Hope Quotes That Will Instantly Lift You Up

Having a hard time seeing the light at the end of the tunnel? These powerful quotes may inspire you to tap hidden reserves and pull through.

Hope Quotes - Maxine Hong Kingston

Hope Quotes That Are Sure to Inspire

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

Desmond Tutu quote

Hope is Light

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

Amanda Gorman quote

Hope is Bravery

“The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it.” —U.S. National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman

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Hope for Tomorrow

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

Shel Silverstein quote

Hope for Children

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’s. 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

Hope quotes - JRR Tolkien quote

Worth Fighting For

“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.” —J.R.R. Tolkien

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Charles Dickens quote

Hope to the Last

“It’s always something, to know you’ve done the most you could. But, don’t leave off hoping, or it’s of no use doing anything. Hope, hope to the last!” —Charles Dickens

Paulo Coelho quote

Strive to Become Better

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” —Paulo Coelho

Italian proverb about hope

Hope is Never Lost

“Hope is the last thing ever lost.” —Italian proverb

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John Lennon Imagine lyrics

Dare to Dream

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” —John Lennon

Martin Luther King Jr Quote

Stars of Hope

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

Anne Frank quote

Inherent Goodness

“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” —Anne Frank

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William Faulkner quote

Have Courage

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

Barack Obama quote

Something Better Awaits

“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

Aristotle quote on hope

What is Hope?

“Hope is a waking dream.” —Aristotle

Leonard Cohen quote

How the Light Gets In

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” —Leonard Cohen

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Hope Quotes - Edward S. Ame

Expectancy of Good

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

Lemony Snicket quote

Fleeting Nature

“Strange as it may seem, I still hope for the best, even though the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely arrives, and even when it does it can be lost so easily.” —Lemony Snicket

Catherine Pulsifer quote

Expect Only the Best

“Never give up. Have hope. Expect only the best from life and take action to get it.” —Catherine Pulsifer

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True Legacy

“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” —Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

John Guare quote

Think of tomorrow

“It’s amazing how a little tomorrow can make up for a whole lot of yesterday.” —John Guare

Hope quotes - Stephen King

The Best of Things

“Remember, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” —Stephen King

Hope quotes - Theodore Roosevelt

Hold On

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

Wilfred Peterson quote

We Need More Hope

“The world needs less heat and more light. It needs less of the heat of anger, revenge, retaliation, and more of the light of ideas, faith, courage, aspiration, joy, love and hope.” —Wilfred Peterson

Amy Tan quote

Keep Dreaming

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

Fritz Knapp quote

First Failure, Then Hope

“In fact, hope is best gained after defeat and failure, because then inner strength and toughness is produced.” —Fritz Knapp

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Jan Dargatz quote

Be Positive

“A positive statement propels hope toward a better future, it builds up your faith and that of others, and it promotes change.” —Jan Dargatz

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“We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken.” —Albert Einstein

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