On hope

Grizzly bear looks to the right from one corner of the frame in the Great Bear rainforest

Photo by Alex Harris/ Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

Hope is a state of mind, not of the world.

It is an orientation of the spirit and orientation of the heart;

it transcends the world that is immediately experienced and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons.

Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.

The more propitious the situation in which we demonstrate hope, the deeper the hope is.

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism.

It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.

Vaclav Havel
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