100+ Best Despair Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Despair is a cause of hopelessness. Inspirational despair quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

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Famous Despair Quotes

Despair is the price one pays for self awareness. Look deeply into life, and you’ll always find despair. – Irvin D. Yalom

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. – C.S. Lewis

Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget about everything except what you’re going to do now and do it. – William Durant

Laughter separates us from despair and gives us a chance at love. – Craig Ferguson

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Losing your life is not the worst thing that can happen. The worst thing is to lose your reason for living. – Jo Nesbo

Great thoughts of your sin alone will drive you to despair; but great thoughts of Christ will pilot you into the haven of peace. – Charles Spurgeon

Despair and bitterness are not the only songs in the world. – Stephen R.Donaldson

Despair gives the shocking ease to the mind that a mortification gives to the body. – Sir Fulke Greville

God’s grace is painted on the canvas of despair. – T. D. Jakes

The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination. – Marion Zimmer Bradley

Love is hope when reason despairs. – Jack Hyles

Despair is our chance to wrestle with fire and come through. – Christina Baldwin

We must never despair; our situation has been compromising before, and it has changed for the better; so I trust it will again. If difficulties arise, we must put forth new exertion and proportion our efforts to the exigencies of the times. – George Washington

What we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope. – George Eliot

It is impossible for that man to despair who remembers that his Helper is omnipotent. – Jeremy Taylor

Even in my despair, I knew in a vague way that the Bible held hope for me in its pages. I just didn’t know where to begin. – Joni Eareckson Tada

Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair. – William Shakespeare

The most common form of despair is not being who you are. – Soren Kierkegaard

In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest. – Williams McKinley

Despair is sometimes the great energizer of the mind, though sometimes its flowering may be sterile. – Taylor Caldwell

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

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself. – Lucille Ball

Despair is a cruel companion. It robs you of everything; especially the choices that still lie within your control. – Brownell Landrum

And imagine acquiring a new language and only learning the words to describe a wonderful world, refusing to know the words for a bleak one and in doing so linguistically shaping the world that you inhabit. – Rosamund Lupton

Despair doth strike as deep a furrow in the brain as mischief or remorse. – Bryan Procter

A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it. – George Bernard Shaw

Despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not. – J. R. R. Tolkien

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – Winston S. Churchill

Despair is most often the offspring of ill-preparedness. – Donald E. Williams, Jr.

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. – Arundhati Roy

Despair is the result of each earnest attempt to go through life with virtue, justice and understanding, and to fulfill their requirements. Children live on one side of despair, the awakened on the other side. – Hermann Hesse

Be fanatically positive and militantly optimistic. If something is not to your liking, change your liking. – Rick Steves

Despair is the only genuine atheism. – Jean Paul

Choose to be optimistic, it feels better. – Dalai Lama XIV

Despair is anger with no place to go. – Mignon McLaughlin

Expect the best, prepare for the worst. – Muhammad Ali Jinnah

There is no love of life without despair of life. – Albert Camus

Another way to be prepared is to think negatively. Yes, I’m a great optimist. but, when trying to make a decision, I often think of the worst case scenario. I call it ‘the eaten by wolves factor.’ If I do something, what’s the most terrible thing that could happen? Would I be eaten by wolves? One thing that makes it possible to be an optimist, is if you have a contingency plan for when all hell breaks loose. There are a lot of things I don’t worry about, because I have a plan in place if they do. – Randy Pausch

Despair is for people who know, beyond any doubt, what the future is going to bring. Nobody is in that position. So despair is not only a kind of sin, theologically, but also a simple mistake, because nobody actually knows. In that sense there is always hope. – Patrick Curry

If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others. – Philip K. Dick

My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes. – L.M. Montgomery

In this hour, I do not believe that any darkness will endure. – J.R.R. Tolkien

If you’re in despair, you don’t know how to be part of your own life anymore. – Naomi Wallace

Life has no remote….get up and change it yourself! – Mark A. Cooper

Don’t despair, not even over the fact that you don’t despair. – Franz Kafka

Happiness is the greatest hiding place for despair. – Soren Kierkegaard

Despair lames most people, but it wakes others fully up. – William James

Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses. – Alphonse Karr

One of the greatest dangers of great dreams in your youth is waking up to despair as an adult. – Tice Davids

The longest way must have its close the gloomiest night will wear on to a morning. – Harriet Beecher Stowe

Despair is the price one pays for setting himself an impossible aim. – Graham Greene

There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for. – J.R.R. Tolkien

There are far too many silent sufferers. Not because they don’t yearn to reach out, but because they’ve tried and found no one who cares. – Richelle E. Goodrich

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Depression is the flaw in love. To be creatures who love, we must be creatures who can despair at what we lose, and depression is the mechanism of that despair. – Andrew Solomon

You have this ability to find beauty in weird places. – Kamila Shamsie

We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings. – Albert Einstein

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. – Oscar Wilde

One despairs of others so as not to despair too much of oneself. – Henri Petit

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. – Martin Luther

I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company. – Henry Miller

Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted. – Christine Caine

Despair is the greatest of our errors. – Luc De Clapiers

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. – Jimmy Dean

The deepest form of despair is to choose to be another than himself. – Soren Kierkegaard

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Sometimes it feels as though happiness is just a word people say to hide the despair of not knowing anything. – Michael Gilbert

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. – Helen Keller

Fools usually know best that which the wise despair of ever comprehending. – Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light. – Madeleine L’Engle

Despair is the only cure for illusion. – Alexander Lowen

Once you choose hope, anything is possible. – Christopher Reeve

Despair is deadly sin, but worse, it is mortal folly. – Ellis Peter

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know that just to be alive is a grand thing. – Agatha Christie

Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom. – Anatole France

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. – Richard Bach

Despair makes us serve evil as much as good. – Hadewijch

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – St. Francis of Assisi

Despair is better treated with hope, not dope. – Richard Asher

A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you. – Joyce Meyer

If you are in a bad mood go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk. – Hippocrates

Despair puts the last touch not only to our misery but also to our weakness. – Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues

Despair can be like an iron band constricting the heart. – Jurgen Moltmann

There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind. – C. S. Lewis

If you’re going through Hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

As for despair, it comes about when I have been a fool and hate myself and despair of my personality. I am prone to gloom, but not depression as such. – Alain De Botton

It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly. – Isaac Asimov

Despair exaggerates not only our misery but also our weakness. – Luc De Clapiers

You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens. – Louise L. Hay

Despair is like a gas, odourless, tasteless, without nourishment. You breathe it in, your limbs relax, you cease to care, even at the moment when the steel touches your throat. – J. M. Coetzee

In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. – Albert Camus

Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song. – Easter

To hope for nothing, to expect nothing, to demand nothing. This is analytical despair. – James Hillman

To be Despair. It is a portrait. Only close your eyes and feel. – Neil Gaiman

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. – Vladimir Lenin

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Despair is suffering without meaning. – Viktor E Frankl

When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don’t see the one that has opened for us. – Alexander Graham Bell

Nothing is impossible; the word itself says I’m possible! – Audrey Hepburn

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