True hope

Hope is a heroic virtue. People think it is easy to hope. But the only people who hope are those who have had the courage to despair of illusions and lies in which they had once found a security they falsely took for hope. . . . Hope is a risk that must be run. It is the risk of all risks. Hope is not complacency towards oneself. It is the greatest and most difficult victory that a man can win over his own soul.