Quotations About / On: DESPAIR

  • 21.
    To exist is a habit I do not despair of acquiring.
    (E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Romanian-born French philosopher. Title essay, The Temptation to Exist (1956).)
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  • 22.
    Never despair.
    [Nil desperandum.]
    (Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Teucer, in Odes, bk. 1, ode 7, l. 27 (23 B.C.). Spoken by Teucer to his companions when sent into exile by his father, the King of Salamis.)
  • 23.
    Shakespeare was the great one before us. His place was between God and despair.
    (Eugène Ionesco (b. 1912), Rumanian-born French playwright. International Herald Tribune (Paris, June 17, 1988).)
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  • 24.
    ... 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).)
  • 25.
    Comedy is an escape, not from truth but from despair; a narrow escape into faith.
    (Christopher Fry (b. 1907), British playwright. Time (New York, Nov. 20, 1950).)
  • 26.
    A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Economy," Walden (1854).)
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  • 27.
    Our reliance on the physician is a kind of despair of ourselves.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Beauty," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 28.
    Beside some philosophers of larger vision, Carlyle stands like an honest, half-despairing boy, grasping at some details only of their world systems.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Thomas Carlyle and His Works" (1847), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 348, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 29.
    To be thoroughly conversant with a Man's heart, is to take our final lesson in the iron-clasped volume of despair.
    (Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845), U.S. poet, critic, short-story writer. repr. In Essays and Reviews (1984). Marginalia, Southern Literary Messenger (Richmond, Va., June 1849).)
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  • 30.
    He who hears the rippling of rivers in these degenerate days will not utterly despair.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 356, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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