(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.)
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.)
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).)
The various forms of despair at the various stations on the road.
(Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, November 30, 1917. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).)