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).)
For its part, Government will listen. We will strive to listen in new waysto the voices of quiet anguish, to voices that speak without words, the voices of the heart, to the injured voices, and the anxious voices, and the voices that have despaired of being heard.
(Richard M. Nixon (1913-1995), U.S. Republican politician, president. first inaugural address, Jan. 20, 1969.)
Somebody once said that I am incapable of drawing a man, but that I draw abstract things like despair, disillusion, despondency, sorrow, lapse of memory, exile, and that these things are sometimes in a shape that might be called Man or Woman.
(James Thurber (1894-1961), U.S. humorist, illustrator. Interview with Jack Sher in Detroit Free Press (February 25, 1940).)