The difference between hope and faith is night and day. Hope is wish, desire, longing, craving, anticipation. Faith is belief, period. Belief alone determines reality.
In his Unfinished Slaves, perhaps Michelangelo was endeavouring to express the universal truths he had learned as a sculptor.
Life consists of suffering. Suffering includes the experiences of pain, misery, sorrow, and unfulfilment.
Everything is impermanent and ever-changing. We suffer because we desire those things that are impermanent.
The way to liberate oneself from suffering is by eliminating desire. We must stop craving that which is temporary, elusive.