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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

while/where there's life there's hope

So long as there’s a chance of success, there’s hope that it will happen. This ancient saying goes back to the time of the Greeks and Romans, and presumably at first referred to very ill individuals who, it was hoped, might still recover. It soon was extended to other situations. The Roman writer Seneca reported that Telesphorus of Rhodes, who was put into a cage by the tyrant Lysimachus about 310 b.c., made this statement, adding “only the dead are hopeless.” Cicero used it in Ad Atticum (ca. 49 b.c.), “As a sick man is said to have hope as long as he has life, so did I not cease to hope so long as Pompey was in Italy.” The saying entered numerous proverb collections and remains current, although sometimes it is used in a lighter context: for example, “The soufflé fell but it’s still edible; while there’s life there’s hope.”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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