The Rain Will Stop; The Night Will End; The Hurt Will Fade. Hope Is Never So Lost That It Can’t Be Found

Ernest Hemingway? Mandy Hale? The Single Woman? Apocryphal?

Dear Quote Investigator: I recently encountered a quotation using evocative language about the rain stopping and the night ending. The quotation emphasized that one should feel hopeful. Oddly, the famous author Ernest Hemingway received credit for the remark, but I do not think it sounds anything like him. Would you please explore this topic?

Quote Investigator: QI has found no substantive evidence supporting the ascription to Ernest Hemingway.

The earliest close match located by QI appeared in a tweet dated February 18, 2013 from @TheSingleWoman which is the handle used by author Mandy Hale. Boldface added to excerpts by QI: 1

The rain WILL stop, the night WILL end, the hurt WILL fade. Hope is never so lost that it can’t be found. #TheSW

The hash tag within the tweet signaled that “TheSW”, i.e., Mandy Hale, was taking credit for the statement.

Below are additional selected citations in chronological order.

Similar combinations of imagery have been employed in the past. For example, a partial match appeared in the following retweet dated March 21, 2012 from @buddrabbit: 2

wow RT @arywism night will end, rain will stop, tears will dry, scar will heal, but one thing u should know, the memories of them will remain

Another partial match occurred in a tweet dated January 13, 2013 from @paola97morales: 3

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise. The rain will stop and the sky will shine with the light.

The two tweets immediately above differed from the tweet under examination because neither mentioned finding hope.

On February 18, 2013 the quotation was tweeted by @TheSingleWoman, i.e., Mandy Hale as mentioned previously. On the same day the message was retweeted by others. For example, @honeyspott tweeted the following with attribution: 4

“@TheSingleWoman: The rain WILL stop, the night WILL end, the hurt WILL fade. Hope is never so lost that it can’t be found. #TheSW” ahhhh

On March 18, 2013 @claudiarcroca credited Mandy Hale directly instead of her twitter handle: 5

The rain WILL stop, the night WILL end, the hurt WILL fade. Hope is never so lost that it can’t be found. -Mandy Hale

By July 2018 the quotation had been reassigned to Ernest Hemingway. For example, the following tweet dated July 21, 2018 credited Hemingway: 6

Ernest Hemingway
Born on this day, in 1899
“The rain will stop, the night will end, the hurt will fade. Hope is never so lost that it can’t be found.”

In conclusion, QI tentatively credits Mandy Hale @TheSingleWoman with this quotation based on the tweet dated February 18, 2013.

Image Notes: Public domain picture of a rainbow from PublicDomainPictures at Pixabay. Image has been resized.

(Great thanks to Susan Shielder whose inquiry led QI to formulate this question and perform this exploration.)

Notes:

  1. Tweet, From: The Single Woman @TheSingleWoman, Time: 1:00 AM, Date: Feb 18, 2013, Text: The rain WILL stop, the night WILL end, the hurt WILL fade … (Accessed on twitter.com on October 8, 2021) link
  2. Tweet, From: Budd Yeager @buddrabbit, Time: 7:55 AM, Date: Mar 21, 2012, Text: wow RT @arywism night will end, rain will stop, tears will dry, scar will heal … (Accessed on twitter.com on October 8, 2021) link
  3. Tweet, From: Paola Hibiscus @paola97morales, Time: 1:19 PM, Date: Jan 13, 2013, Text: Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise … (Accessed on twitter.com on October 8, 2021) link
  4. Tweet, From: I’ll let you know when I feel like it! @honeyspott, Time: 1:57 AM, Date: Feb 18, 2013, Text: “@TheSingleWoman: The rain WILL stop, the night WILL end, …” (Accessed on twitter.com on October 14, 2021) link
  5. Tweet, From: C. @claudiarcroca, Time: 1:21 AM, Date: Mar 18, 2013, Text: The rain WILL stop, the night WILL end, the hurt WILL fade … (Accessed on twitter.com on October 8, 2021) link
  6. Tweet, From: Paul Holdengraber @holdengraber, Time: 9:23 AM, Date: Jul 21, 2018, Text: “The rain will stop …” (Accessed on twitter.com on October 8, 2021) link