Quotations About / On: DESPAIR

  • 11.
    Fruitless striving breeds less despair than inaction.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 12.
    Debauchery is perhaps an act of despair in the face of infinity.
    (Edmond De Goncourt (1822-1896), French writer, and Jules De Goncourt (1830-1870), French writer. repr. In Pages from the Goncourt Journal, ed. Robert Baldick (1962). The Goncourt Journals (1888-1896). Entry for July 30, 1861.)
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  • 13.
    Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope.
    (Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972), U.S. gospel singer, and Evan Mcloud Wylie. Movin' On Up, ch. 6, written with Evan McLoud Wylie (1966).)
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  • 14.
    The modernist writers found despair inspirational.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
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  • 15.
    Despair, in short, seeks its own environment as surely as water finds its own level.
    (A. Alvarez (b. 1929), British critic, poet, novelist. "Theories," pt. 3, The Savage God (1971).)
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  • 16.
    But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
    (George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Middlemarch, bk. 5, ch. 51 (1871). Real name: Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans.)
  • 17.
    The novel is born of disillusionment; the poem, of despair.
    (José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 51, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
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  • 18.
    Sins become more subtle as you grow older: you commit sins of despair rather than lust.
    (Piers Paul Read (b. 1941), British author. Daily Telegraph (London, Oct. 3, 1990).)
  • 19.
    The various forms of despair at the various stations on the road.
    (Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, November 30, 1917. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).)
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  • 20.
    To exist is a habit I do not despair of acquiring.
    (E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Romanian-born French philosopher. Title essay, The Temptation to Exist (1956).)
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