I can endure my own despair, but not another’s hope.
— William Walsh. Of All the Torments

Quintili Vari, legiones redde. Quintilus Varus, give me back my legions
— Augustus Caesar

Of all the sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: “It might have been!”

— John Greenleaf Whittier. Maud Muller

…The masses of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
— Thoreau

They exist without permission. They are hated, hunted and persecuted. They live in quiet desperation amongst the filth. And yet they are capable of bringing entire civilisations to their knees. If you are dirty, insignificant and unloved then rats are the ultimate role model.
— Banksy

No man who has not known despair knows himself, and no man who does not know himself, can find the truth.
— Catherine Christian. The Pendragon

One thought on “Despair

  1. “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,
    Or what’s a heaven for?…”

    – Robert Browning. Andrea del Sarto

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