Depression isn’t the opposite of happiness, rather the absence of hope. Every morning I remind myself of that by reading some of my favorite quotes about hope. Among them are these:
The lotus flower blooms most beautifully from the deepest and thickest mud. – Buddhist Proverb
Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. – Maori Proverb
Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, “Grow, grow.” – The Talmud
My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. – John 14:27
Come to the edge He said. They said: We are afraid. Come to the edge He said. They came. He pushed them, and they flew … – Guillaume Apollinaire
God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless. – Chester W. Nimitz
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
Without hope, there is no despair. There is only meaningless suffering. – D. Morgenstern
Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway. – Mary Kay Ash
Only in the darkness can you see the stars. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken. – John Green
The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope. – Samuel Johnson
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
Out of difficulties grow miracles. – Jean de la Bruyère
If we can get to the place where we show up as our genuine selves and let each other see who we really are, the awe-inspiring ripple effect will change the world. – Terrie M. Williams
[Hope] is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. – Václav Havel
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Originally posted on Sanity Break at Everyday Health.