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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Hope
 
Our hopes, like towering falcons, aim at objects in an airy height:
The little pleasure of the game is afar off to view the flight.
            —Anonymous
  1
  It is equally precarious to moor a ship by an insufficient anchor, and to ground hope on a capricious temper.
            —Demophilus
  2
  A woman’s hopes are woven as sunbeams; a shadow annihilates them.
            —George Eliot
  3
Hope, like the glimmering taper’s light
Adorns and cheers the way;
And still, as darker grows the night,
Emits a brighter ray.
            —Oliver Goldsmith
  4
  Our hopes, like withered leaves, fall fast.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  5
As froth on the face of the deep,
As foam on the crest of the sea,
As dreams at the waking of sleep,
As gourd of a day and a night,
As harvest that no man shall reap,
As vintage that never shall be,
Is hope if it cling not aright,
O my God unto Thee.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  6
  Hope is like a harebell trembling from its birth.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  7
Who builds his hope in air of your fair looks,
Lives like a drunken sailor on a mast;
Ready, with every nod, to tumble down
Into the fatal bowels of the deep.
            —William Shakespeare
  8
  Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey towards it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.
            —Samuel Smiles
  9
  Hope has left you like a painted dream.
            —Joseph Stansbury
  10
As some adventurous flower, on savage craig-side grown,
Seems nourished hour by hour from its wild self alone,
So lives inveterate Hope, on her own hardihood.
            —William Watson
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