Throwback Thursday- Hope

A very appropriate quote I’d posted a few years back came up my facebook feed today:

“Either we have hope within us or we don’t; it is a dimension of the soul, and it’s not essentially dependent on some particular observation of the world or estimate of the situation. Hope is not prognostication. It is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart…

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 headed for early success, but rather, an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed…

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…

It is also this hope, above all, which gives us the strength to live and continually try new things, even in conditions that seem as hopeless as ours do, here and now.”

Vaclav Havel, An Orientation Of The Heart

An Orientation Of the Heart, indeed! ❤

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“Sometimes I ain’t so sho who’s got ere a right to say when a man is crazy and when he ain’t.  Sometimes I think it ain’t none of us pure crazy and ain’t none of us pure sane until the balance of us talks him that-a-way.  It’s like it ain’t so much what a fellow does, but it’s the way the majority of folks is looking at him when he does it.”

-from William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying.

 

I need to rereadthat one.  That’s the one that hooked me on Faulkner. 

Right now, though, I need to read Howard S. Becker’s Outsiders first.