I read Studs Turkel’s final book titled Hope Dies Last (2004) when it first came out. A journalist, Turkel collected oral histories from people of all walks of life. His book’s title comes from a comment made by a farm worker — and I embrace it. On the occasions I’ve found myself in seemingly hopeless situations, I repeat this mantra. The flame of hope may flicker but it never goes out — and I want to believe, never will.
Here’s Jessie’s quote:
With us there’s a saying, “La esperanza muera ultima. Hope dies last.” You can’t lose hope. If you lose hope, you lose everything.—Jessie de la Cruz, retired farm worker
Now, on to today’s inspiration.
Alice Walker, American novelist, short story writer, poet, and activist. (1944 – )
“Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make for yourself.” Alice Walker
Aldous Huxley, English writer, novelist, philosopher. (1894 – 1963)
“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that’s your own self.” Aldous Huxley
Sir Tom Stoppard, British playwright and screenwriter. (1937 – )
“Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” Tom Stoppard
Thanks for stopping by today.
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