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Despair Quotes

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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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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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

Persuade thyself that imperfection and inconvenience
are the natural lot of mortals,
and there will be no room for discontent,
neither for despair.
- Ieyasu Tokugawa

Despair is the conclusion of fools.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Despair has its own calms.
- Bram Stoker

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

Despair and frustration will not shake our belief that
the resistance is the only way of liberation.
- Emile Lahud

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

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

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

Thank God for beautiful songs about feeling despair
when you yourself are in despair.
They really get us through.
- Susannah McCorkle

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is necessary to work, if not from inclination,
at least from despair.
Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.
- Charles Baudelaire

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

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

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

Terrorism is a real despair.
These are people for whom life has been so negative
that they're willing to die if they can take down some of their enemies.
- John Shelby Spong

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

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

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

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

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

Despair is perfectly compatible with a good dinner,
I promise you.
- William Makepeace Thackeray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the
pangs and fury of despair.
- Joseph Addison

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

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

Sad Patience, too near neighbour to despair.
- Matthew Arnold

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sectional football games have the glory and the despair of war,
and when a Texas team takes the field against a foreign state,
it is an army with banners.
- John Steinbeck

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

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

Despair gives courage to a coward.
- Thomas Fuller

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

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

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

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

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

Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom.
- Anatole France

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


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