About alcohol
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Published Wednesday, May 04, 2016 @ 12:42 PM EDT
May 04 2016

A diplomat's life is made up of three ingredients: protocol, Geritol and alcohol.
-Adlai E. Stevenson II

Alcohol and marijuana, if used in moderation, plus loud, usually low-class music, make stress and boredom infinitely more bearable.
-Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Alcohol gives you infinite patience for stupidity.
-Sammy Davis, Jr.

Alcohol is a very necessary article... it enables Parliament to do things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the morning.
-George Bernard Shaw

Alcohol is like love. The first kiss is magic, the second is intimate, the third is routine. After that you take the girl's clothes off.
-Raymond Chandler

Alcohol is necessary for a man so that he can have a good opinion of himself, undisturbed be the facts.
-Finley Peter Dunne

Alcohol is really just the liquid version of Photoshop.
-Bill Murray

Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.
-George Bernard Shaw

Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy.
-Frank Sinatra

Alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine are weak dilutions. The surest poison is time.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Alcoholism isn't a spectator sport. Eventually the whole family gets to play.
-Joyce Rebeta-Burditt

Americans are a broad-minded people. They'll accept the fact that a person can be alcoholic, a dope fiend or a wife-beater, but if a man doesn't drive a car, everybody thinks that something is wrong with him.
-Art Buchwald

An alcoholic is someone you don't like who drinks as much as you do.
-Dylan Thomas

Being a functioning alcoholic is kind of like being a paraplegic lap dancer- you can do it, just not as well as the others, really.
-Robin Williams

Coleridge was a drug addict. Poe was an alcoholic. Marlowe was killed by a man whom he was treacherously trying to stab. Pope took money to keep a woman's name out of a satire, then wrote the piece so that she could still be recognized anyhow. Chatterton killed himself. Byron was accused of incest. Do you still want to be a writer? And if so, why?
-Bennett Cerf

Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.
-Carl Jung

I am allergic to alcohol and narcotics. I break out in handcuffs.
-Robert Downey, Jr.

I am more afraid of King Alcohol than of all the bullets of the enemy.
-Thomas J. ('Stonewall') Jackson

I get little enjoyment out of women, more out of alcohol, most out of ideas.
-H.L. Mencken

I got my dog three years ago because I was drunk in a pet store. We had nine cats at the time. The cats started hiding the alcohol after that.
-Paula Poundstone

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.
-Hunter S. Thompson

I just wrote one song at a time. Kinda like an alcoholic. One day at a time.
-Neil Young

I went to rehab (for alcoholism) in wine country, just to keep my options open.
-Robin Williams

I'm just saying if you're gonna have a war against drugs, have 'em against all drugs, including alcohol.
-Bill Hicks

I'm not an alcoholic, I only drink two times a year. When it's my birthday, and when it's not my birthday.
-Bill Murray

If there was a pill that allowed you to drink and not get drunk, an alcoholic would go 'What happens if you take two?'
-Robin Williams

If they took all the drugs, nicotine, alcohol and caffeine off the market for six days, they'd have to bring out the tanks to control you.
-Dick Gregory

Instead of warning pregnant women not to drink, I think female alcoholics should be told not to f*ck.
-George Carlin

It is no defense of superstition and pseudoscience to say that it brings solace and comfort to people... If solace and comfort are how we judge the worth of something, then consider that tobacco brings solace and comfort to smokers; alcohol brings it to drinkers; drugs of all kinds bring it to addicts; the fall of cards and the run of horses bring it to gamblers; cruelty and violence bring it to sociopaths. Judge by solace and comfort only and there is no behavior we ought to interfere with.
-Isaac Asimov

It's hard to argue with the government. Remember, they run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, so they must know a thing or two about satisfying women.
-Scott Adams

Just as natural selection weeds out the weak and infirm making a stronger herd, so does alcohol improve your brain's capabilities by destroying the weaker cells.
-Variously attributed

Lying is the same as alcoholism. Liars prevaricate even on their deathbeds.
-Anton Chekhov

Many a person has been saved from summer alcoholism, not to mention hypertoxicity, by Dostoyevsky.
-Roy Blount, Jr.

Milk without fat is like nonalcoholic Scotch.
-Andy Rooney

My dad was the town drunk. Most of the time that's not so bad; but New York City?
-Henny Youngman

Never refuse wine. It is an odd but universally held opinion that anyone who doesn't drink must be an alcoholic.
-P.J. O'Rourke

Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.
-Alex Levine

Our national drug is alcohol. We tend to regard the use of any other drug with special horror.
-William S. Burroughs

Sanity is an illusion caused by alcohol deficiency.
-N.F. Simpson

Terrible climate, centuries of oppression, and the gene for alcoholism. Or as I call it, 'The luck of the Irish.'
-Conan O'Brien

The chief reason for drinking is the desire to behave in a certain way, and to be able to blame it on alcohol.
-Mignon McLaughlin

The first, indeed the only, requirement of a diet is that it should lose you weight without reducing your alcoholic intake by the smallest degree.
-Kingsley Amis

The intermediate stage between socialism and capitalism is alcoholism.
-Norman Brenner

There are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: Caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in.
-Bill Hicks

There is a terrible sameness to the euphoria of alcohol and the euphoria of metaphor.
-John Cheever

Three most deleterious things of modern life in their present order of importance are: tobacco, alcohol and intemperate eating. Both alcohol and tobacco are taboo in plants.
-Henry Ford

To alcohol, the cause of and solution to all of life's problems.

(From the TV series The Simpsons)
-Variously attributed

Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.
-Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Where are the reporters of yesteryear? The nail biting, acerbic, alcoholic nighthawk bastards who truly knew how to write?
-Annie Proulx


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On candidates.
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Published Tuesday, May 03, 2016 @ 11:51 AM EDT
May 03 2016

I like to remind people the choice the American electorate had in 1796 for candidates for President. You could choose between the chairman of the American Society of Arts and Letters and the founding president of the American Academy of Sciences. There's been a bit of a decline in the standards of candidacy since then.
--Christopher Hitchens


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Photo of the day
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Published Monday, May 02, 2016 @ 2:57 AM EDT
May 02 2016


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Quotes of the day: Daniel Berrigan
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Published Sunday, May 01, 2016 @ 1:44 AM EDT
May 01 2016

Daniel Joseph Berrigan, S.J. (May 9, 1921 – April 30, 2016), was an American Jesuit priest, anti-war activist, and poet. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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A revolution is interesting insofar as it avoids like the plague the plague it promised to heal.

Because we want the peace with half a heart and half a life and will, the war, of course, continues, because the waging of war, by its nature, is total- but the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial.

Faith is rarely where your head is at. Nor is it where your heart is at. Faith is where your ass is at!

I don't have to prove my life. I just have to live.

I don't know what more to say. I mean, we're all going to die in a world that is worse than when we entered it.

If you are going to follow Jesus, you better look good on wood.

It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better.

No principle is worth the sacrifice of a single human being.

One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible.

tart with the impossible. Proceed calmly towards the improbable. No worry, there are at least five exits.

The arms race is worse than it ever was, the dumping of creation down a military rat hole is worse than it ever was, the wars across the earth are worse than they ever were.

The gift we can offer others is so simple a thing as hope.

There is no peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war- at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake.

You have to struggle to stay alive and be of use as long as you can.

You just have to do what you know is right.


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Heroes
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Published Saturday, April 30, 2016 @ 7:59 PM EDT
Apr 30 2016

No man is a hero to his valet.
-Jonathan Yardley

A coward is a hero with a wife, kids, and a mortgage.
-Marvin Kitman

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
-G.K. Chesterton

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

A villain who shares one's guilt is inevitably more attractive than a hero convinced of one's innocence.
-Kenneth Tynan

Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.
-Nora Ephron

Ah. Columbus Day. Guy had no idea where he was going. Couldn't figure out where he was. Did it all on borrowed money. He is an American hero.
-Will Durst

All men can be criminals, if tempted; all men can be heroes, if inspired.
-G.K. Chesterton

All our heroes, all our great stories are about failure.
-Peter Carey

Canadians do not like heroes, and so they do not have them.
-George Woodcock

Chance and intrigue have produced more heroes than genius and virtue.
-Maximilien Robespierre

Children respond to heroes by thinking creatively and sometimes in breaking beyond the bounds of the impossible in their turn, and so becoming heroes themselves.
-Madeleine L'Engle

Don't ever make the mistake with people like me thinking we are looking for heroes. There aren't any and if there were, they would be killed immediately. I'm never surprised by bad behavior. I expect it.
-Gore Vidal

Eventually, somebody is going to be a hero, and somebody's going to be president. Not necessarily the same person.
-Howard Baker, Jr.

Every hero becomes a bore at last.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every religious tradition has gangsters and thugs. We also have humans and heroes in those same traditions. Some simple truths need to be said over and over again.
-Cornel West

Fighting is like champagne. It goes to the heads of cowards as quickly as of heroes. Any fool can be brave on a battlefield when it's be brave or else be killed.
-Margaret Mitchell

Heroes and winners aren't the same thing.
-Kevin Farrell

Heroes are sometimes created out of the scantiest materials, such as the apple William Tell never shot or the the flag Barbara Fritchie never waved.
-Gerald W. Johnson

Heroes come along when you need them.
-Ronald Steel

Heroes do not easily tolerate the company of other heroes.
-Kenneth Clark

Heroing is one of the shortest-lived professions there is.
-Will Rogers

History is moving pretty quickly these days and the heroes and villains keep on changing parts.
-Ian Fleming

I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. They are the real heroes, and so are the families and friends who have stood by them.
-Christopher Reeve

I think that Richard Nixon will go down in history as a true folk hero, who struck a vital blow to the whole diseased concept of the revered image and gave the American virtue of irreverence and skepticism back to the people.
-William S. Burroughs


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Pleasure
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Published Friday, April 29, 2016 @ 5:25 PM EDT
Apr 29 2016

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
Walter Bagehot

A man of pleasure is a man of pains.
Edward Young

A real pleasure is a pleasure that one enjoys by one's self, without a companion, and without a single argument.
Sholem Aleichem

Anticipation is the greater part of pleasure.
Angela Carter

Football players, like prostitutes, are in the business of ruining their bodies for the pleasure of others.
Merle Kessler

Free will is an illusion. People always choose the perceived path of greatest pleasure.
Scott Adams

Human beings have neither kindness, nor faith, nor charity beyond what serves to increase the pleasure of the moment.
Virginia Woolf

I can sympathize with people's pains, but not their pleasures. There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness.
Aldous Huxley

I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure.
John D. Rockefeller

I chased perpetual pleasure and got a full measure of pain as a payback.
David Crosby

I derive pleasure from the suffering of people who don't know what schadenfreude means.
John Fugelsang

I don't want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

I refuse to spend my life worrying about what I eat. There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward.
John Mortimer

If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please.
Epictetus

If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of trouble.
Elbert Hubbard

If you eliminate smoking and gambling, you will be amazed to find that almost all an Englishman's pleasures can be, and mostly are, shared by his dog.
George Bernard Shaw

It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
Jean de la Fontaine

It is not sex that gives the pleasure, but the lover.
Marge Piercy

Like all true values, love cannot be bought. Pleasure can be bought, but not love.
Hermann Hesse

Many people weigh the guilt they will feel against the pleasure of the forbidden action they want to take.
Peter McWilliams

Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.
Samuel Johnson

Morality turns on whether the pleasure precedes or follows the pain.
Samuel Butler (Novelist, 1835-1902)

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste they hurry past it.
Søren Kierkegaard

No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures.
Samuel Johnson

Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure;
Men love in haste, but they destest at leisure.
George Gordon Byron


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Immortality
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Published Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 4:43 PM EDT
Apr 28 2016

A cheese may disappoint. It may be dull, it may be naive, it may be oversophisticated. Yet it remains cheese, milk's leap toward immortality.
-Clifton Fadiman

Be the first to say something obvious and achieve immortality.
-Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Death is the beginning of immortality.
-Maximilien Robespierre

He ne'er is crowned with immortality Who fears to follow where airy voices lead.
-John Keats

How else can one threaten, other than with death? The interesting, the original thing, would be to threaten someone with immortality.
-Jorge Luis Borges

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying.
-Woody Allen

I neither deny nor affirm the immortality of man. I see no reason for believing in it, but, on the other hand, I have no means of disproving it.
-Thomas Henry Huxley

I notice that as soon as writers broach this question )immortality( they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If all else fails immortality can always be assured by adequate error.
-John Kenneth Galbraith

If I gave it all up immediately, I'd lose my immortality. I've put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that's the only way of insuring one's immortality.
-James Joyce

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.
-James Thurber

If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality.
-Norman Cousins

If your contribution has been vital there will always be somebody to pick up where you left off, and that will be your claim to immortality.
-Walter Gropius

Immorality, I know. Immortality, I cannot judge.
-T.E. Lawrence

Immortality is like trying to carve your initials in a block of ice in the middle of July.
-Arthur Miller

Immortality is the best recollection one leaves.
-Napoleon Bonaparte

Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
-Susan Ertz

One of the most pathetic aspects of human history is that every civilization expresses itself most pretentiously, compounds its partial and universal values most convincingly, and claims immortality for its finite existence at the very moment when the decay which leads to death has already begun.
-Reinhold Neibuhr

Our current obsession with creativity is the result of our continued striving for immortality in an era when most people no longer believe in an after-life.
-Arianna Huffington

Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.
- George Santayana

The first condition of immortality is death.
-Stanislaw J. Lec

The good die young. That is why immortality is reserved for the greatest of evils.
-Daniel Baldwin

The last thing any sensible human being should want is immortality. As it is, life lasts too long for most of us.
-Joseph Heller

The only thing wrong with immortality is that it tends to go on forever.
-Herb Caen

The skeptic has no illusions about life, nor a vain belief in the promise of immortality. Since this life here and now is all we can know, our most reasonable option is to live it fully.
-Paul Kurtz

What a man does for others, not what they do for him, gives him immortality.
-Daniel Webster


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Quotes of the day: Cory Booker
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Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016 @ 9:23 PM EDT
Apr 27 2016


(Photo by Kelly Campbell)

Cory Anthony Booker (b. April 27, 1969) is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from New Jersey, in office since 2013. Previously he served as mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people. Before you tell me how much you love your God, show me in how much you love all His children.

Courage has you say in a defiant spirit you can take everything from me, you could cut me deep, you could render me in shame but you will never ever stop me from loving those who mock me, from loving those that hate me, from loving those who don't forgive me, from loving the cynics, from loving the darkness so much that I myself through my small acts of consistent unyielding love may bring on the light.

Don't let your inability to do everything undermine your determination to do something.

First class in life has nothing to do with the clothes you wear, the car you drive or the house you live in. First class is and always will be about the content of your character, the quality of your ideas and the kindness in your heart.

Give more than is expected, love more than seems wise, serve more than seems necessary, and help more than is asked.

Give the respect you want to receive; embody the grace you hope to encounter; and help others with no expectations whatsoever.

Go out there and swear to this world your oath, not with your words, but with what you do. Not with your hand over your heart, but with your hand outstretched to a world that desperately needs your hand, your help, your insights, your creativity, your honor, your courage. It needs you.

If you look at great human civilizations, from the Roman Empire to the Soviet Union, you will see that most do not fail simply due to external threats but because of internal weakness, corruption, or a failure to manifest the values and ideals they espouse.

In life, it is never the big battle, the big moment, the big speech, the big election. That does not change things. What changes things is every day, getting up and rendering small acts of service and love beyond that what's expected of you or required of you.

It is okay not to like someone, but it is never okay to try and degrade, humiliate, or dehumanize them.

It's about time that we create first class citizenship for every American plain and simple. Every New Jersey-ian. This should not be a popular vote. This is something we should do now.

Leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and example.

May we help more than we hurt, may we seek to understand more than be understood and may we love more than we judge.

No matter what, we always have the power to choose hope over despair, engagement over apathy, kindness over indifference, love over hate.

No matter who you are, no matter what your color, creed, how you choose to pray or who you choose to love, that if you are an American - first generation or fifth - one who is willing to work hard, play by the rules and apply your God-given talents - that you should be able to find a job that pays the bills.

Real courage is holding on to a still voice in your head that says, 'I must keep going.' It's that voice that says nothing is a failure if it is not final. That voice that says to you, 'Get out of bed. Keep going. I will not quit.'

The right attitude can transform a barrier into a blessing, an obstacle into an opportunity or a stumbling block into a stepping stone.

We choose forward. We choose inclusion. We choose growing together. We choose American economic might and muscle, standing strong on the bedrock of the American ideal: a strong, empowered and ever-growing middle class.

What more could you ask for in life than to be given an impossible challenge?

When American citizens pull together, there is little we can't accomplish.

When happy, be kind. When angry, be kind. When hopeful, be kind. When discouraged, be kind. When ever, be kind.

You need to understand something, you drink deeply from wells of freedom and liberty and opportunity that you did not dig. You eat lavishly from banquet tables prepared for you by your ancestors. You sit under the shade of trees that you did not plant or cultivate or care for. You have a choice in life, you can just sit back, getting fat, dumb, and happy, consuming all the blessings put before you, or it can metabolize inside of you, become fuel to get you into the fight, to make this democracy real, to make it true to its words that we can be a nation of liberty and justice for all.

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(April 27 is also the birthday of Herbert Spencer and Ulysses S. Grant.)


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Quotes of the day: Carol Burnett
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Published Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 9:50 AM EDT
Apr 26 2016

Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is an American actress, comedian, singer, and writer, whose career spans six decades of television. She is best known for her long-running TV variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, for CBS. She has achieved success on stage, television, and film in varying genres including dramatic and comedy roles. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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Adolescence is just one big walking pimple.

Because nobody goes through life without a scar.

Comedy is tragedy plus time.

Giving birth is like taking your lower lip and forcing it over your head.

I think we're here for each other.

It's almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington.

No one ever said life was fair. Just eventful.

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.

The audience is never wrong.

We don't stop going to school when we graduate.

When you have a dream, you've got to grab it and never let go.

Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.

You do have to love your kids enough to let them hate you. But it's the disease that's hating you, not them.

You have to go through the falling down in order to learn to walk. It helps to know that you can survive it. That's an education in itself.

You have to have faith that there is a reason you go through certain things. I can't say I'm glad to go through pain, but in a way one must, in order to gain courage and really feel joy.

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(April 26 is also the birthday of Bernard Malamud and Ludwig Wittgenstein.)


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Despair
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Published Monday, April 25, 2016 @ 11:43 AM EDT
Apr 25 2016

Action is the antidote to despair.
-Joan Baez

All my humor is based upon destruction and despair. If the whole world were tranquil, without disease and violence, I'd be standing on the breadline right in back of J. Edgar Hoover.
-Lenny Bruce

And remember: you must never, under any circumstances, despair. To hope and to act, these are our duties in misfortune.
-Boris Pasternak

Anyone who would attempt the task of felling a virgin forest with a penknife would probably feel the same paralysis of despair that the reformer feels when confronted with existing school systems.
-Ellen Key

As long as a man's heart beats, as long as a man's flesh quivers, I do not allow that a being gifted with thought and will can allow himself to despair.
-Jules Verne

At first I was almost about to despair, I thought I never could bear it- but I did I bear it. The question remains: how?
-Heinrich Heine

At its best our age is an age of searchers and discoverers, and at its worst, an age that has domesticated despair and learned to live with it happily.
-Flannery O'Connor

Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.
-Elie Wiesel

Because thou must not dream, thou need not despair.
-Matthew Arnold

Believe flatterers and you're lost; believe your enemies- and you despair.
-Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Boast is always a cry of despair, except in the young it is a cry of hope.
-Bernard Berenson

But by far the greatest obstacle to the progress of science and to the undertaking of new tasks and provinces therein is found in this- that men despair and think things impossible.
-Francis Bacon

Courage is as often the outcome of despair as of hope; in the one case we have nothing to lose, in the other everything to gain.
-Diane de Poitiers

Despair is anger with no place to go.
-Mignon McLaughlin

Despair is sometimes the great energizer of the mind, though sometimes its flowering may be sterile.
-Taylor Caldwell

Despair is the conclusion of fools.
-Benjamin Disraeli

Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim.
-Graham Greene

Don't despair, not even over the fact that you don't despair.
-Franz Kafka

Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.
-Aeschylus

For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh

God does not send us despair in order to kill us, he sends it in order to awaken us to new life.
-Hermann Hesse

I believe that a person should take an affirmative outlook. There are always problems in life, old and new, uncertainties, and unexpected contingencies. The optimal way to deal with this is not to give up in despair, but to move ahead using the best intelligence and resources that we have to overcome adversity.
-Paul Kurtz

I can endure my own Despair But not another's Hope.
-William Walsh

I can't tell if a straw ever saved a drowning man, but I know that a mere glance is enough to make despair pause. For in truth we who are creatures of impulse are not creatures of despair.
-Joseph Conrad

I do not despair for our country. I never do. I believe, as I always have, the essential decency and compassion and common sense of the American people will prevail.
-Jimmy Carter

I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.
-Alfred Lord Tennyson

I think that humor is part of what saves us from despair.
-John Perry Barlow

If I were a father and had a daughter who was seduced, I would not despair over her. But if I had a son who became a journalist and continued to remain one for five years, I would give him up.
-Søren Kierkegaard

If we openly declare what is wrong with us, what is our deepest need, then perhaps the death and despair will by degrees disappear.
-J.B. Priestley

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.
-C.S. Lewis

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

In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory.
-J.R.R. Tolkien

It (marriage) happens as with cages: the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair of getting out.
-Michel de Montaigne

It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. As it turns out, work is less boring than amusing oneself.
-Charles Baudelaire

It is often when night looks darkest, it is often before the fever breaks that one senses the gathering momentum for change, when one feels that resurrection of hope in the midst of despair and apathy.
-Hillary Rodham Clinton

Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.
-Elie Wiesel

Life begins on the other side of despair.
-Jean-Paul Sartre

Logic and morality made it impossible to accept an illogical and immoral reality; they engendered a rejection of reality which as a rule led the cultivated man rapidly to despair.
-Primo Levi

My generation, faced as it grew with a choice between religious belief and existential despair, chose marijuana. Now we are in our Cabernet stage.
-Peggy Noonan

Never despair; but if you do, work on in despair.
-Edmund Burke

Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss.
-Alexandre Dumas

Optimism is an alienated form of faith, pessimism an alienated form of despair.
-Erich Fromm

Optimism is the parent of despair, while pessimism allows the mind to accustom itself to the inevitable disappointments of human existence by degrees, just as some drugs induce a state of tolerance.
-Theodore Dalrymple

Our Western society is showing its technological muscles in ever more threatening ways, but the experience of fear, anxiety and even despair has increased in equal proportion. Indeed, the paradox is that the powerful giants feel as powerless as a new-born babe.
-Henri Nouwen

Patience, n. A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.
-Ambrose Bierce

Remember that despair is never the solution. Remember, hatred is never an option. Remember that hope is not a gift given to us, hope is a gift that we give to others.
-Elie Wiesel

She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes; that is always a sign of despair in a woman.
-Oscar Wilde

Sins become more subtle as you grow older. You commit sins of despair rather than lust.
-Piers Paul Read

The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night's sleep.
-Harry Ruby

The initial expression of defiance is precisely despair over one's weakness.
-Søren Kierkegaard

The machinery chugs on unabated, belching out its dehumanizing product. It is distressing. But I refuse to despair. I know, one day, the Supreme Court will outlaw the death penalty. Permanently.
-William J. Brennan, Jr.

The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.
-H.L. Mencken

The way to despair is to refuse to have any kind of experience.
-Flannery O'Connor

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.
-Pauline Kael

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 to have recovered hope.
-George Eliot

Those colorful denizens of male despair, the Bowery bum and the rail-riding hobo, have been replaced by the bag lady and the welfare mother. Women have even taken over Skid Row.
-Florence King

To live is to wrestle with despair, yet never allow despair to have the last word.
-Cornel West

Until everyone is fed, clothed, housed and taught, until human beings have equal leisure to contemplate the overwhelming fact of mortality, we should not... indulge in the luxury of 'privileged despair.'
-Kenneth Tynan

What baffles me is the comfort people find in the idea that somebody dealt this mess. Blind and meaningless chance seems to me so much more congenial- or at least less horrible. Prove to me that there is a God and I will really begin to despair.
-Peter De Vries

When a man is in love very little is enough to throw him into despair and as little to enhance his joy to the utmost.
-Giovanni Casanova

When too many Americans don't vote or participate, some see apathy and despair. I see disappointment and even outrage. And I believe that out of this frustration can come hope and action.
-Paul Wellstone

Women get desperate, but they don't understand despair.
-William Gaddis

Yesterday This Day's Madness did prepare; To-morrow's Silence, Triumph, or Despair: Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why: Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.
-Omar Khayyám

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.
-Douglas MacArthur

You are never stronger... than when you land on the other side of despair.
-Zadie Smith


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