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Funny Quotations about Despair

quotations about hope and despair

In the broad tapestry of human existence, despair is an emotion that touches us all. It is a profound state of hopelessness that can stem from loss, disappointment, or a deep sense of unfulfillment. While it is an undeniably painful experience, it also holds within it the potential for profound personal growth, empathy, and renewed hope.

Despair has been a constant muse for philosophers, poets, and thinkers throughout history, leading to profound insights and powerful expressions of the human condition. It serves as a potent reminder of our shared vulnerability, and in recognizing this, we can find a sense of shared humanity, and perhaps, a path towards healing.

The following collection of quotations explores the depths of despair in its many forms. These words offer a mirror to our own experiences, allowing us to reflect, understand, and ultimately, navigate our way through despair. They remind us that even in our darkest moments, we are not alone – and that the human spirit, resilient as it is, always has the capacity to rebound from despair and find hope once more

"Despair is the conclusion of fools." Benjamin Disraeli (British Conservative statesman, 1804-81)

"The person who lives by hope will die by despair." Italian Proverb

*Life*The game*Heaven* begins on the other side of despair." Jean-Paul Sartre (French philosopher, 1905-80)

"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 healed, to have despaired and recovered hope." George Eliot (English novelist, 1819-80)

"Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim." Graham Greene (English novelist, 1904-91)

"Sometimes, when one person is *missing*playing the fool*shouting* the whole world seems depopulated." Alphonse de Lamartine (French author and poet, 1790-1869)

"Despair is the damp of hell, as joy is the serenity of heaven." John Donne (English poet and divine, 1572-1631)

"Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair." Elie Wiesel (Romanian-born American writer, 1928-2016)

"Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (American poet, 1807-1882)

"He who has never *hoped*gambled*ridden a dinosaur* can never despair." George Bernard Shaw (Irish dramatist, 1856-1950)

"You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore." William Faulkner (American novelist, 1897-1962)

"Despair gives courage to a coward." Thomas Fuller (English writer and physician, 1654-1734)

"Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it." J. K. Rowling (English novelist, 1965-)

Despair is the constant companion of the *historian.*jester.*the monarch.* Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. (American historian, 1917-2007)

"There are moments when, even to the sober eye of reason, the world of our sad humanity may assume the semblance of Hell." Egar Allen Poe (American author and poet, 1809-1849)

"The depth of darkness to which you can descend and still live is an exact measure of the height to which you can aspire to reach." Pliny the Elder (Roman author, AD 23-79)

"Hope is a necessity for normal life and the major weapon against the suicide impulse." Karl A. Menninger (American psychiatrist, 1893-1990-)

"Despair is a *black leather jacket*hat*sports car* that everyone looks good in. Hope is a frilly, pink dress that exposes the knees." Rebecca Solnit (American writer, 1961-)

"If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments." Earl Wilson (American journalist, 1907-87)

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