Aphorisms about Hope, Stones and Other

Lady Kara wanders through her County (Graphic: Martin Duehning)
Lady Kara wanders through her County (Graphic: Martin Duehning)

Once I had to deal with some deplorable people who thought hope was a gift from Pandora, a harmful poison. That’s a truly outlandish view. It bewilders me how one can live with such an attitude.

For me, hope is one of the three gifts of grace, a gift of the Holy Spirit, but also an universal philosophical view that benefits the ethos of life.

In keeping with this, I have written a few small quotes:

Stones - Text by Martin Duehning
Stones – Text by Martin Duehning

Stones

As it seams, some people receive
good fortune, lottery winnings
and undeserved success,
while others are showered with evils.
But this is no reason for false excuses:
In the end, what matters most is
what you do with your life.
Even with stones thrown in your path
you can build beautiful things,
as Goethe already knew.

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Hope - Text and Graphic: Martin Duehning
Hope – Text and Graphic: Martin Duehning

Hope

Hope is
the gift of making future possible
by not closing oneself off to it.

Hope is
an attitude of the heart,
not a construct of thought.

From thoughts grows fiction,
but from hope grows life.

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Another quote, but this time from the great Václav Havel, emphasizes the dimension of meaning carried by hope:

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well,
but the certainty that something has meaning,
no matter how it turns out.  – Václav Havel (1936-2011)

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Martin Dühning, geb. 1975, studierte Germanistik, kath. Theologie und Geschichte in Freiburg im Breisgau, arbeitet am Hochrhein-Gymnasium in Waldshut und ist Gründer, Herausgeber und Chefredakteur von Anastratin.de.