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Life and families and babies are all joyous gifts. But if we do not begin to truly account for our numbers, we will surely create an ecological crisis that will only lead to anguish and despair.
There is no greater folly in the world than for a man to despair.
Miguel de Cervantes
Schizophrenia cannot be understood without understanding despair.
R. D. Laing
Man's nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been known to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature.
If you start in the pit of despair with these profane, awful things, even a glimmer of hope or awareness is going to occur that's much brighter coming from this dark, awful beginning.
If falling into desperation worked to make things better, then I would say, 'Let's all jump into despair.' But it doesn't help. The only way to truly find meaning and fulfillment is to look at the disaster, the pain, the difficulty, and know with complete certainty that good can come from this.
You may not know it, but at the far end of despair, there is a white clearing where one is almost happy.
I might look successful and happy being in front of you today, but I once suffered from severe depression and was in total despair.
I want no part of making any contribution whatsoever to the despair which eventually follows downbeat thinking.
For every veteran who goes through a divorce, a wife goes through one, too. For every veteran alone in the basement, there is a wife upstairs, bewildered, isolated and in despair from the dark clouds of war that hangs over family life.
Sometimes I can only groan, and suffer, and pour out my despair at the piano!
There was a castle called Doubting Castle, the owner whereof was Giant Despair.
The slums are not a place of despair. Its inhabitants are all working towards a better life.
Would not the child's heart break in despair when the first cold storm of the world sweeps over it, if the warm sunlight of love from the eyes of mother and father did not shine upon him like the soft reflection of divine light and love?
Despair is the damp of hell, as joy is the serenity of heaven.
With optimism, you look upon the sunny side of things. People say, 'Studs, you're an optimist.' I never said I was an optimist. I have hope because what's the alternative to hope? Despair? If you have despair, you might as well put your head in the oven.
When I think of Hungarian films, I think of despair and bleakness, and what's more, despair and bleakness of indefensible duration.
From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength.
A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair.
It is often when night looks darkest, it is often before the fever breaks that one senses the gathering momentum for change, when one feels that resurrection of hope in the midst of despair and apathy.
There is no love of life without despair of life.
Despair is a narcotic. It lulls the mind into indifference.
Our government is founded upon the intelligence of the people. I for one do not despair of the republic. I have great confidence in the virtue of the great majority of the people, and I cannot fear the result.
I thought I'd reached the bottom a few times, but then I'd realise there was another 30 floors of despair below that.
It is my firm belief that I have a link with the past and a responsibility to the future. I cannot give up. I cannot despair. There's a whole future, generations to come. I have to keep trying.
C. S. Lewis
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