A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on hope and despair

"But in the mud and scum of things
There always, always something sings."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Richard David Bach on suicide, suicidal, risk, life, chances, despair, and creativity

Anyone desperate enough for suicide... should be desperate enough to go to creative extremes to solve problems: elope at midnight, stow away on the boat to New Zealand and start over, do what they always wanted to do but were afraid to try.

Richard Bach (1936 -)

Source: The Bridge Across Forever, page 381-2

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A Quote by Thomas Moore on eternity, soul, despair, trials, struggles, and tribulations

The soul is partly in time and partly in eternity.  We might remember the part that resides in eternity when we feel despair over the part that is in life.

Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

Source: Care of the Soul : A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life, Pages: 96

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A Quote by May Sarton on despair, gentleness, enigma, light, aware, and sacred

Here life goes on, even and monotonous on the surface, full of lightning, of summits and of despair, in its depths. We have now arrived at a stage in life so rich in new perceptions that cannot be transmitted to those at another stage - one feels at the same time full of so much gentleness and so much despair - the enigma of this life grows, grows, drowns one and crushes one, then all of a sudden in a supreme moment of light one becomes aware of the sacred.

May Sarton

Source: The Journal of A Solitude

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A Quote by Rainer Maria Rilke on despair, faith, fear, hope, and life

So you must not be frightened if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have ever known, if a restiveness, like light and cloud shadow passes over your hands and over all that you do.  You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall.

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)

Source: Letters to a Young Poet (Vintage)

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Menander of Athens on despair, diligence, labor, and needs

He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor.

Menander (342 BC - 291 BC)

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A Quote by Woody Allen on despair, history, mankind, time, wisdom, and path

More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.

Woody Allen (1935 -)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by William Walsh on despair and hope

I can endure my own despair but not another's hope.

William Walsh

Source: Song

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on despair, faults, good, and life

The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together: our virtues would be proud if our faults whipped them not; and our crimes would despair if they were not cherished by our own virtues.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: All’s Well That Ends Well, Act 4, Scene 3

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on despair, expectation, failure, hope, and promises

Oft expectation fails, and most oft where most it promises; and oft it hits where hope is coldest; and despair most sits.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Contributed by: Zaady

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