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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 ]

As a general rule, those who are dissatisfied with themselves will seek to go out of themselves into an ideal world. Persons in strong health and spirits, who take plenty of air and exercise, who are "in favor with, their stars," and have a thorough relish of the good things of this life, seldom devote themselves in despair to religion or the muses. Sedentary, nervous, hypochondriacal people, on the contrary, are forced, for want of an appetite for the real and substantial, to look out for a more airy food and speculative comforts.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Despair swallows up cowardice.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Wouldst thou unlock the door to cold despair and knowing pensiveness?
      - George Herbert

Despair is a dauntless hero.
      - Thomas Holcroft

Never despair while under the guidance and auspices of Teucer.
  [Lat., Nil desperandum Teucro duce et auspice Teucro.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (I, 7, 27)

Despair, thou hast the noblest issues of all ill, which frailty brings us to; for to be worse we fear not, and who cannot lose is ever a frank gamester.
      - Sir Robert Howard

There's no dew left on the daisies and clover; there's no rain left in heaven.
      - Jean Ingelow

Despair is criminal.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Don't despair, not even over the fact that you don't despair.
      - Franz Kafka

To doubt is worse than to have lost; and to despair is but to antedate those miseries that must fall on us.
      - Philip Massinger

Of all faults the greatest is the excess of impious terror, dishonoring divine grace. He who despairs wants love, wants faith; for faith, hope, and love are three torches which blend their light together, nor does the one shine without the other.
      - Metastasio (pseudonym of Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi Pietro)

All hope is lost of my reception into grace; what worse? For where no hope is left, is left no fear.
      - John Milton

Farewell hope, and with hope farewell fear;
  Farewell remorse; all good to me is lost;
    Evil, be thou my good!
      - John Milton

Thus repuls'd, our final hope
  Is flat despair.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. II, l. 141)

Stood up, the strongest and the fiercest spirit
  That fought in heaven, now fiercer by despair.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. II, l. 44)

Rage is for little wrongs; despair is dumb.
      - Hannah More

Lean abstinence, pale grief, and haggard care,
  The dire attendants of forlorn despair.
      - Mark Pattison

One despairs of others so as not to despair too much of oneself.
      - Henri Petit

Though plunged in ills and exercised in care,
  Yet never let the noble mind despair.
      - Wendell Phillips

Lachrymal counsellors, with one foot in the cave of despair, and the other invading the peace of their friends, are the paralyzers of action, the pests of society, and the subtlest homicides in the world; they poison with a tear; and convey a dagger to the heart while they press you to their bosoms.
      - Jane Porter

The passage of Providence lies through many crooked ways; a despairing heart is the true prophet of approaching evil; his actions may weave the webs of fortune, but not break them.
      - Francis Quarles

Let her rave,
  And prophesy ten thousand thousand horrors;
    I could join with her now, and bid 'em come;
      They fit the present fury of my soul.
        The stings of love and rage are fix'd within,
          And drive me on to madness. Earthquakes, whirlwinds,
            A general wreck of nature now would please me.
      - Nicholas Rowe

Despair is a great incentive to honorable death.
  [Lat., Desperatio magnum ad honeste moriendum incitamentum.]
      - Quintus Curtius Rufus (Curtis Rufus Quintus),
        De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni
         (IX, 5, 6)

I am one . . . whom the foul blows . . .
  Have so incensed, that I am reckless what
    I do to spite the world.
      And I another,
        So weary with disaster, tugg'd with fortune,
          That I would set my life on any chance
            To mend it, or be rid of it.
      - William Shakespeare

I am one whom the vile blows and buffets of the world have so incensed that I am reckless what I do to spite the world.
      - William Shakespeare

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