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Quotes On Hope and Why It’s Important

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Hope is a powerful force and probably the most important factor when it comes to overcoming life’s biggest challenges. Without it, everything is lost.

They say that in certain tragic situations only mad men can keep their hope alive. But it’s that little spark that eventually pulls them from the depths of despair. Hope has the power to make you do the impossible.

While it’s hard to be optimistic during difficult times, think of it as your only weapon — use it to fight and you’ll eventually find your way out. Don’t just sit there waiting for the worst to happen because there’s always one more thing that you can do. You just haven’t thought about it yet.

Some people are more optimistic and hopeful by nature, but even they need a little reassurance, every now and then, that things will get better. Read a story with a happy ending or maybe some hope quotes to bring back your inner optimist.

When you hope, things are more likely to turn out the way you want them to. Why? Because you’re willing to do everything it takes to make it happen.

Quotes About Hope

Robert Schuller hope quote "Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future"

“Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.” – Robert H. Schuller

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie

“Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.” – E.B. White

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

David Orr hope quote "Hope is a verb with its shirtsleeves rolled up"

“Hope is a verb with its shirtsleeves rolled up.” – David Orr

“Hope springs eternal in the human breast.” – Alexander Pope

“Hope costs nothing.” – Colette

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Eric Swensson hope quote "Hope is medicine for a soul that’s sick and tired"

“Hope is medicine for a soul that’s sick and tired.” – Eric Swensson

“As long as we have hope, we have direction, the energy to move, and the map to move by.” – Lao Tzu

“A leader is a dealer in hope.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“We need hope, or else we cannot endure.” – Sara J. Maas

“Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity.” – Robert G. Ingersoll

MIchelle obama quote "Hope and change are hard-fought things"

“Hope and change are hard-fought things.” – Michelle Obama

“Hope has a cost. Hope is not comfortable or easy. Hope requires personal risk. It is not about the right attitude. Hope is not about peace of mind. Hope is action. Hope is doing something.” – Chris Hedges

“Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it and to work for it and to fight for it.” – Barack Obama

“Hope itself is like a star – not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Tolkien hope quote "Oft hope is born when all is forlorn"

“Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles.” – Samuel Smiles

“Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.” – Vaclav Havel

“Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.” – Robert Ingersoll

“Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.” – Francis Bacon

Nelson Mandela quote "May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears"

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” – Nelson Mandela

“Hope is not an emotion; it’s a way of thinking or a cognitive process.” – Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

“Of all ills that one endures, hope is a cheap and universal cure.” – Abraham Cowley

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“He who has never hoped can never despair.” – George Bernard Shaw

"We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears"

“We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.” – François de la Rochefoucauld

“Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.” – Lin Yutang

“In an age of hope, men looked up at the night sky and saw ‘the heavens.’ In an age of hopelessness, they call it simply ‘space.’” – Peter Kreeft

“Hope itself is a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords; but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain.” – Samuel Johnson

“He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.” – Thomas Carlyle

"Hope arouses, as nothing else can arouse, a passion for the possible"

“Hope arouses, as nothing else can arouse, a passion for the possible.” – William Sloane Coffin

“All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope. “ – Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

“Hope is but the dream of those who wake.” – Matthew Prior

“It is because of hope that you suffer. It is through hope that you’ll change things.” – Maxime Legacé

“However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. Where there’s life, there’s hope.” – Stephen Hawking

Christopher Reeve quote "Once you choose hope, anything’s possible"

“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” – Christopher Reeve

“I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate.” – G.K. Chesterton

“Where there is no vision, there is no hope.” – George Washington Carver

“Hope is the ocean for the river, the sun for trees and the sky for us.” – Maxime Legacé

George Weinberg hope quote "Hope never abandons you, you abandon it"

“Hope never abandons you, you abandon it.” – George Weinberg

“The miserable have no other medicine, but only hope.” – William Shakespeare

“Carve a tunnel of hope through the dark mountain of disappointment.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Hope is one of the principal springs that keep mankind in motion.” – Thomas Fuller

“Everything that is done in this world is done by hope.” – Martin Luther

Søren Kierkegaard quote "Hope is a passion for the possible"

“Hope is a passion for the possible.” – Søren Kierkegaard

“Walk on with hope in your heart, and you’ll never walk alone.” – Shah Ruhk Khan

“In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.” – Barack Obama

“Hope is a waking dream.” – Aristotle

“Hope is a renewable option: If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning.”– Barbara Kingsolver

Italian Proverb "Hope is the last thing ever lost"

“Hope is the last thing ever lost.” – Italian Proverb

“In all things it is better to hope than to despair.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.” – Dalai Lama

“Hope is a good thing, maybe even the best of things, and good things never die.” – Stephen King

“In reality, hope is the worst of all evils, because it prolongs man’s torments.”– Friedrich Nietzsche

Rebecca Solnit hopeful quote "Hope is a​n embrace of the unknown​"

“Hope is a​n embrace of the unknown​.” – Rebecca Solnit

“All the interests of my reason, speculative as well as practical, combine in the three following questions: 1. What can I know? 2. What ought I to do? 3. What may I hope?” – Immanuel Kant

“Hope is outreaching desire with expectancy of good. It is a characteristic of all living beings.” – Edward Ame

“To live without hope is to cease to live.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Hope is such a beautiful word, but it often seems very fragile. Life is still being needlessly hurt and destroyed.” – Michael Jackson

"When the world says “give up,” hope whispers try it one more time"

“When the world says “give up,” hope whispers try it one more time.” – Unknown

“While there’s life, there’s hope.” – Marcus Tulius Cicero

“To wish was to hope, and to hope was to expect.” – Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

“Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.” – Helen Keller

“There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.” – Baruch Spinoza

Thomas Carlyle quote "A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope"

“A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope.” – Thomas Carlyle

“Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man.” – Victor Hugo

“Hope is a force of nature. Don’t let anyone tell you different.” – Jim Butcher

“Where there is no hope, it is incumbent on us to invent it.” – Albert Camus

“Hope, it is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength, and your greatest weakness.” – The Architect, The Matrix Reloaded

Desmond Tutu hope quote "Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness"

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu

Hopeful Quotes

“Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the windows which hope has opened.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what is still possible for you to do.” – Pope John XXIII

Anne Frank hopeful quote "I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains"

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” – Anne Frank

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” – Bill Keane

“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” – Oscar Wilde

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” – Shel Silverstein

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” – Tom Bodett

"The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep"

“The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.” – E. Joseph Cossman

“No matter where you are on your journey, that’s exactly where you need to be. The next road is always ahead.” – Oprah Winfrey

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” – Barack Obama

“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” – Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

Pablo Neruda quote "You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming"

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” – Pablo Neruda

“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.” – James A. Michener

“Out of difficulties grow miracles.” – Jean de la Bruyère

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

“A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.” – Carl Sandburg

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

John Milson quote about hope "Every cloud has a silver lining"

“Every cloud has a silver lining.” – John Milson

“The darkest hours are just before dawn.” – English Proverb

“This is where it all begins. Everything starts here, today.” – David Nicholls, One Day

“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” – Helen Keller

“A sobering thought: what if, at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?” – Jane Wagner

Emily Dickinson hopeful quote "I dwell in possibility"

“I dwell in possibility.” – Emily Dickinson

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs

“Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” – Winston Churchill

“We are made to persist. That’s how we find out who we are.” – Tobias Wolff

“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Allison Croggon hopeful quote "While the heart beats, hope lingers"

“While the heart beats, hope lingers.” – Alison Croggon

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” – J.K. Rowling

“There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison

“You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated.” – Maya Angelou

"You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore"

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” – William Faulkner

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” – Woodrow Wilson

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus

African Proverb "However long the night, the dawn will break"

“However long the night, the dawn will break.” – African Proverb

“Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.” – John F. Kennedy

“I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution.” – Werner Von Braun

“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.” – O.S. Marden

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”– Winston Churchill

John Green quote "We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken"

“We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken.” – John Green

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” – Louisa May Alcott

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.” – Albert Schweitzer

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

Marcus Aurelius quote "What we do now echoes in eternity"

“What we do now echoes in eternity.” – Marcus Aurelius

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” – Audrey Hepburn

“The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man.” – T.S. Eliot

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!” – Dr. Seuss

“The difference between hope and despair is a different way of telling stories from the same facts.” – Alain de Botton

Shannon Butcher hope quote "A person can do incredible things if he or she has enough hope"

“A person can do incredible things if he or she has enough hope.” – Shannon K. Butcher

“I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.” – Benjamin Disraeli

Quotes about Never Losing Hope

“When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Keep a little fire burning; however small, however hidden.” – Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Roy T Bennett quote "Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever"

“Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever.” – Roy T. Bennett

“If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.” – Mary Pickford

“Even in the mud and scum of things, something always, always sings.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.” – Paulo Coelho

“That was all a man needed: hope. It was lack of hope that discouraged a man.” – Charles Bukowski, Factotum

MLK quote "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope"

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“It’s the children the world almost breaks who grow up to save it.” – Frank Warren

“It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.” – Michael Jackson

“When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.” – Pittacus Lore

Charles Swindoll quote "Two words will help you cope when you run low on hope: accept and trust"

“Two words will help you cope when you run low on hope: accept and trust.” – Charles Swindoll

“We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming – well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate.” – Amy Tan

“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Don’t lose hope. You never know what tomorrow may bring. “ – Unknown

“My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes.” – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

"Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory"

“Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“In a time of destruction, create something.” – Maxine Hong Kingston

“But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.” – Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Fall of Atlantis

Robert Brault quote "Where hope would otherwise become hopelessness, it becomes faith"

“Where hope would otherwise become hopelessness, it becomes faith.” – Robert Brault

“Just as despair can come to one another only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.” – Ellie Wiesel

“The sun always comes up. Spring always comes after winter. The river always reach the ocean. Always.” – Maxime Legacé

“Never lose hope. Never forget the power of intentions and desires.” – Debasish Mridha

Lao Tzu hopeful quote "Hopeful, we are halfway to where we want to go; hopeless, we are lost forever"

“Hopeful, we are halfway to where we want to go; hopeless, we are lost forever.” – Lao Tzu

We hope these hope quotes lifted your spirits! Feel free to share your own hopeful quotes in the comments.

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