Action is the antidote to despair.
All my humor is based upon destruction and despair. If the whole world
were tranquil, without disease and violence, I'd be standing on the
breadline right in back of J. Edgar Hoover.
And remember: you must never, under any circumstances, despair. To hope
and to act, these are our duties in misfortune.
Anyone who would attempt the task of felling a virgin forest with a
penknife would probably feel the same paralysis of despair that the
reformer feels when confronted with existing school systems.
As long as a man's heart beats, as long as a man's flesh quivers, I do
not allow that a being gifted with thought and will can allow himself to
At first I was almost about to despair, I thought I never could bear it-
but I did I bear it. The question remains: how?
At its best our age is an age of searchers and discoverers, and at its
worst, an age that has domesticated despair and learned to live with it
Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to
Because thou must not dream, thou need not despair.
Believe flatterers and you're lost; believe your enemies- and you
-Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
Boast is always a cry of despair, except in the young it is a cry of
But by far the greatest obstacle to the progress of science and to the
undertaking of new tasks and provinces therein is found in this- that
men despair and think things impossible.
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 anger with no place to go.
Despair is sometimes the great energizer of the mind, though sometimes
its flowering may be sterile.
Despair is the conclusion of fools.
Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim.
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 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.
I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.
-Alfred Lord Tennyson
I think that humor is part of what saves us from despair.
-John Perry Barlow
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 we openly declare what is wrong with us, what is our deepest need,
then perhaps the death and despair will by degrees disappear.
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.
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.
In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound for
ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory.
It (marriage) happens as with cages: the birds without despair to get
in, and those within despair of getting out.
-Michel de Montaigne
It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair.
As it turns out, work is less boring than amusing oneself.
It is often when night looks darkest, it is often before the fever
breaks that one senses the gathering momentum for change, when one feels
that resurrection of hope in the midst of despair and apathy.
-Hillary Rodham Clinton
Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too,
can be given to one only by other human beings.
Life begins on the other side of despair.
Logic and morality made it impossible to accept an illogical and immoral
reality; they engendered a rejection of reality which as a rule led the
cultivated man rapidly to 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.
Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate
Optimism is an alienated form of faith, pessimism an alienated form of
Optimism is the parent of despair, while pessimism allows the mind to
accustom itself to the inevitable disappointments of human existence by
degrees, just as some drugs induce a state of tolerance.
Our Western society is showing its technological muscles in ever more
threatening ways, but the experience of fear, anxiety and even despair
has increased in equal proportion. Indeed, the paradox is that the
powerful giants feel as powerless as a new-born babe.
Patience, n. A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.
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.
Sins become more subtle as you grow older. You commit sins of despair
rather than lust.
-Piers Paul Read
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.
The way to despair is to refuse to have any kind of experience.
The words 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,' which I saw on an Italian movie poster,
are perhaps the briefest statement imaginable of the basic appeal of
movies. This appeal is what attracts us, and ultimately what makes us
despair when we begin to understand how seldom movies are more than this.
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 to have recovered
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
Until everyone is fed, clothed, housed and taught, until human beings
have equal leisure to contemplate the overwhelming fact of mortality, we
should not... indulge in the luxury of 'privileged despair.'
What baffles me is the comfort people find in the idea that somebody
dealt this mess. Blind and meaningless chance seems to me so much more
congenial- or at least less horrible. Prove to me that there is a God
and I will really begin to despair.
-Peter De Vries
When a man is in love very little is enough to throw him into despair
and as little to enhance his joy to the utmost.
When too many Americans don't vote or participate, some see apathy and
despair. I see disappointment and even outrage. And I believe that out
of this frustration can come hope and action.
Women get desperate, but they don't understand despair.
Yesterday This Day's Madness did prepare; To-morrow's Silence, Triumph,
or Despair: Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why: Drink! for
you know not why you go, nor where.
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
You are never stronger... than when you land on the other side of