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

Author: Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

Profession: British Essayist, Poet, Statesman

Despair, in short, seeks its own environment as surely as water finds its own level.

Author: A. Alvarez (1929)

Profession: British Critic, Poet, Novelist

So long as we have failed to eliminate any of the causes of human despair, we do not have the right to try to eliminate those means by which man tries to cleanse himself of despair.

Author: Antonin Artaud (1896-1948)

Profession: French Theater Producer, Actor, Theorist

Action is the antidote to despair.

Author: Joan Baez (1941)

Profession: American Singer, Songwriter

Intellectual despair results in neither weakness nor dreams, but in violence. It is only a matter of knowing how to give vent to one's rage; whether one only wants to wander like madmen around prisons, or whether one wants to overturn them.

Author: Georges Bataille (1897-1962)

Profession: French Novelist, Critic

Then my verse I dishonor, my pictures despise, my person degrade and my temper chastise; and the pen is my terror, the pencil my shame; and my talents I bury, and dead is my fame.

Author: William Blake (1757-1827)

Profession: British Poet, Painter

To those who despair of everything reason cannot provide a faith, but only passion, and in this case it must be the same passion that lay at the root of the despair, namely humiliation and hatred.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

The depth of our despair measures what capability and height of claim we have to hope.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

Let judges secretly despair of justice: their verdicts will be more acute. Let generals secretly despair of triumph; killing will be defamed. Let priests secretly despair of faith: their compassion will be true.

Author: Leonard Cohen (1934)

Profession: Canadian-born American Musician, Songwriter, Singer

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

Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)

Profession: British Novelist

Despair gives courage to a coward.

Author: Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)

Profession: British Clergyman, Author

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.

Author: Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Profession: Indian Political, Spiritual Leader

Melancholy has ceased to be an individual phenomenon, an exception. It has become the class privilege of the wage earner, a mass state of mind that finds its cause wherever life is governed by production quotas.

Author: Gunther Grass (1927)

Profession: German Author

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.

Author: Graham Greene (1904-1991)

Profession: British Novelist

Despair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle. The modern industrial proletariat does not belong to the category of such classes.

Author: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924)

Profession: Russian Revolutionary Leader