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When they are assailed by despair, young people should
by Abbe Pierre

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

My family background was deeply Christian.
- Abbe Pierre

The process of my transformation came to a head with my discovery of St.
Francis of Assisi during a pilgrimage I went on with
a scout troop from my school.
- Abbe Pierre

People are needed to take up the challenge,
strong people, who proclaim the truth,
throw it in people's faces, and do what they can with their own two hands.
- Abbe Pierre

 

I came from a wealthy family.
I made over my share of the estate to various charities.
- Abbe Pierre

Illness has always brought me nearer to a state of grace.
- Abbe Pierre

It's not enough to attend church and pray every Sunday;
you have to act.
- Abbe Pierre

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It's true that humanity has seen a succession of crises,
wars and atrocities, but this negative side is offset
by advances in technology and cultural exchanges.
- Abbe Pierre

Hope is not a matter of age.
- Abbe Pierre

After the war, prompted by the Cardinal Archbishop of Paris,
I entered Parliament so that a priest could speak out for the poor,
as canon law at that time still permitted.
- Abbe Pierre

Those seven years in the cloister were the key to my life.
- Abbe Pierre

Providence was well aware what lay ahead for me,
and my Capuchin training was to prepare me for it.
- Abbe Pierre

The question I asked Georges has now become a general one -
You,
who thought you were superfluous, who thought there
was no place for you in society,
not only are you not superfluous, you are needed and
so those who were beggars become givers.
- Abbe Pierre

What I would say to the young men and women who are
beset by hopelessness and doubt is that they should
go and see what is being done on the ground to fight poverty,
not like going to the zoo but to take action,
to open their hearts and their consciences.
- Abbe Pierre

Most government officials are rushing headlong to solve
the problems of 50 years ago,
with their ears assailed by the sound of snails whizzing by.
- Eric Johnston

There is something wonderful in seeing a wrong-headed
majority assailed by truth.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

The innocence that feels no risk and is taught no caution,
is more vulnerable than guilt, and oftener assailed.
- Nathaniel Parker Willis

But the idea of a man making his living by writing seemed,
in that hardy environment, so fantastic that even today
I am sometimes myself assailed by a feeling of unreality.
- Robert E. Howard

Thus, it was to seek true civilization and true justice
for all the peoples of the world,
and to view this as the destruction of personal freedom
and respect is to be assailed by the hatred and emotion of war,
and to make hasty judgments.
- Hideki Tojo

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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ennui has made more gamblers than avarice,
more drunkards than thirst,
and perhaps as many suicides as despair.
- The Buddha

Despair has its own calms.
- Bram Stoker

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

He who labors diligently need never despair;
for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor.
- Menander

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

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

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

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle,
I no longer despair for the future of the human race.
- H. G. Wells

You know one of the causes of modern despair is the
fact that we have had proposed to us,
from various quarters, an impossible perfection.
- Morris West

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

Because I remember, I despair.
Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.
- Elie Wiesel

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

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

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

Her pupils were at once her salvation and her despair.
They gave her the means of supporting life,
but they made life hardly worth supporting.
- P. G. Wodehouse

A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father,
but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

The poet's expression of joy conceals his despair at
not having found the reality of joy.
- Max Jacob

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

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

I've found a different way to scent the air:
already it's a by-word for despair.
- Andrew Motion

God gave you not a spirit of faithlessness,
not a spirit of despair.
- Joseph Barber Lightfoot

Do not abandon yourselves to despair.
We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.
- Pope John Paul II

This book, conceived in sorrow, composed in grief,
and constructed at the brink of despair,
contains my mind's best thoughts, and my soul's triumph
over the powers of darkness.
- Isaac Mayer Wise

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

Uncertainty!
fell demon of our fears!
The human soul that can support despair,
supports not thee.
- David Mallet

To doubt is worse than to have lost;
and to despair is but to antedate those miseries that must fall on us.
- Philip Massinger

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

Waste brings woe, and sorrow hates despair.
- Robert Greene

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

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

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

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

Despair is the damp of hell, as joy is the serenity of heaven.
- John Donne

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

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

Los Angeles was an impression of failure,
of disappointment, of despair, and of oddly makeshift lives.
This is California? I thought.
- Joseph Barbera

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

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

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

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

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

Because thou must not dream, thou need not despair.
- Matthew Arnold

There is no greater folly in the world than for a man to despair.
- Miguel de Cervantes


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