Hope is the Thing With Petals: Quotable Hope

Quotes selected and digital images created by Alysa Cummings
Last Modified: November 8, 2004

OncoLink Coping with Cancer - Poetry

Regardless of how hurt or wounded the individual may be, there exists a healthy part of the self straining to flower like a seed that takes root and naturally pushes through the earth toward sunlight.
- Marcia Hain

Every flower must grow through dirt.
- Anonymous

Nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small. We haven't time - and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.
- Georgia O'Keeffe

Hope is the companion of power and the mother of success, for those of us who hope strongest have within us the gift of miracles.
- Sydney Bremer

Hope lifts our spirits like the sight of a lovely rose blooming above its thorns,
- Evelyn Locke Irvin

OncoLink Coping with Cancer - Poetry

...if life is to be sustained, hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded,
trust impaired.
- Erik H. Erikson

...So you plant your own garden and decorate
Your own soul, instead of waiting
For someone to bring you flowers...
- Veronica A. Shoffstall

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.
- Les Brown

...the nature of hope is to imagine what has not yet come to pass, but still is possible. To use an expression from Martin Buber, - hope imagines the real,'
- Leslie Farber

OncoLink Coping with Cancer - Poetry

I have a small grain of hope-
One small crystal that gleams
Clear colors out of transparency.
I need more...
- Denise Levertov

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein

A great NOW will be a great WAS! A bad NOW will always be a bad WAS, and all you can hope for is a Great GONNA BE!
- Sid Caesar

We must become the change we want to see.
- Gandhi

Hope/is the belief/that one hand/reaching to another/can eventually/touch the moon.
- Nicholas Mazza

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
- Helen Keller

OncoLink Coping with Cancer - Poetry

Fear less, hope more; whine less, breathe more;
- Swedish Proverb

Hope and fear are inseparable. There is no hope without fear, nor any fear without hope.
- François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get back up.
- Vince Lombardi

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
- Sun Tzu

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.
- Anne Lamott

OncoLink Coping with Cancer - Poetry

He who limps is still walking.
- Stanislaw J. Lec

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
- Joseph Addison

What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life.
- Emil Brunner

Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.
- George Iles

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith.
- Author Unknown

When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
- Author Unknown

OncoLink Coping with Cancer - Poetry

Some see a hopeless end, while others see an endless hope.
- Author Unknown

Yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. But today well- lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day.
- Francis Gray

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
- Dale Carnegie

There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.
- Orison S. Marden

Life is a stream/on which we strew/petal by petal the flower of our heart...
- Amy Lowell

Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.
- Lin Yutang

OncoLink Coping with Cancer - Poetry

An essential element of hope is the belief and conviction that one's story will be heard. Even if it is a story one does not want to tell.
- Ted Bowman

In my own worst seasons I've come back from the colorless world of despair by forcing myself to look hard, for a long time, at a single glorious thing: a flame of red geranium outside my bedroom window.
- Barbara Kingsolver

Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.
- Robert Ingersoll


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