...despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt.
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Fellowship of the Ring
At last my mother gave up, in despair.
Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Then they knew that Gandalf was going to leave them at the very edge of Mirkwood, and they were in despair.
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Hobbit
These alterations of mood were the despair and joy of Ethan Frome.
Edith Wharton -- Ethan Frome
And I wish I had the power to tell them that the despair of their hearts was not to be final, and their night was not without hope.
Ayn Rand -- Anthem
In that knowledge, despair and die!
C.S. Lewis -- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
But one can’t feel quite in the depths of despair with two months’ vacation before them
Lucy Maud Montgomery -- Anne Of Green Gables
And he began to see that there might be some sense in that last line about getting your heart’s desire and getting despair along with it.
C.S. Lewis -- The Magician’s Nephew
Drive out despair, and you will keep death away from yourselves.
Elie Wiesel -- Night
The soul does not surrender to despair until it has exhausted all illusions.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
...made a wild panic-stricken, despairing fight that soon exhausted her,
Ernest Hemingway -- The Old Man and the Sea
his face suffused with fury and despair.
William Faulkner -- As I Lay Dying
It was a cry of despair.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
Gerald hung up in despair.
Sharon M. Draper -- Forged by Fire
Alice had no idea what to do, and in despair she put her hand in her pocket, and pulled out a box of comfits, (luckily the salt water had not got into it), and handed them round as prizes.
Lewis Carroll -- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
The men in blue were intent with the despair of their circumstances and they seized upon the revenge to be had at close range.
Stephen Crane -- The Red Badge of Courage
she cried so despairingly that Jo was frightened.
Louisa May Alcott -- Little Women
Her voice was ragged with despair.
Rick Riordan -- The Titan’s Curse
Their business misfortune had reduced the family to a state of total despair,
Franz Kafka -- Metamorphosis
And she wrung her hands in despair.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- Crime and Punishment
I fell, oppressed with fright, fatigue, horror, despair, and hunger.
Voltaire -- Candide
No great dream lifted him high and no despair forced self-destruction.
John Steinbeck -- East of Eden
...while a woman, with dim features of despair, threw out her hand to warn him back.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- Young Goodman Brown
Sometimes she gave up in despair and she just lay weeping in the pitch darkness.
David Almond -- Skellig
The old-timer on Sulphur Creek was right, he thought in the moment of controlled despair that ensued:
Jack London -- To Build a Fire
But I fear ... he knows that Despair is a greater sin than any of the sins which provoke it.
C.S. Lewis -- The Screwtape Letters
He spat out the word with the deepest despair I have ever heard in a human voice.
John Howard Griffin -- Black Like Me
Maybe this was a hallucination being brought on by all his grief and despair.
William P. Young -- The Shack
...leaving the eyeless dementors to glide amongst the Muggles who might not be able to see them, but would assuredly feel the despair they cast wherever they went.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Despair is in my heart.
Unknown -- The Epic of Gilgamesh
It was one of complete despair and horror, for losing Bing, for being so foolish as to think she could use faith to change fate.
Amy Tan -- The Joy Luck Club
There he lay for a while, fighting with despair.
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Two Towers
I saw that some ten or twelve vibrations would bring the steel in actual contact with my robe, and with this observation there suddenly came over my spirit all the keen, collected calmness of despair.
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Pit and the Pendulum
For those near to her the despair was fearful to behold. She was convinced that her life was over, her life and children’s.
Thornton Wilder -- The Bridge of San Luis Rey
It was the bitter smell of despair.
Louis Sachar -- Holes
They went toward the Seine in despair, shivering with cold.
Guy de Maupassant -- The Diamond Necklace
And a train arrives at an hour of despair.
Ray Bradbury -- Something Wicked This Way Comes
...sudden impulses of despair or of frenzy from within.
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Masque of the Red Death
Alice repeated in despair, ’Oh, that’ll never be done!’
Lewis Carroll -- Through the Looking-Glass
For yet another weapon, swifter than hunger, the Lord of the Dark Tower had: dread and despair.
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Return of the King