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.      -- unknown
Never give up hope.      -- unknown
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
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
As long as we have hope, we have direction, the energy to move, and the map to move by     -- Hong Kong Proverb
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
Once you choose hope, anything's possible.     -- Christopher Reeve
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
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
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
Of all ills that one endures, hope is a cheap and universal cure.     -- Abraham Cowley
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 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 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
We always kept in our hearts the most noble, beautiful feeling that sets human beings apart: hope.     -- Manel Loureiro
Hope is tenacious. It goes on living and working when science has dealt it what should be its deathblow.     -- Paul Laurence Dunbar
Hope is sweet-minded and sweet-eyed. It draws pictures; it weaves fancies; it fills the future with delight.     -- Henry Ward Beecher