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27 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 light

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” —Desmund Tutu. If you enjoy these hope quotes, you’ll also want to check out these quotes that reveal the secrets of happiness.

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Hope for tomorrow

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important things is not to stop questioning.” —Albert Einstein

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Hope for children

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’s. 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. Need more laughs than hope quotes? These are the 75 funniest quotes of all time.

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Fight for the world

“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.” —J.R.R. Tolkien

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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. These quotes about positivity will make you see the glass as half full.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Stars of hope

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

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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.

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Have courage

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

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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.

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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

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All beings have hope

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

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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).

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Always have hope

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

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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

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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.

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Good things don’t die

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

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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

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Keep dreaming

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

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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.

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Hope is a dream

“Hope is a waking dream.” —Aristotle

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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.

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Everything is flawed

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

Never be hopeless

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

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Hold on

“When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.” —Theodore Roosevelt. After reading these hope quotes, also read these inspirational quotes to get you through the morning.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is the Assistant Digital Managing Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. When she’s not writing for or keeping the 650+ pieces of content our team produces every month organized, she likes watching HGTV, going on Target runs, and searching through Instagram to find new corgi accounts to follow.