Quotations About / On: DESPAIR

  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    I have been trying all my life to like Scotchmen, and am obliged to desist from the experiment in despair.
    (Charles Lamb (1775-1834), British essayist, critic. "Imperfect Sympathies," The Essays of Elia (1820-1823).)
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  • 33.
    Patience. A minor form of despair disguised as a virtue.
    (Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906), repr. In Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, vol. 7 (1911).)
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  • 34.
    If I place love above everything, it is because for me it is the most desperate, the most despairing state of affairs imaginable.
    (André Breton (1896-1966), French Surrealist. Taped discussions, March 3, 1928, published in Recherches sur la Sexualité, January 1928-August 1932. "Sixth Session," ed. José Pierre (1990).)
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  • 35.
    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).)
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  • 36.
    Despair is perfectly compatible with a good dinner, I promise you.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. Lovel the Widower, ch. 6 (1860).)
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  • 37.
    We cannot do without it, and yet we disgrace and vilify the same. It may be compared to a cage, the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair to get out.
    (Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. Essays, bk. 3, ch. 5 (1595), trans. by John Florio (1603).)
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  • 38.
    So long as we have failed to eliminate any of the causes of human despair, we do not have the right to try to eliminate those means by which man tries to cleanse himself of despair.
    (Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theater producer, actor, theorist. repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 10, ed. Susan Sontag (1976). General Security: The Liquidation of Opium (1925). Arguing for the free use of opium.)
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  • 39.
    Melancholy and sadness are the start of doubt ... doubt is the beginning of despair; despair is the cruel beginning of the differing degrees of wickedness.
    (Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont (1846-1870), French author, poet. Poésies, ch. 1 (1870).)
  • 40.
    We cannot do without it, and yet we disgrace and vilify the same. It may be compared to a cage, the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair to get out.
    (Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Upon Some Verses of Virgil," bk. 3, ch. 5, Essays, trans. by John Florio (1588).)
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