Posted by: Anne | August 6, 2009

quotes about hope, part one

It has never been, and never will be easy work! But 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.

Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.
— Jacques Prevert.

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow by conflict.
— William Ellery Channing.

To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime.
— Erich Fromm.

The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.
— Norman Cousins.

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.

A Christian will part with anything rather than his hope; he knows that hope will keep the heart both from aching and breaking, from fainting and sinking; he knows that hope is a beam of God, a spark of glory, and that nothing shall extinguish it till the soul be filled with glory.
— Thomas Brooks.

Obstacles are those frightful things we see when we take our eyes off our goal.
— Henry Ford.

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. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.
— Anne Lamott.

We judge of man’s wisdom by his hope.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson.

True hope dwells on the possible, even when life seems to be a plot written by someone who wants to see how much adversity we can overcome.
— Walter Anderson.

Hope is the pillar that holds up the world.
— Pliny the Elder.

Every possibility exists somewhere as a shadow of the real.
— Edward S. Corwin.

Hope is medicine for a soul that’s sick and tired.
— Eric Swensson.

Est autem fides credere quod nondum vides;
cuius fidei merces est videre quod credis.
[Faith is to believe what you do not see;
the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.]
— St. Augustine.

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.

The very least you can do in your life is to 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.

Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.
— Augustine of Hippo.

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

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.

In the dark dreary nights, when the storm is at its most fierce, the lighthouse burns bright so the sailors can find their way home again. In life the same light burns. This light is fueled with love, faith, and hope. And through life’s most fierce storms these three burn their brightest so we also can find our way home again.
— Unknown.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
— Jeremiah 29:11

(sources: here and

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