Article Title: Sharing a few Quotations/Thoughts on HOPE (an extract from the new novel 'Stirling' )

Category (key words): Hope, New books, Stirling, Quotations, Inspirational Quotes, Thoughts, “Inspiration, Spiritual", Inspirational Writings.
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If these writings help at all, or make any difference in people's lives by bringing some joy, then I'm very happy.


Sharing a few Quotations/Thoughts on HOPE (from the new novel 'Stirling' )

Submitter’s Note

These are some of the notes (in point form) from thoughts and quotations that I've written down and collected over the years, which may be of interest and get you "tinking" about these "airey-fairey matters". These thoughts will form an extract from a chapter of a novel I'm currently writing, called 'Stirling'. Hope that these thoughts may be helpful and perhaps even inspirational to you... so am sharing. Enjoy...


Underneath almost crushing weights, there is always hope, even if its only a glimmer. It may be only a tiny spark, but it exists... and it's the flicker that keeps people going.

This tale is one of resilience. The story is a celebration - albeit a bleak one - of the human spirit's powers of perseverance.

So HOPE is the writers only and last-remaining chance.

"The characters seem to represent the virtues, and the resilience of the little people, the spirit of battling on, no matter what your circumstances are and ultimately finding your way."

This work is a celebration of the tenacity of the human spirit.

And it's not just in some of's in ALL of us!

"It's not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."

- Sir Edmund Hillary, conquerer of Mount Everest (1919-2008)

"Aim at heaven and you'll have earth thrown in."

- CS Lewis



Esperanzo = hope (in Spanish)

"He who does not hope to win has already lost."

- Jose Olmedo

"Where there's care, there's hope."

"Hope is the anchor of the soul."

"A beacon of hope in a sea (or ocean) of despair"

"The spring of hope is universal, eternal and will never run dry." - craig

"In the depth of the valleys there is hope. In the deserts of despair, there is the refreshing oasis of the human spirit...always."

- craig

"Either we stayed as we we were, trapped inside our fortress of paranoia, deformed by fear and greed, or we opened the door to Africa... and set forth into the unknown."

The country survives because of the strength and optimism of its people.

"The most noble aspects of the human spirit - unquenchable in its search for freedom and justice."

- great writing by Rian Malan in his compelling book 'My Traitor's Heart'

The lives of Neil and Creina Alcock and a few other "true patriots heralded a new dawn) ...

Here was a light behind the despair, beyond the darkness. At first a flicker of an ember, just a tiny pin-prick of dawning possibilities. Then burning slowly, brightly and bigger, a glimmer, a candle in the blackness of despair, which gave off just enough of a glow (luminescence?) to light a path. And so show the rest of us the way ahead... a path to endless possibilities...from the darkness into the eternal light."

as adapted (slightly) from Rian Malan's powerful words in 'My Traitor's Heart' (pg 413)

“When people’s hearts are full of love, the world is filled with hope.”

- craig



"Without trust, there is no hope for love and love is all we ever have to hold against the dark."

- Creina Alcock

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"Like a modern Gandhi, she (Aung San Suu Kyi) lives those timeless and universal notions which have always appealed to humans - freedom, sacrifice, endurance, peace, courage, forgiveness, and most of all, hope, when there is little reason for it."

Fine writing by Simon Scott in his article LOOKING TO BUILD HOPE IN A TROUBLED COUNTRY.

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks to the Herald about the future of Burma, her family and why Kiwis can make a difference.

What I see for 2011 is the need to try to make the people understand that we have the capacity to bring about change. What I want most of all is to empower the people and make them understand 'we are the ones who can bring about change in this country'."

as published in the NZ Herald, Jan 17 2011.

Shared by a "champion of hope”

"From the depth of the valleys, in the deserts of despair, there is hope… as there is the unquenchable oasis, the immense breadth and depth of the human spirit… always."

“When (or is it perhaps if??) you arrive in a place (or rather state ) known as heaven, let faith, hope and love be the wings of the chariot that carried you there.”

-craig (as adapted from the words of Jonathan Edwards, a former minister in Massachusetts (New England)

"Together, one mind, one soul, one life at a time (with God's help), let's see how many people we can impact, empower, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.

"Together, one mind, one soul, one life at a time (and with God’s help), let's see how many people we can impact, empower, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials. Change YOUR world and you help change THE world...for the better"



I came across this great, empowering and uplifting writing yesterday, so am sharing... enjoy

My South African Dream

Posted on June 29, 2011 by franshsteyn

This blog is plain and simple, the South African dream I have of a healed nation. It probably is still a far way off, but we are already working towards this ultimate goal. I don’t care if it is a bit naïve, but I would like to think that the people of today can grow the tolerance and compassion needed for future generations to prosper in mutual respect.

My South African Dream

The answer would be incomplete

Without the question posed

The problem of our Land today:

The lack of sober ways.

What would be the chessboard

Without the black and white?

How would pianos sing and bring

To us their sheer delight?

How bitter would the coffee be

Without its white counterpart

How empty would our flag be

Without its coloured parts

How would the youth read

Without the ink on paper?

How would the people learn

And our rights to us be catered?

How would the road be guide

Without their stripes and tar?

How would the world perceive us

Be we just one colour from afar?

We need one another,

As question does the answer,

We need the black, we need the white,

To dance and live in sheer delight

June 2011 – Francois Hermanus Steyn

"Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
— Robert F. Kennedy

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About the submitter:
In his various writings Craig strives in some small way to break down social, cultural, religious and economic barriers through "planting, then sowing ideas as 'seeds of hope'". He believes that whilst we should celebrate our differences, what we share is way more important than what divides us.

Craig's novels on South Africa that he "felt inspired to write" are available at: (e-books) and

Craig is currently writing his novel, STIRLING, a "rewarding tale of faith, hope and especially love"

“Faction”, but perhaps even a true story!!!!

Craig's blog (with extracts from his various writings, including from ‘Stirling’: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at and

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"A book is small enough to hold in your hand; but when you read it, the walls fall away and you're in a room as big as the world."

"A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.”
- Chinese proverb

"A good book should take you from your everyday life to another place entirely."