Quotations About / On: DESPAIR
The modernist writers found despair inspirational.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
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).)
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.)
... despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
(George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 47 (1871-1872).)
Schizophrenia cannot be understood without understanding despair.
(R.D. (Ronald David) Laing (1927-1989), British psychiatrist. The Divided Self, ch. 2 (1959).)
Snobbery? But it's only a form of despair.
(Joseph Brodsky (b. 1940), Russian-born U.S. poet, critic. "Flight from Byzantium," sct. 9, Less Than One: Selected Essays (1986).)
Despair is perfectly compatible with a good dinner, I promise you.
(William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. Lovel the Widower, ch. 6 (1860).)
Despair often breeds disease.
(Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 585 (Tyro).)
“We are so small; and what must one hold on to when one no longer recognizes ones own hands, nor ones step, nor even the small dose of everyday despair.”
(Danielle Collobert, Murder)
Hope and despair are very close companions of life; one pleases, another teases yet both lead life to same destination