The human capacity and need for hope is astounding. It is one of those universal truths that spans age, gender, and location. Everyone knows what it means to feel hopeless, and what it’s like to find that glimmering ray of hope when everything seems lost.

Hope transcends pain, loss, failure, sadness, and negativity. Hope offers a chance—a possibility— that things will improve and all is not lost. It is this need for hope that pushes so many of us, and so many characters throughout the great literary works. Whether listeners are connecting with characters, or pulling inspiration for their own lives, quotes about hope are some of the most commonly repeated and most loved.

Here we have compiled a list of some of the most moving, uplifting, inspiring, and heartfelt quotes about hope from a selection of our most well-loved audiobooks.

Quotes about Hope that Will Inspire

1.“Hope. It's like a drop of honey, a field of tulips blooming in the springtime. It's a fresh rain, a whispered promise, a cloudless sky, the perfect punctuation mark at the end of a sentence. And it's the only thing in the world keeping me afloat.” -Tahereh Mafi, Unravel Me

2.“Close your eyes. Concentrate on your breath. Remember that you were not always earthbound. Every living creature, every drop of water and every sombre mountain is the by-blow of some bloated, dying star. Deep down, we remember wriggling through the universe as beams of light.” - Eden Robinson, Son of a Trickster

3.“Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.” - Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

4.“And, now that you don’t have to be perfect you can be good.” - John Steinbeck, East of Eden

5.“Here's another thing to remember: hope keeps you alive. Even when you're dead, it's the only thing that keeps you alive.” - Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Quotes About Hope and Strength

Sometimes in the most dire situations, when all seems lost and it is impossible to carry on, the only thing left is hope. Remembering that there is always light in a dark place, or that there is always hope when you feel despair, can be the push needed to keep going and keep fighting through pain or darkness. These quotes about strength will help remind you that there is always power and hope to be found within.

6.“Where there's hope, there's life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.” - Anne Frank, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

7.“Maybe everyone can live beyond what they’re capable of.” - Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger

8.“We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken.” - John Green, Looking for Alaska

9.“I'm not saying that everything is survivable. Just that everything except the last thing is.”- John Green, Paper Towns

10.“Our fearlessness shall be our secret weapon.” - John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

11.“Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.” - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

12.“We need hope, or else we cannot endure.” - Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

Quotes About Hope for the Future

It can be hard to see the path ahead. Hard to know what the future holds, or how the story will play out. These quotes can help offer a glimpse into the future and show that even when things seem dark, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Hope endures and lives on. It is timeless. Here are a few quotes about finding hope for the future.

13.“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

14.“Hope is a pocket of possibility. I'm holding it in my hand.” - Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

15.“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, I Am Number Four

16.“That was the thrill of youth, the idea that you could be anyone.” - Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half

17.“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” - Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

18.“When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realise his dream” - Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

19.“It was only a smile, nothing more. It didn't make everything all right. It didn't make ANYTHING all right. Only a smile. A tiny thing. A leaf in the woods, shaking in the wake of a startled bird's flight. But I'll take it. With open arms. Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting” - Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

20.“Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.” - Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Quotes About Hope and Love

Hope and love walk hand in hand. It is a belief in hope, and in goodness, that allows us to open up to love. And it is love that so often fuels our hope. Our relationships and connections are the foundation of our hopes and dreams, pushing us towards our better selves, a better path, and a better future. The following quotes are reminders that there is hope in love, and that opening yourself up, though scary, can provide a whole world of possibilities.

21.“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, The Alchemist

22.“A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.” - Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

23.“Then you must teach my daughter this same lesson. How to lose your innocence but not your hope. How to laugh forever.” - Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club

24.“Hope is hugging me, holding me in its arms, wiping away my tears and telling me that today and tomorrow and two days from now I will be just fine and I'm so delirious I actually dare to believe it.” - Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

25.“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.” - Bram Stoker, Dracula

26.“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince

27.“I had the epiphany that laughter was light, and light was laughter, and that this was the secret of the universe.” - Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

28.“At any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.” - Willa Cather, My Antonia

Quotes About Finding Hope Within

Often we pull hope and inspiration from the things around us. Whether our relationships, mentors, or life lessons, external experiences help to shape us. But there is another kind of hope we can find by looking deep within ourselves. A self-assurance and strength that comes from knowing yourself, and finding hope in that self. Here are some hopeful quotes about finding light within.

29.“You are your best thing.” - Toni Morrison, Beloved

30.“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” - Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

31.“Where does it all lead? What will become of us? These were our young questions, and young answers were revealed. It leads to each other. We become ourselves.” - Patti Smith, Just Kids

32.“Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armour, then it can never be used to hurt you” - George R. R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire

33.“But you can't kill me, Lord Tyrant. I represent that one thing you've never been able to kill, no matter how hard you try. I am hope.” - Brandon Sanderson, The Final Empire: Misborn

34.“It was my life–like all lives, mysterious and irrevocable and sacred. So very close, so very present, so very belonging to me. How wild it was, to let it be.” - Cheryl Strayed, Wild

35.“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.” - Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower