53 Hanukkah Quotes to Celebrate Life for All 8 Nights

Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish festival that commemorates the Maccabees’ victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 BC marking a crucial victory for religious freedom.

The holiday is celebrated by lighting the menorah, playing dreidel and enjoying traditional foods like latkes.

Hanukkah’s symbolic lights brighten the darker days of the year, acting as a reminder of hope and the impact of positive actions in creating a brighter world.

These curated Hanukkah quotes provide thoughtful reflections to ponder upon during this festive period.


As many celebrations were scaled down last year, this Hanukkah promises to be even more special.

Also read: National Native American Heritage Month quotes and Hispanic Heritage Month quotes.

You can share these quotes with your family and it will be a meaningful way to prepare for the first night of Hanukkah deepening your understanding of this festival’s significance and enhancing the celebration’s joyous spirit.

Top 10 Hanukkah Quotes


May love and light fill your home and heart at Hanukkah. ~ Proverb.


Eight days the light continued on its own: A miracle, they say, but not more so Than ordinary lives of flesh and bone, Consuming wicks burned ashen long ago. ~ Nicholas Gordon.


A little more fun, a little more love, a little more light every night. That’s the joy of Hanukkah. ~ Unknown.


If I had to choose one over the other, I’d choose Hanukkah. ~ Susan Bauer.


Hanukkah is about the spark of the divine in all of us made in God’s image. ~ Suzanne Fields.


Imagine if your cell phone battery was on 10% and it lasted for 8 days. Now you understand Hanukkah. ~ Unknown.


By all means, then, let us have psalms and days of dedication anew to the old causes. ~ Charles Reznikoff.


I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. ~ Jewish Proverb.


Eight days of happiness for all to enjoy. Eight days of eating, singing, and dancing galore! Hope your Hanukkah is full of everything wonderful! ~ Unknown.


There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. ~ Edith Wharton.

Famous Hanukkah Quotes

There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. ~ Leonard Cohen.


A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. ~ James Keller.

Sometimes, a flame can be utterly extinguished. Sometimes, a flame can shrink and waver, but sometimes a flame refuses to go out. It flares up from the faintest ember to illuminate the darkness, to burn in spite of overwhelming odds. ~ Karen Hesse.

Like the Maccabees, most people want the right to pray to God in their own way. This right is called freedom of religion. The spirit of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is shared by all people who love freedom. ~ Norma Simon.


Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby. ~ Ruth E. Renkel.

Best Hanukkah Quotes


I can do all things through him who strengthens me. ~ Bible Verse.

Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. ~ Bible Verse.

The proper response, as Hanukkah teaches, is not to curse the darkness but to light a candle. ~ Irving Greenberg.


May we all be blessed with miracles wherever we need them. ~ Micaela Ezra.

The lights of the Hanukkah menorah that we kindle in our homes are a reminder both of the Menorah in the Temple in Jerusalem and the light that shines brightly within each one of us. ~ Libi Astaire.


Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. ~ Anthony J D’Angelo.

There always were two ways to live in a world that is often dark and full of tears. We can curse the darkness or we can light a light, and as the Chassidim say, a little light drives out much darkness. May we all help light up the world. ~ Rabbi Jonathan Sacks zl.

I say ‘Merry Christmas’ to people I don’t know, or to people I know are Christians. I say ‘Happy Hanukkah’ to people I know to be or suspect to be Jewish. And I don’t say ‘Happy Kwanzaa,’ because I think African Americans get enough insults all year round. ~ Christopher Hitchens.


A candle is a small thing; But one candle can light another; And see how its own light increases, as a candle gives its flame to the other. You are such a light. ~ Moshe Davis.

The miracle, of course, was not that the oil for the sacred light in a little cruse lasted as long as they say; but that the courage of the Maccabees lasted to this day: let that nourish my flickering spirit. ~ Charles Reznikoff.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. ~ Bible Verse.

No wonder God chose this dark land to send prophets to, for a candle only shines in the dark. ~ Rami Ollaik.


A Hanukkah miracle would be feeling confident that you spelled Hanukkah correctly. ~ Unknown.

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. ~ Bible Verse.

Just as Hanukkah candles are lighted one by one from a single flame, so the tale of the miracle is passed from one man to another, from one house to another, and to the whole House of Israel throughout the generations. ~ Judah Leon Magnes.


We light candles in testament that faith makes miracles possible. ~ Nachum Braverman.

Beautiful Hanukkah Quotes

But I also say this: that light is an invitation to happiness, and that happiness, when it’s done right, is a kind of holiness, palpable and redemptive. ~ Mary Oliver.

To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle, every cubic inch of space is a miracle. ~ Walt Whitman.


Is not Hanukkah a symbol of Israel, and its light a symbol of his immortality? ~ Leo Jung.

This is the season when people of all faiths and cultures are pushing back against the planetary darkness. We string bulbs, ignite bonfires, and light candles. And we sing. ~ Anita Diamant.

In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it “Christmas” and went to church; the Jews called it “Hanukka” and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. ~ Dave Barry.


May the lights of Menorah candles fill up your home. May you welcome the bright light and happy sunshine with open arms. Happy Hanukkah to you and your family. ~ Unknown.

Powerful Hanukkah Quotes

Still ours the dance, the feast, the glorious psalm; the mystic lights of emblem and the word. ~ Emma Lazarus.

A little bit of light dispels a lot of darkness. ~ Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi.


Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness. ~ Anne Frank.

Hanukkah is…the festival of lights, instead of one day of presents, we get eight crazy nights. ~ Adam Sandler.

On Hanukkah, the first dark night, light yourself a candle bright. I’ll you, if you will me invite, to dance within that gentle light. ~ Nicholas Gordon.


Hanukkah is about the freedom to be true to what we believe without denying the freedom of those who believe otherwise. ~ Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.

Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame. Blessed is the flame that burns in the secret fastness of the heart. ~ Hannah Senesh.

Profound Hanukkah Quotes

On Hanukkah, some people ask: why couldn’t we light all eight candles in one night instead of having to light a new one for each of eight nights? It is because Hanukkah is not merely a cause for celebrations; it is a trial of perseverance. ~ Simon Nguyen.


May the lights of Hanukkah usher in a better world for all humankind. ~ Unknown.

May the light illuminate your hearts and shine in your life every day of the year. May everlasting peace be yours and upon our Earth. ~ Eileen Anglin.


Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. ~ Chinese Proverb.

We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own. ~ Ben Sweetland.

The darkness of the whole world cannot swallow the glowing of a candle. ~ Robert Altinger.


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