Explain the following quotation: "Imagine a day when hope and daring are all we need to build bridges."The quotation is the first line of my speech.

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Imagine a day when hope and daring are all we need to build bridges.

To understand this thesis, break down the quotation's words and ideas.

First, faith and hope are synonymous.  To achieve anything, one needs to believe that he can do it.  The person must be able to say with confidence:

I can do it on my own; I have faith in my abilities; Anything is possible; There are no barriers, only possibilities.

Emily Dickinson wrote in a poem:

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul-and sings the tunes without the words-never stops at all.

Hope must  live inside  man. This ability to dream will enable the person  to take the first step toward achieving his goals. When man is given a challenge, he must first accept it; then, he must know in his heart that he can complete it. 

The second important word in the quotation is daring.  If a person accepts a challenge, he creates an atmosphere of willingness to try; the courage to take the steps needed to complete the job; and the audacity to try anything once. If a person never dares to try, then he need hope for nothing.

Cecil Beaton spoke to taking chances:

Be daring, be different be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the 'play-it-safers,' the creatures of the common place, the slaves of the ordinary.

Men follow leaders who have the courage and will to take risks. The ladder of success is built one step at a time; however, each rung of the ladder is not meant to rest upon, but only to enable man to climb to the next one and keep going until he is at the top.

The next part of the quotation refers to building bridges.  The idea is symbolic of making connections when communication has broken down or has not been previously established.  Connectedness among countries, people, family, friends, man-to-man---This can only be achieved if one believes it is possible and finds the courage to try anything to succeed.

Trust in communication. For example, books communicate and elicit ideas between people. Bridges are frames for looking at the world.

This translation gives one interpretation of the thesis:

Imagine a day when all a man needed to be successful was his faith and the courage to connect with his fellow man

As John Lennon wrote in his inspirational song heard at the 2012 Olympics:

Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there's no countries

It isn't hard to do

Imagine all the people living life in peace                                                                       

A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people sharing all the world.

This dream may never be fully achieved but with hope and daring it is possible.