One does nothing who tries to console a despondent person with word. A friend is one who aids with deeds at a critical time when deeds are called for.
— Plautus

Nobody ever grew despondent looking for trouble.
Kin Hubbard despondent quote

If fortune favors you do not be elated; if she frowns do not despond.
— Ausonius

Affliction comes to us all, not to make us sad, but sober; not to make us sorry, but to make us wise; not to make us despondent, but by its darkness to refresh us as the night refreshes the day; not to impoverish, but to enrich us.
— Henry Ward Beecher

There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire; it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.
— despondent quotation by George Eliot