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Daemon
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
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Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 12:35:39 AM

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Daemon wrote:
Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)


So it is OK to begin our day with Hope but not to end our day with Hope. Interesting.
philânderos
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 1:27:46 AM

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What happened to "Hope never dies"? Does it die after a hard day?
Kami Rus
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 1:39:21 AM

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Why do we need hope? To keep us away from reality? To fool me into checking my fb status to see if she's seen it or not. C'mon guyz we are rational apes, we don't need hope to move the F on!
vijayendra kumar sinha
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 1:59:38 AM

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But it keeps one going.....
Bully_rus
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 2:26:38 AM
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Daemon wrote:
Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)


You cannot feed on a breakfast alone even a good one. It's unsustainable. There's a need for more substance at the end of the day.
jacobusmaximus
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 2:51:02 AM

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Bacon is a good breakfast, at the end of the day.
buga bugito
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 4:39:49 AM

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hope before doing something[let it be an exam] encourage you but at the end of it hope is bad
buga bugito
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 4:43:01 AM

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you rarely succeeded unless you have fun doing it
Yasmin
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 5:09:37 AM

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I'm not an ape.

Maybe he means that hope is good but not good at all without action. It's like you started your day with hope and done nothing at the end of the day.

Westley Payne
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 6:45:10 AM

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I believe that buga bugito and Yasmin, got it right, at least, that's my opinion, When we start a project, we always hope that something good will come out of it, but when we are reaching the deadline, it's very difficult to be hopeful about it.
Gustavo de S Consoni
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 7:05:48 AM

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You must be conscious about your skills and move on.
If we have been doing the right things, then we must hope good results.
But, when they don`t come, we have to stop and be resilent.
Resilience, in general, is linked with bad situations!
Cheer up!
jacobusmaximus
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 7:07:50 AM

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Romans 15:13 - May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Hope, as referred to in Scripture, is based upon the certainty which comes from faith. It is a good supper and brings about sweet dreams.
Christine
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 8:29:00 AM
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Kami Rus wrote:
Why do we need hope? To keep us away from reality? To fool me into checking my fb status to see if she's seen it or not. C'mon guyz we are rational apes, we don't need hope to move the F on!


You are definitely WRONG!

Hope is a positive thing.

Marguerite
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 9:48:55 AM

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I agree with Kami Rus. Hope has a place in our hearts, but action is more rewarding. I am looking forward to reading more of Mr. Rus's comments.
Guto André
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 9:54:43 AM

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Nobody likes to wait. Always encourage us to hope, but what we really want is that the problem is resolved soon.
jcbarros
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 10:07:23 AM

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By suppertime, probably, our hopes will be smashed to smithereens.
curmudgeonine
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 10:16:04 AM

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"Hope" is the thing with feathers
BY EMILY DICKINSON
“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -

I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.
Christine
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 10:20:27 AM
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"Hope" is the thing with feathers —
That perches in the soul —
And sings the tune without the words —
And never stops — at all —
And sweetest — in the Gale — is heard —
And sore must be the storm —
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm —

Emily Dickinson, Poem 254 in The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson (1960)
Christine
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 10:21:32 AM
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Maybe "breakfast" is youth and "supper" is old age?
Hope2
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 10:38:01 AM

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Hi Christine. Wouldn't it be nice if Daemon gave us the source of the quote so we wouldn't have to look for context? (Unless we are Verbatim and know it already!) However, I am not holding out any hope for that. Pun intended.

But since Bacon wrote 'Of Youth and Age' you may be on to something.

As my nom de plume suggests, I believe there is always hope, no matter the time of day or of life. Hoping does not prevent action to bring the hope to fruition. Although the hard part about getting old is to accept that your chances and choices are now very limited, but not hopeless. Angel

rooseveltnut
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 1:57:17 PM

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I think it means hope gets you started and gives you the "push" to work toward your goal...........but if at the end of the day you are still just sitting there hoping and have not done any actual work toward the goal...that is futility. Hope without works is a waste.
rooseveltnut
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 1:59:03 PM

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Verbatim
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 2:54:47 PM
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Daemon wrote:
Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)


Our own TFD calls the quotation a proverb: "Prov. It is good to start the day feeling hopeful, but if none of the things you hope for come to pass by the end of the day, you will feel disappointed. (Can be used to warn someone against hoping for something that is unlikely to happen.) Lisa began the day hoping that she would find work, and by the end of the day she had learned that hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.

Did Sir Francis Bacon have anything to do with it? Yes: Francis Bacon collected (and/or wrote on their margin) various sayings,
which were printed as his "Apophthegms" (1625). The quotation is attributed to him among many other aphorisms and anecdotes published there.http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Francis_Bacon

TFD definition: "apophthegm (ˈæpəˌθɛm) or apothegm
n
1. a short cryptic remark containing some general or generally accepted truth; maxim.


kenturner1
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 5:20:14 PM

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I like this quote. It tells me that if I'm still relying on hope at the end of the day then it's too late. What did I do during the course of the day to put my hope into words or deeds?
capitán
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 6:05:55 PM

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One thing I hate about religion and the concept of god: hope poisoning.-
mangezi
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 9:20:18 PM

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I believe it is good to start with hope but to act and hope for the best or even good is bad. We start on hope proceed to tangible results.
mangezi
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 9:23:13 PM

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Ironically this word in my Shona language means "a dream".
Verbatim
Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014 12:35:05 AM
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Yasmin wrote:
I'm not an ape.

Maybe he means that hope is good but not good at all without action. It's like you started your day with hope and done nothing at the end of the day.


Welcome to the forum, Yasmin. Your comment is insightful.

Even limitless hope must be pursued within the limited bounds of daylight, or else will fade away.



Yasmin
Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014 8:28:58 PM

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Thanks Verbatim.

Faith, Hope and Love are beautiful things, most beautiful in the whole world because they can create miracle in us. Faith is a strong or unshakeable belief in something, especially without proof or evidence, or simply, believing in what we cannot see. Hope is a feeling of desire for something and confidence in the possibility of its fulfillment.

But if you are starved, aren't you being such a fool if you say "I will have something to eat this day." if you won't go out and search? Same as love. How can you say that you love someone if you don't do something good for him? Love without action is no love at all. Same as hope, and faith.
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