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Picture quote by Joan Baez about inspirational

Action is the antidote to despair. ⏤ Joan Baez

Picture quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe about inspirational

In all things it is better to hope than to despair. ⏤ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Picture quote by H.G. Wells about motivational

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

Picture quote by Unknown about cruelty

The greatest cruelty is our casual blindness to the despair of others. ⏤ Unknown

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My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world.

Jack Layton, politician

The person who lives by hope will die by despair.

Italian Proverbs,

Depression is the inability to construct a future.

Rollo May, psychologist

At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.

Maya Angelou, poet

my beerdrunk soul is sadder than all the dead christmas trees of the world.

Charles Bukowski, author

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

Hector Berlioz, composer

Despair is a narcotic. It lulls the mind into indifference.

Charlie Chaplin, actor

Life begins on the other side of despair.

Jean-Paul Sartre, philosopher

Now the standard cure for one who is sunk is to consider those in actual destitution or physical suffering

F. Scott Fitzgerald, author

Action is the antidote to despair.

Joan Baez, musician

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, scientist

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

Alexandre Dumas, dramatist

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

Joseph Addison, writer

Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.

Elie Wiesel, novelist

Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.

Benjamin Disraeli, prime minister

Despair is perfectly compatible with a good dinner, I promise you.

William Makepeace Thackeray, novelist

Man dies of cold, not of darkness.

Miguel de Unamuno, educator

Fatalism is the lazy man's way of accepting the inevitable.

Natalie Clifford Barney, author

To be thoroughly conversant with a man's heart, is to take our final lesson in the iron-clasped volume of despair.

Edgar Allan Poe, writer

When the tide of life turns against youAnd the current upsets your boat,Don't waste tears on what might have been,Just lie on your back and float.


She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman.

Oscar Wilde, dramatist

Then my verse I dishonor, my pictures despise, my person degrade and my temper chastise; and the pen is my terror, the pencil my shame; and my talents I bury, and dead is my fame.

William Blake, poet

Despair is the only genuine atheism.

Jean Paul, author

The depth of our despair measures what capability and height of claim we have to hope.

Thomas Carlyle, philosopher

I can imagine no more comfortable frame of mind for the conduct of life than a humorous resignation.

W. Somerset Maugham, playwright

Despair gives courage to a coward.

Thomas Fuller, clergyman

Desperation is like stealing from the Mafia: you stand a good chance of attracting the wrong attention.

Doug Horton,

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

Haruki Murakami, writer

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

Francis Parker Yockey, writer

In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o clock in the morning, day after day.


Literature has been the salvation of the damned, literature has inspired and guided lovers, routed despair and can perhaps in this case save the world.

John Cheever, writer

Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

Thomas Jefferson, president

Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.

Pope John Paul II, clergyman

Men die in despair, while spirits die in ecstasy.

Honore de Balzac, novelist

Make sense who may. I switch off.

Samuel Beckett, playwright

Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.

William Shakespeare, dramatist

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, author

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, sculptor

The prince is never going to come. Everyone knows that; and maybe sleeping beauty's dead.

Anne Rice, novelist

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, philosopher

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, president

It is a time when one's spirit is subdued and sad, one knows not why; when the past seems a storm-swept desolation, life a vanity and a burden, and the future but a way to death.

Mark Twain, author

Despair has its own calms.

Bram Stoker, writer

Man's nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been know to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature.

Mahatma Gandhi, activist

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

Theodor Adorno, philosopher

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, musician

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

Andrew Motion, poet

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, union organizer

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

Robert Graves, novelist

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

Terry Southern, writer

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

Herbert Read, poet

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, actor

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, statesman

I think it's realistic to have hope. One can be a perverse idealist and say the easiest thing: 'I despair. The world's no good.' That's a perverse idealist. It's practical to hope, because the hope is for us to survive as a human species. That's very realistic.

Studs Terkel, journalist

With optimism, you look upon the sunny side of things. People say, 'Studs, you're an optimist.' I never said I was an optimist. I have hope because what's the alternative to hope? Despair? If you have despair, you might as well put your head in the oven.

Studs Terkel, journalist

God gave you not a spirit of faithlessness, not a spirit of despair.

Joseph Barber Lightfoot, theologian

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, writer

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, clergyman

The British were indeed very far superior to the Americans in every respect necessary to military operations, except the revivified courage and resolution, the result of sudden success after despair.

Mercy Otis Warren, playwright

It has never been, and never will be easy work! But the road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.

Marion Zimmer Bradley, writer

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, politician

Intellectual despair results in neither weakness nor dreams, but in violence. It is only a matter of knowing how to give vent to one's rage; whether one only wants to wander like madmen around prisons, or whether one wants to overturn them.

Georges Bataille, writer

Do parents sit down and tell their kids everything? I don't know. I don't know. I've convinced myself - I hope I'm right - that children despair of you if you don't tell them the truth.

Maurice Sendak, artist

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, clergyman

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.

C. S. Lewis, writer

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

Rollo May, psychologist

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, clergyman

We define only out of despair, we must have a formula... to give a facade tot he void.

Emile M. Cioran, philosopher

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

Raymond Williams, novelist

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, dramatist

Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.

William S. Burroughs, writer

To those who despair of everything reason cannot provide a faith, but only passion, and in this case it must be the same passion that lay at the root of the despair, namely humiliation and hatred.

Albert Camus, philosopher

Let judges secretly despair of justice: their verdicts will be more acute. Let generals secretly despair of triumph; killing will be defamed. Let priests secretly despair of faith: their compassion will be true.

Leonard Cohen, musician

What is most original in a man's nature is often that which is most desperate. Thus new systems are forced on the world by men who simply cannot bear the pain of living with what is. Creators care nothing for their systems except that they be unique. If Hitler had been born in Nazi Germany he wouldn't have been content to enjoy the atmosphere.

Leonard Cohen, musician

Voluptuaries, consumed by their senses, always begin by flinging themselves with a great display of frenzy into an abyss. But they survive, they come to the surface again. And they develop a routine of the abyss: It's four o clock. At five I have my abyss...

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette, novelist

Resignation, not mystic, not detached, but resignation open-eyed, conscious, and informed by love, is the only one of our feelings for which it is impossible to become a sham.

Joseph Conrad, novelist

It is not hard to live through a day, if you can live through a moment. What creates despair is the imagination, which pretends there is a future, and insists on predicting millions of moments, thousands of days, and so drains you that you cannot live the moment at hand.

Andre Dubus,

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

George Eliot, author

Melancholy has ceased to be an individual phenomenon, an exception. It has become the class privilege of the wage earner, a mass state of mind that finds its cause wherever life is governed by production quotas.

Gunther Grass, author

Dissipation is a form of self-sacrifice.

Eric Hoffer, writer

Give up the feeling of responsibility, let go your hold, resign the care of your destiny to higher powers, be genuinely indifferent as to what becomes of it all and you will find not only that you gain a perfect inward relief, but often also, in addition, the particular goods you sincerely thought you were renouncing.

William James, philosopher

A level of despair is reached, where people are willing to die to punish their tormentors.

William KammeraadCampbell,

My interest in desperation lies only in that sometimes I find myself having become desperate. Very seldom do I start out that way. I can see of course that, in the abstract, thinking and all activity is rather desperate.

Willem de Kooning, artist

Despair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle. The modern industrial proletariat does not belong to the category of such classes.

Lenin (Vladimir Ulyanov),

We'd like to fight but we fear defeat, we'd like to work but we're feeling too weak, we'd like to be sick but we'd get the sack, we'd like to behave, we'd like to believe, we'd like to love, but we've lost the knack.

Cecil Day Lewis,

They had both noticed that a life of dissipation sometimes gave to a face the look of gaunt suffering spirituality that a life of asceticism was supposed to give and quite often did not.

Katherine Anne Porter, journalist

O God, O God, how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world!

William Shakespeare, dramatist

The Christian's chief occupational hazards are depression and discouragement.

John R. Stott,

There is nobody more terrible than the desperate.

Alexander Suvorov,

Through our sunless lanes creeps Poverty with her hungry eyes, and Sin with his sodden face follows close behind her. Misery wakes us in the morning and Shame sits with us at night.

Oscar Wilde, dramatist

When we contemplate the heroes of Christianity, and compare our feeble efforts with their astonishing performance and self devotion, we should fall into despair, were there not a few softening features, by which they are brought back to the ranks of humanity.

John Strachan, clergyman

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.

Mahatma Gandhi, activist

I shall never forget the despair and agony on the parents' faces on the awful day of the funeral when the 13 little children, victims not only of John D. Rockefeller, but of the government of the state of Colorado were buried.

Ella R. Bloor,

Naturally I drew register a little exaggerated, in order to create something new in the sense of a sublime literature that sings of despair only in order to oppress the reader, and make him desire the good as the remedy.

Comte de Lautreamont, poet

To me, the black black woman is our essential mother, the blacker she is the more us she is and to see the hatred that is turned on her is enough to make me despair, almost entirely, of our future as a people.

Alice Walker, author

The denial of our duty to act in this case is a denial of our right to act; and if we have no right to act, then may we well be termed the white slaves of the North, for like our brethren in bonds, we must seal our lips in silence and despair.

Angelina Grimke, activist

Our government is founded upon the intelligence of the people. I for one do not despair of the republic. I have great confidence in the virtue of the great majority of the people, and I cannot fear the result.

Andrew Jackson, president

I have been in Congress for more than a half century. I have lived through times of fear and times of hope. Of despair and of achievement. I have seen our government at its best, but today I fear that we see our government at its worst.

Robert Byrd, politician

We've all had that fear, that despair of losing someone, or this fierce desire because it's not reciprocated. The less reciprocation there is, the more desire we have.

Emmanuelle Beart, actress

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

H. G. Wells, author

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