To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime.
Erich Fromm (1900 – 1980)
The illustration is ‘Hope’ by George Frederic Watts and his studio. I must admit that Hope does not look particularly cheerful, but there is a difference between hope and optimism. Optimists believe, like Micawber, against all the odds, that ‘something will turn up’. When it doesn’t they plunge into despair. Hope is perhaps more slow-burning, but longer-lasting?