Quotations on Despair

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He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.
- Aeschylus
(Keywords: Wisdom, God, Heart, Despair, Forget, Grace, Pain, Sleep, Will)

People are really suffering these days. There's a lot of corporate triumph and a lot of personal despair as they wonder what are they working for.
- Laurie Anderson
(Keywords: People, Corporate, Despair, Suffering, Wonder)

So long as we have failed to eliminate any of the causes of human despair, we do not have the right to try to eliminate those means by which man tries to cleanse himself of despair.
- Antonin Artaud
(Keywords: Causes, Despair, Man, Right)

To my utter despair I have discovered, and discover every day anew, that there is in the masses no revolutionary idea or hope or passion.
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Keywords: Idea, Hope, Day, Despair, Passion)

Men die in despair, while spirits die in ecstasy.
- Honore De Balzac
(Keywords: Men, Despair, Ecstasy, Spirits)

Presumption should never make us neglect that which appears easy to us, nor despair make us lose courage at the sight of difficulties.
- Benjamin Banneker
(Keywords: Courage, Despair, Difficulties, Neglect, Sight)

Los Angeles was an impression of failure, of disappointment, of despair, and of oddly makeshift lives. This is California? I thought.
- Joseph Barbera
(Keywords: Thought, Impression, Failure, Despair, Disappointment)

Intellectual despair results in neither weakness nor dreams, but in violence. It is only a matter of knowing how to give vent to one's rage; whether one only wants to wander like madmen around prisons, or whether one wants to overturn them.
- Georges Bataille
(Keywords: Dreams, Despair, Results, Violence, Weakness)

Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care, but for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell's despair.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Love, Care, Despair, Heaven, Hell)

I shall never forget the despair and agony on the parents' faces on the awful day of the funeral when the 13 little children, victims not only of John D. Rockefeller, but of the government of the state of Colorado were buried.
- Ella R. Bloor
(Keywords: Government, Children, Day, Despair, Faces, Forget, Parents, State, Victims)

Plant diseases, drought, desolation, despair were recurrent catastrophes during the ages - and the ancient remedies: supplications to supernatural spirits or gods.
- Norman Borlaug
(Keywords: Gods, Catastrophes, Despair, Spirits, Supernatural)

It has never been, and never will be easy work! But the road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.
- Marion Zimmer Bradley
(Keywords: Hope, Despair, Road, Will)

In Hanover Park they highlighted the terrible plight of backyard dwellers and the fact that year after year nothing has been done to help you: the hope and despair you all live with every day.
- Mangosuthu Buthelezi
(Keywords: Hope, Day, Despair, Fact, Help, Nothing)

I have been in Congress for more than a half century. I have lived through times of fear and times of hope. Of despair and of achievement. I have seen our government at its best, but today I fear that we see our government at its worst.
- Robert Byrd
(Keywords: Government, Fear, Achievement, Hope, Congress, Despair, Today)

Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.
- Albert Camus
(Keywords: Beauty, Time, Despair, Eternity)

From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength.
- Cesar Chavez
(Keywords: Work, People, Strength, Despair, Dignity, Needs, Problems)

The workings of the human heart are the profoundest mystery of the universe. One moment they make us despair of our kind, and the next we see in them the reflection of the divine image.
- Charles W. Chesnutt
(Keywords: Heart, Despair, Mystery, Reflection, Universe)

Let judges secretly despair of justice: their verdicts will be more acute. Let generals secretly despair of triumph; killing will be defamed. Let priests secretly despair of faith: their compassion will be true.
- Leonard Cohen
(Keywords: Compassion, Despair, Judges, Killing, Will)

There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and have recovered hope.
- George Eliot
(Keywords: Hope, Despair, First, Moments, Sorrow)

The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments.
- Gustave Flaubert
(Keywords: Life, Success, Accomplishments, Challenge, Despair, Future, Moments, Promise)

Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom.
- Anatole France
(Keywords: Boredom, Despair, Humanity, Lies)

Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.
- Robert Frank
(Keywords: Hope, Colors, Despair, Mankind, Photography)

When you get just a complete sense of blackness or void ahead of you, that somehow the future looks an impossible place to be, and the direction you are going seems to have no purpose, there is this word despair which is a very awful thing to feel.
- Stephen Fry
(Keywords: Purpose, Despair, Direction, Future, Sense, Word)

Man's nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been know to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature.
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Keywords: Nature, Love, Despair, Evil, Human nature, Influence, Yield)

Law is born from despair of human nature.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset
(Keywords: Nature, Despair, Human nature, Law)

As the plane got closer to Miami, I had this terrible feeling he was dying. Maybe he was telling me that he was going. I felt anger, panic, despair and helplessness.
- Robin Gibb
(Keywords: Anger, Despair, Dying, Feeling)

Debauchery is perhaps an act of despair in the face of infinity.
- Edmond De Goncourt
(Keywords: Act, Despair, Infinity)

The denial of our duty to act in this case is a denial of our right to act; and if we have no right to act, then may we well be termed the white slaves of the North, for like our brethren in bonds, we must seal our lips in silence and despair.
- Angelina Grimke
(Keywords: Act, Denial, Despair, Duty, May, Right, Silence)

Therefore, let us not despair, but instead, survey the position, consider carefully the action we must take, and then address ourselves to our common task in a mood of sober resolution and quiet confidence, without haste and without pause.
- Arthur Henderson
(Keywords: Action, Confidence, Despair, Haste, Quiet, Resolution)

A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel
(Keywords: Love, Time, God, Thought, Strength, Compassion, Defiance, Despair, Harm, Man, Religious)

It is my firm belief that I have a link with the past and a responsibility to the future. I cannot give up. I cannot despair. There's a whole future, generations to come. I have to keep trying.
- King Hussein
(Keywords: Belief, Despair, Future, Generations, Past, Responsibility, Trying)

It is not enough to tackle the mechanics of terror organizations. We must also tackle the situations that create terrorists. We desperately need to address the frustration, the loss and the despair that drive some to these actions.
- King Hussein I
(Keywords: Actions, Despair, Frustration, Loss, Terror)

Shakespeare was the great one before us. His place was between God and despair.
- Eugene Ionesco
(Keywords: God, Despair, Shakespeare)

Our government is founded upon the intelligence of the people. I for one do not despair of the republic. I have great confidence in the virtue of the great majority of the people, and I cannot fear the result.
- Andrew Jackson
(Keywords: Government, Intelligence, People, Fear, Virtue, Confidence, Despair, Majority, Result)

Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope.
- Mahalia Jackson
(Keywords: Hope, Despair, Songs)

My theory has always been, that if we are to dream, the flatteries of hope are as cheap, and pleasanter, than the gloom of despair.
- Thomas Jefferson
(Keywords: Dream, Hope, Despair, Theory)

If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
- Samuel Johnson
(Keywords: Determination, Perseverance, Strength, Despair, Diligence, Skill)

I nursed men back to sanity who were driven to despair. I solicited clothes for the ragged children, for the desperate mothers. I laid out the dead, the martyrs of the strike.
- Mary Harris Jones
(Keywords: Men, Children, Clothes, Despair, Martyrs, Mothers, Sanity)

Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate... but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins.
- Franz Kafka
(Keywords: Life, Despair, Fate, Needs)

To add to our misery and despair, a bloated aristocracy has sent to China - the greatest and oldest despotism in the world - for a cheap working slave.
- Denis Kearney
(Keywords: Aristocracy, Despair, Misery, World)

To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict the past. The prudent heir takes careful inventory of his legacies and gives a faithful accounting to those whom he owes an obligation of trust.
- John F. Kennedy
(Keywords: Trust, Despair, Facts, Future, Heir, Obligation, Past, State)

Despair and frustration will not shake our belief that the resistance is the only way of liberation.
- Emile Lahud
(Keywords: Belief, Despair, Frustration, Will)

Naturally I drew register a little exaggerated, in order to create something new in the sense of a sublime literature that sings of despair only in order to oppress the reader, and make him desire the good as the remedy.
- Comte de Lautreamont
(Keywords: Desire, Despair, Literature, Order, Sense)

Melancholy and sadness are the start of doubt... doubt is the beginning of despair; despair is the cruel beginning of the differing degrees of wickedness.
- Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont
(Keywords: Beginning, Despair, Doubt, Melancholy, Sadness, Wickedness)

Despair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle. The modern industrial proletariat does not belong to the category of such classes.
- Vladimir Lenin
(Keywords: Causes, Despair, Evil, Struggle)

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
(Keywords: Truth, Comfort, Despair, End, May, Thinking, Will)

God gave you not a spirit of faithlessness, not a spirit of despair.
- Joseph Barber Lightfoot
(Keywords: God, Despair, Spirit)

For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
(Keywords: Happiness, Despair, Joy, Needs, Security, Spring)

Nothing earthly will make me give up my work in despair.
- David Livingstone
(Keywords: Work, Despair, Nothing, Will)

A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair.
- Niccolo Machiavelli
(Keywords: Father, Son, Despair, Inheritance, Loss, May)



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