Quotations About / On: DESPAIR

  • 1.
    Don't despair, not even over the fact that you don't despair.
    (Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Czech novelist, short-story writer. Journal entry, July 21, 1913. The Diaries of Franz Kafka: 1910-1923, ed. Max Brod (1948).)
  • 2.
    Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.
    (Elie Wiesel (b. 1928), Rumanian-born U.S. writer. Nobel lecture, Dec. 11, 1986, Oslo, Norway.)
  • 3.
    Nihilism is not only despair and negation, but above all the desire to despair and to negate.
    (Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "The Rejection of Salvation," pt. 2, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).)
  • 4.
    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).)
  • 5.
    Let judges secretly despair of justice: their verdicts will be more acute. Let generals secretly despair of triumph; killing will be defamed. Let priests secretly despair of faith: their compassion will be true.
    (Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. "Lines From My Grandfather's Journal," The Spice-Box Of Earth (1961).)
  • 6.
    Only despair validates hope.
    (To the dark daunting darkness, after them comes the dawn.)
  • 7.
    “Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.”
  • 8.
    Hope and despair ignore one another's cries.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
  • 9.
    Men die in despair, while spirits die in ecstasy.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. It later entered the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971). Seraphita, chapter III, First published as part of Romans et contes philosophiques (1831), then the Etudes philosophiques (1835). Explanation of Swedenborg's philosophy.)
  • 10.
    No matter how ephemeral it is, a novel is something, while despair is nothing.
    (Mario Vargas Llosa (b. 1936), Peruvian novelist. The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta, ch. 3 (1984, trans. 1986).)
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