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All my life I believed I knew something. But then one strange day came when I realized that I knew nothing, yes, I knew nothing. And so words became void of meaning. I have arrived too late at ultimate uncertainty.
~ Ezra Pound | ( American poet, critic and intellectual. ) | 1885-1972 | Despair
quotes Division : Intellectuals   
     
But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
~ George Eliot | ( British writer. ) | 1819-1880 | Despair
quotes Division : British Authors and Writers   
     
Despair gives courage to a coward.
~ Thomas Fuller | ( British clergyman and author. ) | 1608-1661 | Despair
quotes Division : Religious People   
     
Despair is the only genuine atheism.
~ Jean Paul | ( German novelist and humorist. ) | 1763-1825 | Despair
quotes Division : Humorists and Comedians   
     
Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim. It is, one is told, the unforgivable sin, but it is a sin the corrupt or evil man never practices. He always has hope. He never reaches the freezing-point of knowing absolute failure. Only the man of goodwill carries always in his heart this capacity for damnation.
~ Graham Greene | ( English writer. ) | 1904-1991 | Despair
quotes Division : British Authors and Writers   
     
I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair.
~ Joseph Addison | (English essayist and poet ) | 1672 - 1719 | Despair
quotes Division : Essayists   
     
It is a time when one's spirit is subdued and sad, one knows not why; when the past seems a storm-swept desolation, life a vanity and a burden, and the future but a way to death.
~ Mark Twain | (American Humorist and Educator ) | 1835 - 1910 | Despair
quotes Division : Humorists and Comedians   
     
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 | (Canadian poet, novelist, and singer-songwriter. ) | 1934-? | Despair
quotes Division : Musicians and Composers   
     
Life begins on the other side of despair.
~ Jean-Paul Sartre | ( French writer and philosopher. ) | 1905-1980 | Despair
quotes Division : French Philosophers   
     
Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.
~ William Shakespeare | ( British poet and playwright. ) | 1564-1616 | Despair
quotes Division : Playwrights   
     
O God, O God, how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world!
~ William Shakespeare | ( British poet and playwright. ) | 1564-1616 | Despair
quotes Division : Playwrights   
     
So long as we have failed to eliminate any of the causes of human despair, we do not have the right to try to eliminate those means by which man tries to cleanse himself of despair.
~ Antonin Artaud | (French playwright, and poet. ) | 1896-1948 | Despair
quotes Division : Playwrights   
     
The depth of our despair measures what capability and height of claim we have to hope.
~ Thomas Carlyle | ( British historian and essayist. ) | 1795-1881 | Despair
quotes Division : Historians   
     
Then my verse I dishonor, my pictures despise, my person degrade and my temper chastise; and the pen is my terror, the pencil my shame; and my talents I bury, and dead is my fame.
~ William Blake | ( British poet and painter. ) | 1757-1827 | Despair
quotes Division : Artists   
     
Through our sunless lanes creeps Poverty with her hungry eyes, and Sin with his sodden face follows close behind her. Misery wakes us in the morning and Shame sits with us at night.
~ Oscar Wilde | ( Irish poet and dramatist. ) | 1854-1900 | Despair
quotes Division : Dramatists   
     
To be thoroughly conversant with a man's heart, is to take our final lesson in the iron-clasped volume of despair.
~ Edgar Allan Poe | ( American poet, critic, and short-story writer. ) | 1809-1845 | Despair
quotes Division : American poets   
     
To those who despair of everything reason cannot provide a faith, but only passion, and in this case it must be the same passion that lay at the root of the despair, namely humiliation and hatred.
~ Albert Camus | ( French novelist ) | 1913-1960 | Despair
quotes Division : French Authors and Writers   
     
When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS.
~ Mahatma Gandhi | ( Preeminent leader of Indian nationalism. ) | 1869-1948 | Despair
quotes Division : Religious People