Despair Quotes

Lailah Gifty Akita

Your thoughts and your words define your life. Think positively and affirm positive words to enrich your life positively.

Roman Payne

With the need for the self in the time of another / I left my seaport grim and dear / knowing good work could be made / in the state governed by both Hope and Despair.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Your special spiritual gifts and talents are your calling.

Lailah Gifty Akita

New hope, new adventure.

Haruki Murakami

There's no such thing as perfect writing, just like there's no such thing as perfect despair.

Oscar Wilde

When I think of all the harm [the Bible] has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it.

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.

LeeAnn Taylor

Our measure of hope is in direct proportion to our ability to conquer hopelessness.

Tim Kreider

I don't know why we take our worst moods so much more seriously than our best, crediting depression with more clarity than euphoria. We dismiss peak moments and passionate love affairs as an ephemeral chemical buzz, just endorphins or hormones, but accept those 3 a.m. bouts of despair as unsentimental insights into the truth about our lives.

Joanne Greenberg

Sometimes the world is so much sicker than the inmates of its institutions.

Robert Fripp

In strange and uncertain times such as those we are living in, sometimes a reasonable person might despair. But hope is unreasonable and love is greater even than this. May we trust the inexpressible benevolence of the creative impulse.

John Milton

Even the demons are encouraged when their chief is "not lost in loss itself.

Evelyn Waugh

There's only one great evil in the world today. Despair.

Andrew Solomon

Depression is the flaw in love. To be creatures who love, we must be creatures who can despair at what we lose, and depression is the mechanism of that despair.

William Shakespeare

Life ... is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

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.

Jo Nesbø

Losing your life is not the worst thing that can happen. The worst thing is to lose your reason for living.

Irvin D. Yalom

Despair is the price one pays for self-awareness. Look deeply into life, and you'll always find despair.

Dr. Seuss

Fame you'll be famous, as famous as can be, with everyone watching you win on TV,
Fame you'll be famous, as famous as can be, with everyone watching you win on TV, Except when they don't because sometimes they won't..

Elif Shafak

Whatever happens in your life, no matter how troubling things might seem, do not enter the neighbourhood of despair.
Even when all doors remain closed, God wil open up a new path only for you. Be thankful! It is easy to be thankful when all is well. A Sufi is thankful not only for what he has been given but also for all that has been denied.

Gustave Flaubert

But, in her life, nothing was going to happen. Such was the will of God! The future was a dark corridor, and at the far end the door was bolted.

Clive Barker

Is there any good news?' Tesla said.
Who ever promised that? Who ever said there'd be good news?

H.P. Lovecraft

In search of Truth the hopeful zealot goes, But all the sadder tums, the more he
In search of Truth the hopeful zealot goes,
But all the sadder tums, the more he knows!

Lailah Gifty Akita

Blessed is the person who desired to read the Holy Scriptures. It’s brings great reward to those who believe, trust and obey the Holy instructions.

Lemony Snicket

It is almost as if happiness is an acquired taste, like coconut cordial or ceviche, to which you can eventually become accustomed, but despair is something surprising each time you encounter it.

Jess Rothenberg

In the midst of happiness or despair
in sorrow or in joy
in pleasure or in pain:
Do what is right and you will be at peace.

Leonid Andreyev

Life seemed to him to be a narrow cage, and her iron bars were many and dense, and there was only one way out.

Simon Armitage

Oh dire, dreadful death, you drag your heels.
Why dawdle and draw back? You drown my heart.

Erin Bow

Your shadow is bought and paid for, and your death will not remit that payment. You can go shadowless into the shadowless world, and your death will only be one last dark thing on my long dark road. It will hurt me but I do not care. It is all but over.

Farrah Naseem

Signý knew she would die a thousand deaths upon seeing another woman with him, bearing his children, raising them with him. All the while, Signý, caged in his dungeons, hearing all the painful details of his life with someone else, drowning in her own despair, her love for him turning to hatred. A more tragic life, she could not imagine.

László Krasznahorkai

Death, he felt, was only a kind of warning rather than a desperate and permanent end.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
the Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!

Lailah Gifty Akita

We have the keys to open the Heavens door; Bible reading and prayer.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Hang on! God will strength in any act of your pursuit.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Hang on! God will be thy strength in any act of your pursuit.

Lailah Gifty Akita

I shall not be afraid of a calamity. God is my defender.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Trust in the Lord brings much hope, joy and peace.

Lailah Gifty Akita

You shall not be afraid of the adversary. God will be your strong fortress.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Keep trusting God. He will lead you in every step of the journey.

Lailah Gifty Akita

The manifestation of physical victory was first won spiritually. Prayer is our greatest weapon!

Lailah Gifty Akita

Hold fast to your faith.
Keep your hope in the Lord.
Embrace the love of God.

Jim George

Despair sees no hope, while hope sees no despair.

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.

L.M. Montgomery

My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.

J.R.R. Tolkien

It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.

Patricia Briggs

She wondered that hope was so much harder then despair.

Woody Allen

The artist's job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.

Rohinton Mistry

You see, we cannot draw lines and compartments and refuse to budge beyond them. Sometimes you have to use your failures as stepping-stones to success. You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair.' He paused, considering what he had just said. 'Yes', he repeated. 'In the end, it's all a question of balance.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

What makes a hero? Courage, strength, morality, withstanding adversity? Are these the traits that truly show and create a hero? Is the light truly the source of darkness or vice versa? Is the soul a source of hope or despair? Who are these so called heroes and where do they come from? Are their origins in obscurity or in plain sight?

Alain De Botton

The difference between hope and despair is a different way of telling stories from the same facts.

Graham Greene

Hope was an instinct only the reasoning human mind could kill. An animal never knew despair.

James Hillman

To hope for nothing, to expect nothing, to demand nothing. This is analytical despair.

Alain De Botton

Don't despair: despair suggests you are in total control and know what is coming. You don't - surrender to events with hope.

Rick Yancey

But hope is no less realistic than despair. It is still our choice whether to live in light or lie down in darkness.

Christian Bovee

When all else is lost, the future still remains.

Raymond Williams

To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing

Linkin Park

You were standing in the wake of devastation
And you were waiting on the edge of the unknown
And with the cataclysm raining down
Insides crying "Save me now"
You were there, impossibly alone

L.M. Montgomery

Despair is a free man-hope is
a slave.

Linkin Park

Do you feel cold and lost in desperation?
You build up hope, but failure’s all you’ve known
Remember all the sadness and frustration
And let it go. Let it go

J.R.R. Tolkien

Being a cheerful hobbit, he had not needed hope, as long as despair could be postponed.

Patrick Curry

Despair is for people who know, beyond any doubt, what the future is going to bring. Nobody is in that position. So despair is not only a kind of sin, theologically, but also a simple mistake, because nobody actually knows. In that sense there is always hope.

Patricia St. John

...stooping very low, He engraves with care
His Name, indelible, upon our dust;
And from the ashes of our self-despair,
Kindles a flame of hope and humble trust.
He seeks no second site on which to build,
But on the old foundation, stone by stone,
Cementing sad experience with grace,
Fashions a stronger temple of His own.

Gerard Manley Hopkins

NOT, I’ll not, carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee;
Not untwist - slack they may be - these last strands of man
In me ór, most weary, cry I can no more. I can;
Can something, hope, wish day come, not choose not to be.

Sam Taylor

But hope, I can tell you, is an exhausting emotion; perhaps, along with fear, the most exhausting of all. It is like juggling eggs: the hope is the shell, and inside is despair. A single crack and the despair might spill everywhere, stain everything.

Cressida Cowell

And now that its ruby eyes are set into the gold, you cannot see their tear-shape, so they seem to be laughing rather than crying. It is a constant reminder to me of the human ability to create something beautiful even when things are at the darkest.

Sherina Gandia

Despair wishes their hope diminishes.

Patricia Christian Punches

They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Lailah Gifty Akita

You can actually create the life you want. It all depends on how daring you desire it.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Every great warrior must learn to endure and overcome the adversities of life.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Without adversity and trials we may never know what we are capable of.

Lailah Gifty Akita

May our lifestyles be a testimony of the hope we have in Christ Jesus.

Lailah Gifty Akita

I admire successful men and women who endured and overcome unusual circumstances to fulfill their dreams.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Do not give up. Be strong!

E.A.A. Wilson

In a world where people are too languid to make something of themselves out of effort, I sell them hope. What they do with it is up to them. Invariably they drink it and then hurl it down a gutter, but that’s their choice and their freedom. I won’t judge them.

Lailah Gifty Akita

All great men remain undeterred during dark times.

Lailah Gifty Akita

A blessed hope, a blessed life.

Rachel Joyce

The sky and the sun are always there. It's the clouds that come and go.

Marty Rubin

When all else fails, stare straight into the sun.

Jennifer Tindugan-Adoviso

Just underneath your breaking point lies your true strength.

T.S. Eliot

This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

Blaise Pascal

The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.

Ezra Pound

It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse.


In a world gushing blood day and night, you never stop mopping up pain.

Sylvia Plath

The moon is no door. It is a face in its own right,
White as a knuckle and terribly upset.
It drags the sea after it like a dark crime; it is quiet
With the O-gape of complete despair. I live here.

John Clare

Into the nothingness of scorn and noise,
Into the living sea of waking dreams,
Where there is neither sense of life or joys,
But the vast shipwreck of my life’s esteems;
Even the dearest that I loved the best
Are strange - nay, rather, stranger than the rest.

Fernando Pessoa

Ah! The anguish, the vile rage, the despair
Of not being able to express
With a shout, an extreme and bitter shout,
The bleeding of my heart.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Living by faith, living by hope.

Lailah Gifty Akita

You are capable of great deeds.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Be encouraged! You can fulfil your dream.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Gracious words refresh, restore and revive the soul.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Free yourself from any emotional trauma. Dwell on positive thoughts, the strength for your soul.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Don’t waste your energy on negative thoughts.

Lailah Gifty Akita

No matter how often you miss the target, keep firing the shots. Your victory is certain!

Lailah Gifty Akita

Never lose hope.
Never lose faith.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Without hope we fail to exist.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Keep your hope in the Lord.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Hope is immeasurable anchor.


The death of a dream can in fact serve as the vehicle that endows it with new form, with reinvigorated substance, a fresh flow of ideas, and splendidly revitalized color. In short, the power of a certain kind of dream is such that death need not indicate finality at all but rather signify a metaphysical and metaphorical leap forward.

Tim Fargo

When there is silence,
Give your voice.
When there is darkness,
Shine your light.
When there is desperation,
Offer hope.

Orhan Pamuk

The thing that binds us together is that we have both lowered our expectations of life

Albert Einstein

We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings.

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