Quotations About / On:
Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.
(Elie Wiesel (b. 1928), Rumanian-born U.S. writer. Nobel lecture, Dec. 11, 1986, Oslo, Norway.)
Nihilism is not only despair and negation, but above all the desire to despair and to negate.
(Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "The Rejection of Salvation," pt. 2, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).)
Don't despair, not even over the fact that you don't despair.
(Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Czech novelist, short-story writer. Journal entry, July 21, 1913. The Diaries of Franz Kafka: 1910-1923, ed. Max Brod (1948).)
Hope and despair ignore one another's cries.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
Fruitless striving breeds less despair than inaction.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
The modernist writers found despair inspirational.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
Schizophrenia cannot be understood without understanding despair.
(R.D. (Ronald David) Laing (1927-1989), British psychiatrist. The Divided Self, ch. 2 (1959).)
Despair often breeds disease.
(Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 585 (Tyro).)
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 (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. "Lines From My Grandfather's Journal," The Spice-Box Of Earth (1961).)
Composure brings about despair if held so long it settles there.
(Mark R. Elias)