Quotations About / On:
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).)
(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.)
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).)
... 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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)