Quotations About / On: DESPAIR

  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    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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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    Love passion deep emotions, have times of 'If I could but forget', when ecstasy of love awoken, fades into bitter ashes of regretful despair. This raises the famous question, is it better to have loved and lost, or would sanity peace of mind choose, not to have loved at all?
    (Terence George Craddock)
  • 48.
    'I searched the highest mountain and the bottom of the ocean for fragments of me that had been casted aside, to no avail. The harder I searched, the more I became isolated from self and filled with despair. That's when I realized, the fragments of me also need to be heard, and that our healing was in different stages, which caused great chaos within. That viewing them as a curse instead of a system of survival would not help the healing process, that acceptance, patience and gentleness were the essentials for healing to begin and that in time we'd heal as a whole.'
    (Mental Health, Dissociative Identity Disorder, PTSD, Fragments, Healing from Trauma, New Beginnings.)
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  • 49.
    Reason, progress, unselfishness, a wide historical perspective, expansiveness, generosity, enlightened self-interest. I had heard it all my life, and it filled me with despair.
    (Katherine Tait (b. 1923), daughter of Bertrand Russell. Quoted in Caroline Moorehead, Bertrand Russell, afterword (1992). Said of her life with Bertrand Russell.)
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  • 50.
    The liberals have not softened their view of actuality to make themselves live closer to the dream, but instead sharpen their perceptions and fight to make the dream actuality or give up the battle in despair.
    (Margaret Mead (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist. Male and Female, ch. 12 (1949).)
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