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Quotations About / On: DESPAIR

  • 11.
    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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  • 12.
    Men die in despair, while spirits die in ecstasy.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. It later entered the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971). Seraphita, chapter III, First published as part of Romans et contes philosophiques (1831), then the Etudes philosophiques (1835). Explanation of Swedenborg's philosophy.)
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  • 13.
    No matter how ephemeral it is, a novel is something, while despair is nothing.
    (Mario Vargas Llosa (b. 1936), Peruvian novelist. The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta, ch. 3 (1984, trans. 1986).)
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  • 14.
    Debauchery is perhaps an act of despair in the face of infinity.
    (Edmond De Goncourt (1822-1896), French writer, and Jules De Goncourt (1830-1870), French writer. repr. In Pages from the Goncourt Journal, ed. Robert Baldick (1962). The Goncourt Journals (1888-1896). Entry for July 30, 1861.)
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  • 15.
    Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope.
    (Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972), U.S. gospel singer, and Evan Mcloud Wylie. Movin' On Up, ch. 6, written with Evan McLoud Wylie (1966).)
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  • 16.
    Despair is a narcotic. It lulls the mind into indifference.
    (Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director, and Orson Welles. Monsieur Henri Verdoux (Charles Chaplin), Monsieur Verdoux, said to The Girl (Marilyn Nash) after she has become wealthy and Verdoux has given up murder (1947).)
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  • 17.
    Despair, in short, seeks its own environment as surely as water finds its own level.
    (A. Alvarez (b. 1929), British critic, poet, novelist. "Theories," pt. 3, The Savage God (1971).)
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  • 18.
    But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
    (George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Middlemarch, bk. 5, ch. 51 (1871). Real name: Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans.)
  • 19.
    The novel is born of disillusionment; the poem, of despair.
    (José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 51, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
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  • 20.
    Sins become more subtle as you grow older: you commit sins of despair rather than lust.
    (Piers Paul Read (b. 1941), British author. Daily Telegraph (London, Oct. 3, 1990).)
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