Quotes about despair

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„The teardrops which you will see
flowing from our eyes
you should never believe
signs of despair.
They are only promise
promise for Fight.“

—  Alexandros Panagoulis Greek politician and poet 1939 - 1976

Promise, written in Military Prisons of Bogiati February 1972.
Poetry, Vi scrivo da un carcere in Grecia (I write you from a prison in Greece) (1974)

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„….. joy runs deeper than despair.“

—  Corrie ten Boom Dutch resistance hero and writer 1892 - 1983

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„Because 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. Be different!“

—  Kim Peek American savant, model for the protagonist of the film "Rain Man" 1951 - 2009

Wisconsin Medical Society http://www.wisconsinmedicalsociety.org/savant/kimpeek.cfm

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„Judaism is the refusal to give way to despair.“

—  Jonathan Sacks British rabbi 1948

The Case for God, first broadcast on BBC1, 6 September 2010

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„In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.“

—  Michael Jackson American singer, songwriter and dancer 1958 - 2009

Also used at his funeral (3 Sep. 2009) invitation. Quoted in "Dead stars and classic art will surround Michael Jackson " in CNN.com/entertainment (03 July 2009) http://edition.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/09/03/michael.jackson.funeral/index.html#cnnSTCOther1

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„Sometimes I can only groan, and suffer, and pour out my despair at the piano!“

—  Frédéric Chopin Polish composer 1810 - 1849

As quoted in Chopin and the Swedish Nightingale.
Source: Jorgensen's Chopin and the Swedish Nightingale (2003), p. 26

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„When trouble haunts me, need I sigh?
No, rather smile away despair;“

—  John Clare English poet 1793 - 1864

"The Stranger"
Poems Chiefly from Manuscript

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