Quotation Explorer - 'Despair'

Faith in God is a promise that we’re never alone, that there’s a higher power that will look over us in times of despair. If people would just grasp this, even as an idea, they’ll soon find that it’s not just an idea, but the truth to a more meaningful life. - Ron Baratono
The experience of history should lead us to hope and strive to make the world better, not to despair and resign ourselves to fate. - Alan Beattie
Despair is vinegar from the wine of hope. - Austin O'Malley
To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing - Raymond Williams
For there comes a day on which we will see a mirror of judgement; to gaze not on man, but within ourselves. what cometh on that day in you? truth or despair? love or hate? - Robert Vanleeuwen
Evil is boring. Cynicism is pointless. Fear is a bad habit. Despair is lazy. Hopelessness is self-indulgent. On the other hand: Joy is fascinating. Love is an act of heroic genius. Pleasure is our birthright. Chronic ecstasy is a learnable skill. - Rob Brezsny
What is it about the Heavens that draws us to look up? For generations, centuries, (millennia?) it seems we are drawn to look up for answers, comfort in times of despair, with pleas for help, when we are in need of grace, and to give thanks. - Bella Vespira
The fame is birthed through the opposition. The success through the dynamism of fighting the despair. No fight, No lift! - Paul Gitwaza
Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.
We despair of changing the habits of men, still we would alter institutions, the habits of millions of men. - George Iles
The artist's job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence. - Woody Allen
A sense of having been decoyed by some world-old conspiracy into this bondage of body and soul filled her with despair. If marriage was the slow life-long acquittal of a debt contracted in ignorance, then marriage was a crime against human nature. - Edith Wharton
Courage is not the absence of fear or despair; it is the capacity to continue on despite them, no matter how great or overwhelming they become. - Robert Fanney
Stand at the brink of despair, and when you see that you cannot bear it anymore, draw back a little, and have a cup of tea. - Sophrony Sakharov
With every increase in the degree of consciousness, and in proportion to that increase, the intensity of despair increases: the more consciousness the more intense the despair. - Søren Kierkegaard
Hope can be as crippling as despair. - Marty Rubin
I can't tell if a straw ever saved a drowning man, but I know that a mere glance is enough to make despair pause. For in truth we who are creatures of impulse are creatures of despair. - Joseph Conrad
Whoever feels pain in hearing a good character of his neighbor, will feel a pleasure in the reverse. And those who despair to rise in distinction by their virtues, are happy if others can be depressed to a level of themselves. - Benjamin Franklin
I dream for an absentee and oft maligned device—the accident-maker, the soul-taker, my camera; its factory guaranteedthird eye, without which I am duly dimand memory denied. No picturesfor my contrived Arbus to declare, excepting some stitch of Sextonmanages these sentences of despair. - Kristen Henderson
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
Idealizing life is surely quite unrealistic, however, it is much better than living in constant despair. - Eraldo Banovac
He who hears the rippling of rivers in these degenerate days will not utterly despair. - Henry David Thoreau
Such was a poet and shall be and is-who'll solve the depths of horror to defend a sunbeam's architecture with his life: and carve immortal jungles of despair to hold a mountain's heartbeat in his hand. - E.E. Cummings
Do not let arrogance go to your head and despair to your heart. - Roy T. Bennett
If you response to every demand, you will be in despair. - Lailah Gifty Akita
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
The mountain of despair has dwindled, and the stone of hope has size and shape, and can be fondled by the eyes and by the hand. But freedom has always been an elusive tease, and in the very act of grabbing for it one can become shackled. - Alice Walker
Take care when wandering about,in the wilds of the valley and heights of jagged rock.What a horrific garden of wonderland we have stumbled into; where a turn of one’s heel can lead to flowering jubilation, and another leads to the twisted and thorny thicket of despair.... - Kate Cullen
Don't mire up in self despair of your losses, learn from them and move on to other good things in life. Don't stop allowing the sunshine in because of the fear that winter will come and engulf the warmth. Hold it close to you to help you through those cold winter days. - Belinda Taylor on "Loss"
It is not the presence of despair that ails you, but the absence of hope. - Saim Cheeda
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
It's not the despair, Laura. I can take the despair. It's the hope I can't stand. ~ Brian Stimpson, Clockwise - John Cleese
Tortured Soul 101: The depth of despair one experiences during the creative process (as experienced say, in an abysmally blank page or canvas) is directly proportional to the scope and power of the work that emerges when it breaks. - F.T. McKinstry
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
When we can’t see ourselves in our history, we begin to think that we are disconnected and suffering alone. Historical ignorance always precedes cultural imbalances and individual despair. - Aurin Squire
There is neither happiness nor unhappiness in this world; there is only the comparison of one state with another. Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss. It is necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good life is to live. - Alexandre Dumas
Something like another wave of despair crashes into me. "I'm so heavy." I blink and a tear slides down my cheek."Then you lean on us for a while. Let us carry you, Joy, until you're not heavy anymore. That's what family is. - Jolene Perry
When night comes do not despair; rejoice instead and say to yourself, At least now I can see the stars. - Matshona Dhliwayo
A tree does not despair when its fruit falls to the ground, because it knows in due time, its seeds will rise. - Matshona Dhliwayo
When a man is in despair, it means that he still believes in something. - Dmitri Shostakovich
When you are sad, do not bow your head in despair, lift it up; you can see and fight better when your head is up! - Mehmet Murat ildan
There is no greater despair, than to tread with care upon ice that is already broken - Johnathan Jena
It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself. - Charles Baudelaire
When I think of all the harm [the Bible] has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it. - Oscar Wilde
But neither milk-white rose nor red May bloom in prison air;The shard, the pebble, and the flint, Are what they give us there:For flowers have been known to heal A common man's despair. - Oscar Wilde
Prayer is the most powerful resource we have in this life; yet, many only turn to it as a last resort. When unbelievers pray for repentance of sin and ask for God’s forgiveness, prayer is the spiritual dynamite that obliterates the darkness and despair of a sin-soaked soul. - Franklin Graham
If you are stealing people's thunder just by being around and standing there; you really can't expect people to like you. People want their own thunder to be heard loud and wide, not yours! Swans should never despair over ducks not liking them. - C. JoyBell C.
To enjoy it again and again in those moments of joy and despair, I carry the beauty of your love in the hidden chamber of my heart. - Debasish Mridha
The things that are essential to salvation are so exceedingly simple that no child need sit down in despair of understanding the things which make for his peace. Christ crucified is not a riddle for sages, but a plain truth for plain people. True it is meat for men, but it is also milk for babes. - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
My job as a poet, is not to succumb to despair but to find in words, an antidote for the emptiness of existence. - Michelle Geaney
A book is a place where my reality, escapism, hope, despair, love and death lie. - Nikita Dudani
When everything seems too far away from you, don’t despair, return to yourself because you are the nearest thing to yourself! Accumulate energy with yourself! Then you will feel powerful to reach even beyond the far things! - Mehmet Murat ildan
Our fragile, perishable bodies are not who we are. We are the sum of fleeting moments that belong to us for eternity. It is our choice and responsibility to create moments of beauty and grace, instead of despair and suffering. - Dorit Brauer
Those who believe that they believe in God, but without passion in their hearts, without anguish in mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, without an element of despair even in their consolation, believe only in the God idea, not God Himself. - Miguel de Unamuno
Where there is ignorance, there you will find despair; with knowledge comes hope. - Paul Bamikole
To be thoroughly conversant with Man’s heart, is to take our final lesson in the iron-clasped volume of Despair - Edgar Allan Poe
He who has never hoped can never despair. - George Bernard Shaw
Action is the antidote to despair. - Joan Baez
But hope, I can tell you, is an exhausting emotion; perhaps, along with fear, the most exhausting of all. It is like juggling eggs: the hope is the shell, and inside is despair. A single crack and the despair might spill everywhere, stain everything. - Sam Taylor
The difference between hope and despair is a different way of telling stories from the same facts. - Alain de Botton
Inspiration moves one from Pessimism to Optimism, from Doubt to Faith, from Despair to Hope, and from Darkness to Light!- - RVM
In the long years to come, not only will the people of this island but of the world, wherever the bird of freedom chirps in human hearts, look back to what we've done, and they will say 'do not despair, do not yield...march straightforward. - Winston S. Churchill
Panicky despair is an underrated element of writing. - Dave Barry
Art forms that appeal to [leftists] tend to focus on ... defeat and despair ... as if there were no hope of accomplishing anything through rational calculation. - Theodore J. Kaczynski
Mortal lovers must not try to remain at the first step; for lasting passion is the dream of a harlot and from it we wake in despair. - C. S. Lewis
In idleness there is a perpetual despair. - Thomas Carlyle
Oft expectations fails, and most oft there Where most it promises; and oft it hits Where hope is coldest, and despair most fits. - William Shakespeare
Hope is a better friend than despair. - Matshona Dhliwayo
Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song. - Pope John Paul II
Whatever is meant for you in the universe shall be given to you. Do not despair. - Nurudeen Ushawu
We live this life, full of agony, despair,and pain. Living day by day, having no clue of what will happen, after a second, a minute, an hour, and a year.. Will we die of despair? Or will we find that person who completes our life and enlightens our hearts? - Junior Isaac
The news that gives you a future with hope, in spite of your despair over the past, is realizing that Jesus has prayed for you and is praying for you now. - William P. Barker
Hope is despair, overcome. - George Bernanos
Life is about being optimistic and living life in despair is not the last resort of every problem - saleemdurrani
This world in which we live needs beauty in order not to sink into despair. It is beauty, like truth, which brings joy to the heart of man and is that precious fruit which resists the year and tear of time, which unites generations and makes them share things in admiration. - Pope Paul VI
It's precisely in despair that you find the most intense pleasure, especially if you are already powerfully conscious of the hopelessness of your predicament. - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Love and Friendship, when you have them or lose them they are much like the Greek story of Icarus...You can make you feel like you're soaring above the clouds with happiness when you have them or feel like you are plummeting to the depths of hell with despair when you lose them. - Anonymous
When we have reached the depths of despair, only then can we look up and see the light of hope. - Stephen Richards
Never despair; but if you do, work on in despair. - Edmund Burke
Learn from roses; even when trampled they give off perfume, not despair. - Matshona Dhliwayo
Despair and disappointment are the parent of countless inspired, inspiring, triumphant creations - Rasheed Ogunlaru
The greatest discovery is to find a hero within oneself that will choose life over death; and fight for hope through despair to possess the will to live. - Ellen J. Barrier
What is unbelief but the despair, dictated by the dominant powers, that nothing can really change? - Ched Myers
Some stories end in despair, some begin there - Marty Rubin
I see America, not in the setting sun of a black night of despair ahead of us, I see America in the crimson light of a rising sun fresh from the burning, creative hand of God. I see great days ahead, great days possible to men and women of will and vision. - Carl Sandburg
Instead of a Dark Lord, you would have a queen, not dark but beautiful and terrible as the dawn! Tempestuous as the sea, and stronger than the foundations of the earth! All shall love me and despair! - J.R.R. Tolkien
Hope transcends everything. It goes beyond all doubts. It silences fear. It quiets despair. - Nikki Rosen
The tastiest berries are often hidden.Do not despair if you haven't found true love.Look under the leaves and branches of convention. - Khang Kijarro Nguyen
Let your heart be an infant of hope not an adult of despair. - Debasish Mridha
More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly. - Woody Allen
Whatever is meant for you the universe shall be given to you. Do not despair. - Nurudeen Ushawu
The children are the future, so, let's tell them about tomorrow's hope rather than yesterday's despair. - Onyi Anyado
Mechanics of Mind: I feel the greatest source of despair stems not from what we do on a daily basis, but the pace at which our mind thinks vis-a-vis our progression in real life that matters - the greater the gap the more the despair! - Ramana Pemmaraju
We have all experience times of despair and fear. But it is better to live with hope and faith. - Lailah Gifty Akita
Do not consider despair as a thick and high wall standing on your way; it is just a darkness and you can still walk in the darkness till you reach the light! - Mehmet Murat ildan
I acquired courage from the masterpieces of sages. I came of age by their instructions to keep going, even in hard times. Then I learnt not to despair, even when it seemed that my world is falling apart. I learnt to possess fortitude. - Ogwo David Emenike
The dark skies of despair are no match for the bright skies of hope. - Matshona Dhliwayo
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
Life begins on the other side of despair. - Jean-Paul Sartre
We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings. - Albert Einstein
With the need for the self in the time of another / I left my seaport grim and dear / knowing good work could be made / in the state governed by both Hope and Despair. - Roman Payne
You cannot truly know pleasure without pain.You cannot truly know strength without weakness.You cannot truly know joy without sorrow.You cannot truly know hope without despair. - Matshona Dhliwayo
Appetite, with an opinion of attaining, is called hope; the same, without such opinion, despair. - Thomas Hobbes
Despair has been called the unforgivable sin--not presumably because God refuses to forgive it but because it despairs of the possibility of being forgiven.
Despair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle. - Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
Without hope, there is no despair. There is only meaningless suffering. - D. Morgenstern
The journey is made up of the most genuine and honest wonders of the mind, but also includes unfathomable sorrow and despair; yet, this is what makes up a journey as well as the human experience in entirety. - Forrest Curran
Despair is the source of all evil - Bangambiki Habyarimana
Every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned by forgetting ideas which one had no time to write down. - Hector Berlioz
I felt despair. Though it seems to me now there's two kinds of it: the sort that causes a person to surrender and then the sort I had which made me take risks and make plans. - Erica Eisdorfer
Life can be full of despair without intimacy from a youth's family members and they need to understand that values of caring can help an individual to overcome his or her struggle as he or she develops to become an adult. - Saaif Alam
A tree does not despair when a few of its leaves fall off because there is more room for greener ones to take their place. - Matshona Dhliwayo
Why weep when it takes less energy to laugh? Why frown when it takes less energy to smile? Why despair when it takes less energy to hope? Why fear when it takes less energy to love? - Matshona Dhliwayo
In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe. - Michael Jackson
Never doubt! Never despair! Many will love you, if you let them. - Marty Rubin
We humans are imperfect, but what makes us human is not are kind but our courage to overcome fear, our ability to turn imagination into reality, our hope to diminish despair, and have a smile on our face although we in a predicament. - Paranjay Malkan
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
My heart aches for you! But don't despair! I am persuaded you will come about! Recollect what the poet says! I'm not sure which poet, but very likely it was Shakespeare, because it generally is, though why I can't imagine! - Georgette Heyer
Despair sees no hope, while hope sees no despair. - Jim George
My views and feelings (are) in favor of the abolition of war--and I hope it is practicable, by improving the mind and morals of society, to lessen the disposition to war; but of its abolition I despair. - Thomas Jefferson
When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always. - Mahatma Gandhi
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
It must feel good to have someone trying so hard to keep you in any circumstances. I wish I have one too, at least I know how does it feels to have someone wanting you more than anything, other than making you cry alone in despair. - Lee NR
The sky does not despair when a star falls; it makes room for a new one. - Matshona Dhliwayo
The pessimist may call the optimist a fool; but who is more foolish, the happy individual who expects more happiness or the one who fills his life with bitterness and has only more despair to look forward to? - Wayne Gerard Trotman
Be not in despair; let those tears of sadness grow into flowers. - Debasish Mridha
Do not despair. Do not give up. Look for the sunlight through the clouds. - Gordon B. Hinckley
I can endure my own despair but not another's hope. - William Walsh
Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions. - Kahlil Gibran
I can endure my own despair, but not another's hope. - William Walsh
At the time of destruction and despair hope for the better. - Debasish Mridha
I do not know whether music knows how to despair over music, or marble over marble, but literature is an art which knows how to prophesize the time in which it might have fallen silent, how to attack its own virtue, and how to fall in love with its own dissolution and court its own end. - Jorge Luis Borges
The fundamental fact about all of us is that we’re alive for a while but will die before long. This fact is the real root cause of all our anger and pain and despair. And you can either run from this fact or, by way of love, you can embrace it. - Jonathan Franzen
Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim. - Graham Greene
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
Intellectual despair is a subject for comedy. - Marty Rubin
The most common form of despair is not being who you are. - Søren Kierkegaard
We study biology, physics, movements of glaciers... Where are the classes on envy, feeling wronged, despair, bitterness... - Alain de Botton
Don't despair: despair suggests you are in total control and know what is coming. You don't - surrender to events with hope. - Alain de Botton
People think that those who commit suicide are against life—they are not. They are too lusty for life, they have great lust for life; and because life is not fulfilling their lust, in anger, in despair, they destroy themselves. - Osho
When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race. - H. G. Wells
Satan's despair is absolute because Satan, as pure spirit, is pure consciousness, and for Satan (and all men in his predicament) every increase in consciousness is an increase in despair. - Søren Kierkegaard
We think that mercy is a sweeter and easier thing than justice, but it is not so; for justice takes us as we are, but mercy assaults us and batters at the gates of our heart, demanding that we be made new...Sometimes sorrow is easier than joy, and despair more comforting that hope. - Anthony Esolen
Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution. - Kahlil Gibran
The pleasures of the world are deceitful; they promise more than they give. They trouble us in seeking them, they do not satisfy us when possessing them and they make us despair in losing them.
Time has laid its healing hand upon the wound when we can look back at the the pain we once fainted under, and no bitterness or despair arises in our heart. - Jerome K. Jerome
What we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope. - George Eliot
To be thoroughly conversant with a man's heart, is to take our final lesson in the iron-clasped volume of despair. - Edgar Allan Poe
I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair. - Alfred Tennyson
In strange and uncertain times such as those we are living in, sometimes a reasonable person might despair. But hope is unreasonable and love is greater even than this. May we trust the inexpressible benevolence of the creative impulse. - Robert Fripp
We have to heal our wounded world. The chaos, despair, and senseless destruction we see today are a result of the alienation that people feel from each other and their environment. - Michael Jackson
The Bible talks primarily of two kinds of angels- Cherubim and Seraphim. But there is a third kind of angel. If you ever find yourself troubled, suffering or in despair, God may send you this third type of angel. These angels are called...'friends. - José N. Harris
Why wait to forgive and let go only after you have sufficiently wallowed in your despair? Why not forgive and let go now? - Kamand Kojouri
My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world. - Jack Layton
Schizophrenia cannot be understood without understanding despair. - R.D. Laing
I have experienced deep despair, mental-ill health and attempt of suicide. - Lailah Gifty Akita
It is necessary to fall in love the better to provide an alibi for all the despair we are going to feel anyway. - Albert Camus
One of the greatest dangers of great dreams in your youth is waking up to despair as an adult. - Tice Davids aka David T. Parker
One word of caution—be careful how much you listen to the advice of others when in a deep pit of despair. - David P. Ingerson
Now, I believe in life, and I believe in the joy of human existence, but these things cannot be experienced except as we also face the despair, also face the anxiety that every human being has to face if he lives with any creativity at all. - Rollo May
PATIENCE, n. A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue. - Ambrose Bierce
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. - Saint Francis of Assisi
Sometimes you feel other people's pain worse than your own. We're armored against our own troubles. We can't afford to give in to despair. Then you see someone else struggling, and it breaks your... heart. - Sean Stewart
I'm a pusher dealing hope, at the intersection of Desire and Despair. - John Mark Green
Regret is her companion and the one who whispers to her often. She has even let hope die and that brings about despair. - Donna Lynn Hope
When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always. - Mahatma Gandhi
A brutal, relentless self-analysis lies at the heart of all despair. - Marty Rubin
He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor. - Menander
I shall despair. There is no creature loves me; And if I die no soul will pity me: And wherefore should they, since that I myself Find in myself no pity to myself? - William Shakespeare
Despair wishes their hope diminishes. - Sherina Gandia
The opposite of interpersonal trust is not mistrust. It is despair. This is because we have given up on believing that trustworthiness and fulfillment are possible from others. We have lost our hope in our fellow humans. - David Richo
Discouragement is simply the despair of wounded self-love. - Francois de Fenelon
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
Knowlege of God without knowledge of man's wretchedness leads to pride. Knowledge of man's wretchedness without knowledge of God leads to despair. Knowledge of Jesus Christ is the middle course, because by it we discover both God and our wretched state. - Blaise Pascal
Sober Minds give the world a chance. True Love brings you Hope. Blind Faith moves mountains. And the main savior from despair is Laughter. - Lara Biyuts
She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman. - Oscar Wilde
Between hope and despair treads a life without love! - Manoj Vaz
What are riches - grandeur - health itself, to the luxury of a pure conscience, the health of the soul; - and what the sufferings of poverty, disappointment, despair - to the anguish of an afflicted one! - Ann Radcliffe
there's time for laughing and there's time for crying— for hoping for despair for peace for longing —a time for growing and a time for dying: a night for silence and a day for singingbut more than all(as all your more than eyes tell me)there is a time for timelessness - E.E. Cummings
Nothing earthly will make me give up my work in despair. - David Livingstone
And in despair I bowed my head;"There is no peace on earth," I said;"For hate is strong,And mocks the songOf peace on earth, good-will to men!"Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep!The Wrong shall fail,the Right prevail,With peace on earth, good-will to men! - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
We are ready to despair too soon, we are ready to say, ‘What’s the good of doing anything?’ Hope is the virtue we should cultivate most in this present day and age. - Agatha Christie
His ideas assumed a kind of stupefied and mechanical quality which is peculiar to despair. - Victor Hugo
Oft expectation fails, and most oft where most it promises; and oft it hits where hope is coldest; and despair most sits. - William Shakespeare
That we live in a godless universe is a reason to celebrate not despair. - Marty Rubin
Is not prayer the intensely personal struggle within each disciple, and among us collectively, to resist the despair and distractions that cause us to practice unbelief, to abandon or avoid the way of Jesus? - Ched Myers
Only the mediocre want to die of old age. Suffer, then, drink pleasure to its last dregs, cry or laugh, scream in despair or with joy, sing about death or love, for nothing will endure! Morality can only make life a long series of missed opportunities. - Emil Cioran
Unhappy people do the oddest, most terrible things, just trying to keep despair at bay. All you have to do is accept them...go around them...take evasive action. - Geraldine McCaughrean
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