Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


Hope springs eternal in the human breast,
Man never is, but always to be blest.
Pope.—Essay on Man, Epi. I. Line 95.

’Tis not for mortals always to be blest.
Armstrong.—Art of Preserving Health, Book IV. Line 260.

Hope springs exulting on triumphant wing.
Burns.—The Cottar’s Saturday Night.

Hope never comes that comes to all.
Milton.—Paradise Lost, Book I. Line 66.

And quiet never comes that comes to all.
Juvenal.—Sat. VI. Line 268. (Gifford.)

What a fine thing hope is!
Le Sage.—Gil Blas, Book IX. Chap. VII.

Auspicious Hope! in thy sweet garden grow
Wreaths for each toil, a charm for every woe.
Campbell.—Pleasures of Hope, Part I.

All, all forsook the friendless guilty mind,
But Hope, the charmer, linger’d still behind.
Campbell.—The Pleasures of Hope, Part I.

Where an equal poise of hope and fear
Does arbitrate the event, my nature is
That I incline to hope, rather than fear.
Milton.—Comus. Spenser.—Book IV. Canto VI. Stanza 37.

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.
Pope.—Essay on Man, Epi. I. Line 91.

See some fit passion every age supply;
Hope travels through, nor quits us when we die.
Pope.—Essay on Man, Epi. II. Line 273.

Fair liberty shriek’d out aloud,
And loud religion groan’d.
Dennis.—On William III.

Hope for a season bade the world farewell,
And freedom shriek’d as Kosciusko fell!
Campbell.—Pleasures of Hope, Part I.

I see some sparkles of a better hope.
Shakespeare.—King Richard II., Act V. Scene 3. (Bolingbroke to Percy.)

Hopes and fears that equally attend.
Cowley.—Constantia and Philetus, Verse 1.

Alike distracted between hope and fear.
Cowley.—Constantia and Philetus, Verse 18.

The wretch condemn’d with life to part,
Still, still on hope relies,
And every pang that rends the heart
Bids expectation rise.
Hope, like the glimmering taper’s light,
Adorns and cheers the way;
And still, as darker grows the night,
Emits a brighter ray.
Goldsmith.—Song from the “Captivity.”

The miserable have no other medicine
But only hope.
Shakespeare.—Measure for Measure, Act III. Scene 1. (Claudio to the Duke.)

Races, better than we, have leaned on wavering promise, having nought else but hope.
Longfellow.—Tegner’s Children of the Lord’s Supper. (Races of People.)

Hope and fear alternate chase
Our course through life’s uncertain race.
Scott.—Rokeby, Canto VI. Stanza 2.

This distant gleam of hope; this poor reversion.
Lillo.—Elmerick, Act II.

I beheld his body half wasted away with long expectation and confinement; and felt what kind of sickness of heart it was which arises from hope deferred.
Sterne.—Sent. Journey; the Captive.

The sickening pang of hope deferr’d.
Scott.—Lady of the Lake, Canto III. Stanza 22.

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick.
Proverbs, Chap. xiii. Ver. 12.

Strive against hope.
Shakespeare.—All’s Well that Ends Well, Act I. Scene 3.

Hope against hope, and ask till ye receive.
Jas. Montgomery.—The World before the Flood, Canto V.

Who against hope believed in hope.
Romans, Chap. iv. Ver. 18. (The faith of Abraham.)

Hope withering fled—and Mercy sighed farewell!
Byron.—The Corsair, Canto I.

In life’s rough tide I sunk not down,
But swam till Fortune threw a rope,
Buoyant on bladders filled with hope.
Green.—The Spleen, Line 50.

While there is life, there’s hope, he cried,
Then why such haste?—so groan’d and died.
Gay.—Fable 27. Colley Cibber.—The Double Gallant, Act V. Scene 1.

Ægroto: dum anima est spes est.