Hope is something that there is far too little of in the world. People focus on the negative things that are happening and forget that subtle hope for the future. Here we’ve collected the top 10 most inspiring hope quotes to remind you that there are things worth hoping for in this world, no matter how dark things may seem.
Top 10 Inspiring Hope Quotes
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
– Desmond Tutu
There will always be darkness in the world, because it is the nature of some humans to revel in the darkness and seek to spread it. Don’t let yourself become mired in someone else’s darkness, because no matter how dark things seem, there is always light to be found. Spend your time looking for that light, and spread it to others. You can effect a great change in the world without any effort at all.
“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Hope gives us the ability to look forward and see the possibilities that can carry you through all the hard things in life. If you have something to look forward to, it makes the difficult things that may be happening today easier to handle. If you have something good ahead of you, it’s easier to get through the darkness of your day.
“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.” – Maya Angelou”
You shouldn’t expect or hope to be happy 100% of the time. Instead, try to find a balance between the happiness and sadness in your life. Like Maya Angelou says, laugh as much as you cry, because there will always be things that make you cry whether you want them to or not, but you have to seek out the things that will make you laugh, and the people that will love you.
“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.” – Elbert Hubbard
Don’t let yourself be discouraged by failure. Instead, focus on the individual points of failure and fix them, one by one. By putting more effort into whatever you’ve failed at, you can turn any failure into something successful, even if it’s not what you originally intended. Where would we be now if Thomas Edison had given up after his first few attempts at creating the light bulb failed?
“Hope is a thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson’s eloquent words easily sum up what hope is: it’s a beautiful, radiant bird that perches itself within your mind, your heart, and your soul and gives you the courage and the strength to face whatever lies ahead. Don’t chase it away by focusing on negative thoughts. Entice it, encourage it to remain, and you may find that being hopeful comes more easily to you.
“Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.” – Jonas Salk
Jonas Salk is best known for his discovery of the polio vaccine that changed and saved the lives of generations of children after its implementation in 1955. Salk was one of those individuals that was able to take hope and make it into something tangible. He turned his dream into reality, and it has benefitted the whole of mankind, giving hope to generations of families that would have otherwise had to face the horrors of polio. That in itself is the embodiment of hope.
“We must rediscover the distinction between hope and expectation.” – Ivan Illich
The problem with today’s world is that we no longer hope for things. Instead, we are preoccupied with our instant gratification and the fact that nearly anything we want can be obtained immediately or within a few days. We need to forget those expectations of instant gratification, and instead restore hope to what it should truly be: a thing that we look forward to and strive for, not something that we can grab anytime we want.
“Hope is the pillar that holds up the world. Hope is the dream of a waking man.” – Pliny the Elder
Hope is the thing that carries us through every phase of our evolution from Stone Age Neanderthals to today’s modern man: The hope that there is something better on the horizon, that we can become something more than we are today. It’s what has fueled all of our innovations and advances from the dawn of time.
“Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.” – Martin Luther
We always hope that no matter what is going on, there is something better waiting for us if we can just hang on for another day, or another hour, or another moment. Everything that we have ever accomplished or will ever accomplish in the future is all built up on a foundation of hope.
“At the end of the day, we must go forward with hope and not backward by fear and division.” – Jesse Jackson
Fear is the one thing that keeps us from moving forward: fear of the unknown or of failure or of the things that we can’t see and don’t wish to know. Don’t give in to fear. Instead, focus on the hope for the future and all of the amazing things that we can reach if we dare to hope.
If just one of these hope quotes has inspired you to hope a little more or to bring hope to others, then it has done its job. Hope is something that we should treasure, not neglect in favor of instant gratification and material possessions. A little bit of hope goes a long way, especially when give to someone who has none.