What is hope? What gives us hope? Vogue posed the question to several people, from different backgrounds and histories: renowned artists and wonderful strangers, all of ages as opposed to their life experiences. What remains are the responses of those who know that, in one way or another, hope is always what guides us towards something better. Whatever that is.
“For me, hope is to expect something that will happen and believe in the possibility of having positive results.”
Tomás Catita, 14 years old.
“Hope is calm.”
Dinis Andrade, 4 years old.
“Hope and faith are the same thing, it’s to believe with the chest and with the dream, it’s to invent the good future by the strength of guessing it.”
Sónia Balacó, actress and poet.
“Hope, uncertain word that makes us sway when we walk into the future. Looking at the world, now so complex, is certainly frightening. We can only trust and hope that tomorrow will be a happier and brighter day. May the sun continue to shine.”
Cândida Morgado, 71 years old.
“Hope is the ultimate desire for something to happen. Hope brings a new breath to what seemed no longer have a reason to be. Back to believe in the ‘impossible’.”
Elisabete Andrade, 61 years old.
“Hope, in humans, is perhaps one of the few abilities we may have inherited from the gods or superheroes: the ability to see in the dark. It is the more or less clear awareness that beyond the pitch, the darkness or the extreme pain, some light always reaches us.”
Matilde Campilho, writer.
“Hope is to see E.T.- The Extraterrestrial for the 20th time in almost 40 years of the film and cry always in the same scene.”
Vicente Alves do Ó, film director.
“Is to look at inside and search for the answers, feel that everything it's possible to happen and to do, that obstacles are part of the plot. It's finding happiness here, inside. Hope is to look out and feel peace.”
Alexandra Moura, designer.
“Acts of kindness give me hope, seeing people worry more about others than about themselves, it makes me believe and wish that the world can still be a good place to live.”
Joana Ribeiro, actress.
“Hope is only good things that will happen.”
Maria Miguel Vilardebó, 4 years-old.
“As a network woven of fine and eternally long and elastic threads, the movements of the world are endless, large or microscopic, full of textures and mysteries, color and sound. Good and bad, bad and good. That’s also why with every second that passes, what hope is, changes.”
Tiago Bettencourt, musician.
“I have hope that I will be received in heaven with love.”
Mª Odete Almeida Azevedo, 96 years-old.
“My hope is that my son grows up in a country where, regardless of the profession he chooses or a pandemic that exists, he feels supported by his family, the professional class, the state or humanism.”
Inês Castel-Branco, actress.
“Each time I have less hope in earthly life, for me hope is to be back with mine, it’s good to win evil.”
Délia Santana, 87 years-old.
“Hope is waiting for something good to happen.”
Vasco Gino, 8 years-old.
“Hope is not to be afraid of the following, of the next, of the other. It is not a passive act. It is a choice, a decision. Made of what is known, of what was lived and fell. Hope is to rise and live standing, looking in the eyes of the unpredictable and believing that it can come for a good reason.”
Quim Albergaria, musician (PAUS, Bateu Matou)