Aug 142013

Quotes About Despair

Mahatma Gandhi

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”
Marion Zimmer Bradley

“The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.”
― Marion Zimmer BradleyThe Fall of Atlantis
J.R.R. Tolkien

“Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.”
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Return of the King
“It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”
J.D. Stroube

“Life is filled with unanswered questions, but it is the courage to seek those answers that continues to give meaning to life. You can spend your life wallowing in despair, wondering why you were the one who was led towards the road strewn with pain, or you can be grateful that you are strong enough to survive it.”
― J.D. StroubeCaged by Damnation
“When a man is in despair, it means that he still believes in something.”
― Dmitri Shostakovich
May Sarton

“Does anything in nature despair except man? An animal with a foot caught in a trap does not seem to despair. It is too busy trying to survive. It is all closed in, to a kind of still, intense waiting. Is this a key? Keep busy with survival. Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long, not even pain, psychic pain. Sit it out. Let it all pass. Let it go.”
― May SartonJournal of a Solitude
Groucho Marx

“The only real laughter comes from despair.”
― Groucho MarxThe Groucho Letters
“Those who make us believe that anything’s possible and fire our imagination over the long haul, are often the ones who have survived the bleakest of circumstances. The men and women who have every reason to despair, but don’t, may have the most to teach us, not only about how to hold true to our beliefs, but about how such a life can bring about seemingly impossible social change. ”
― Paul Rogat LoebThe Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen’s Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear
Ian McEwan

“You can tell a lot from a person’s nails. When a life starts to unravel, they’re among the first to go.”
― Ian McEwanSaturday
Gustave Flaubert

“I go dreaming into the future, where I see nothing, nothing. I have no plans, no idea, no project, and, what is worse, no ambition. Something – the eternal ‘what’s the use?’ – sets its bronze barrier across every avenue that I open up in the realm of hypothesis.”
― Gustave FlaubertFlaubert in Egypt: A Sensibility on Tour
Stephenie Meyer

“My first feeling was that there was no way to continue. Writing isn’t like math;in math, two plus two always equals four no matter what your mood is like. With writing, the way you feel changes everything.”
― Stephenie MeyerMidnight Sun


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