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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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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

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

 

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

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

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

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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 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

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

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

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

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

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

I despair of ever writing excellent poetry.
- Isaac Rosenberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Despair gives courage to a coward.
- Thomas Fuller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Despair has its own calms.
- Bram Stoker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Despair is the conclusion of fools.
- Benjamin Disraeli


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