"Optimism is the expectation based on evidence that there's a reasonable chance of a good outcome. Hope, on the other hand, is the certainty that a given action is right and that it makes sense regardless of how the situation might turn out."
From the epilogue of "An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action in the Twenty-first Century", by Dr. James Orbinski

Orbinski concludes, ""while I am optimistic sometimes, I try always to be hopeful."

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