is a feeling of expectation, belief and desire.


“But groundless hope, like unconditional love, is the only kind worth having.”

John Perry Barlow (born 1947); essayist, lyricist

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900); novelist, playwright

“We live by our genius for hope; we survive by our talent for dispensing with it.”

V.S. Pritchett (1900-1997); writer, critic

“Hope, like the gleaming taper's light, Adorns and cheers our way; And still, as darker grows the night, Emits a brighter ray.”

Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774); poet, playwright, physician

“The hope, and not the fact, of advancement, is the spur to industry.”

Sir Henry Taylor (1800-1886); author

“Wisdom begins in Wonder.”

Socrates (469-399); philosopher

“Happiness can be found in even the darkest of times, but only to those who remember to turn on the light.”

Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter character

“There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle.”

Robert Alden

“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963); 35th US President

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination, full of hope.”

Maya Angelou (born 1928); Poet, dancer, producer, playwright, director, author

“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 (1888-1955); motivational author

“The great essentials for happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.”

Joseph Addison (1672-1719); English essayist, poet, playwright and politician.

“Hope, deceitful though it be, is at least of this good use to us that while we are traveling through this life, it conducts us by an easier and more pleasant way to our journey's end.”

François Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680); writer, moralist

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826); 3rd U.S. President

“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 (1936-2011); poet, playwright, 1st president of Czech Republic

“Work without Hope draws nectar in a sieve, And Hope without an object cannot live.”

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834); poet

“I have the greatest weapon, I have hope.”

Sophia Mendoza Master Sergeant, US Army

“In a mood of faith and hope my work goes on. A ream of fresh paper lies on my desk waiting for the next book. I am a writer and I take up my pen to write.”

Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973); writer, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner

“Where hope grows, miracles blossom.”

Elna Rae

“Hope, like faith, is nothing if it is not courageous; it is nothing if it is not ridiculous.”

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975); novelist, playwright

“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.”

Barbara Kingsolver (born 1955); author, poet, essayist

“Once you choose hope, anything is possible.”

Christopher Reeve (1952-2004); actor, producer, director, and writer; best known for his role as Superman

“Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons do not last. The spring rains will come.”

Sarah Ban Breathnach writer

“Liberty requires opportunity to make a living — a living decent according to the standard of the time, a living which gives a man not only enough to live by, but something to live for.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945); 32nd U.S. President

“Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change - this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.”

Bruce Barton (1886-1967); politician, author, executive

“A life full of enthusiasm, hope and contributions through one's own talent is a life well lived.”

Kimberly Day American Writer and Poet

“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968); minister, civil rights activist

“May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

“God's promises are like the stars; the darker the night the brighter they shine.”

David Nicholas

“Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment. ”

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821); Emporer of France

“There is no investment you can make which will pay you so well as the effort to scatter sunshine and good cheer through your establishment.”

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924); author, publisher

“If you can't have faith in what is held up to you for faith, you must find things to believe in yourself, for a life without faith in something is too narrow a space to live.”

Alec Bourne

“Hope is always available to us. When we feel defeated, we need only take a deep breath and say, "Yes," and hope will reappear.”

Monroe Forester

“I do not at all understand the mystery of grace - only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.”

Anne Lamott author, political activist

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tunes without the words and never stops at all.”

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886); poet

“Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.”

Bhagavad Gita (born 500);

“There is no hope of joy except in human relations.”

Antoine de Sainte-Exupery (1900-1944); (1900-1944); aviator, writer

“Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It 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 (1936-2011); poet, playwright, 1st president of Czech Republic

“Try it one more time.”


“Morale is the state of mind. It is steadfastness and courage and hope. It is confidence and zeal and loyalty. It is élan, esprit de corps and determination.”

George C. Marshall (1880-1959); U.S. Army general

“The power of hope upon human exertion, and happiness, is wonderful.”

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865); 16th U.S. President

“Take hope from the heart of man and you make him a beast of prey.”

Ouida [Marie Louise De La Ramée] (1839-1908); novelist

“In the face of uncertainty there is nothing wrong with hope.”

O. Carl Simonton (1942-2009); Oncologist

“True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings: Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616); dramatist, poet

“Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops... at all. ”

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886); poet

“Just as man cannot live without dreams, he cannot live without hope. If dreams reflect the past, hope summons the future.”

Elie Wiesel (born 1928); writer, humanitarian

“The sacredness, if there is any, is all in yourself and not in the place.”

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862); naturalist, author, philosopher

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.”

Helen Keller (1880-1968); author, lecturer, activist

“If we were logical, the future would be bleak indeed. But we are more than logical. We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope.”

Jacques Cousteau (1910-1997); marine biologist, diver, explorer

“As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread and the scene is not desolate. Hope is the one thing left to us in a bad time. ”

E. B. White (1899-1985); Author

“The flower that follows the sun does so even in cloudy days.”

Robert Leighton (1611-1684); preacher, bishop, academic

“All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope.”

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870); writer, author

“Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams.”

Pope John XXIII (1881-1963); 261st Pope of the Roman Catholic Church

“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 author, political activist

“Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory.”

Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993); preacher, author

“Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.”

Sonia Ricotti Author, motivational speaker

“He who has faith has... an inward reservoir of courage, hope, confidence, calmness, and assuring trust that all will come out well - even though to the world it may appear to come out most badly.”

B. C. Forbes (1880-1954); financial journalist; founded Forbes Magazine

“Someday all you’ll have to light the way will be a single ray of hope, and that will be enough.”

Kobi Yamada Author

“Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.”

Storm Jameson (1891-1986); author

“One must always hope when one is desperate, and doubt when one hopes.”

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880); novelist

“Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It 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 (1936-2011); poet, playwright, 1st president of Czech Republic

“In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.”

Albert Camus (1913-1960); author and philosopher

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