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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.

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  • hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never is, but always to be blest.

  • hope springs eternal in the human breast,” said Bourne gravely.

    The Peril Finders George Manville Fenn
  • In the breasts of the Chinese, as in ours, hope springs eternal.

    Village Life in China Arthur H. Smith
  • "hope springs eternal in the human beast," observed Malcourt.

    The Firing Line Robert W. Chambers
  • hope springs eternal in the human breast, and wishes have always been the legitimate fathers of thoughts.

    Essays on Russian Novelists William Lyon Phelps
  • "hope springs eternal in the human breast," Mrs. Windsor said, with a little air of aptness.

    The Green Carnation Robert Smythe Hichens
  • However, “hope springs eternal in the human breast” and he says he knows he will soon be well again.

    Village Life in America 1852-1872 Caroline Cowles Richards
  • hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never is, but always to be, blest.

  • hope springs eternal in the legislative breast, and every assembly undertakes more work than it can accomplish thoroughly.

  • hope springs eternal in human breasts but the springs are stronger in the plump folks than in the rest of us.

    How to Analyze People on Sight Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
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hope springs eternal

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