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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 ]

O Lucius, I am sick of this bad world!
  The day-light and the sun grow painful to me.
      - Joseph Addison

Talk not of comfort--'tis for lighter ills,
 * * * * *
I will indulge my sorrow, and give way
  To all the pangs and fury of despair.
      - Joseph Addison

I will indulge my sorrows, and give way
  To all the pangs and fury of despair.
      - Joseph Addison, Cato (act IV, sc. 3)

There are some vile and contemptible men who, allowing themselves to be conquered by misfortune, seek a refuge in death.
      - Agathon

My day is closed! the gloom of night is come! a hopeless darkness settles over my fate.
      - Joanna Baillie

A woman in the depths of despair proves so persuasive that she wrenches the forgiveness lurking deep in the heart of her lover. This is all the more true when that woman is young, pretty, and so decollete as to emerge from the neck of her gown in the costume of Eve.
      - Honore de Balzac

It is not hope but despair that gives us the measure of our ambitions. We may yield secretly to beautiful poems of hope but grief looms start and stripped of all veils.
      - Honore de Balzac

Nothing is unimportant to a man plunged in despair. He is as credulous as a criminal sentenced to death who listens to a lunatic raving to him about how he can escape through the keyhole.
      - Honore de Balzac

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, Saint's Rest (ch. VI)

Dreadful is their doom, whom doubt has driven
  To censure fate, and pious hope forego.
      - James Beattie

Religion converts despair, which destroys, into resignation, which submits.
      - Lady Marguerite Blessington, Countess of Blessington

I'm not yet desperate enough to do anything about the conditions that are making me desperate.
      - Ashleigh Brilliant

Where Christ brings His cross He brings His presence; and where He is none are desolate, and there is no room for despair.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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, De Profundis
         (st. 5)

Despair is free.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Despair makes victims sometimes victors.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

It is impossible for that man to despair who remembers that his Helper is omnipotent.--Jeremy Taylor. Mr. Fearing had, I think, a dough of despond in his mind, a slough that he carried everywhere with him, or else he could never have been as he was.
      - John Bunyan

The name of the Slough was Despond.
      - John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress
         (pt. I, ch. II)

A speculative despair is unpardonable where it our duty to act.
      - Edmund Burke

Never despair. But if you do, work on in despair.
      - Edmund Burke

There are circumstances in which despair does not imply inactivity.
      - Edmund Burke

Even every ray of hope destroyed and not a wish to gild the gloom.
      - Robert Burns

Despair defies even despotism; there is that in my heart would make its way through hosts with leveled spears.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Look on me in my sleep,
  Or watch my watchings--come and sit by me!
    My solitude is solitude no more,
      But peopled with the furies;--I have gnash'd
        My teeth in darkness till returning morn,
          Then cursed myself till sunset;--I have pray'd
            For madness as a blessing--'tis denied me.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

There is a very life in our despair.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

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