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Hope Is In Your Hands - Great Quotes and Thoughts About Hope and Persistence

by Kurt Wolbrink January 09, 2018

Hope Is In Your Hands - Great Quotes and Thoughts About Hope and Persistence

Hope Is In Your Hands

Hope has been quite beautifully defined as “the virtuous desire for future good.”

You can have “high hopes,” “little hope,” or be “filled with hope,” so it seems Hope is a substance that is in some way measurable. But is all Hope the same? You can be “given hope” and it seems some Hope can be taken away. But what about the very last bit that remains when all other Hope is gone - that last, but absolutely critical measure of Hope. Some very prudent people have recognized it cannot be taken away. The only way to lose it is to give it up yourself. You see, the last vestige of Hope is Persistence.


Some Quotes to Help You to Persist When Hope is Running Low:

  • "You can not fail if you resolutely determine that you will not.” - Abraham Lincoln, letter to George Latham, July 22,1860
  • “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” – Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ulysses, 1833
  • “When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you could n't hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that 's just the place and time that the tide 'll turn." - Harriet Beecher Stowe, Old Town Folks, Ch. 39,1869
  • “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” - Mahatma Gandhi, The Doctrine Of The Sword, 1920
  • “Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.” - Abigail Smith Adams, Letter to John Adams, November 27, 1775
  • “To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals — this alone is worth the struggle.” –Sir William Osler, An Alabama Student, 1896
  • And last, but not least, the entire team of the World Series winning Chicago Cubs (and a must see - even if you're not a Cubs fan):


Insightful Quotes About Hope:

  • “My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.” - Ovid, Heroides, XVIII. 178
  • “A man's hope measures his civilization. The attainability of the hope measures, or may measure, the civilization of his nation and time.” – Ezra Pound, Guide to Kulchur (1938), part 3, Section 6, Ch. 22
  • “A leader is a dealer in hope.” – Napoleon I of France, Napoleon: In His Own Words (1916), Ch. V
  • “Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, sickness and captivity would, without this comfort, be insupportable.” – Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, No. 67 (November 6, 1750)
  • “Nothing can be done without hope.”- Helen Keller, Optimism (1903)
  • “I steer my bark with Hope in the head, leaving Fear astern. My hopes, indeed, sometimes fail; but not oftener than the forebodings of the gloomy.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, April 8, 1816
  • “Beware how you take away hope from any human being.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Valedictory address to medical graduates at Harvard University, March 10, 1858
  • “In all things it is better to hope than to despair.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Torquato Tasso, III. 4. 197, from Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 375-78
  • “While there is life there is hope.” -Cicero, Epistolæ Ad Atticum, IX. 10
  • “Hope is the best possession.” – William Hazlitt, Characteristics, in the manner of Rochefoucauld's Maxims, 1823, No. 34
  • “Yet it is necessary to hope, though hope should always be deluded, for hope itself is happiness, and its frustrations, however frequent, are yet less dreadful than its extinction.” – Samuel Johnson, The Idler, No. 58, May 26, 1759
  • “Everything that is done in this world is done by hope.” ― Martin Luther, The Table Talk or Familiar Discourse of Martin Luther, translated by William Hazlitt, 1848

Kurt Wolbrink
Kurt Wolbrink


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