Hope springs eternal in the human breast.

Alexander Pope

When poet Alexander Pope wrote this line in his poem “An Essay on Man” in 1733, he was referring to humankind’s eternal hope for life after death. “The soul, uneasy and confin'd from home / Rests and expatiates in a life to come,” he wrote. But this sentiment can be applied to everyday life as well. We can take comfort knowing that hope is an innate and essential human quality. It’s in our nature to reach for what’s possible and to find optimism even in the toughest times.