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Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
-- Rumi


Saturday, January 4, 1997


Hope is a good breakfast,
but it is a bad supper.
                -- Francis Bacon

We must live WITH hope, yet we cannot live BY hope. It is fine to hope for the best. That, however, is not enough. We cannot merely hope, we must take action.

It is sad how many things are tolerated in the hope that they will improve. Hoping for the best won’t do anything. Working and taking action, with hope in your heart, will bring about results. That’s a powerful combination. Hope works in your favor only as long as it is accompanied by action and commitment.

Hope cannot replace action. Do what needs to be done, hope or no hope. Hope for the best, and do everything in your power to make it happen. Yes, there is hope. Things will get better -- when you make them better.

Start each day with hope, and then get busy working. Let your hope inspire you, rather than console you. Hope for the best, and then do whatever it takes. Hope depends on you.

— Ralph Marston

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