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Despair gives courage to a coward.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) British clergyman and 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.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) Preeminent leader of Indian nationalism.

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 (1904-1991) English writer.

The person who lives by hope will die by despair.

Italian proverb

In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o clock in the morning, day after day.

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Through our sunless lanes creeps Poverty with her hungry eyes, and Sin with his sodden face follows close behind her. Misery wakes us in the morning and Shame sits with us at night.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

Life begins on the other side of despair.

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) French writer and philosopher.

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

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

O God, O God, how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world!

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

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.

Günter Grass (1927-?) German author.