Hope Sayings and Quotes

Hope is a powerful force. It can pull you from the depths of despair or fuel your dreams. With hope, anything is possible. Without it, life is a dull prospect. Embrace your inner optimist with the wise and insightful hope quotes below.

Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.      

W. Rawley

A drowning man will clutch at a straw.      

Sir Thomas More

However long the night, the dawn will break.      

African Proverb - Hausa Tribe

If it were not for hope, the heart would break.      

Greek (on attitude)

Keep your eyes on the sun and you will not see the shadows.      

Australian Aborigine Saying

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.     

Desmond Tutu

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

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

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there's no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.     

Laini Taylor

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.     

Samuel Smiles

Keep your best wishes, close to your heart and watch what happens     

Tony DeLiso

Walk on with hope in your heart, and you'll never walk alone     

Shah Rukh Khan

When you're at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on     

Theodore Roosevelt

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 H. Spurgeon

What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life.     

Emil Brunner

Hope is a beautiful thing. It gives us peace and strength, and keeps us going when all seems lost. Accepting what you cannot change doesn't mean you have given up on hope. It just means you have to focus your hope on more humanly tangible and attainable goals.     

Julie Donner Andersen

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

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

Hope 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 universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity.     

Robert G. Ingersoll

Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears, not to oust them.      

Vincent McNabb

Hope is one of the principal springs that keep mankind in motion.     

Thomas Fuller

Hope is medicine for a soul that's sick and tired.     

Eric Swensson

There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.     

O. S. Marden

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

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

Samuel Smiles

Of all ills that one endures, hope is a cheap and universal cure.     

Abraham Cowley

Hope is sweet-minded and sweet-eyed. It draws pictures; it weaves fancies; it fills the future with delight.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Hope is tenacious. It goes on living and working when science has dealt it what should be its deathblow.     

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.     

Anne Lamott

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

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

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

Every cloud has a silver lining.      

D.R. Locke

Every jack has his jill; if only they can find each other.      

R. Cotgrave

Every pot will find its lid.     

Yiddish (on marriage)

Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.      

Thomas Norton and Thomas Sackville

Hope springs eternal.      

Alexander Pope

The darkest hours are just before dawn.      

English Proverb

Where there's life, there's hope.      


Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.      

Robert H. Schuller

Only in the darkness can you see the stars.     

Martin Luther King Jr.

Never give up. Expect only the best from life and take action to get it.     

Catherine Pulsifer

Hope is outreaching desire with expectancy of good. It is a characteristic of all living beings.     

Edward S. Ame

As long as we have hope, we have direction, the energy to move, and the map to move by     

Hong Kong Proverb

Once you choose hope, anything's possible.     

Christopher Reeve

You've gotta have hope. Without hope life is meaningless. Without hope life is meaning less and less.     

Author Unknown

Hope is passion for what is possible     

Soren Kierkegaard

We always kept in our hearts the most noble, beautiful feeling that sets human beings apart: hope.     

Manel Loureiro

There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for.     

J. R. R. Tolkien

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.     

Francis Bacon

Maybe everyone can live beyond what they’re capable of.     

Markus Zusak

Will but refuse to lose heart and hope.     

Mahatma Gandhi

In all things it is better to hope than to despair.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Hope is the dream of a soul awake.     

French Proverb

Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.     

George Iles

While I breathe, I hope.     

Latin Proverb

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

He who has health, has hope. And he who has hope, has everything.     

Suzanne Gibbs Taylor

If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.     

Joseph Addison

What is true of the individual will be tomorrow true of the whole nation if individuals will but refuse to lose heart and hope.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay.     

Maya Angelou

If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.     

Henry Ford

A lot of people give up just before they're about to make it. You know you never know when that next obstacle is going to be the last one.     

Chuck Norris

Seeing another caterpillar who believed enough to make his own cocoon. And that peculiar hope which had kept her off the pillar and leapt within her when she heard about butterflies.      

Trina Paulus

For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one also hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.     

Romans 8:24-25

Hope is an indication of certainly, a strong and confident expectation.     

Krishna J. Guilbeau

Hope comes from different channels of existence, and what I do know is when all hope is gonem everything else is gone: a will to fight, to live, to press on.     

Krishna J. Guilbeau

When you steal someone's hope, when you take someone's hope or even prey on someone's hope: you have taken away their drive to live.     

Krishna J. Guilbeau

Faith is hope, love is hope, prayer is hope, and we need to be each others hope. A life is unpredictable, a life is uncertain, but you should try having a conversation of hope, and you'll see that God is undeniable.     

Krishna J. Guilbeau

Renewed hope can usher us into the presence of God.     

Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain

We can feel locked within a prison cell of problems; but there is hope because Jesus holds the key that fits the lock, of our prison door of despair.     

Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain

Learning on our own understanding, will only cause a fall; but when we lean on God, as a crutch of strength and a crutch of hope, then we will be lifted up, above despair.     

Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain

Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.     

Langston Hughes

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

There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life. Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, 'Wait and Hope'.     

Alexandre Dumas

But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.     

Martin Luther King

Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering 'it will be happier'.     

Alfred Lord Tennyson

It's amazing how a little tomorrow can make up for a whole lot of yesterday.     

John Guare

You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.     

Pablo Neruda

Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever.     

Roy T. Bennett

There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.     

Leonard Cohen

We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming - well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate.     

Amy Tan

Hope is a waking dream.     


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

There is a saying in Tibetan, 'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.' No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster.     

Dalai Lama XIV

It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars.     

Richard Evans

Shoot for the moon, even if you fail, you'll land among the stars     

Cecelia Ahern

Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.     

Stephen King

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

One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.     

Antonio Porchia

We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken.     

John Green

Hope is one of the greatest gifts,God gave to man / And it is never to be found in a can.     


Where bright prismatic colours shew / How gems of heavenly radiance glow / Just like Hope.     

Charlotte Smith

Hope is a tattered flag and a dream of time / Hope is a heartspun word, the rainbow, the shadblow in white.     

Carl Sandburg

Hope was but a timid friend / She sat without the grated den / Watching how my fate would tend / Even as selfish-hearted men.     

Emily Jane Brontë

Hope, whose whisper would have given / Balm to all my frenzied pain / Stretched her wings, and soared to heaven / Went, and ne'er returned again!     

Emily Jane Brontë

At the threshold of life hope leads us in / Hope plays round the mirthful boy / Though the best of its charms may with youth begin / Yet for age it reserves its toy.     

Friedrich Schiller

If hope grew on a bush / And joy grew on a tree / What a nosegay for the plucking There would be!     

Christina Georgina Rossetti

Hope bursts all radiant on the sight / Her words the troubled bosom sooth.     

James Beattie

Hope for the best / But expect the worst So you won't get let down so much / When good things don't happen.     

The Best

Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous. A spark is fine, as long as it's contained.     

Gary Ross

There can be miracles, when you believe Though hope is frail, it's hard to kill. Who knows what miracles you can achieve. When you believe, somehow you will You will when you believe.     

Philip LaZebnik

Hope is what gets you out of bed in the morning when it's the day of prom and you haven't been asked.     

Seth MacFarlane

I think a man only needs one thing in life. He just needs someone to love. If you can't give him that, then give him something to hope for. And if you can't give him that, just give him something to do.     

Lukas Heller

Even in the darkest soul, there's always hope. People want to believe in something greater, and it may be easier to hate, but it's stronger to love.     

Jerry Siegel

For soon everything will be changing / In a single glance / Where it all enchants / And every hope is worth saving.     

Paul O'Neill

Here's a hope that those bright eyes will shine / Lovingly, longingly soon into mine!      

Dorothy Donnelly

Here's a hope that those soft arms will twine / Tenderly, trustingly soon around mine!      

Dorothy Donnelly

The thrill of hope / The weary world rejoices / For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.     

Adolph Adam

O God our help in ages past / Our hope for years to come / Our shelter from the stormy blast And our eternal home.     

Tommy Walker