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More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To those who despair of everything reason cannot provide a faith, but only passion, and in this case it must be the same passion that lay at the root of the despair, namely humiliation and hatred.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
God put self-pity by the side of despair like the cure by the side of the disease.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The depth of our despair measures what capability and height of claim we have to hope.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When a man gets to despair he knows that all his thinking will never get him out. He will only get out by the sheer creative effort of God. Consequently he is in the right attitude to receive from God that which he cannot gain for himself.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To exist is a habit I do not despair of acquiring.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Invention flags, his brain goes muddy, and black despair succeeds brown study.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
For I say unto you in all sadness of conviction that to think great thoughts you must be heroes as well as idealists. Only when you have worked alone -- when you have felt around you are a black gulf of solitude more isolating than that which surrounds the dying man, and in hope and despair have trusted to your own unshaken will -- then only can you gain the secret isolated joy of the thinker, who knows that a hundred years after he is dead and forgotten men who have never heard of him will be moving to the measure of his thought -- the subtle rapture of postponed power, which the world knows not because it has no external trappings, but which to his prophetic vision is more real than that which commands an army. And if this joy should not be yours, still it is only thus you can know that you have done what lay in you to do -- can say that you have lived, and be ready for the end.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The words Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which I saw on an Italian movie poster, are perhaps the briefest statement imaginable of the basic appeal of movies. This appeal is what attracts us, and ultimately what makes us despair when we begin to understand how seldom movies are more than this.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate... but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I can never suppose this country so far lost to all ideas of self-importance as to be willing to grant America independence; if that could ever be adopted I shall despair of this country being ever preserved from a state of inferiority and consequently falling into a very low class among the European States.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The pleasures of the world are deceitful; they promise more than they give. They trouble us in seeking them, they do not satisfy us when possessing them and they make us despair in losing them.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Melancholy and sadness are the start of doubt... doubt is the beginning of despair; despair is the cruel beginning of the differing degrees of wickedness.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No matter how ephemeral it is, a novel is something, while despair is nothing.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It happens as one sees in cages: the birds who are outside despair of ever getting in, and those within are equally desirous of getting outMore [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate now knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Sins become more subtle as you grow older: you commit sins of despair rather than lust.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Who can hope for nothing, should despair for nothing.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The brave and bold persist even against fortune; the timid and cowardly rush to despair though fear alone.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Solitude is the despair of fools, the torment of the wicked, and the joy of the good.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I despair of the Republic! Such dreariness, such whining sallow women, such utter absence of the amenities, such crass food, crass manners, crass landscape!! What a horror it is for a whole nation to be developing without the sense of beauty, and eating bananas for breakfast.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Philosophy Professor: The reason why I refuse to take existentialism as just another French fashion or historical curiosity is that I think it has something very important to offer us... I'm afraid were losing the real virtues of living life passionately in the sense of taking responsibility for who you are the ability to make something of yourself and feel good about life. Existentialism is often discussed as if it were a philosophy of despair, but I think the truth is just the opposite. Sartre, once interviewed, said he never felt once minute of despair in his life. One thing that comes out from reading these guys is not a sense of anguish about life so much as a real kind of exuberance, of feeling on top of it, its like your life is yours to create. Ive read the post modernists with some interest, even admiration, but when I read them I always have this awful nagging feeling that something absolutely essential is getting left out. The more you talk about a person as a social construction or as a confluence of forces or as being fragmented of marginalised, what you do is you open up a whole new world of excuses. And when sartre talks about responsibilty, he's not talking about something abstract. He's not taling about the kind of self or souls that theologians would talk about. Hes talking about you and me talking, making descisions, doing things, and taking the consequences. It might be true that there are six million people in this world, and counting, but nevertheless -what you do makes a difference. It makes a difference, first of all, in material terms, to other people, and it sets an example. In short, I think the message here is that we shouuld never write ourselves off or see eachother as a victim of various forces. It's always our descision who we are.More [10/23/2005 12:10:00]
The beef, venison and elk vibrations of my first 22 years were still very much controlling the nature of my day-to-day activities. Arthritis was my morning wake-up call, mood swings between ecstasy and despair my daily state of mind, and Scotch my release from it all.More [05/03/2006 12:05:00]
Miriam: As the sound of the playgrounds faded, the despair set in. Very odd, what happens in a world without children's voices.More [07/18/2007 12:07:00]
Patience - a minor form of despair disguised as a virtue.More [12/19/2007 12:12:00]
We draw our strength from the very despair in which we have been forced to live. We shall endure.More [01/08/2008 12:01:00]
Colt: Nice weather? You think we're having... nice weather? I guess you didn't lose the only one that meant anything in your life. I guess you don't feel burned out by the human misery and despair perpetrated by the criminal vermin that infest every pore of this decaying city, forcing you to guzzle cheap wine and cheaper whiskey to dull the pain that shatters your heart, rips at your soul, and keeps your days forever gray. What flavor Icee you got today?More [08/06/2008 12:08:00]
Charlie Chan:
Kashimo, I despair trying to make you smart man. Soap and water never can change perfume of billy goat.

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[Ninotchka is examining a map of Paris]



Leon:
Pardon me, are you an explorer?



Ninotchka:
No. I'm looking for the Eiffel Tower.



Leon:
Good heavens, is that thing lost again? Oh, are you interested in a view?



Ninotchka:
I'm interested in the Eiffel Tower from a technical standpoint.



Leon:
Technical? No, no, I'm afraid I couldn't be of much help from that angle. You see, a Parisian only goes to the tower in moments of despair to jump off.



Ninotchka:
How long does it take a man to land?



Leon:
Now isn't that too bad? The last time I jumped, I forgot to time it.

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[longer introduction to "Night On Bald Mountain" and "Ave Maria"]



Narrator:
The last number in our Fantasia program is a combination of two pieces of music so utterly different in construction and mood that they set each other off perfectly. The first is 'A Night On Bald Mountain' by one of Russia's greatest composers, Modest Mussorgsky. The second is Franz Schubert's world-famous "Ave Maria". Musically and dramatically, we have here a picture of the struggle between the profane and the sacred. "Bald Mountain" according to tradition, is the gathering place of Satan and his followers. Here, on Walpurgnisnacht, which is the equivalent of our own Halloween, the creatures of evil gather to worship their master. Under his spell, they dance furiously until the coming of dawn and the sounds of church bells send the infernal army slinking back into their abodes of darkness. And then we hear the "Ave Maria", with its message of the triumph of hope and life over the powers of despair and death.

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Burrows:
You see, sir, rich people and theorists - who are usually rich people - think of poverty in the negative, as the lack of riches - as disease might be called the lack of health. But it isn't, sir. Poverty is not the lack of anything, but a positive plague, virulent in itself, contagious as cholera, with filth, criminality, vice and despair as only a few of its symptoms. It is to be stayed away from, even for purposes of study. It is to be shunned.

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Peter Penrose:
[reading] Do not despair for Johnny head-in-air He sleeps as sound as Johnny underground Fetch out no shroud for Johnny in the cloud And keep your tears for him in after years Better by far for Johnny the bright star to keep your head and see his children fed.

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Lisa:
Jeff, you know if someone came in here, they wouldn't believe what they'd see? You and me with long faces plunged into despair because we find out a man didn't kill his wife. We're two of the most frightening ghouls I've ever known.

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Col. Thomas McKean:
Mr. President!



Hancock:
Colonel McKean.



Col. Thomas McKean:
Surely, we have managed to promote the gloomiest man on this continent to the head of our troops! Those dispatches are the most deprrrr-essing accumulation of disaster, doom and despair in the entire annals of military history! And furthermore...



Hancock:
Colonel McKean, *please!*



Col. Thomas McKean:
What?



Hancock:
It's too hot.

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Anne Shirley:
Can't you even IMAGINE you're in the depths of despair?



Marilla Cuthbert:
No I cannot. To despair is to turn your back on God.

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Tenkai:
Jiro! Struggle more! Despair more! After your scolding, show me a good counterattack!

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Marilla Cuthbert:
You set your heart too much on frivolous things and then crash down into despair when you don't get them.



Anne Shirley:
I know. I can't help flying up on the wings of anticipation. It's as glorious as soaring through a sunset... almost pays for the thud.



Marilla Cuthbert:
Well, maybe it does. But I'd rather walk calmly along and do without flying AND thud.

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The Baker:
It takes care, it takes patience and fear and despair to change. Though you swear to change, who can tell if you do? It takes two.

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[first lines]



Narrator:
Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind. But then, one winter's night, an old beggar woman came to the castle and offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince sneered at the gift and turned the old woman away. But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within. And when he dismissed her again, the old woman's ugliness melted away to reveal a beautiful enchantress. The prince tried to apologize, but it was too late, for she had seen that there was no love in his heart. And as punishment, she transformed him into a hideous beast and placed a powerful spell on the castle and all who lived there. Ashamed of his monstrous form, the beast concealed himself inside his castle, with a magic mirror as his only window to the outside world. The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose, which would bloom until his 21st year. If he could learn to love another, and earn her love in return by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time. As the years passed, he fell into despair and lost all hope. For who could ever learn to love a beast?

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Franz Liszt:
[as God] This is my servant Noah, and his wife Noëtte, and their children. Into their hands do I place the future of mankind.



George Sand:
[as Noëtte] Oh, this heat! Will it never rain? Here sits my stupid husband; I don't know what God sees in him. Oh, who can express the despair of youth married to age? My husband is 600 years old, while I am but 150!

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Cosmo:
Pollution. Crime. Drugs, poverty, disease, hunger, despair - we throw GOBS of money at them and problems only get worse. Why is that? Because money's most powerful ability is to allow bad people to continue doing bad things at the expense of those who don't have it.



Martin Bishop:
I agree. Now who did you say you were working for?



Cosmo:
Oh, that's just my day job.

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Minsc:
[before going berserk] Despair not! I shall inspire you by charging BLINDLY ON.

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Kain:
I came upon one of Nupraptor's serving girls, catatonic with fear, choking out half-words through bloodied, broken teeth. Although tempted by hunger, I stayed my hand, allowing her to tell her story. She spoke of her Lord Nupraptor, driven to insanity by the brutal slaying of his beloved Ariel. She spoke of his self-mutilation, sewing his eyes and lips shut to deny the outside world. Fueled by despair and hopelessness, he turned his magic on the Circle, infecting their minds with his madness. Nupraptor cared for nothing now, save his pathetic self-pity. Scars such as hers would never heal. Death would only be a mercy.

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Larzuk:
Nihlathak's despair is infectious - and his behaviour does not befit an Elder of his stature. I think we'd be better off without him.

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Pastor Vernon Billings:
Hello. My name's Vernon Billings, and I'm pastor of the New Hope Village Church of Mount Prospect, Illinois. As you watch this tape, I can only imagine the fear and the despair that you face. For this is being recorded for viewing only after the disappearance of God's people from the earth. The fact that you are watching indicates that you have been left behind.

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Bill Bailey:
Service stations. Cathedrals of despair as I like to call them.

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Al Swearengen:
Pain or damage don't end the world. Or despair or fucking beatings. The world ends when you're dead. Until then, you got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man... and give some back.

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In Hanover Park they highlighted the terrible plight of backyard dwellers and the fact that year after year nothing has been done to help you: the hope and despair you all live with every day.More [07/30/2009 12:07:00]
We have to go into the despair and go beyond it, by working and doing for somebody else, by using it for something else.More [07/09/2011 04:07:53]
Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.More [07/10/2011 04:07:12]
Sectional football games have the glory and the despair of war, and when a Texas team takes the field against a foreign state, it is an army with banners.More [07/11/2011 02:07:49]
People are really suffering these days. There's a lot of corporate triumph and a lot of personal despair as they wonder what are they working for.More [07/14/2011 05:07:19]
I want no part of making any contribution whatsoever to the despair which eventually follows downbeat thinking.More [07/16/2011 12:07:17]
When you get just a complete sense of blackness or void ahead of you, that somehow the future looks an impossible place to be, and the direction you are going seems to have no purpose, there is this word despair which is a very awful thing to feel.More [07/18/2011 02:07:03]

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