“... from the outside what can you see of the deepest despair?”

— Nathalie Léger, Suite for Barbara Loden, Share via Whatsapp

“Hope is the key... at times of despair!”

— Amresh Jha, Share via Whatsapp

“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, The Fall of Atlantis, Share via Whatsapp

“my beerdrunk soul is sadder than all the dead christmas trees of the world.”

— Charles Bukowski, Share via Whatsapp

“Life ... is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.”

— William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Share via Whatsapp

“The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss - an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. - is sure to be noticed.”

— Søren Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death: A Christian Psychological Exposition for Upbuilding and Awakening, Share via Whatsapp

“Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.”

— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King, Share via Whatsapp

“Let them think what they liked, but I didn t mean to drown myself. I meant to swim till I sank -- but that s not the same thing.”

— Joseph Conrad, The Secret Sharer and other stories, Share via Whatsapp

“It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”

— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring, Share via Whatsapp

“The prince is never going to come. Everyone knows that; and maybe sleeping beauty s dead.”

— Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat, Share via Whatsapp

“Me? You are laughing at me. Put your hand here. This has no theology. I mocked myself while I made love. I flung myself into pleasure like a suicide on to a pavement.”

— Graham Greene, The Comedians, Share via Whatsapp

“I can still hear the screams. They wake me in the night. Terrible, gut wrenching, painful screams; screams that can only come from the deepest and darkest recesses of the mind. These were not screams of pain. These were screams of years of sorrow and despair. These were screams that made your skin crawl. These were the worst screams I have ever heard. I cannot get them out of my head. Perhaps, they will be with me forever. I shouldn t be so lucky.”

— Jamie Schoffman, Not All Out of Love, Share via Whatsapp

“The point is that we are not doomed because we are homosexual, my dear, we are doomed only if we live in despair because of it, as we did on the beaches and the streets of Suck City.”

— Andrew Holleran, Dancer from the Dance, Share via Whatsapp

“It is a curious thing, but as one travels the world getting older and older, it appears that happiness is easier to get used to than despair. The second time you have a root beer float, for instance, your happiness at sipping the delicious concoction may not be quite as enormous as when you first had a root beer float, and the twelfth time your happiness may be still less enormous, until root beer floats begin to offer you very little happiness at all, because you have become used to the taste of vanilla ice cream and root beer mixed together. However, the second time you find a thumbtack in your root beer float, your despair is much greater than the first time, when you dismissed the thumbtack as a freak accident rather than part of the scheme of a soda jerk, a phrase which here means ice cream shop employee who is trying to injure your tongue, and by the twelfth time you find a thumbtack, your despair is even greater still, until you can hardly utter the phrase root beer float without bursting into tears. It is almost as if happiness is an acquired taste, like coconut cordial or ceviche, to which you can eventually become accustomed, but despair is something surprising each time you encounter it.”

— Lemony Snicket, The End, Share via Whatsapp

“Despair is the price one pays for self-awareness. Look deeply into life, and you ll always find despair.”

— Irvin D. Yalom, When Nietzsche Wept, Share via Whatsapp

“Whatever happens in your life, no matter how troubling things might seem, do not enter the neighborhood of despair. Even when all doors remain closed, God will open up a new path only for you. Be thankful!”

— Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love, Share via Whatsapp

“There s no such thing as perfect writing, just like there s no such thing as perfect despair.”

— Haruki Murakami, Hear the Wind Sing, Share via Whatsapp