What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.
Nowadays most men lead lives of noisy desperation.
Uncertain ways unsafest are, and doubt a greater mischief than despair.
Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.
It becomes no man to nurse despair, but, in the teeth of clenched antagonisms, to follow up the worthiest till he die.
In all thy undertakings, let a reasonable assurance animate thy endeavours; if thou despairest of success, thou shalt not succeed.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.
There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and have recovered hope.
Despair is a mental state which exaggerates not only our misery but also our weakness.