Hope Quotes

A few years ago I was working on an upcoming presentation that revolved around the theme of hope, so I’d been looking for some good quotations on the subject.

Here are a few I’ve bumped into. Which one do you like best? Why? Do you have any good quotations to add to my growing collection?

“In all things it is better to hope than to despair.”
–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Hope is the dream of a soul awake.”
–French proverb

“When you say a situation or a person is hopeless,
you are slamming the door in the face of God.”
–Charles L. Allen

“Hope 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

“Hope is the thing with feathers –
that perches in the soul –
and sings the tune without the words –
and never stops – at all -”
–Emily Dickinson

How Gluey Fingers Can Help Your Writing

When I spend time dancing, my acting gets better.

When I paint, my poetry improves.

When I go to the theatre, I overflow with ideas on all kinds of artistic fronts.

Creativity travels. It flows outward to all other artistic pursuits. Feeding creativity in one realm waters the seeds of creativity in other realms.

So, recently, I took a stack of magazines, some scissors and glue to my literature class. And instead of writing or analyzing writing, we collaged.

These were the collage project options. (If you’re stuck in a writing project, you might want to put down your pen and give these a shot.):

Choose one of the characters in your story. Create a collage that depicts the character’s emotional state.

Create a “ransom note collage” by your character. Cut out words to state what your character wants, from whom, by when, and what will happen if they don’t get it.

Trust me. It’s fun. It’ll unexpectedly fuel your story. And, as a bonus, you’ll get those cool kindergarten gluey fingers.