We all have experienced a time, or two, when we felt like all was lost and there was just no way out, or through, a major life crisis or challenge. A time you felt completely desolate—deserted, lonely, hopeless, and sad, and wondered if you ever would see the light at the end of the tunnel. I know I have, and it was during those times I discovered the power of hope quotes.
Hope quotes help you reflect on past and current journeys, whatever the story, and remind you that there is always hope and a light at the end of the tunnel. The outcome may be slightly different, but often for your higher good.
My Favorite Hope Quotes
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
~ Alexander Pope
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.
~ Samuel Smiles
When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways – either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength. Thanks to the teachings of Buddha, I have been able to take this second way.
~ Dalai Lama
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
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
~ Dalai Lama
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
Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.
~ Robert H. Schuller
Survival was my only hope, success my only revenge.
~ Patricia Cornwell
He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.
~ Thomas Carlyle
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
~ Albert Einstein
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
Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”
~ Langston Hughes
You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.
~ William Faulkner
The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.
~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
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
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…
~ Alfred Lord Tennyson
It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars.
~ Richard Evans
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.
~ Bil Keane
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
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
~ Abraham Lincoln
Exercise for Reflection: Hope Quotes
- Which hope quote stood out for you the most? And, why.
- Was there a time you felt totally desolate and didn’t know what to do next? Did you ‘just’ give up or did you do something else? If something else, what was it?
- Was there a time you felt totally desolate and put all your trust into faith and hope? If yes, how did that turn out? What did you feel? What did you learn?