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The meaning and origin of the expression: The triumph of hope over experience

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The triumph of hope over experience

Meaning

The triumph of hope over experienceA literal view of the subject of remarriage.

Origin

This remark is reported to have been said by Samuel Johnson in James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson, 1791. The occasion was Johnson's hearing of a man who had remarried soon after the death of a wife to whom he had been unhappily married.