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30 Hope Quotes That Will Instantly Lift You Up

Read these hope quotes to get you through a tough time, or just for a little inspiration.

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Hope is the one thing that can help us get through the darkest of times. If you’re going through a difficult time, or need some inspiration to help guide you in your next phase of life, these hope quotes will help to lift you up. You might also find motivation reading through these inspirational quotes, life-changing quotes, or if you also need a laugh, these funny quotes.

"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." —Desmond Tuturd.com

Hope is light

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” —Desmond Tutu.

"The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light if only we're brave enough to see it, if only we're brave enough to be it." — National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gormanrd.com

Hope is bravery

“The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it.” — National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman. Read through these family quotes that are sure to hit close to home.

 "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." —Albert Einstein.rd.com

Hope for tomorrow

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” —Albert Einstein. These uplifting quotes will stay with you.

"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.rd.com

Hope for children

“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. These inspiring Winnie the Pooh quotes will tug at your heartstrings.

"Fear never builds the future, but hope does." —Joe Biden.rd.com

Building the future

“Fear never builds the future, but hope does.” —Joe Biden. Read through these Maya Angelou quotes.

"There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for." —J.R.R. Tolkienrd.com

Fight for the world

“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.” —J.R.R. Tolkien. These best friend quotes sum up the value of friendship.

"It's always something, to know you've done the most you could. But, don't leave off hoping, or it's of no use doing anything. Hope, hope to the last!" —Charles Dickensrd.com

Hope to the last

“It’s always something, to know you’ve done the most you could. But, don’t leave off hoping, or it’s of no use doing anything. Hope, hope to the last!” —Charles Dickens. If you need hope after a bad breakup, these relationship quotes will help to get you through.

"When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too." —Paulo Coelhord.com

Love for better

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” —Paulo Coelho. For some more great love quotes, check out these romantic Valentine’s Day quotes.

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one." —John Lennonrd.com

We’re all dreamers

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” —John Lennon. These quotes about forgiveness will make you put down your grudges.

"Hope is the last thing ever lost." —Italian proverbrd.com

Hope is never lost

“Hope is the last thing ever lost.” —Italian proverb. Check out these J.K. Rowling quotes that can motivate you through any slump.

"But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars." —Martin Luther King, Jr.rd.com

Stars of hope

“But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.” —Martin Luther King, Jr. Here are some other inspirational quotes from MLK.

"It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart." —Anne Frankrd.com

People are good at heart

“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” —Anne Frank. Hope quotes aren’t the only ones that inspire you to be better. These success quotes will get you motivated to be your best.

"You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore." —William Faulkner.rd.com

Have courage

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” —William Faulkner.

“Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all the 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.” —Barack Obama.rd.com

Something better awaits

“Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all the 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.” —Barack Obama.

"In a time of destruction, create something." —Maxine Hong Kingston.rd.com

Create something new

“In a time of destruction, create something.” —Maxine Hong Kingston. These are the best one-liners from movies that you’ll want to say over and over again.

"The very least you can do in your life is 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.rd.com

Live in your hope

“The very least you can do in your life is 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 is outreaching desire with expectancy of good. It is a characteristic of all living beings." —Edward S. Ame.rd.com

All beings have hope

“Hope is outreaching desire with expectancy of good. It is a characteristic of all living beings.” —Edward S. Ame.

"Strange as it may seem, I still hope for the best, even though the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely arrives, and even when it does it can be lost so easily." —Lemony Snicketrd.com

Hope rarely arrives

“Strange as it may seem, I still hope for the best, even though the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely arrives, and even when it does it can be lost so easily.” —Lemony Snicket. Hope quotes aren’t the only things written in books. Check out this list of the 30 most quotable books (and our favorite lines from each).

"Never give up. Have hope. Expect only the best from life and take action to get it." —Catherine Pulsifer.rd.com

Always have hope

“Never give up. Have hope. Expect only the best from life and take action to get it.” —Catherine Pulsifer.

"The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy." —Kalu Ndukwe Kalu.rd.com

Do things for others

“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” —Kalu Ndukwe Kalu.

"It's amazing how a little tomorrow can make up for a whole lot of yesterday." —John Guare.rd.com

Hope for tomorrow

“It’s amazing how a little tomorrow can make up for a whole lot of yesterday.” —John Guare. Check out these moving quotes about peace from world leaders.

"Remember, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies." —Stephen King.rd.com

Good things don’t die

“Remember, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” —Stephen King.

"The world needs less heat and more light. It needs less of the heat of anger, revenge, retaliation, and more of the light of ideas, faith, courage, aspiration, joy, love and hope." —Wilfred Petersonrd.com

We need more hope

“The world needs less heat and more light. It needs less of the heat of anger, revenge, retaliation, and more of the light of ideas, faith, courage, aspiration, joy, love and hope.” —Wilfred Peterson. If you’re tired of hope quotes, read up on these surprisingly inspirational quotes from top comedians.

"We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming—well, that's like saying you can never change your fate." —Amy Tan.rd.com

Keep dreaming

“We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming—well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate.” —Amy Tan.

"In fact, hope is best gained after defeat and failure, because then inner strength and toughness is produced." —Fritz Knapprd.com

First failure, then hope

“In fact, hope is best gained after defeat and failure, because then inner strength and toughness is produced.” —Fritz Knapp. These are the most inspiring quotes about teaching.

"Hope is a waking dream." —Aristotle.rd.com

Hope is a dream

“Hope is a waking dream.” —Aristotle.

"A positive statement propels hope toward a better future, it builds up your faith and that of others, and it promotes change." —Jan Dargatzrd.com

Be positive

“A positive statement propels hope toward a better future, it builds up your faith and that of others, and it promotes change.” —Jan Dargatz. For more hope quotes, check out these confidence-boosting quotes from amazing women in history.

"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." —Leonard Cohen.rd.com

Everything is flawed

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

"We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken." —Albert Einstein.rd.com

Never be hopeless

“We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken.” —Albert Einstein.

"When you're at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on." —Theodore Roosevelt.rd.com

Hold on

“When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.” —Theodore Roosevelt. After reading these hope quotes, take a look at these motivational quotes from eternal optimists.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is an Associate Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She writes for rd.com, helps lead the editorial relationship with our partners, manages our year-round interns, and keeps the hundreds of pieces of content our team produces every month organized. In her free time, she likes exploring the seacoast of Maine where she lives and works remotely full time and snuggling up on the couch with her corgi, Eggo, to watch HGTV or The Office.