Hope and Expectation

Living without expectations is hard but, when you can do it, good. Living without hope is harder, and that is bad. You have got to have hope, and you mustn't shirk it. Love, after all, "hopeth all things." But maybe you must learn, and it is hard learning, not to hope out loud, especially for other people. You must not let your hope turn into expectation.

Wendell Berry, Hannah Coulter, pg. 146

Been thinking about this a lot lately...


iamchanelle said...

perfect. and brilliant.

MikeDana said...

Indeed; poignantly well-put.

stephanie said...

As you might know, hope and expectation are the same word in Spanish: esperanza. So I'm wondering what really is the difference? You can have an expectation that is never expressed out loud. Maybe expectation is hope with a little pressure added--? Is expectation always bad? (Didn't Jim Elliot say "Attempt great things for God, expect great things from God?") Can hope be bad? (False hope?)

Not trying to dis your quote. I think it's beautiful. And now I'm thinking about it too!

Eden said...

Ummmm, me too.

Thanks for your pipe text.

I have finally completed collecting the materials I will need to send you a letter, which you can expect to be sent next week.