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  1. Picture quote by Joan Baez about inspirational

    Action is the antidote to despair. ⏤ Joan Baez


  2. Picture quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe about inspirational

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


  3. 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


  4. 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

The person who lives by hope will die by despair.

Italian Proverbs

Depression is the inability to construct a future.

Rollo May

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

Charles Bukowski

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

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

Hector Berlioz

Life begins on the other side of despair.

Jean-Paul Sartre

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

Charlie Chaplin

Action is the antidote to despair.

Joan Baez

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

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

Alexandre Dumas

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

Elie Wiesel

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

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

Joseph Addison

Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.

Benjamin Disraeli

Man dies of cold, not of darkness.

Miguel de Unamuno

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

William Makepeace Thackeray

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

Natalie Clifford Barney

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

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

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.

Anonymous

Despair gives courage to a coward.

Thomas Fuller

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

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

Thomas Carlyle

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

W. Somerset Maugham

Despair is the only genuine atheism.

Jean Paul

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

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

Unknown

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

Haruki Murakami

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

Doug Horton

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

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

Francis Parker Yockey

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

Men die in despair, while spirits die in ecstasy.

Honore de Balzac

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

Anne Rice

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

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

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

William Shakespeare

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

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

Pope John Paul II

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

Despair has its own calms.

Bram Stoker

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

Make sense who may. I switch off.

Samuel Beckett

It is my firm belief that I have a link with the past and a responsibility to the future. I cannot give up. I cannot despair. There's a whole future, generations to come. I have to keep trying.

King Hussein

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

Emile Lahud

I despair of ever writing excellent poetry.

Isaac Rosenberg

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

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

Cesar Chavez

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

Franz Kafka

If you're an advocate of gentleness, you're simplistic and naive. If you're an advocate of despair and hate, you're sophisticated.

Leo Buscaglia

He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.

Aeschylus

Law is born from despair of human nature.

Jose Ortega y Gasset

The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments.

Gustave Flaubert

The workings of the human heart are the profoundest mystery of the universe. One moment they make us despair of our kind, and the next we see in them the reflection of the divine image.

Charles W. Chesnutt

I do believe that most men live lives of quiet desperation. For despair, optimism is the only practical solution. Hope is practical. Because eliminate that and it's pretty scary. Hope at least gives you the option of living.

Harry Nilsson

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

Waste brings woe, and sorrow hates despair.

Robert Greene

The only difference was one of them was trying to make a perfect cake and one of them was trying to write a great book. But if we remove that from the equation, it's the same impulse and they are equally entitled to their ecstasies and their despair.

Michael Cunningham

It is not enough to tackle the mechanics of terror organizations. We must also tackle the situations that create terrorists. We desperately need to address the frustration, the loss and the despair that drive some to these actions.

King Hussein I

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

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

Loretta Young

Therefore, let us not despair, but instead, survey the position, consider carefully the action we must take, and then address ourselves to our common task in a mood of sober resolution and quiet confidence, without haste and without pause.

Arthur Henderson

the deepest subjective experiences are also the most universal, because through them one reaches the universal source of life.

Emil Cioran

This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.

T. S. Eliot

When a man is in despair, it means that he still believes in something.

Dmitri Shostakovich

Uncertainty! fell demon of our fears! The human soul that can support despair, supports not thee.

David Mallet

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 is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim. It is, one is told, the unforgivable sin, but it is a sin the corrupt or evil man never practices. He always has hope. He never reaches the freezing-point of knowing absolute failure. Only the man of goodwill carries always in his heart this capacity for damnation.

Graham Greene

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

Theodor Adorno

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

Andrew Motion

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

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

Robert Graves

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

Terry Southern

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

Herbert Read

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

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

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

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

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

Joseph Barber Lightfoot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emile M. Cioran

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

Raymond Williams

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

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

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

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

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

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