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Avoiding Disappointment: Hilaire Belloc

I had a friend, a most intimate friend, who told me in early life that it was a good tip to expect the worst, for thus one would receive no disappointment. I did not follow his advice; but I watched … Continue reading

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Hope, Alexander The Great and General Perdiccas

As Alexander the Great was setting out on his conquest of Asia, he inquired into the finances of his followers. To ensure that they would not be troubled over the welfare of their dependents during their absence, he distributed crown … Continue reading

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Optimism: Bernard Baruch

A man sentenced to death obtained a reprieve by assuring the king that he would teach his majesty’s horse to fly within the year—on condition that if he didn’t succeed, he would be put to death at the end of … Continue reading

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De Profundis: Christina Rossetti

Oh why is heaven built so far, Oh why is earth set so remote? I cannot reach the nearest star That hangs afloat. I would not care to reach the moon, One round monotonous of change; Yet even she repeats … Continue reading

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Light: There Is More Of It Than You Think

There is more light than can be seen through the window. Russian proverb

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Hope: Erich Fromm

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 … Continue reading

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Black Clouds and Crystal Rain: Nizami

In the hour of adversity, be not without hope, for crystal rain falls from black clouds. Nizami Ganjavi, Persian, 1141-1209 The illustration is by Nejron Photo via Shutterstock

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Say Not The Struggle Naught Availeth: Arthur Hugh Clough

Say not the struggle naught availeth, The labour and the wounds are vain, The enemy faints not, nor faileth, And as things have been, things remain. If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars; It may be, in yon smoke … Continue reading

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Beware of Desperate Steps

Beware of desperate steps. The darkest day Lived till tomorrow, will have passed away. William Cowper He battled with depression all his life, but remains one of Britain’s best-loved poets. The illustration is Wymondham grave yard by: Ben and Georgia Grewcock via Seedresources.

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