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Let’s abandon hope

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5344 (Published 09 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5344

Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)

Life is full of great expectations and equally great disappointments. Time and
again our hopes are dashed, but each time they resurrect themselves like the
mythical phoenix. This eternal hopefulness is the essence of life, because
without it we succumb to disappointment and give up on life. So let’s be
grateful
for our great, albeit unrealistic expectations, but let’s try to temper them with
the wisdom gained by past disappointments.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

13 December 2009
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA