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Human Nature loses its most precious quality when it is robbed of its sense of things beyond, unexplored and yet insistent. {Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)}

Hope, the best comfort of our imperfect condition. {Edward Gibbon}

When hope is taken away from the people, moral degeneration follows swiftly after. {Pearl S. Buck, letter to the NY Times, 14 Nov. 1941}

The Hope of the world lies in what one demands, not of others, but of oneself. {James Baldwin}

When there is no hope, there can be no endeavor. {Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, April 1751}

Hope encourages men to endure and attempt everything; in depriving them of it, or in making it too distant, you deprive them of their very soul. {Maurice de Saxe (1696-1750)}

Hope unbelieved is always considered nonsense. but Hope believed is history in the process of being changed. {Jim Wallis, The Soul of Politics; a practical and prophetic vision for change, 8, 1994}

To defy power, which seems omnipotent;
To love, to bear; to hope til Hope creates
From its own wreck the thing it contemplates.
{Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 – 1822) Promethius Unbound, 1820}

Although I have lived through much darkness, under harsh totalitarian regimes, I have seen enough evidence to be unshakably convinced that no difficulty, no fear is so great that it can completely suffocate the hope that springs eternal in the hearts of the young. Do not let that hope die. {Pope John Paul II, Toronto, July 28th 2002}

I am not a visionary. I claim to be a practical idealist. {M. Gandhi}

I have lain in prison for nearly two years. Out of my nature has come wild despair; an abandonment to grief that was piteous even to look at; terrible and impotent rage; bitterness and scorn– anguish that wept aloud; misery that could find no voice; sorrow that was dumb. . . Now I find hidden somewhere in my nature something which tells me that nothing in the whole wide world is meaningless, and suffering least of all. That something hidden away in my nature, like a treasure in a field, is humility. It is the last thing left in me, and the best: the ultimate discovery at which I have arrived; the starting point for a fresh development. {Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) De Profundis, 1905}

The unexamined life is not worth living. {Socrates}

Just as the water of the streams we see is small in amount compared to that which flows underground, so the idealism which becomes visible is small in amount compared with what men and women bear locked up in their hearts, unreleased or scarcely released. To unbind what is bound, to bring the underground waters to the surface: mankind is waiting and longing for such as can do that. {Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), Out of My Life and Thought: An Autobiography, 9, tr. C.T. Campion, 1933}

The imagination needs moodling– long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering. {Brenda Ueland}

The imagination’s power lies in its receptivity, not in any power to ‘invent’. {Colin Wilson (1931-?)}

Imaginative ideas are independent of the subject’s will. {Wilhelm Lange-Eichbaum}

In happy hours, when the imagination
Wakes like a wind at midnight, and the soul
Trembles in all its leaves, it is a joy
To be uplifted on its wings, and listen
To the prophetic voices in the air
That call us onward.
{Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)}

At any innocent tea-table we may easily hear a man say, “life is not worth living.” We regard it as we regard the statement that it is a fine day; nobody thinks that it can possibly have any serious effect on the man or on the world. And yet if that utterance were really believed, the world would stand on its head. Murderers would be given medals for saving men from life; firemen would be denounced for keeping men from death; poisons would be used as medicines. . . Yet we never speculate as to whether the conversational pessimist will strengthen or disorganize society; for we are convinced that theories do not matter. {G. K. Chesterton}

He who has imagination without learning has wings with no feet. {Joseph Joubert}

This life’s dim windows of the soul,
Distort the heavens from pole to pole
And goad you to believe a lie,
When you see with and not through the eye.
{William Blake}

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? {T. S. Eliot}

Great learning does not teach wisdom. {Heraclitus}

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. {Aldous Huxley}

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