Hope Quotes

“Everything that is done in this world is done by hope.” – Martin Luther “I dwell in possibility.” – Emily Dickinson

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” – Nelson Mandela “It is because of hope that you suffer. It is through hope that you’ll change things.” – Maxime Lagacé “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” Desmond Tutu “The darkest hours are just before dawn.” – English Proverb “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” – Martin Luther King Jr “In all things it is better to hope than to despair.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe “Hope never abandons you, you abandon it.” – George Weinberg

“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

“All human eyes have longing in them.” – Ernesto Cardenal

“Hope is passion for what is possible.” – Søren Kierkegaard

“Hope is a​n embrace of the unknown​.” – Rebecca Solnit

“If you are tired, keep going.
If you are scared, keep going. If you are hungry, keep going.
If you want to taste freedom, keep going.”
– Harriet Tubman

“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

“There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.”
― Leonard Cohen

“My vision of hope is a sense of radical uncertainty, with the possibility of intervention, to shape the future.”  – Rebecca Solnit

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts.
Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts.
Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me…
Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”
― Shel Silverstein

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs “Hope is alive … you don’t have to do the whole world, you just have to do your own corner.” – Sylvia Boorstein about breaking big problems into small, actionable steps.

“Anticipate, but don’t expect.Anticipation: You’re excited for what the future holds, but you don’t try to control it.

Expectation: You try to predict the future and restrict your happiness to one outcome.

Always be excited about the possibilities. Never be entitled to them.” -James Clear

“Mankind is challenged, as it has never been challenged before, to prove its maturity and its mastery — not of nature, but of itself …Therein lies our hope and our destiny.” – Rachel Carson

“Hope is a disposition of the soul to persuade itself that what it desires will come to pass, which is caused by a particular movement of the spirits, namely, by that of mingled joy and desire. And fear is another disposition of the soul, which persuades it that the thing will not come to pass. And it is to be noted that, although these two passions are contrary, one may nonetheless have them both together, that is, when one considers different reasons at the same time, some of which cause one to judge that the fulfillment of one’s desires is a straightforward matter, while others make it seem difficult.

“…When hope is so strong that it altogether drives out fear, its nature changes and it becomes complacency or confidence. And when we are certain that what we desire will come to pass, even though we go on wanting it to come to pass, we nonetheless cease to be agitated by the passion of desire which caused us to look forward to the outcome with anxiety. Likewise, when fear is so extreme that it leaves no room at all for hope, it is transformed into despair; and this despair, representing the thing as impossible, extinguishes desire altogether, for desire bears only on possible things.” – Descartes

“However, the disturbing truth is that many of our most important hopes do not seem to be justified according to evidence; and in fact, some of our hopes may even run contrary to evidence (as when we may hope for the health of a loved one who is terribly sick). Yet from another perspective, it seems we should hope for certain things, that we are better off for having hoped, even if it means that our hope goes against our rational beliefs – for without hope, we could cease to live, or succumb to despair. In such cases, the praiseworthy thing may be to hope, even if doing so requires us to undermine our rationally held beliefs.” – Mark Bernier

“Hope springs eternal in the human breast.” – Alexander Pope

“Hope is not blind optimism. It’s not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It’s not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it, and to fight for it. Hope is the belief that destiny will not be written for us, but by us, by the men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, who have the courage to remake the world as it should be.” – Barack Obama

Optimism and Pessimism

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

“I am not an optimist.  I am a very serious possibilist.” – Hans Rosling

“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed” – Alexander Pope

“Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.” ― George Bernard Shaw

“I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will” – Antonio Gramsci

“The mere fact of thinking that a good may be acquired or an evil avoided is sufficient to produce the desire for this to come to pass.” – Descartes

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward.” – Nelson Mandela

“Negativity is important.  Nobody can flourish without it.  Even the happiest people cry when they lose someone or something they cherish.  They’re angered by injustice and frightened by danger.  Their stomachs turn when they see vomit or witness human atrocities… There’s no emotion that needs to be forever shunned or repressed.”

-Dr. Barbara Fredrickson

“Dispositional optimism, as defined by generalized positive expectations for the future, virtually always predicts better psychological adjustment. In numerous studies, the more positive people expected their futures to be, the better their mood, the fewer their psychiatric symptoms, and the better their adjustment to diverse situations including college transition, pregnancy, cardiac surgery, and caregiving.” – Suzanne Segerstrom et al.

“This rather simple difference—anticipating good versus anticipating bad—is linked to core processes that underlie behavior. The ways in which optimists and pessimists differ in their approach to the world have substantial impact on their lives. These people differ in how they confront problems; they differ in how well they cope with adversity; they also differ in their resources, both social and socioeconomic.”  – Suzanne Segerstrom et al.

Pragmatism or Dreaming

“80% of success is showing up” woody Allen

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

“There is a redemptive power that making a choice has rather than feeling that you’re at effect to all the things that are happening. Make a CHOICE! You just decide: what it’s going to be, who you’re going to be and how you’re going to do it and from that point the universe is going to get out of your way, it’s like water. It wants to move and get around stuff.” – Will Smith

“Being realistic is the most common road to mediocrity. Why would you be realistic? What’s the point of being realistic? It’s unrealistic to walk in a room, flip a switch and have the lights come on. That’s unrealistic – fortunately Thomas Edison didn’t think so. It’s unrealistic to think you’re going to bend a piece of metal and fly people over an ocean in a tube of metal. That’s unrealistic – but fortunately the Wright Brothers didn’t believe that.” — Will Smith.

“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” – Oprah Winfrey

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