Hope is something that we all need right now. Hope that we can eradicate this virus and stop it spreading, hope that people in the hospitals will recover, hope that people can get back to work and hug their loved ones again, and of course, so much more associated with what is happening around the globe.
Hope helps us through tough times. With that in mind, I thought some hope quotes might be comforting at this difficult time.
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Let’s dive into 20 hope quotes to give you hope during this difficult time.
As with all of my quote posts, I write about what the quotes mean to me and the feelings it brings up. I would love to hear, in the comments below (at the bottom of the post), if you have a favorite quote (or two) or if one of the quotes resonates with you in a different or particular way.
Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed.” – Mason Cooley
I lot of people are feeling anxious and overwhelmed with everything going on at the moment and that is completely understandable considering the circumstances.
Sometimes we just have to start small and get ourselves out of bed every morning. Then we can focus on tackling the rest of our day.
I can relate to this one for a different reason. In late February, I had a severe vertigo attack. Laying in bed every morning, getting reading to sit up was anxiety-inducing. Every day I hoped I would be able to sit up without feeling dizzy, unstable, and/or nauseous. For weeks on end that did not happen.
It took a month to get better and eventually (thankfully) I stopped dreading getting out of bed in the morning. During that month, I had to keep going and keep believing that I was on the road to recovery (and deal with the tears and disappointment when they came).
You may not always have a comforable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” – Michelle Obama
While I wasn’t thrilled with the word contagious in this one, it is a powerful message so I wanted to include it. This virus is certainly contagious but so is our courage and our ability to do what it takes to help one another. All of the amazing doctors, nurses, and front line workers helping and healing others are proving that every minute of every day right now.
When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.” – Pittacus Lore
Hope is never really lost. Even in our darkest hour, our lowest low, there is always hope.
Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.” – G. K. Chesterton
Even when we feel hopeless, we must hang in there. We must hold onto hope and our belief in ourselves.
Hope itself is like a star – not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Try to seek out the hope in adversity (even when it is extremely difficult and heartbreaking). Overcoming adversity is what makes us stronger and moves us forward.
No degree of worldly darkness can extinguish the glow of a soul’s inner light.” – Wes Fesler
Let the light of your soul guide you through. Hope is the soul’s inner light.
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu
It’s not surprising that hope is often referenced as the light. Hope is the light that leads us out of the darkness.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller
While I have been careful to monitor my COVID related media consumption, every morning I look at an overview of the global numbers from one particular news site.
While the global death count is a frighteningly high number and incredibly sad, the number I try to focus on is the recovered number. This number shows how many people have overcome the virus. That number is high as well and that helps fuel my hope.
Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever.” – Roy T Bennett
I think this is an important quote for the current times that we are living in.
We need to believe that this storm will pass. How long it takes to pass is, of course, the big question to which the answer is unknown. That huge unknown quantity is heightening people’s fear and anxiety. But we can’t just hope for the things that come with dates we can mark on a calendar, we need to hope in the unknown as well.
They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” – Tom Bodett
Love, purpose, and hope for the future. These are three things that make us happy. It’s important to keep in mind that love, purpose, and even hope mean different things to different people and we need to respect that.
Walk on with hope in your heart, and you’ll never walk alone.” – Shah Rukh Klan
I like this one because right now with social distancing, not being able to visit loved ones and closed countries and borders, we are more isolated and cut off from people than ever before. Even with these measures in place, we must remember we are not alone. I know many of us (including me, if I am being honest because I live alone) sometimes feel alone right now, but we are not.
We are all in this together and we must have a universal bond of hope and compassion for one another. We can help one another through this.
The difference between hope and despair is a different way of telling stories from the same facts.” – Alain de Botton
This one really got me thinking!
Where one person sees setbacks and hardship, another person may see an opportunity for learning and growth. It’s definitely not easy telling a different story about something that has shocked us to our core, but it all begins with hope.
Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.” – Robert H. Schuller
To me, this quote speaks to feelings of lost love, shattered dreams, and betrayals.
Yet through all of that pain, we come out the other end. We make it through and hope drives us forward.
Hope shapes our future as does love.
A whole stack of memories never equal one little hope.” – Charles M. Schulz
Memories are the past. Memories can be sad or beautiful or both.
But hope is about the future. Hope is about things getting better, it’s about us being a better version of ourselves.
Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another.” – Elie Wiesel
Normally I wouldn’t include a quote that talked about God but this time I thought it was appropriate.
Regardless of whether you believe in God or a divine force or the power of the universe or whatever, part of faith is based on believing in 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
Live in your hope. Make it a part of you and a foundation of your life. Live under hope’s roof.
Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.” – Laini Taylor
Hope is powerful and magical. Sounds amazing and I’m running with that!
A person can do incredible things if her or she has enough hope.” – Shannon K. Butcher
Hope is what allows us to have grand dreams, inspired goals, and seek out courageous adventures.
Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.” – Jonas Salk
For people like myself, who are working from home and isolating at home to slow the spread and stay safe, it’s important to remember that amongst all of the uncertainly, our goals and dreams still exist.
It’s perfectly okay if we don’t have the motivation to dive into them right now, but it’s important not to abandon them altogether. Our goals and dreams may need to change and adapt to our current situation but sometimes a course correction can be a good thing. Change can spark our imagination, creativity, and inventiveness.
It’s important to still have the courage to make your goals and dreams a reality, even if it takes a little (or a lot) longer than you planned.
You are as young as your self-confidenence, as old as your fears, as young as your hope, as old as your despair.” – Samual Ullman
Regardless of our physical age, our confidence and hope keep us feeling young; our fears and our despair make us feel old.
Which one will you choose?
And finally this one. I have no idea who said this but it fills me with hope, so I wanted to include it.
When this ends – AND IT WILL – every football match will sell out, every restaurant will have a wait, every kid will be happy to back at school, everyone will love their jobs, the dollar will sky rocket, pubs will be jam packed, music gigs will be sold out, gatherings will be plentiful and we’ll kiss, embrace and shake hands again.
That’s going to be a good day, and it is coming. Hang in there, World.’ – Unknown
I could not agree more with that last sentiment – Hang in there World.
I hope these quotes fill you with hope and compassion. Be kind and caring to yourself and to others through this difficult time.
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