hope is an orientation of the spirit



is a state of mind,

not of the world. It is an

orientation of the spirit and

orientation of the heart; it transcends

the world that is immediately experienced and

is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons. Hope, in

this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things

are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously

heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is

good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed. The more propitious

the situation in which we demonstrate hope, the deeper the hope is.

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not

the conviction that something will turn out well,

but the certainty that something makes

sense, regardless of how it

turns out.

Václav Havel