For it may be argued with great plausibility that reminiscence is less an endowment than a disease, and that expectation in its only comfortable form—that of absolute faith—is practically an impossibility; whilst in the form of hope and the secondary compounds, patience, impatience, resolve, curiosity, it is a constant fluctuation between pleasure and pain.
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Cattle markets tend to fluctuate a lot, and some years, you don’t make much of anything.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Longest Ride
My courage and my resolution is firm; but my hopes fluctuate, and my spirits are often depressed.