Quotations About / On: DESPAIR

  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    For its part, Government will listen. We will strive to listen in new ways—to 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.)
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  • 45.
    Despair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle. The modern industrial proletariat does not belong to the category of such classes.
    (Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian communist leader. Remark, 1910. Quoted in Tamara Deutsche, Not By Politics Alone, ch. 4 (1973). Real name: Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov.)
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  • 46.
    Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate ... but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins.
    (Franz Kafka (1883-1924), German novelist, shortstory writer. The Diaries of Franz Kafka: 1910-1923, entry for Oct. 19, 1921, ed. Max Brod (1948).)
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  • 47.
    It is ... despair at the mutability of all created things that links the Artist and the Ascetic—a desire to purify and preserve—to set oneself apart—somehow—from the river flowing onward to the grave.
    (Michele Murray (1933-1974), U.S. author. As quoted in The Writer on Her Work, by Janet Sternburg (1980). From a journal entry dated January 8, 1961.)
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  • 48.
    Those colorful denizens of male despair, the Bowery bum and the rail-riding hobo, have been replaced by the bag lady and the welfare mother. Women have even taken over Skid Row.
    (Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. author. "From Captain Marvel to Captain Valium," Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye (1989).)
  • 49.
    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).)
  • 50.
    From a distance the rushing of the torrent delights and uplifts us, but it rocks us in a flimsy boat, we are overwhelmed by despair. The same applies to danger.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1809).)
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