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Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.

William S. Burroughs Quotes

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Never despair; but if you do, work on in despair

Edmund Burke Quotes

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In all things it is better to hope than to despair

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

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Despair ruins some, presumption many

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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In life you need either inspiration or desperation.

Anthony Robbins Quotes

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Never despair while under the guidance and auspices of Teucer. [Lat., Nil desperandum Teucro duce et auspice Teucro.]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Carmina (I, 7, 27)

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Alas for him who never sees The stars shine through his cypress-trees Who, hopeless, lays his dead away, Nor looks to see the breaking day Across the mournful marbles play!

John Greenleaf Whittier Quotes , Source: Snow-Bound (l. 204)

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It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire, and many things to fear.

Francis Bacon Quotes

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Why was I born with such contemporaries?

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you

Don McLean Quotes

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Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim

Graham Greene Quotes

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Despair is the damp of hell, as joy is the serenity of heaven

John Donne Quotes

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Above all, we must abolish hope in the heart of man. A calm despair, without angry convulsions, without reproaches to Heaven, is the essence of wisdom.

Alfred Victor Vigny Quotes

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I will indulge my sorrows, and give way To all the pangs and fury of despair.

Joseph Addison Quotes , Source: Cato (act IV, sc. 3)

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Despair of ever being saved, "except thou be born again," or of seeing God "without holiness," or of having part in Christ except thou "love him above father, mother, or thy own life." This kind of despair is one of the first steps to heaven.

Richard Baxter Quotes , Source: Saint's Rest (ch. VI)

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The world goes whispering to its own, "This anguish pierces to the bone;" And tender friends go sighing round, "What love can ever cure this wound?" My days go on, my days go on.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes , Source: De Profundis (st. 5)

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The name of the Slough was Despond.

John Bunyan Quotes , Source: Pilgrim's Progress (pt. I, ch. II)

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The nympholepsy of some fond despair.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Childe Harold (canto IV, st. 115)

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Darkness our guide, Despair our leader was.

Sir John Denham Quotes , Source: Essay on Vergil's Aeneid

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Night was our friend, our leader was Despair.

Sir John Denham Quotes , Source: Essay on Vergil's Aeneid

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Thus repuls'd, our final hope Is flat despair.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. II, l. 141)

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Stood up, the strongest and the fiercest spirit That fought in heaven, now fiercer by despair.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. II, l. 44)

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Despair is a great incentive to honorable death. [Lat., Desperatio magnum ad honeste moriendum incitamentum.]

Quintus Curtius Rufus (Curtis Rufus Quintus) Quotes , Source: De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni (IX, 5, 6)

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O that this too too sullied flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew, Or that the Everlasting had not fixed His canon 'gainst self-slaughter.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at I, ii)

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They have tied me to a stake. I cannot fly, But bear-like I must fight the course.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Macbeth (Macbeth at V, vii)

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