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despair
used in The Souls of Black Folk

13 uses
  • All this is the social student's inspiration and despair.
    Chapter 3 (28% in)
  • But alas! while sociologists gleefully count his bastards and his prostitutes, the very soul of the toiling, sweating black man is darkened by the shadow of a vast despair.
    Chapter 1 (72% in)
  • ...well-nigh speechless; before that personal disrespect and mockery, the ridicule and systematic humiliation, the distortion of fact and wanton license of fancy, the cynical ignoring of the better and the boisterous welcoming of the worse, the all-pervading desire to inculcate disdain for everything black, from Toussaint to the devil,—before this there rises a sickening despair that would disarm and discourage any nation save that black host to whom "discouragement" is an unwritten word.
    Chapter 1 (77% in)
  • Within and without the sombre veil of color vast social forces have been at work,—efforts for human betterment, movements toward disintegration and despair, tragedies and comedies in social and economic life, and a swaying and lifting and sinking of human hearts which have made this land a land of mingled sorrow and joy, of change and excitement and unrest.
    Chapter 9 (74% in)
  • Sprung from the African forests, where its counterpart can still be heard, it was adapted, changed, and intensified by the tragic soul-life of the slave, until, under the stress of law and whip, it became the one true expression of a people's sorrow, despair, and hope.
    Chapter 10 (12% in)
  • Three temptations he met on those dark dunes that lay gray and dismal before the wonder-eyes of the child: the temptation of Hate, that stood out against the red dawn; the temptation of Despair, that darkened noonday; and the temptation of Doubt, that ever steals along with twilight.
    Chapter 12 (3% in)
  • He saw the headless host turn toward him like the whirling of mad waters,—he stretched forth his hands eagerly, and then, even as he stretched them, suddenly there swept across the vision the temptation of Despair.
    Chapter 12 (32% in)
  • This was the temptation of Despair; and the young man fought it doggedly.
    Chapter 12 (36% in)
  • And then from that Vision Splendid all the glory faded slowly away, and left an earth gray and stern rolling on beneath a dark despair.
    Chapter 12 (38% in)
  • Despair?
    Chapter 12 (53% in)
  • Half in despair, he wandered across the sea, a beggar with outstretched hands.
    Chapter 12 (76% in)
  • Out of the temptation of Hate, and burned by the fire of Despair, triumphant over Doubt, and steeled by Sacrifice against Humiliation, he turned at last home across the waters, humble and strong, gentle and determined.
    Chapter 12 (87% in)
  • The minor cadences of despair change often to triumph and calm confidence.
    Chapter 14 (81% in)

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