„Dreams, she said. Broken dreams are bad enough. But the dream that has no hope…the dream that is doomed long before it’s broken, that’s the worst of all.“
— Clifford D. Simak American writer, journalist 1904 - 1988
Time and Again (1951), Chapter XXXV (p. 183)
— Thales ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician -623 - -546 до н.э.
A Dictionary of Thoughts (1908) by Tryon Edwards, p. 234
— Franz Kafka author 1883 - 1924
In conversation with Max Brod (1920), after Brod had queried on there being "hope outside this manifestation of the world that we know", as quoted in Franz Kafka: A Biography [Franz Kafka, eine Biographie] (1937) by Max Brod, as translated by G. Humphreys Roberts and Richard Winston (1947; 1960); at least as early as Franz Kafka : Parable and Paradox (1962) by Heinz Politzer, this assertion has often appeared paraphrased as: "There is hope, but not for us", and sometimes "There is hope — only not for us." Variant translations: Oh, plenty of hope, an infinite amount of hope — but not for us. As translated in Weimar Intellectuals and the Threat of Modernity (1988) by Dagmar Barnouw, p. 187
— Walter Benjamin German literary critic, philosopher and social critic (1892-1940) 1892 - 1940
— Marcus Annaeus Lucanus Roman poet 39 - 65
Pharsalia, Sit caeca futuri mens hominum fati; liceat sperare timenti. Book II, line 14 (tr. J. D. Duff).
„A culture is not only the language and the arts of a people. It is all their history, all their hopes for the future.“
— Pierre Stephen Robert Payne British lecturer, novelist, historian, poet and biographer 1911 - 1983
The Corrupt Society - From Ancient Greece To Present-Day America (1975), The Corruptions of Society, p. 9 (See also: The American Dream..)
— Abraham Cowley British writer 1618 - 1667
The Mistress. For Hope; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
„I say, let them dread, of all things, stagnation; for from the moment I, Lilith, lose hope and faith in them, they are doomed. In that hope and faith I have let them live for a moment; and in that moment I have spared them many times.“
— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
1920s, Back to Methuselah (1921), Context: I say, let them dread, of all things, stagnation; for from the moment I, Lilith, lose hope and faith in them, they are doomed. In that hope and faith I have let them live for a moment; and in that moment I have spared them many times. But mightier creatures than they have killed hope and faith, and perished from the earth; and I may not spare them for ever. I am Lilith: I brought life into the whirlpool of force, and compelled my enemy, Matter, to obey a living soul. But in enslaving Life's enemy I made him Life's master; for that is the end of all slavery; and now I shall see the slave set free and the enemy reconciled, the whirlpool become all life and no matter. And because these infants that call themselves ancients are reaching out towards that, I will have patience with them still; though I know well that when they attain it they shall become one with me and supersede me, and Lilith will be only a legend and a lay that has lost its meaning. Of Life only is there no end; and though of its million starry mansions many are empty and many still unbuilt, and though its vast domain is as yet unbearably desert, my seed shall one day fill it and master its matter to its uttermost confines. And for what may be beyond, the eyesight of Lilith is too short. It is enough that there is a beyond. Lilith, in Pt. V