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Quotations on Hopelessness

     Hopelessness can be a devastating emotion that can lead to depression and despair, but there is light even amidst so much darkness. In this article, we’ve provided you some quotations on hopelessness, overcoming it, and preventing it.

    Quotations on Hopelessness

    The following quotes truly illustrate the nature of hopelessness, the feelings it produces, and the state of a mind which is seeped in hopelessness:

    “There are far too many silent sufferers.  Not because they don’t yearn to reach out, but because they’ve tried and found no one who cares.” -Richelle E. Goodrich

    “The whole thing is quite hopeless, so it’s no good worrying about tomorrow. It probably won’t come.” -J. R. R. Tolkien

    “A man devoid of hope and conscious of being so has ceased to belong to the future.” – Albert Camus

    “The sun stopped shining for me is all. The whole story is: I am sad. I am sad all the time and the sadness is so heavy that I can’t get away from it. Not ever.” -Nina Lacour

    “Hopelessness is advance failure in a disguised envelope. People are crippled to have bed-ridden dreams just because they don’t believe they can take progressive steps with those dreams.” -Israelmore Ayivor

    “Helplessness induces hopelessness, and history attests that loss of hope and not loss of lives is what decides the issue of war.” -B. H. Liddell Hart

    Quotations on Overcoming Hopelessness

    Though hopelessness can be all-consuming, it is never final and can be overcome. Read the following quotations on overcoming hopelessness for inspiration on defeating the darkness:

    “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.” -Anne Lamott

    “Because now that it’s finally morning, the shadows are beginning to fade, the shadows that have been covering my mind and my soul. Now that they’re gone, I can almost start to see the way, and it’s different from the one they’d convinced me was all I could have.” -Vixen Phillips

    “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” -Harriet Beecher Stowe

    “I can do this… I can start over. I can save my own life and I’m never going to be alone as long as I have stars to wish on and people to still love.” -Jennifer Elisabeth

    “If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.” -Mary Pickford

    Preventing Hopelessness

    Once you’ve experienced hopelessness and pulled out of the pit of despair it can land you in, you never want to return to that place. Here are some quotes on preventing hopelessness and thus looking to the future with hope:

    “The future of civilisation depends on our overcoming the meaninglessness and hopelessness that characterizes the thoughts of men today.” -Albert Schweitzer

    “We must accept infinite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

    “A lesson for all of us is that for every loss, there is victory, for every sadness, there is joy, and when you think you’ve lost everything, there is hope.” -Geraldine Solon

    “To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something.” -Howard Zinn

    “Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.” -G. K. Chesterton


    “A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.” -Joyce Meyer

    “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” -Maya Angelou

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