiness, and all heavenly superstitions. A whole millennium of idyls sleeps in my heart; I am a pseudo-skeptic, a pseudo-scoffer. 31 August 1869
„I am not hopeless nor have I lost my motivation. We cannot stop trying. I still hope and deeply believe that the tireless efforts of our civil society activists will eventually bear fruit.“
— Narges Mohammadi Iranian human rights activist 1972
Context: I am not hopeless nor have I lost my motivation. We cannot stop trying. I still hope and deeply believe that the tireless efforts of our civil society activists will eventually bear fruit. I am awaiting the moment I can rejoin my colleagues in these activities once I am released. The path to democracy in Iran lies not through violence, war, or military action by a foreign government, but through organizing and strengthening civil society institutions. The government knows this only too well. It is fearful of non-governmental civil society organizations precisely because of its undemocratic nature.
— Yip Harburg American song lyricist 1896 - 1981
Context: No matter how much I probe and prod, I cannot quite believe in God; But oh, I hope to God that He Unswervingly believes in me. "Agnostic".
— Ani DiFranco musician and activist 1970
North Main Street
„I hope, said the third, that your wanderings in lonely places do not mean that you have any of the romantic virus still in your blood. His name was Mr. Humanist.“
— Clive Staples Lewis Christian apologist, novelist, and Medievalist 1898 - 1963
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