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If thou dost slander her and torture me, Never pray more; abandon all remorse; On horror's head horrors accumulate; Do deeds to make heaven weep, all earth amazed; For nothing canst thou to damnation add Greater than that.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Othello the Moor of Venice (Othello at III, iii)

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O, break, my heart! poor bankrout, break at once! To prison, eyes; ne'er look on liberty! Vile earth, to earth resign; end motion here, And thou and Romeo press one heavy bier!

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet at III, ii)

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Discomfort guides my tongue And bids me speak of nothing but despair.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (Salisbury at III, ii)

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But, O thou tyrant, Do not repent these things, for they are heavier Than all thy woes can stir. Therefore betake thee To nothing but despair.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Winter's Tale (Paulina at III, ii)

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He who has never hoped can never despair.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Winter's Tale (Paulina at III, ii)

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No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure.

Percy Bysshe Shelley Quotes , Source: Prometheus Unbound (act I, l. 24)

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. . . then black despair The shadow of a starless night, was thrown Over the world in which I moved alone.

Percy Bysshe Shelley Quotes , Source: Revolt of Islam--Dedication (st. 6)

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Action is the antidote to despair.

Joan Baez Quotes

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More than any other time in history, mankind faces a cross-roads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.

Woody Allen Quotes

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Despair ruins some, presumption many.

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS.

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

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It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.

Charles Baudelaire Quotes

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Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim. It is, one is told, the unforgivable sin, but it is a sin the corrupt or evil man never practices. He always has hope. He never reaches the freezing-point of knowing absolute failure. Only the man of goodwill carries always in his heart this capacity for damnation.

Graham Greene Quotes

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But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.

George Eliot Quotes

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All my life I believed I knew something. But then one strange day came when I realized that I knew nothing, yes, I knew nothing. And so words became void of meaning. I have arrived too late at ultimate uncertainty.

Ezra Pound Quotes

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Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.

Elie Wiesel Quotes

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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 Quotes

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Despair is perfectly compatible with a good dinner, I promise you.

William M. Thackeray Quotes

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The fact that God has prohibited despair gives misfortune the right to hope all things, and leaves hope free to dare all things.

Anne Sophie Swetchine Quotes

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When we are flat on our backs there is no way to look but up.

Roger W. Babson Quotes

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It becomes no man to nurse despair, but, in the teeth of clenched antagonisms, to follow up the worthiest till he die.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson Quotes

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The man who lives only by hope will die with despair.

Italian Proverb Quotes

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What we call despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.

George Eliot Quotes

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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 Quotes

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Despair is the conclusion of fools.

Benjamin Disraeli Quotes

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