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Despair Quotes
Inspirational Quotes about Despair

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"Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

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When you find your path, you must not be afraid.
You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes.
Disappointment, defeat, and despair are
the tools God uses to show us the way.
- Paulo Coelho

If I could tell the world just one thing
it would be we're all okay,
and not to worry cause worry is wasteful
and useless in times like these.
I won't be made useless.
I won't be idle with despair,
I will gather myself around my faith.
Light does the darkness most fear.
- Jewel

We cannot despair of humanity,
since we ourselves are human beings.
- Albert Einstein

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The novel is born of disillusionment;
the poem,
of despair.
- Jose Bergamin

And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
'Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night's sleep.
- E. Joseph Cossman


 

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

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion,
who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement,
who can tolerate not knowing...
not healing, not curing...
that is a friend who cares.
- Henri Nouwen

If you don't love it, you can't suffer thru all the
despair that comes with it.
Keep doing it because you love it.
- Robert Stack

Courage is not the absence of despair;
it is,
rather, the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair.
- Rollo May

Nothing earthly will make me give up my work in despair.
- David Livingstone

My generation, faced as it grew with a choice between
religious belief and existential despair,
chose marijuana.
Now we are in our Cabernet stage.
- Peggy Noonan

Despair is a narcotic.
It lulls the mind into indifference.
- Charlie Chaplin

I want no part of making any contribution whatsoever
to the despair which eventually follows downbeat thinking.
- Loretta Young

Action is the antidote to despair.
- Joan Baez

When they are assailed by despair, young people should
let universal concerns into their lives.
- Abbe Pierre

I sometimes truly despair at ever being meaningfully
altered and affected by the things I claim are so important to me.
- Olympia Dukakis

Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings,
hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.
- Elie Wiesel

Innumerable confusions and a feeling of despair invariably
emerge in periods of great technological and cultural transition.
- Marshall McLuhan

Despair has its own calms.
- Bram Stoker

To exist is a habit I do not despair of acquiring.
- Emile M. Cioran

You may not know it, but at the far end of despair,
there is a white clearing where one is almost happy.
- Joan Baez

At its best our age is an age of searchers and discoverers,
and at its worst, an age that has domesticated despair
and learned to live with it happily.
- Flannery O'Connor

I think most artists create out of despair.
The very nature of creation is not a performing glory on the outside,
it's a painful, difficult search within.
- Louise Berliawsky Nevelson

Snobbery? But it's only a form of despair.
- Joseph Brodsky

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

Despair gives courage to a coward.
- Thomas Fuller

We draw our strength from the very despair in which
we have been forced to live.
We shall endure.
- Cesar Chavez

Comedy is an escape, not from truth but from despair;
a narrow escape into faith.
- Christopher Fry

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- although attributed to St. Francis of Assisi,
this prayer first appeared (written in French) in 1912

Don't despair too much if you see beautiful things destroyed,
if you see them perish.
Because the best things are always growing in secret.
- Ben Okri

If we openly declare what is wrong with us,
what is our deepest need, then perhaps the death and
despair will by degrees disappear.
- J. B. Priestley

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

Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.
- Edmund Burke

But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
- George Eliot

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

For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring
like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Schizophrenia cannot be understood without understanding despair.
- R. D. Laing

A rabbi should not despair if people do not do as much as they should.
Every parent has that with children.
God is merciful.
- Louis Finkelstein

When you get to know me, I don't despair -
I just get up,
clean up, and start again.
- Avi Arad

The characteristic political attitude of today is not one of positive belief,
but of despair.
- Herbert Read

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

Plant diseases, drought, desolation,
despair were recurrent catastrophes during the ages -
and the ancient remedies: supplications to supernatural spirits or gods.
- Norman Borlaug

We have to go into the despair and go beyond it,
by working and doing for somebody else,
by using it for something else.
- Elie Wiesel

To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing.
- Raymond Williams

Don't despair, not even over the fact that you don't despair.
- Franz Kafka

Gaiety is often the reckless ripple over depths of despair.
- Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Literature has been the salvation of the damned,
literature has inspired and guided lovers,
routed despair and can perhaps in this case save the world.
- John Cheever

If I were a girl, I'd despair.
The supply of good women far exceeds that of the men who deserve them.
- Robert Graves

Every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned
by forgetting ideas which one had no time to write down.
- Hector Berlioz

Absence from whom we love is worse than death,
and frustrates hope severer than despair.
- William Cowper

Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable
of feeling ultimate bliss.
- Alexandre Dumas

Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope.
- Mahalia Jackson

Law is born from despair of human nature.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

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

No matter how ephemeral it is, a novel is something,
while despair is nothing.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

But he who dies in despair has lived his whole life in vain.
- Theodor Adorno

Oh rage!
Oh despair!
Oh age, my enemy!
- Pierre Corneille

Man's nature is not essentially evil.
Brute nature has been known to
yield to the influence of love.
You must never despair of human nature.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Revenge is barren of itself: it is the dreadful food it feeds on;
its delight is murder,
and its end is despair.
- Friedrich Schiller

I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Despair often breeds disease.
- Sophocles

If pessimism is despair, optimism is cowardice and stupidity.
Is there any need to choose between them?
- Francis Parker Yockey

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

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

It's curious how we act in moments of personal despair.
- Lawrence Welk

There was a castle called Doubting Castle,
the owner whereof was Giant Despair.
- John Bunyan

I think the degree of alienation and despair is more universal.
- Terry Southern

Invention flags, his brain goes muddy,
and black despair succeeds brown study.
- William Congreve

Boast is always a cry of despair, except in the young it is a cry of hope.
- Bernard Berenson


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