Quotations About / On: DESPAIR

  • 1.
    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.)
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  • 2.
    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).)
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  • 3.
    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).)
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  • 4.
    Hope and despair ignore one another's cries.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
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  • 5.
    Fruitless striving breeds less despair than inaction.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 6.
    The modernist writers found despair inspirational.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
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  • 7.
    Schizophrenia cannot be understood without understanding despair.
    (R.D. (Ronald David) Laing (1927-1989), British psychiatrist. The Divided Self, ch. 2 (1959).)
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  • 8.
    Despair often breeds disease.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 585 (Tyro).)
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  • 9.
    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).)
  • 10.
    Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.
    (Elie Wiesel (b. 1928), Romanian-born U.S. writer. Nobel lecture, December 11, 1986, Oslo.)
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