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There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and have recovered hope.
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?
You may not know it, but at the far end of despair, there is a white clearing where one is almost happy.
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.
At its best our age is an age of searchers and discoverers, and at its worst, an age that has domesticated despair and learned to live with it happily.
But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
Our Western society is showing its technological muscles in ever more threatening ways, but the experience of fear, anxiety and even despair has increased in equal proportion. Indeed, the paradox is that the powerful giants feel as powerless as a new-born babe.
There was a castle called Doubting Castle, the owner whereof was Giant Despair.
Despair has its own calms.
People are really suffering these days. There's a lot of corporate triumph and a lot of personal despair as they wonder what are they working for.
Despair is the conclusion of fools.
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.
When I think of Hungarian films, I think of despair and bleakness, and what's more, despair and bleakness of indefensible duration.
Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.
There is no love of life without despair of life.
Despair is a narcotic. It lulls the mind into indifference.
Life begins on the other side of despair.
Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss.
Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.
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.
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.
The British were indeed very far superior to the Americans in every respect necessary to military operations, except the revivified courage and resolution, the result of sudden success after despair.
Mercy Otis Warren
He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor.
Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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