A Quote by William Faulkner on despair, fighting, illusions, and victory

. . . no battle is ever won . . . they are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and Victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

Source: The Sound and the Fury

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A Quote by William Cowper on absence, death, despair, hope, and love

Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on beauty, body, dance, despair, labor, music, pleasure, soul, and wisdom

Labor is blossoming or dancing where The body is not bruised to pleasure soul, Nor beauty born out of its own despair, Nor blear-eyed wisdom out of midnight oil. O chestnut tree, great-rooted blossomer, Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole? O body swayed to music, O brightening glance How can we know the dancer from the dance?

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Tower, 1928. Among School Children

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A Quote by William Blake on despair, heaven, hell, and love

Love seeketh not itself to please, Nor for itself hath any care, But for another gives its ease, And builds a Heaven in Hell's despair. Love seeketh only Self to please, To bind another to its delight, Joys in another's loss of ease, And builds a Hell in Heaven's despite.

William Blake (1757 - 1827)

Source: Songs of Experience. The Clod and the Pebble

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A Quote by William Blake on despair, love, and lovers

My silks and fine array, My smiles and languished air, By love are driv'n away And mournful lean Despair Brings me yew to deck my grave: Such end true lovers have.

William Blake (1757 - 1827)

Source: Poetical Sketches , I783. Song (My Silks and Fine Array), st. 1

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A Quote by Viktor E. Frankl on books, camping, despair, extremism, helpful, life, meaning, people, potential, responsibility, thought, and writing

I had wanted simply to convey to the reader by way of concrete example that life holds a potential meaning under any conditions, even the most miserable ones. And I thought that if the point were demonstrated in a situation as extreme as that in a concentration camp, my book might gain a hearing. I therefore felt responsible for writing down what I had gone through, for I thought it might be helpful to people who are prone to despair.

Viktor Frankl (1905 - 1997)

Source: Dr. Victor E. Frankl in Man’s Search for Meaning, Simon and Schuster, NY, 1963, p. 104-105.

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A Quote by Viktor E. Frankl on attitude, change, despair, expectation, learning, life, and men

What was really needed was a fundamental change in our attitude toward life. We had to learn ourselves and, furthermore, we had to teach the despairing men, that it did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us.

Viktor Frankl (1905 - 1997)

Source: Dr. Victor E. Frankl in Man’s Search for Meaning, Simon and Schuster, NY, 1963, p. 122.

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A Quote by Ursula K. Le Guin on art, boredom, children, despair, evil, facts, habits, happiness, intelligence, joy, laws, life, losing, maturity, nobility, pain, passion, people, police, praise, rules, secrets, simplicity, slavery, society, stupidity, tr

They did not use swords, or keep slaves. They were not barbarians. I do not know the rules and laws of their society, but I suspect that they were singularly few. As they did without monarchy and slavery, so they also got on without the stock exchange, the advertisement, the secret police, and the bomb. Yet I repeat that these were not simple folk, not dulcet shepherds, noble savages, bland utopians. They were not less complex than us. The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain. If you can't lick 'em, join 'em. If it hurts, repeat it. But to praise despair is to condemn delight, to embrace violence is to lose hold of everything else. We have almost lost hold, we can no longer describe a happy man, nor make any celebration of joy. How can I tell you about the people of Omelas? They were not naive and happy children - though their children were, in fact happy. They were mature, intelligent, passionate adults whose lives were not wretched

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929 -)

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A Quote by unknown on beginning, contentment, death, despair, good, justice, optimism, soul, strength, and struggle

The Optimistic Frog Two frogs fell in a deep bowl, One was an optimistic soul, But the other took the gloomy view. "We shall drown," he cried without more adieu. So with a last despairing cry He flung up his legs and said good-bye. Quoth the other frog with a merry grin, "I can't get out, but I won't give in; I'll just swim around till my strength is spent, Then will I die the more content." Bravely he swam till it would seem His struggles began to churn the cream. On top of the butter at last he stopped, And out of the bowl he gaily hopped. What of the moral? 'Tis easily found: If you can't hop out, keep swimming around.


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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on despair, insanity, and world

Where does one go from a world of insanity? Somewhere on the other side of despair.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

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