Quotations About / On:
... despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
(George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 47 (1871-1872).)
Comedy is an escape, not from truth but from despair; a narrow escape into faith.
(Christopher Fry (b. 1907), British playwright. Time (New York, Nov. 20, 1950).)
Schizophrenia cannot be understood without understanding despair.
(R.D. (Ronald David) Laing (1927-1989), British psychiatrist. The Divided Self, ch. 2 (1959).)
Our reliance on the physician is a kind of despair of ourselves.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Beauty," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
He who hears the rippling of rivers in these degenerate days will not utterly despair.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 356, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Snobbery? But it's only a form of despair.
(Joseph Brodsky (b. 1940), Russian-born U.S. poet, critic. "Flight from Byzantium," sct. 9, Less Than One: Selected Essays (1986).)
Despair is perfectly compatible with a good dinner, I promise you.
(William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. Lovel the Widower, ch. 6 (1860).)
Despair often breeds disease.
(Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 585 (Tyro).)
“We are so small; and what must one hold on to when one no longer recognizes ones own hands, nor ones step, nor even the small dose of everyday despair.”
(Danielle Collobert, Murder)
It is possible to be sad to the brink of despair but still keep 'the joy of the Lord within', the hope to the tunnel of light.
(between the joy and sadness)