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Positive Quotes about Despair

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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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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

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The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night's sleep.
- E. Joseph Cossman

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

To state the facts frankly
is not to despair the future nor indict the past.
The prudent heir takes careful inventory of his legacies
and gives a faithful accounting
to those whom he owes an obligation of trust.
- John F. Kennedy

Thank God for beautiful songs about feeling despair
when you yourself are in despair.
They really get us through.
- Susannah McCorkle

Despair is the conclusion of fools.
- Benjamin Disraeli

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

I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

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

I nursed men back to sanity who were driven to despair.
I solicited clothes for the ragged children,
for the desperate mothers.
I laid out the dead, the martyrs of the strike.
- Mary Harris Jones

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

Action is the antidote to despair.
- Joan Baez

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

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

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

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

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

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

I think most artists create out of despair.
The very nature of creation is not a performing glory on the outside,
it's a painful, difficult search within.
- Louise Berliawsky Nevelson

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

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

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

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

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 happily.
- Flannery O'Connor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When they are assailed by despair, young people should
let universal concerns into their lives.
- Abbe Pierre

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

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

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

It is necessary to work, if not from inclination,
at least from despair.
Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.
- Charles Baudelaire

Despair has its own calms.
- Bram Stoker

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

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

A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father,
but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Despair often breeds disease.
- Sophocles

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

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

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

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

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

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

When I despair, I remember that all through history
the way of truth and love has always won.
There have been tyrants and murderers and
for a time they seem invincible,
but in the end, they always fall ... think of it, always.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

There's no such thing as perfect writing,
just like there's no such thing as perfect despair.
- Haruki Murakami

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

If I were a girl, I'd despair.
The supply of good women far exceeds that of the men who deserve them.
- Robert Graves

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


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