hope springs eternal

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Shortened from hope springs eternal in the human breast, a quote from An Essay on Man (1734) by Alexander Pope.

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hope springs eternal

  1. The feeling of hopefulness endlessly renews itself.
    Synonym: while there's life, there's hope
    • 1733, [Alexander Pope], An Essay on Man. [], epistle I, London: Printed for J[ohn] Wilford, [], OCLC 960856019, lines 91–92, page 7:
      Hope ſprings eternal in the human breaſt; / Man never is, but always to be bleſt.
    • 1864 May – 1865 November, Charles Dickens, “Scouts Out”, in Our Mutual Friend. [...] In Two Volumes, volume II, London: Chapman and Hall, [], published 1865, OCLC 1016551263, book the third (A Long Lane), page 95:
      Night after night his disappointment is acute, but hope springs eternal in the scholastic breast, and he follows me again to-morrow.
    • 1915, Elinor Glyn, “The Gospel of Common Sense”, in Three Things:
      But, as hope springs eternal in the human breast, he still goes from doctor to doctor for fresh advice.
    • 2003 April 23, Leon Jaroff, “Hold that Tiger”, in Time[1]:
      But hope springs eternal in diehard Tiger fans, and Peter is convinced that someday, somehow, he and his son will see Detroit clinch a championship.

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