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[ Also see Affliction Cowardice Cowards Desolation Despondency Disappointment Expectation Fear Grief Hell Hope Melancholy Misery Misfortune Oblivion Regret Remorse Sadness Sorrow ]

The nympholepsy of some fond despair.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto IV, st. 115)

Despair is like forward children, who, when you take away one of their playthings, throw the rest into the fire for madness. It grows angry with itself, turns its own executioner, and revenges its misfortunes on its own head.
      - Pierre Charron

The mild despairing of a heart resigned.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Despair makes a despicable figure, and descends from a mean original. 'Tis the offspring of fear, of laziness and impatience; it argues a defect of spirit and resolution, and oftentimes of honesty, too. I would not despair unless I saw misfortune recorded in the book of fate, and signed and sealed by necessity.
      - Jeremy Collier

I would not despair unless I knew the irrevocable decree was passed; saw my misfortune recorded in the book of fate, and signed and sealed by neces-sity.
      - Jeremy Collier

He is the truly courageous man who never desponds.
      - Confucius

Despair doth strike as deep a furrow in the brain as mischief or remorse.
      - Barry Cornwall (pseudonym of Bryan Waller Procter)

All hope abandon, ye who enter here.
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri")

For me--I hold no commerce with despair!
      - Charles Gates Dawes

And doubt, a greater mischief than despair.
      - Sir John Denham

Darkness our guide, Despair our leader was.
      - Sir John Denham, Essay on Vergil's Aeneid

Despair is the conclusion of fools.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Despair is the damp of hell, as joy is the serenity of heaven.
      - Dr. John Donne

My loss is such as cannot be repair'd,
  And to the wretched, life can be no mercy.
      - John Dryden

Now cold despair
  To livid paleness turns the glowing red;
    His blood, scarce liquid, creeps within his veins,
      Like water which the freezing wind constrains.
      - John Dryden

Night was our friend, our leader was Despair.
      - John Dryden bk. II, 487,
        translation of Vergil's "Aeneid"

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.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

He that despairs degrades the Deity, and seems to intimate that He is insufficient, or not just to His word; and in vain hath read the scriptures, the world, and man.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

A broken heart is a distemper which kills many more than is generally imagined, and would have a fair title to a place in the bills of mortality, did it not differ in one instance from all other diseases, namely, that no physicians can cure it.
      - Henry Fielding

Considering the unforeseen events of this world, we should be taught that no human condition should inspire men with absolute despair.
      - Henry Fielding

Despair ruins some, presumption many.
      - Benjamin Franklin

To tell men that they cannot help themselves is to fling them into recklessness and despair.
      - James Anthony Froude

That last dignity of the wretched.
      - Henry Giles

Despair gives the shocking ease to the mind that a mortification gives to the body.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

Consider how the desperate fight;
  Despair strikes wild,--but often fatal too--
    And in the mad encounter wins success.
      - William Havard

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