Despair Quotes


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.

Despair    Evil    Goodness    Inspirational    Love    Sadness    Truth    Victory

My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes.

Anne of Green Gables

L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables

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.

The Fall of Atlantis

Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Fall of Atlantis

I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company.

Tropic of Cancer

Henry Miller

Tropic of Cancer

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

Life ... is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

The Tragedy of Macbeth

William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Macbeth

Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.

Despair    Elf    Hope    Legolas

Let them think what they liked, but I didn't mean to drown myself. I meant to swim till I sank -- but that's not the same thing.

It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.

Despair    Gandalf    Hope

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

I wish I could tell you how lonely I am. How cold and harsh it is here. Everywhere there is conflict and unkindness. I think God has forsaken this place. I believe I have seen hell and it's white, it's snow-white.

Losing your life is not the worst thing that can happen. The worst thing is to lose your reason for living.

Death    Depression    Despair    Life

I have had to experience so much stupidity, so many vices, so much error, so much nausea, disillusionment and sorrow, just in order to become a child again and begin anew. I had to experience despair, I had to sink to the greatest mental depths, to thoughts of suicide, in order to experience grace.

Siddhartha

Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha

It is a curious thing, but as one travels the world getting older and older, it appears that happiness is easier to get used to than despair. The second time you have a root beer float, for instance, your happiness at sipping the delicious concoction may not be quite as enormous as when you first had a root beer float, and the twelfth time your happiness may be still less enormous, until root beer floats begin to offer you very little happiness at all, because you have become used to the taste of vanilla ice cream and root beer mixed together. However, the second time you find a thumbtack in your root beer float, your despair is much greater than the first time, when you dismissed the thumbtack as a freak accident rather than part of the scheme of a soda jerk, a phrase which here means "ice cream shop employee who is trying to injure your tongue," and by the twelfth time you find a thumbtack, your despair is even greater still, until you can hardly utter the phrase "root beer float" without bursting into tears. It is almost as if happiness is an acquired taste, like coconut cordial or ceviche, to which you can eventually become accustomed, but despair is something surprising each time you encounter it.

The End

Lemony Snicket

The End

Life is filled with unanswered questions, but it is the courage to seek those answers that continues to give meaning to life. You can spend your life wallowing in despair, wondering why you were the one who was led towards the road strewn with pain, or you can be grateful that you are strong enough to survive it.

Answers    Despair    Inspiration    Life    Meaning    Pain    Purpose    Questions    Road    Strength    Survive

The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.

Despair is the price one pays for self-awareness. Look deeply into life, and you'll always find despair.

This fall I think you're riding for—it's a special kind of fall, a horrible kind. The man falling isn't permitted to feel or hear himself hit bottom. He just keeps falling and falling. The whole arrangement's designed for men who, at some time or other in their lives, were looking for something their own environment couldn't supply them with. Or they thought their own environment couldn't supply them with. So they gave up looking. They gave it up before they ever really even got started.

The wounds that never heal can only be mourned alone.

A Million Little Pieces

James Frey (Author)

A Million Little Pieces

Whatever happens in your life, no matter how troubling things might seem, do not enter the neighborhood of despair. Even when all doors remain closed, God will open up a new path only for you. Be thankful!

The artist's job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.

Does anything in nature despair except man? An animal with a foot caught in a trap does not seem to despair. It is too busy trying to survive. It is all closed in, to a kind of still, intense waiting. Is this a key? Keep busy with survival. Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long, not even pain, psychic pain. Sit it out. Let it all pass. Let it go.

Despair    Nature    Pain    Strength    Survival

A weird time in which we are alive. We can travel anywhere we want, even to other planets. And for what? To sit day after day, declining in morale and hope.

There are far too many silent sufferers.  Not because they don't yearn to reach out, but because they've tried and found no one who cares.

Depression is the flaw in love. To be creatures who love, we must be creatures who can despair at what we lose, and depression is the mechanism of that despair.

Depression    Despair    Loss    Love

She wondered that hope was so much harder then despair.

Cry Wolf

Patricia Briggs

Cry Wolf

The only real laughter comes from despair.

Despair    Groucho    Laughter    Marx

How could I have been so ignorant? she thinks. So stupid, so unseeing, so given over to carelessness. But without such ignorance, such carelessness, how could we live? If you knew what was going to happen, if you knew everything that was going to happen next—if you knew in advance the consequences of your own actions—you'd be doomed. You'd be as ruined as God. You'd be a stone. You'd never eat or drink or laugh or get out of bed in the morning. You'd never love anyone, ever again. You'd never dare to.

Der blinde Mörder

Margaret Atwood

Der blinde Mörder
Carelessness    Despair    Ignorance    Insight    Loneliness    Love    Sorrow    Wisdom

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

The whole thing is quite hopeless, so it's no good worrying about tomorrow. It probably won't come.

Fame you'll be famous, as famous as can be, with everyone watching you win on TV, Except when they don't because sometimes they won't..

Sometimes...you can cry until there's nothing wet in you. You can scream and curse to where your throat rebels and ruptures. You can pray, all you want, to whatever god you think will listen. And, still it makes no difference. It goes on, with no sign as to when it might release you. And you know that if it ever did relent...it would not be because it cared.

You can tell a lot from a person's nails. When a life starts to unravel, they're among the first to go.

Saturday

Ian McEwan

Saturday

And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
the Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!

Christmas    Despair    God    Hope    Poetry

He looked at her as a man might look at a faded flower he had plucked, in which it was difficult for him to trace the beauty that had made him pick and so destroy it

It is almost as if happiness is an acquired taste, like coconut cordial or ceviche, to which you can eventually become accustomed, but despair is something surprising each time you encounter it.

The End

Lemony Snicket

The End

He opened his mouth. The words were there. He was about to say them when a jolt of terror went through him, the terror of someone who, wandering in a mist, pauses only to realise that they have stopped inches from the edge of a gaping abyss. The way she was looking at him - she could read what was in his eyes, he realised. It must have been written plainly there, like words on the page of a book. There had been no time, no chance, to hide it.
Will, she whispered. Say something, Will.
But there was nothing to say. There was only emptiness, as there had been before her. As there would always be.
'I have lost everything', Will thought. 'Everything.

She wanted to lose herself in him. To tie his arms around her like a tourniquet.
If she showed him how much she needed him, he'd run away.

Despair    Fear    Love    Need

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

I go dreaming into the future, where I see nothing, nothing. I have no plans, no idea, no project, and, what is worse, no ambition. Something – the eternal ‘what’s the use?’ – sets its bronze barrier across every avenue that I open up in the realm of hypothesis.

...the heart has no tears to give,--it drops only blood, bleeding itself away in silence.

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Uncle Tom's Cabin

And now, my poor old woman, why are you crying so bitterly? It is autumn. The leaves are falling from the trees like burning tears- the wind howls. Why must you mimic them?

Titus Groan

Mervyn Peake

Titus Groan
Autumn    Copy    Cry    Crying    Despair    Fall    Howl    Metaphor    Mimic    Poetic    Rain    Shakespearean    Simile    Wind    Wit

It’s awful, telling it like this, isn’t it? As though we didn’t know the ending. As though it could have another ending. It’s like watching Romeo drink poison. Every time you see it you get fooled into thinking his girlfriend might wake up and stop him. Every single time you see it you want to shout, 'You stupid ass, just
wait
a minute,' and she’ll open her eyes! 'Oi,
you
, you twat, open your eyes, wake up!
Don’t die
this time!' But they always do.

And I despise your books, I despise wisdom and the blessings of this world. It is all worthless, fleeting, illusory, and deceptive, like a mirage. You may be proud, wise, and fine, but death will wipe you off the face of the earth as though you were no more than mice burrowing under the floor, and your posterity, your history, your immortal geniuses will burn or freeze together with the earthly globe.

What makes a hero? Courage, strength, morality, withstanding adversity? Are these the traits that truly show and create a hero? Is the light truly the source of darkness or vice versa? Is the soul a source of hope or despair? Who are these so called heroes and where do they come from? Are their origins in obscurity or in plain sight?

Courage    Darkness    Despair    Fall    Heroes    Hope    Rise    Strength

My first feeling was that there was no way to continue. Writing isn't like math;in math, two plus two always equals four no matter what your mood is like. With writing, the way you feel changes everything.

You see, we cannot draw lines and compartments and refuse to budge beyond them. Sometimes you have to use your failures as stepping-stones to success. You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair.' He paused, considering what he had just said. 'Yes', he repeated. 'In the end, it's all a question of balance.

A Fine Balance

Rohinton Mistry

A Fine Balance
Balance    Despair    Hope

The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.

Pensées

Blaise Pascal

The difference between hope and despair is a different way of telling stories from the same facts.

When I think of all the harm [the Bible] has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it.

Bible    Book    Despair    Harm    The bible    Writing

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