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Hope deferred maketh the heart sick

When we have to wait indefinitely for our hopes to be realized, we become sad and disillusioned.

The full saying is to be found in Proverbs xiii, 12: ‘Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life’. In his translation of the Bible, James Moffatt made the meaning clear to this generation of ours by rendering it thus: ‘Hope deferred is sickening: it is new life to have desire fulfilled. ’