Quotes About Waiting and Hope


It’s hard being left behind. It’s hard to be the one who stays. — Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife

Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work. — Peter Marshall

Waiting and hoping are wound together like the strands of a rope. — Beth Arial Messianic Congregation

It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting. — Elizabeth Taylor

You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes. — A. A. Milne

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. — Barack Obama

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. — Joseph Campbell

If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine. — Morris West

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning. — J. B. Priestley


Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops—at all. — Emily Dickinson

Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are. — Augustine of Hippo

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. — Desmund Tutu

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

True hope dwells on the possible, even when life seems to be a plot written by someone who wants to see how much adversity we can overcome. — Walter Anderson

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up. — Anne Lamott

Those who do not hope cannot wait; but if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. — Charles Spurgeon

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every area of trouble gives out a ray of hope; and the one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable. — John Fitzgerald Kennedy

In all things it is better to hope than to despair. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Let perseverance be your engine and hope your fuel. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming — well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate. — Amy Tan

But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

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