Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
Proverbs 13: 12
"How do you give hope to people who have no hope?" Eugen Kullmann
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11: 1
The eyes reappear
As the perpetual star
Of death’s twilight kingdom
The hope only
Of empty men.
T.S. Eliot, the Hollow Men
What happens to a dream deferred? - Langston Hughes
"melancholy people have two reasons for being so: the don't know or they hope. Don Juan knows and does not hope." Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus
"hope not being hope / until all ground for hope has / vanished" - Marianne Moore, "The Hero"
Ya gotta give 'em hope - Harvey Milk