Ten Quotes About Hope to Lift Your Spirits


Scanning the various media outlets, it seems as though the bad news outnumbers the good! So, I decided that we all could use a proverbial shot in the arm to lift our spirits and  get us thinking, feeling, and acting positively again. I’ve chosen ten quotes about hope (real, Christian hope, not political jargon hope) that I think will fit the bill. Are there any quotes about hope that you particularly like? Add them! Please also share this post with others in your life who need a lift. Enjoy!

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

“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

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” –Pope John XXIII

“It isn’t as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don’t worry. I say that to myself every morning. It all works out in the end. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us. If we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers.” ? Gordon B. Hinckley

”Wait upon the Lord; be faithful to His commandments; He will elevate your hope, and put you in possession of His Kingdom. Wait upon Him patiently; wait upon Him by avoiding all sin. He will come, doubt it not; and in the approaching day of His visitation, which will be that of your death and His judgment, He will Himself crown your holy hope. Place all your hope in the Heart of Jesus; it is a safe asylum; for he who trusts in God is sheltered and protected by His mercy. To this firm hope, join the practice of virtue, and even in this life you will begin to taste the ineffable joys of Paradise.” –Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Father and Doctor of the Church

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” ? Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” ? G.K. Chesterton

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” – Winston Churchill

“But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.” –George Eliot

”The more a person loves God, the more reason he has to hope in Him. This hope produces in the Saints an unutterable peace, which they preserve even in adversity, because as they love God, and know how beautiful He is to those who love Him, they place all their confidence and find all their repose in Him alone.” –Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church


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Marge is a CatholicLane columnist.

  • My very favorite quote about hope: “There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.” –J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

  • Cheryl Dickow

    What a beautiful way to start the day! Thank you for gathering and sharing these with us!

  • Noel Fitzpatrick

    Well done ,Marge.
    This is a great article.

    Even looking at the articles in CL one sees many negative articles, so it is good to see hopeful ones.

    Thanks for your invitation to add quotes about ‘hope’. I enclose some from the NT (NRSV).

    For David says concerning him, ‘I saw the Lord always before me,
    for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken; therefore my heart was
    glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover my flesh will live in hope (Acts 2:25–26).

    I have a hope in God—a hope that they themselves also accept—that
    there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. Therefore
    I do my best always to have a clear conscience toward God and all people (Acts

    Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God
    through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this
    grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God
    (Rom 5:1,2).

    And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest
    of these is love (1Cor 13:13).

    He who rescued us from so deadly a peril will continue to rescue
    us; on him we have set our hope that he will rescue us again (2Cor 1:10).

    12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer (Rom