while there's life there's hope

while there's life, there's hope

1. So long as one is alive, then there remains the hope of recovery or improvement, regardless of what bad happened in the past. We lost everything in that fire, but we all made it out alive, and while there's life, there's hope. A: "I can't imagine a life filled with such misery and pain." B: "Well, while there's life, there's hope. That is what keeps me going."
2. As long as someone or something has not completely failed or come to ruin, a bad situation still has a chance of getting better. I know we've sustained heavy losses over the past two quarters, but we still have enough cash reserves to get things on the right track. Where there's life, there's hope. Everyone assumed we had lost the game at that point, but where there's life, there's hope, and just like that, a final push by our offense lead to a last-minute touchdown that gave us the win.
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While there's life there's hope.

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Prov. Cliché As long as you are alive, you should be hopeful, because it is possible that your situation will improve. Nancy: What will we do, now that our house and everything we own has burned up? Bill: While there's life there's hope. Ellen: Ever since my divorce, it seems as if I have nothing to hope for. Jane: I know things seem bleak, but where there's life there's hope.
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while there's life there's hope

Also, where there's life there's hope. So long as someone or something ailing is alive, there is hope for recovery. For example, The company has survived previous recessions; while there's life there's hope. A statement made about dying individuals since ancient times, it was cited in numerous proverb collections from 1539 on. Today it is also applied to inanimate matters.
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