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Despair Quotes

14 of the best book quotes about despair
  1. #1
    “I have been one acquainted with the night.”
  2. #2
    ″‘He’s not a human being,’ she retorted; ‘and he has no claim on my charity. I gave him my heart, and he took and pinched it to death, and flung it back to me. People feel with their hearts, Ellen: and since he has destroyed mine, I have not power to feel for him.‘”
  3. #3
    “I have not broken your heart—you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine. So much the worse for me that I am strong.”
  4. #4
    “The greatest enemy is one that has nothing to lose.”
  5. #5
    “Do I want to live? . . . [W]ould you like to live with your soul in the grave?”
  6. #6
    “Can calm despair and wild unrest
    Be tenants of a single breast?”
  7. #7
    “Me miserable! which way shall I flie
    Infinite wrauth, and infinite despaire?
    Which way I flie is Hell; my self am Hell;
    And in the lowest deep a lower deep
    Still threatning to devour me opens wide,
    To which the Hell I suffer seems a Heav’n.”
  8. #8
    “Despair has its own calms.”
  9. #9
    “You might think I lost all hope at that point. I did.”
  10. #10
    “How can we live without our lives? How will we know it’s us without our past?”
  11. #11
    “I have to remind myself to breathe—almost to remind my heart to beat!”
  12. #12
    “I’m not brave any more darling. I’m all broken. They’ve broken me.”
  13. #13
    “You teach me now how cruel you’ve been—cruel and false. Why did you despise me? Why did you betray your own heart, Cathy? I have not one word of comfort.”
  14. #14
    “In the West, we have been withdrawing from our tradition-, religion- and even nation-centred cultures, partly to decrease the danger of group conflict. But we are increasingly falling prey to the desperation of meaninglessness, and that is no improvement at all.”
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