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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

 

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

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

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


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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

When I despair, I remember that all through history
the way of truth and love has always won.
There have been tyrants and murderers and
for a time they seem invincible,
but in the end, they always fall ... think of it, always.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I despair of ever writing excellent poetry.
- Isaac Rosenberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shakespeare was the great one before us.
His place was between God and despair.
- Eugene Ionesco

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There's no such thing as perfect writing,
just like there's no such thing as perfect despair.
- Haruki Murakami

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

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

Despair is the conclusion of fools.
- Benjamin Disraeli

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

Scotsmen are metaphisical and emotional,
they are sceptical and mystical, they are romantic and ironic,
they are cruel and tender, and full of mirth and despair.
- William Dunbar

Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride
and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.
- Blaise Pascal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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