Wise words for when you need a cup of hope
by Chantal Bufe
I am wondering how you are holding up today. How are you feeling, dear friend? I have been feeling a little discouraged lately with the news of an extended lockdown and homeschooling slowly stealing the last of my energy and sanity.
I always say that we can not control our circumstances, only how we react to them. So, if you've been feeling the same way lately, let's try this together and shift our mood and mindset towards optimism and hope. And where better to find some encouragement than inside the uplifting words of some very wise people? Below are 15 of my favorite quotes on hope, and I would love to hear yours...
"There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow."- Orison Swett Marden
"The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don't wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope." - Barack Obama
"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for." - Epicurus
"I think it's a mistake to ever look for hope outside of one's self." - Arthur Miller
"You are not here merely to make a living, you are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand." - Woodrow Wilson
"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
"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
"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death." - Robert Fulghum
"Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies." - Stephen King
"Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment." – Napoleon Bonaparte
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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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