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HOPE is not a four-letter word

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by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

“Allegory of hope” Francesco Guardi  1747

In speaking English or learning to speak it, there are some idiomatic phrases which take on certain meanings.

Expressions and exclamations are usually formed when certain words become more commonly used by active groups or pockets of society.

This makes the language more useful and in some cases more colorful and expressive.

More people are then very willing to use a new expression in regular conversation because it is helpful in conveying the meaning of something important.

The subject of much contemplation this summer I am concentrating on is hope
Hope is defined as “the feeling that what is wanted – can be had.
Also, it can mean that what is wanted will turn out for the best.”

What is it about hope that causes us to feel optimistic?

Before he passed away in 2016, the senior scientist at Gallup, Shane Lopez, Ph. D., associate professor of Psychology from the University of Kansas, had written a book. The 2013 release was entitled “Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want for Yourself and Others.”

Accordingly, the professor explained that hopeful people share four core beliefs:
1.  The future will be better than the present.
2.  I have the power to make it so.
3.  There are many paths to my goals.
4.  None of them is free of obstacles.

Hope includes a range of emotions, such as joy, awe and excitement. It is a combination of your head and heart.
Dr. Lopez described hope as “the golden mean between euphoria and fear. It is a feeling where transcendence meets reason and caution meets passion.”

It also made for a great name of some very remarkable women and one man in particular.

Here are some phrases that may inspire you, and some combinations which are common in media and our own personal struggles:

HOPE _____


– assists transplant patients with HIV Organ Policy Equity (2015)

Hope against hope
– belief in an outcome when chances for its success are near zero

Hope Amelia Solo
– American soccer goalkeeper

Hope and pray

Hope, Arkansas

Hope Ave
– boutique clothing company

Hope Awards
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
which honor contributions in the fight to protect children from victimization

Hope Bludworth
– a friend I knew in elementary school

Hope chest
– usually made of cedar wood

Hope diamond
Famous gem of 45.52 carats, India 1666, owned by French merchant Jean-Baptiste Travernier – worth $250 million USD


Hope Davis
– American actress

(still beautiful)


Hope Dworaczyk
– Playboy model, Celebrity Apprentice contestant

“Hope Floats”
– film, (1998) starring Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick Jr.

Hope for Henry Foundation
– an agency which empowers children with cancer


Hope Hicks
– American public relations consultant

“Hope, hope to the last!”
~Charles Dickens, quotation from “Nicholas Nickleby” (1838)

“Hope is the last thing ever lost.”
~ Italian Proverb

“Hope is the thing with feathers”
~ Emily Dickinson, poem (1891)

 “Hope is the dream of a soul awake.”
~ French Proverb

Hope it happens!

Hope it works.

Hope Lange
– actress (1933 – 2003)


Hope Sandoval
–  American singer-songwriter, with Jesus and Mary Train

Hope Station in Minnetonka, Minnesota

(Sarah) Hope Summers
– American character actress (1896 – 1979)  Clara  on “The Andy Griffith Show”

“Hope whispers, ‘Try it one more time,’ when the world says, ‘Give up.’ “
~ Author Unknown

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
~ Albert Einstein

“Helplessly hoping her harlequin hovers nearby, awaiting a word”
~ Stephen Stills, “Helplessly Hoping” from Crosby, Stills & Nash – self titled album (1968)

_____ HOPE


All hope is lost.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
~ 1 Corinthians 13:13

(be) beyond hope
– critical, without any salvation quality


Bob Hope, Leslie Townes Hope, (1903–2003)
an English-American stand-up comedian, vaudevillian, actor, athlete and author.

(pictured at one of hundreds of USO shows)


Cape of Good Hope
– Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Charlotte Hope
-English actress portrayed Myranda in drama series Game of Thrones

“Dum spiro, spero” (original Latin)
“While I breath, I hope.”
~ Latin Proverb

Here’s hoping (that) …

Hold out hope
– expect a positive outcome.

I can hope. / A guy can hope. / A girl can hope.

“Keep hope alive!”
~ Jesse Jackson, speech 1988 Democratic National Convention

“Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch’entrate” (original Italian)
“Abandon all hope (ye who enter).”
~ Dante Alighieri, “Inferno”  from Canto 3 (1322)

Let’s hope

“Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water,
about eight minutes without air… but only for one second without hope.”
~ Hal Lindsey

New Hope, Pennsylvania

No hope.

“Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers.”
~ Philemon 1:22 

Well then,  there’s  always hope.


“People high in hope are adept at dealing with change.
This is because they more readily experience the positive emotions that open their minds
to ways they can move forward, solving problems along the way.
They don’t let risk run wild or create the fear that will stymie creativity.”  ~ Shane Lopez, Ph. D.


I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.”  
                    ~ Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)  former UK Prime Minister


Copyright © 1960-2018 Lawrence J. J. Leonard All rights reserved.

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