Hope Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old hope quotes, hope sayings, and hope proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A drowning man will clutch at a straw.      

Sir Thomas More (1478-1535)

Every cloud has a silver lining.      

D.R. Locke (1863)

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

R. Cotgrave (1611)

Every pot will find its lid.     

Yiddish (on marriage)

Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.      

Thomas Norton & Thomas Sackville (1536-1608)

Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.      

W. Rawley (1661)

Hope springs eternal.      

Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

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

Look at the bright side.      

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Never give up hope.      

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No river can return to its source, yet all rivers must have a beginning.     

Native American (on impossibility)

The darkest hours are just before dawn.      

English Proverb

Where there's life, there's hope.      

Theocritus (c.270 BC)

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

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Desmond Tutu

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

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

Robert H. Schuller

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

Samuel Smiles

Only in the darkness can you see the stars.     

Martin Luther King Jr.

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 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

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

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

Catherine Pulsifer

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

Emil Brunner

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

Edward S. Ame