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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Despondency
 
  Sorrow comes soon enough without despondency, It does a man no good to carry around a lightning-rod to attract trouble.
Aughey.    
  1
  Open your heart to sympathy, but close it against despondency. The flower which opens to receive the dew shuts against the rain.
Aughey.    
  2
        All day the darkness and the cold
Upon my heart have lain,
Like shadows on the winter sky,
Like frost upon the pane.
Whittier.    
  3
        The recollection of one upward hour
Hath more in it to tranquilize and cheer
The darkness of despondency, than years
Of gayety and pleasure.
Percival.    
  4
        No thought within her bosom stirs,
  But wakes some feeling dark and dread;
God keep thee from a doom like hers,
  Of living when the hopes are dead.
Phœbe Cary.    
  5
  Some persons depress their own minds, despond at the first difficulty; and conclude that making any progress in knowledge, farther than serves their ordinary business, is above their capacities.
Locke.    
  6
        My heart is very tired—my strength is low—
My hands are full of blossoms pluck’d before
Held dead within them till myself shall die.
Mrs. Browning.    
  7
  To believe a business impossible is the way to make it so. How many feasible projects have miscarried through despondency, and been strangled in their birth by a cowardly imagination.
Jeremy Collier.    
  8
  Despondency is not a state of humility; on the contrary, it is the vexation and despair of a cowardly pride—nothing is worse; whether we stumble or whether we fall, we must only think of rising again and going on in our course.
Fénelon.    
  9
  Life is a warfare; and he who easily desponds deserts a double duty—he betrays the noblest property of man, which is dauntless resolution; and he rejects the providence of that All-Gracious Being who guides and rules the universe.
Jane Porter.    
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