hope springs eternal

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Hope springs eternal definition


People always hope for the best, even in the face of adversity. This saying is from “An Essay on Man,” by Alexander Pope.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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hope springs eternal

People will keep on hoping, no matter what the odds. For example, I keep buying lottery ticketshope springs eternal. This expression was coined by Alexander Pope (An Essay on Man, 1732) and quickly became proverbial.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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