Quotations About
hope

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places — and there are so many — where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.

A Power Governments Cannot Suppress
Posted in: Howard Zinn

Everyone must dream. We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming — well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate. Isn’t that true?

The Hundred Secret Senses (1995)
Posted in: Amy Tan

Then you must teach my daughter this same lesson. How to lose your innocence but not your hope. How to laugh forever.

The Joy Luck Club (1989)
Posted in: Amy Tan

Look at this face. Do you see my foolish hope?

The Joy Luck Club (1989)
Posted in: Amy Tan

Rapunzel: I’ve been looking out of a window for eighteen years, dreaming about what I might feel like when those lights rise in the sky. What if it’s not everything I dreamed it would be?
Flynn Rider: It will be.
Rapunzel: And what if it is? What do I do then?
Flynn Rider: Well,that’s the good part I guess. You get to go find a new dream.

Posted in: Tangled

I’m asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours.

Farewell address, January 10 2017
Posted in: Barack Obama