Finding Hope Amidst the Chaos

On March 16, 2021, more tragedy broke out into the world as news of the Atlanta spa shooting spread like wildfire. With the continuing wave of Asian hate, this tragedy not only left the victims’ loved ones mourning, but also intensified the fear and anxiety within the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. 

As you know, Tamrah Lane is built on our identity as Filipinos and our Filipino culture. I pride myself in it. I feel privileged to be Filipino. But with the recent rise in anti-Asian incidents and hate crimes, I can’t help but feel fearful, anxious, and at a loss of hope.

Over the past few weeks, I have been looking for ways to stay hopeful to which I feel many fellow Asians can relate.

One of the biggest things that helps me is quotes – a familiar linguistic work of art passed down since the beginning of time. With that said, I’d like to share this list of uplifting quotes with you, our readers, especially for those of you who are going through a rough time. I invite you to repeat these to yourself, write it down on a piece of paper and post it up on your fridge, or share it with someone who could use it. 

Our hearts go out to the 8 victims’ families, friends, and loved ones. Tamrah Lane condemns any and all racially motivated acts of violence and we encourage others to do the same. Please go to our ongoing list of #StopAsianHate resources, which is available in both English and Tagalog

List of Uplifting Quotes to Spark Hope During Tough Times

"The new day blooms as we free it. For there is always light if only we're brave enough to see it, if only we're brave enough to be it."

“The new day blooms as we free it. For there is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it.”

— National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman

"We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated."

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.”

— Maya Angelou

"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it."

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”

— Helen Keller

"When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too."

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

— Paulo Coelho

"Hope is the last thing ever lost."

“Hope is the last thing ever lost.”

— Italian Proverb

"But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars."

“But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Hope is passion for what is possible."

“Hope is passion for what is possible.”

— Søren Kierkegaard

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”

— Dale Carnegie

"There is some good in this world and it's worth fighting for."

“There is some good in this world and it’s worth fighting for.”

— J.R.R. Tolkien

"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

"When you can't control what's happening, challenge yourself to control the way you are responding to what's happening. That's where the power is."

“When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you are responding to what’s happening. That’s where the power is.”

— Unknown

"While there's life, there's hope."

“While there’s life, there’s hope.”

— Marcus Tulius Cicero

"You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

— A. A. Milne/Christopher Robin

"Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a battle."

“Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a battle.”

— Plato

"We rise by lifting others."

“We rise by lifting others.”

— Robert Ingersoll

"The struggle you're in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow."

“The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.”

— Robert Tew

"As a society, we can't hide from the future; we have to build and own it."

“As a society, we can’t hide from the future; we have to build and own it.”

— Andrew Yang

"We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it."

“We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it.”

— Barack Obama

"Don't count the days, make the days count."

“Don’t count the days, make the days count.”

— Muhammad Ali

"The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do."

“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”

— Kobe Bryant

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