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Famous Hopeless Quotes

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. — Fyodor Dostoevsky

I suffer from a genetic flaw, which is that my mother was a hopeless Pollyanna. — Bill Ayers

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. — Helen Keller

Hope is the most hopeless thing of all. — Abraham Cowley

Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light. — Madeleine L’Engle

He won’t run if there is more rain. There is no point sending him around on a wet track. He’s hopeless in the soft. — David Atkins

Once you choose hope, anything is possible. — Christopher Reeve

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you will start having positive results. — Willie Nelson

The reason I never give up hope is because everything is so basically hopeless. — Anne Lamott

hopeless quotes

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know that just to be alive is a grand thing. — Agatha Christie

Leisure is non-work for the sake of work. Leisure is the time spent recovering from work and in the frenzied but hopeless attempt to forget about work. — Bob Black

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. — Richard Bach

And when I say that is certainly true, that our marriage is over. I know what else she will say: Then you must save it. And even though I know it’s hopeless- there’s absolutely nothing left to save-I’m afraid if I tell her that, she’ll still persuade me to try. — Amy Tan

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. — St. Francis of Assisi

That was as hopeless as I’ve felt in the pocket trying to get something done, ever. — David Carr

A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you. — Joyce Meyer

I’m hopeless at playing scales. Try and be instinctive first and analytic afterwords, although it’s good to study the theory of music. — Brian May

At this point in my career, it doesn’t bother me much that I’m probably hopelessly typecast. I like to work, and horror films definitely keep me working. — Donald Pleasence

I am a hopeless romantic, and so is my wife. — Nick Cannon

If you are in a bad mood go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk. ― Hippocrates

And what am I to do on the occasion? — It seems an hopeless business. — Jane Austen

There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind. — C. S. Lewis

it was about offering the biggest help I could to a devastated, unemployed, homeless, but now not hopeless group of people. — Steve Holland

I’ve seen schizophrenics who are so hopeless, you couldn’t cheer them, and their lives are miserable and they end up as suicides. That’s not right. — Jack Kevorkian

It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly. — Isaac Asimov

John Kerry’s shifting positions, his contradictions, his pessimism and his hopeless rhetoric send the wrong message to our troops, to our allies, to our enemies and to the world, — Steve Schmidt

You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens. — Louise L. Hay

We were hopeless in the first-half, nowhere near our best and insipid, but better in the second-half and it was more like a Cup-tie and I thought we might just nick a goal to win it. — Paul Jewell

In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. — Albert Camus

It is a hopeless endeavor to make the form and content of earlier architectural epochs usable for our time; in this, even the strongest artistic talent must fail. We see repeatedly how the outstanding builders fail to achieve an effect because their work does not serve the will of the age. — Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

top hopeless quotes

Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget about everything except what you’re going to do now — and do it. — William Durant

Sometimes I do feel hopeless when I look out and scream out through my music, and I scream out through these interviews, and I scream out to people to kind of get their attention back on the things that are meaningful. There’s people dying on the streets of Chicago – young people, young men and women who are losing their lives. — Lupe Fiasco

Ensanguining the skies, How heavily it dies, Into the west away; Past touch and sight and sound, Not further to be found, How hopeless under ground, Falls the remorseful day. — A. E. Housman

When Chris shoots he was shooting the last-second shot for a reason. It went off the top of the glass and I thought, ‘Well, it’s hopeless now because Chris missed it.’ Collin grabs it and puts it back in and it was like just shock for a second. Then, it was sheer craziness. — Clay Byington

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

If this blows up, it could usher a period of economic weakening and political instability. This development paints a desperate and hopeless picture of the Philippines. — Earl Parreno

When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don’t see the one that has opened for us. — Alexander Graham Bell

Without Montreal, Canada would be hopeless. — Anthony Bourdain

Nothing is so envied as genius, nothing so hopeless of attainment by labor alone. Though labor always accompanies the greatest genius, without the intellectual gift labor alone will do little. — B. R. Hayden

I’m hopeless at small talk and have a problem making eye contact. — Gary Numan

And all the time she felt the reflection of his hopelessness in her. She couldn’t quite, quite love in hoplessness. And he, being hopeless, couldn’t ever love at all. — D. H. Lawrence

I think the history is such that we underestimate the mental health problems, … As people see what they consider sort of a hopeless situation – bodies floating on the water, the scene like they saw in the Superdome – people are not ready for that. They are not prepared to deal with it. — David Satcher

I’m hopeless by e-mail, by phone, by text. — Rachel Maddow

I’m hopeless with money; I simply spend what I’ve got. — Freddie Mercury

That the situation appears hopeless should not prevent us from doing our best. — Aldo Leopold

Not only are a voteless people a hopeless people. A non-producing people are hopeless also. — Ralph Abernathy

I just wanted to fit in as a teenager, but it was hopeless. — Anne Beatts

It would, of course, be hopeless to attempt to crowd into an international language all those local overtones of meaning which are so dear to the heart of the nationalist. — Edward Sapir

Are we like late Rome, infatuated with past glories, ruled by a complacent, greedy elite, and hopelessly powerless to respond to changing conditions? — Camille Paglia

With a fixed mindset, you believe you are who you are and you cannot change. This creates problems when you’re challenged because anything that appears to be more than you can handle is bound to make you feel hopeless and overwhelmed. — Travis Bradberry

English, as a subject, never really got over its upstart nature. It tries to bulk itself up with hopeless jargon and specious complexity, tries to imitate subjects it can never be. — Zadie Smith

So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter. — Gordon W. Allport

All I can say is that you only realize how big your mountain is once you’re laying motionless, helpless, and hopeless in the valley below. No one goes there on purpose, if you get what I’m saying, because the only way to find your personal low is to slip and roll down that mountain of yours, straight through to the bottom, no holds barred. — Artie Lange

For years, Lebanese have known that Palestinian camps like Nahr al-Barid and Ain al-Helwe – hopeless slums crowded with generations of disenfranchised Palestinian refugees who can’t go home because of Israel, and can’t work because of Lebanese laws – are awash with gunmen, criminals and, since the war in Iraq, al-Qaida inspired jihadists. — Richard Engel

There is not racial or ethnic domination of hopelessness. It’s everywhere. — Sidney Poitier

I’m hopeless at telling lies. I can attempt strategic ones in order not to hurt people’s feelings, but then I’ll blow it 10 minutes later. — Nicholas Haslam

As the seventh wife of Henry VIII I hope I would have managed to do the old monster in-my cooking comes to mind, as I am a hopeless cook. — Antonia Fraser

Philosophy – hopeless. Yet it gives me hope. — Anne Carson

My inner critic who had begun piping up about how hopeless I was and how I didn’t know to write. — Mary Garden

I’m really hopeless with technology – I don’t even have a computer. — Ben Whishaw

Love to me has meant different things at different junctures of my life. I’m not a hopeless romantic. — Randeep Hooda

Both the young and the old are almost completely useless in our modern society, and are made keenly aware of that uselessness. They have no place. They are private, isolated – and hopeless. — Carl Rogers

As far as the Lord is concerned, the time to stand is in the darkest moment. It is when everything seems hopeless, when there appears no way out, when God alone can deliver. — David Wilkerson

I found that I was just hopeless at school. It was just a total bore. First, I passed in art and English, and then just art. Then I passed out. — Joe Strummer

famous hopeless quotes

Satan–the impersonation of that mixture of the bestial, the malignant, the impious, and the hopeless, which constitute the fiend–the enemy of all that is human and divine. — Anna Jameson

If you have ever been in a real tragic or sad situation, the words that come out are hopelessly inadequate and kind of cliched. — Erika Slezak

Flippancy, the most hopeless form of intellectual vice. — George Gissing

I’m a hopeless romantic and passionate person when it comes to love. — Jennifer Lopez

Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a hopeless romantic who listens to love ballads and doo-wop songs all the time. — Henry Rollins

I think the biggest challenge for Somalia has been the sense that it is a hopeless case of incomprehensible internal conflicts and there is nothing we can do. — Jan Egeland

I’m a hopeless romantic, I say very loudly and proudly. I get a lot of stick for it. — Alex Pettyfer

I have a massive divide between being a competent human being and being completely hopeless, when it comes to logic. — Natascha McElhone

Some situations are so hopeless when you look at them from the outside you say, Why are they still married? — Eric Braeden

You’ll never convince me there is a hopeless situation or there is any finality in any success or any failure. — Carlos Ghosn

You can always find contradictions and hope, in hopeless circumstances, and a sense of redemption in somebody who makes the same mistake, over and over. So far, so good. That’s how I put it. — Chris Bauer

I am 39. I am single. I am a black woman. I have too many advanced degrees. Many a news story tells me finding true love is likely a hopeless proposition. Now is the time when I need to believe in fairy tales. — Roxane Gay

Nothing is insoluble. Nothing is hopeless. Not while there’s life. — Alan Moore

Much of the marble coldness of Hester’s impression was to be attributed to the circumstance that her life had turned, in a great measure, from passion and feeling, to thought. Standing alone, as to any dependent on society, and with little Pearl to be guided and protected- alone, and hopeless of retrieving her position, even as she had not scorned to consider it desirable, she cast away the fragments of a broken chain. — Nathaniel Hawthorne

Genetically, I have tons of musical background in my life. My mother’s father was a famous Weimar-era composer, Ernst Toch. My father’s mother was the head of the Vienna Conservatory’s piano department. It all canceled out in my case. I’m completely hopeless in music. — Lawrence Weschler

I said that if I hadn’t been a politician, I’d have liked to be a barrister, or an academic. My beloved wife said: ‘You’d be a very good barrister and a hopeless academic.’ I said ‘Why?’ She said: ‘Because you’re not an original thinker.’ — John Bercow

I have a great deal of difficulty recognizing faces, especially if I haven’t – if I’ve just met somebody, it’s hopeless. — Chuck Close

Certainly I’ve never tried to imagine what the future will hold. It’s a hopeless endeavor to try to do such a thing… — Don DeLillo

I am not handsome or sexy. Of course, it’s not like I am hopeless. — Keanu Reeves

Wherefore to-night so full of care, / My soul, revolving hopeless strife? — Robert Bridges

Be someone’s light when they are hopeless. — Dave Grohl

Values unrelated to modern reality are not just electorally hopeless, the values themselves become devalued. They have no purchase on the real world. — Tony Blair

uplifting hopeless quotes

The hopeless grief of those poor colored people affected me more than almost anything else. — Gideon Welles

I am one who believes that with God nothing is hopeless – that all things are possible through prayer. — Charles L. Allen

Nothing’s hopeless except never trying. — C. J. Cherryh

I’m a hopeless romantic and I believe that you can find love in many different places and be very conflicted. I’ve discovered as I’ve grown up that life is far more complicated than you think it is when you’re a kid. It isn’t just a straightforward fairytale. — Rachel McAdams

I didn’t really want to live, so anything that was an investment in time made me angry… but also I just felt sad. When the hopelessness is hurting you, it’s the fixtures and fittings that finish you off. — Angelina Jolie

At school I was always taller than the rest of my class, and because I was an only child, I was comfortable with adults but shy and awkward with other kids. I was quiet, bookish, and in spite of my size, hopeless at sports. In short, I was different. And even in the earliest grades, I got pounded for it. — Octavia E. Butler

Nothing is as bad as a marriage that’s a hopeless failure. — D. H. Lawrence

the Musgroves had had the ill fortune of a very troublesome, hopeless son, and the good fortune to lose him before he reached his twentieth year. — Jane Austen

It’s fun to be hopelessly in love. It’s dangerous, but it’s fun. — Keanu Reeves

People do strange things sometimes, when they feel hopeless. — Danielle Steel

My daughter is a fantastic travelling companion – she’s totally organised, whereas I’m hopeless. — Meg Rosoff

There are no hopeless situations, sweetheart, only people who have grown hopeless about them. You still have choices you can make. — Andy Andrews

The situation is catastrophic. I can see the hopeless situation of the city… this cultural dismantling is an incredible shame for Berlin. — Simon Rattle

She’s lost every key person on her campaign. Some of them have been with her since the beginning of her career. It is hopeless at this point. She is becoming a caricature rather than a candidate. — Darryl Paulson

I’m hopeless at looking into myself and trying to see how things are working and why. — Tom Stoppard

We have received a dog with serious eye problems and a skin disease in hopeless stage. The person who brought it here demanded we cure it for free and refused the idea of euthanasia to end its pain. — Zhou Min

He was just hopeless with girls at high school, — Todd Nelson

I won’t have a traditional marriage; I don’t find the value in that anymore. But I am such a hopeless romantic and I really want love and I want a committed relationship, so I am going to reinvent marriage for myself. — Halle Berry

In mathematics we have long since drawn the rein, and given over a hopeless race. — Charles Babbage

I’d be hopeless at directing. I’m not the type. You’ve got to really know what you’re doing and be quite controlling. It’s a very lonely job. — Julie Walters

It is hopeless to try to convert some borders into seams. — Jane Jacobs

You know you’re a hopeless record nerd when your time travel fantasies always come around to how cool it would be to go back to 1973 and buy all the great funk and jazz and salsa records that came out that year on tiny obscure labels and are now really rare and expensive. — Adam Mansbach

Only Saudi Arabia has surplus capacity, and if its oil flow should be disrupted, it could bring a hopeless situation. — Tony Nunan

When the situation is hopeless, there’s nothing to worry about. — Edward Abbey

I am a hopeless romantic. And I won’t stop till I get it right. — Halle Berry

Her generation lived through two world wars and lost. She represents a hopeless identity of people in the wake of World War II. — Anik Fournier

My husband is in charge of all phone, email and texting duties at home. He even has to turn on the TV and air conditioning because I’m so hopeless with technology. — Becki Newton

So for those who sometimes say that the process in the Middle East is hopeless we say we can look at Northern Ireland and take some hope from that. — Tony Blair

I’m not done with love, but I refuse to settle. I am a hopeless romantic. And I won’t stop till I get it right. — Halle Berry

When I was in the group homes, I saw some of the kids being moved into foster homes with the potential for adoption. I remember well asking a social worker if I could find a home, too. I was told I was ‘too old’ and ‘no one wants to adopt a 16-year-old.’ I felt hopeless and alone. — Angela Featherstone

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