Action is the antidote to despair.
Boredom is the root of all evil- the despairing refusal to be
Courage is as often the outcome of despair as of hope; in the one case
we have nothing to lose, in the other everything to gain.
-Diane de Poitiers
Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible
Don't despair, not even over the fact that you don't despair.
Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart
until, in our own despair, against our will,
comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.
For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower
even from the cliffs of despair.
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh
God does not send us despair in order to kill us, he sends it in order
to awaken us to new life.
I believe in work. If somebody doesn't create something, however small
it may be, he gets sick. An awful lot of people feel that they're
treading water- that if they vanished in smoke, it wouldn't mean
anything at all in this world. And that's a despairing and destructive
feeling. It'll kill you.
I believe that a person should take an affirmative outlook. There are
always problems in life, old and new, uncertainties, and unexpected
contingencies. The optimal way to deal with this is not to give up in
despair, but to move ahead using the best intelligence and resources
that we have to overcome adversity.
I can endure my own Despair
But not another's Hope.
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 not creatures of despair.
I do not despair for our country. I never do. I believe, as I always
have, the essential decency and compassion and common sense of the
American people will prevail.
If I were a father and had a daughter who was seduced, I would not
despair over her. But if I had a son who became a journalist and
continued to remain one for five years, I would give him up.
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.
Life begins on the other side of despair.
My generation, faced as it grew with a choice between religious belief
and existential despair, chose marijuana. Now we are in our Cabernet
Never despair; but if you do, work on in despair.
Remember that despair is never the solution. Remember, hatred is never
an option. Remember that hope is not a gift given to us, hope is a
gift that we give to others.
She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes;
that is always a sign of despair in a woman.
The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night's sleep.
The initial expression of defiance is precisely despair over one's
The machinery chugs on unabated, belching out its dehumanizing
product. It is distressing. But I refuse to despair. I know, one day,
the Supreme Court will outlaw the death penalty. Permanently.
-William J. Brennan, Jr.
The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and
usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more
than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us
when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime;
he is a good citizen driven to despair.
Those colorful denizens of male despair, the Bowery bum and the rail-riding
hobo, have been replaced by the bag lady and the welfare mother. Women
have even taken over Skid Row.
To live is to wrestle with despair, yet never allow despair to have
the last word.
You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your
self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as
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