21 Uplifting Quotes for Times of Despair

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In our journey here on earth sometimes we experience a complete loss of hope; this is what we call despair. For the Christian we have the blessed hope which is that day when Jesus will come to redeem us and take us to heaven for eternity. Until that day we need to remember to focus on the right things, as Paul reminds us in Philippians 4:8.  He reminds us that despair will be replaced with peace when we think on the right things. Sometimes our despair is because we forget how important it is to spend time building others up, rather than concentrating so much on ourselves. When we think on the things that are good and do for others, we will have hope and true joy and peace that passes our human understanding. We have no time for despair when we are busy “doing”. Here are twenty-one quotes that I hope will lift you out of your time of despair.

Revelation 21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

Quotes by Well Known Christians

Quotes For Times of Despair“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.” – C.S. Lewis

“Great thoughts of your sin alone will drive you to despair; but great thoughts of Christ will pilot you into the haven of peace.” – Charles Spurgeon

“The greatest faith is born in the hour of despair. When we can see no hope and no way out, then faith rises and brings the victory.” – Lee Robertson

“God’s grace is painted on the canvas of despair.” – T. D. Jakes

“Love is hope when reason despairs.” – Jack Hyles

Other Famous Quotes

“We must never despair; our situation has been compromising before, and it has changed for the better; so I trust it will again. If difficulties arise, we must put forth new exertion and proportion our efforts to the exigencies of the times.” – George Washington

“It is impossible for that man to despair who remembers that his Helper is omnipotent.” – Jeremy Taylor

“Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.” – William Shakespeare

“In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest.” – Williams McKinley

“What we call despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.” – George Eliot

“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.” – Lucille Ball

Bible Quotes:

We Fall Down and We Get Back Up

Job 24:21-23 They wrong the barren, childless woman, and do no good to the widow. Yet God prolongs the life of the mighty by his power; they rise up when they despair of life. He gives them security, and they are supported, and his eyes are upon their way

2 Corinthians 4:7-10 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.

Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Jesus Delivered Us Once, He Will Do it Again

Romans 8:23-25 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

2 Corinthians 1:10 He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.

Come To Jesus; He Is Our Hope and Comfort

John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. (Jesus’ words)

John 16:20-22 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.  So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. (Jesus’ words)

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Hebrews 4:15-16 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Revelation 21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

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Sources:  The Holy Bible, English Standard Version  “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.” Youtube.com “Mountain of God” by Third Day

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Jack September 27, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Truly Pam, this is so timely in our world today and so uplifting for sure. I have to admit that I have times where I suffer from depression and even great preachers like Charles Spurgeon did so I really believe this will help a lot of people my friend. You are so gifted and I thank God for you and for this website which I believe is shining the light of Christ into areas to great darkness.


Darla February 28, 2012 at 10:11 am

I love this site and so thankful I ran across it. My family has been under attack for awhile. My sister has lost 3 kids in 4 years to tragedies. My mother heart surgery and complications resulting in passing for 3 minutes effecting her in numerous ways. My dad a stroke paralyzed on one side. My brother diagnosed with colon and liver cancer. I am the only one in my immediate family “Not” on disability. Despair and depression has overwhelmed me and my family but this site has given me a place to go and read and grab ahold of my faith. Thank you for such a wonderful site and your precious words of truth and encouragement. Trying to lift my sister up with the loss 3 kids, ages 23, 23 and 30 is the hardest of all. You run out of words and feel so helpless. This site gives me scripture to give her some kind of peace. My hope is in Christ Jesus and the only hope I have.
Bless all that give of themself to make this site available.


Pam February 28, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Oh Darla, my heart is breaking for all of the loss in your family. I only know that God sometimes takes us down into the valley before we can reach the mountaintop. It is essential that you think on the right things Darla. I encourage you to commit Phil 4:8 to memory and then when you find yourself in despair, recall these things to your mind and God promises you peace. I will hold you up in prayer Darla and can only imagine the pain that you must be in. I pray God shows you His love through His Word.

I am so glad you stopped by and found some helpful verses. Have you seen our collection of Bible topics : http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-by-topic-inspirational-scriptures-by-subject/ maybe there is something else that will catch your eye. Meditate on God’s Word Darla and remember, that comes with a promise of peace.


Patricia Schneider January 3, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Hello, Pamela! Only read B and D of previous article. As I have bi-polar illness, depressions hit me often. I truly appreciated reading 2 Corinthians 4:7-10. Must remind myself to re-read this and some of others in God’s Word. During depression, I find it most difficult to read the holy Bible, let alone, pray. Except to pray, Jesus, PLEASE, lift this depression!
Another thing about your article, Jesus always leads us to peace. When depression lifts, not only do I have peace, but a better understanding of God’s Will for me. Each time after depression, I grow more in comprehending and BELIEVING that God truly loves us. He DID give us His Son, Jesus, to suffer and die for our sins so that we may have eternal life with Him.
Please tell Darla above that she and her family will be among my prayers. She sounds like a remarkable Christian! Patty


lebo January 9, 2013 at 4:08 pm

uplifting qoutes


CEDRIC STEPHANE March 25, 2013 at 2:36 pm

There’s no limit to how much you can achieve in life! You’ve been called to a life of unending success, triumph and prosperity. You have the supernatural ability to do exploits because you’re filled with the Holy Spirit. Say Amen!!!


andrew April 3, 2013 at 4:40 am

Those were very uplifting quotes. I just gave my heart to jesus recently. Reading those scriptures confirmed i made the right choice.


Karen May 13, 2013 at 4:17 am


Thoughts that have helped me during those periods of despair…” ALL things work for good for those that love & serve the Lord…”J29
‘All things’….every dark valley will eventually be made to cause the light to shine in his faithful.
‘When you get to the end of all the light that you know, and you are staring into the abyss of darkness, faith in a loving creator is knowing that one of two things will happen, God will either place a step in front of you or give you wings’
There are times that deep despair requires rest, solitude and sleep, in those times understand grief is like a Tsunami and in order to survive those big waves it is necessary to dive down very deep under them ….go deep…” Be still, and know I am God”….if a person resists the feelings of pain they persist and it is like being caught in the top of the wave tumbled along in their power, receiving the most damage, but if your anchor to hold you under and deep is your faith in his awesome love, the worst of it goes by and you can survive, but you need to be still and have faith in this….and sometimes when a persons faith is drying up, if you can spark another’s faith by an act of charity, love, yours will grow brighter, as we are all connected, one in the body of Christ, ….
And my favorite poem…
” In the presence of hope, faith is born.
In the presence of faith, love becomes a possibility,
In the presence of love, miracles happen”….
Kindel any embers of hope as in there lies the seeds of miracles….God is love….it starts with hope… confess your trespasses to him, with feeling, ask for forgiveness as it keeps the lines of communication open between you and your maker clearer…
“The knowledge of God is written intuitively in the heart’s of man”….listen to your heart, powerful healer within.

Godbless you,


moses Adengo September 10, 2015 at 12:25 am

Dear Pamela
All has been said, but what i can say is that these quotes are marvelous and uplifting, i will not stop reading, meditating and sharing them. May Jehovah bless you.


lisa bukovinszky January 19, 2016 at 1:25 pm

can anyone help, i am looking for an article i read 30 years ago the gist is this, when you are born you don’t want to leave the womb but you do and life is so much better and how each stage of your life you are afraid but then you wouldn’t want to go back to previous stages of your life so why would death be different? i know a family that could really get use out of this article
any help appreciated


Colleen August 17, 2016 at 7:52 pm

Thank you, Pam, for this website! Many encouraging Biblical quotes.


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