10 Inspiring Quotes on Hope and Optimism

10 Inspiring Quotes on Hope and Optimism

 By Somali K Chakrabarti

Hope inspires, Hope enthuses, Hope soothes, Hope seduces.
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Hope is an universal phenomenon

Life without hope is drab.

What keeps us going each day, is the belief that there is something good in store for us, or that the future holds something fancy in the form of luck, happiness, or whatever we wish for.

As we go on in the pursuit of our goals, hopeful thinking at each and every stage in life, both during the good and bad times, gives us the energy and enthusiasm to move on with zest to pursue our goals.

Here is a collection of 10 beautiful quotes on the significance of hope and optimism in our lives.

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“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”  ~ Alfred Tennyson


During the worst of times, the hope for a better tomorrow can keep us going. Hope is the voice within us that tells us NOT to give up, no matter what.

“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”  ~ Langston Hughes
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“Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore
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Hope is not just an emotion, it is a dynamic, powerful, and pervasive cognitive process and an activating force that helps us to tide over tough situations.

“When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

By hoping, we enhance our capacity to envision a positive future in the face of uncertainty, and in the process, we prepare the way for future possibilities to emerge, and then we try to turn possibilities into reality.

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” ~ Helen Keller


Leaders are purveyors of hope

Hope begets hope. Hopeful thinking on the part of leaders generates hopeful thinking in followers. Hope, therefore, is both an antecedent, to behavior and an outcome.

“A Leader is a dealer in Hope.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte


Hope is one of the catalysts for the concentrated effort and vigorous activity that is needed to fulfill an organization’s purpose. Studies have established the link between leadership and hope. Emerging concepts of leadership explicitly include hope as a key variable, and have identified linkages between hope and Theories related to motivation, goal setting and goal pursuit.

“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.” ~ Noam Chomsky


Many of the great leaders have inspired people to achieve great things by infusing hope, instilling confidence in others about their own abilities, and showing them the means to achieve the goal.

 “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ~ John Quincy Adams


This Proverb beautifully sums up the role of hope towards motivating people.

caterpillar quote

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly. [Tweet this]



Bringing Optimism to the World




Towards a Deeper Understanding of Hope and Leadership, Martha R. Helland, PhD, Bruce E. Winston, PhD Regent University, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 2005, Vol 12, No. 2



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  • wonderful collection of quotes somali. this definitely helps .

  • bhudeb chakrabarti

    March 5, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    A marvellous post with excellent compilation of inspiring quotes on hope and optimism . Hope to have such motivational pieces from you in future .I quote 2 inspiring quotes on hope and optimism from The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda ;
    Hope :Infinite hope begets infinite aspiration .
    Optimism : Not a work will be lost, no struggle vain, though hopes be blighted, powers gone.

  • Great Compilation, Somali! Very interesting Quotes!

  • We all need to support ourselves on a stick, at some point or the other on a journey that we did not ourselves decide to begin.

  • Wow! What a lovely collection. Thank you for compiling for us!

  • Great compilation of inspiring quotes :-) Thanks for sharing…..

  • Another great post. Keep writing.

  • What a beautiful collection of quotes! Feeling inspired. :)

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