A Quote by Cesar Chavez on despair, dignity, and strength

From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength.

Cesar Chavez

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A Quote by Cesar Chavez on strength, despair, life, and endurance

We draw our strength from the very despair in which we have been forced to live. We shall endure.

Cesar Chavez

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A Quote by Walker Percy on search, seeking, enlightnement, awakening, and despair

The search is what everyone would undertake if he were not stuck in the everydayness of his own life. To be aware of the possibilities of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.

Walker Percy

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A Quote by Saint Isaac on god, joy, hope, enlightenment, christianity, gifts, knowledge, truth, freedom, and despair

Beware of despair.  You do not serve a tyrant, but your service is to a kind Lord, Who, taking nothing from you, He has given you all.  And when you did not exist at all, He fashioned you so that you would be in that [ state ] in which you now are.  Who is sufficient to render Him thanks for the fact that He has brought us into existence?  O the immeasurable grace!  Who can sufficiently honor Him with hymns?  For He has given us knowledge of all things.  And not only those which are manifest, but also of the hidden things.  For we know that if there is anything we do not know, it is necessary for us only to ask this [ knowledge ] from Him.

Saint Isaac

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints

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A Quote by Rob Brezsny on creativity, evil, fear, despair, cynicism, and copycat crime

Obsessing on evil is boring.  Rousing fear is a hackneyed shtick.  Wallowing is despair is a bad habit.  Indulging in cynicism is akin to committing a copycat crime.

Rob Brezsny

Source: Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings, Pages: 27

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A Quote by Barbara Kingsolver on despair, joy, glorious, love, and life

In my own worst seasons I've come back from the colorless world of despair by forcing myself to look hard, for a long time, at a single glorious thing: a flame of red geranium outside my bedroom window.  and then another: my daughter in a yellow dress.  And another: the perfect outline of a full, dark sphere behind the crescent moon.  Until I learned to be in love with my life again.  Like a stroke victim retraining new parts of the brain to grasp lost skills, i have taught myself joy, over and over again. 

Barbara Kingsolver

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A Quote by Mevlana Jelalu'ddin Rumi on love, abandonment, despair, and abundance

You moan, "She left me."  "He left me,"
Twenty more will come.

Mevlana Rumi (1207 - 1273)

Source: Essential Rumi, Pages: 3

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A Quote by unknown on hope, mud, stars, despair, and prison

"Two men were in prison. One looked down to the mud in despair, the other looked up to the stars in hope."


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A Quote by Alexander Lowen on despair, cure, and illusion

Despair is the only cure for illusion.

Alexander Lowen

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, future, present, desire, wants, hopes, despair, futility, disillusionment, actualities, possibilities, belief, and fear

Everything that humans want or desire or hope for, every kind of external fetish no matter how remote or minor that they may premise some key part of their happiness upon, is a nerve that can be tweaked, a fear that can be toyed with -- even by oneself. Most of the "present" in human life is really subjective projections of a kind of future that one needs to believe in, in order to stave off despair or futility or disillusionment, etc. We live most of our lives in an unwitting subjunctive mood, in the unrecognized modulation from actualities into the possibilities of an always-intoxicating wish-world.

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

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