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Despair Quote of the Day

Welcome to these Despair Quotes of the Day from my large collection of positive, romantic, and funny quotes.

"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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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

 

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

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


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

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

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

Action is the antidote to despair.
- Joan Baez

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

Despair often breeds disease.
- Sophocles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Despair has its own calms.
- Bram Stoker

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

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

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

But he who dies in despair has lived his whole life in vain.
- Theodor Adorno

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

Life begins on the other side of despair.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I sometimes truly despair at ever being meaningfully
altered and affected by the things I claim are so important to me.
- Olympia Dukakis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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