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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Self-despair a despairing view of one's prospects, &c
    • ***


  • Albert Camus
    “God put self-pity by the side of despair like the cure by the side of the disease.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. self, seolf, sylf; Dut. zelf, Ger. selbe, Goth. silba.


In literature:

Family romance, once more, has many a dark page recording how despairing love has ended in self-destruction.
"Strange Pages from Family Papers" by T. F. Thiselton Dyer
They had nothing to trust to but that very youth which made his despair so self-absorbed and so intense.
"Tales Of Hearsay" by Joseph Conrad
We have no reason to despair; still less have we any reason to be self-satisfied.
"Liberalism and the Social Problem" by Winston Spencer Churchill
Dead is the queen, thy faithfullest of all, Self-plunged from light, in terror and despair.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
Ledyard came away with just enough wholesome human rage to keep him from sinking to despair, or to what is more unmanning, self-pity.
"Vikings of the Pacific" by Agnes C. Laut
The one says, 'To me to live is Christ, and to die gain'; the other, 'To me to live is self, and to die is loss and despair.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Filled with horror, despair, madness, and self-contempt, George Aspel stood holding on to the railings and glaring into vacuity.
"Post Haste" by R.M. Ballantyne
The instinct for self-preservation stirred in him and broke the grip of that hypnotizing despair.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
His weak impulses of fear and self-preservation settled down into a sort of despairing stupor.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
Brand, in a tone of despairing self-accusation.
"A True Friend" by Adeline Sergeant
Your faith is measured by your self-despair.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
His daughter at Arcetri was in despair; and anxiety and fastings and penances self-inflicted on his account dangerously reduced her health.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
But now is self's confrontment with loneliness, with sorrow, with despair.
"A Tar-Heel Baron" by Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
To some this self-surrender was limpid proof of innocence; to others it was the damning token of despairing guilt.
"The Big Bow Mystery" by I. Zangwill
His sentiments varied from apathy to pathos, from self-pity to mortification, from hungry despair to an indignation no longer endurable.
"The Gay Rebellion" by Robert W. Chambers
He was not forsaken; he need not yet despair of his better self.
"Regina or the Sins of the Fathers" by Hermann Sudermann
Only the blank self-abandonment of despair.
"She's All the World to Me" by Hall Caine
Hundreds whom man's denunciatory self-righteousness had driven to cursing, bitterness, and despair, are now stars in his crown.
"Caper-Sauce" by Fanny Fern
Self-possessed in the presence of others, she was tortured and agonized, often to the verge of despair, in the solitude of her chamber.
"The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 2 of 2" by Edward Tyas Cook
Man is now in the shadow of the veil, now in the light of it, self-pitying, exultant, in despair, in ecstasy.
"Expositor's Bible: The Book of Job" by Robert Watson

In poetry:

With despair's mute self-reliance,
She accepted death's affiance;
She, who hath no home or rest,
Shrank not from the river's breast.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
A prophet-utterance, strong and wild,
The weakness of an unweaned child,
A sun-bright hope for human-kind,
And self-despair, in him combined.
"The Chapel of the Hermits" by John Greenleaf Whittier
As once in time on overgrowing banks
The moisten creature holed in despair
Of self impotence, feeling on its back
Wings - still unformed and very feeble pair, -
"The Sixth Sense" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
Between all my torments between death and self
Between my despair and the reason for living
There is injustice and this evil of men
That I cannot accept there is my anger
"Talking Of Power And Love " by Paul Eluard
Yield to me now, for I am weak,
But confident in self-despair;
Speak to my heart, in blessings speak;
Be conquered by my instant prayer;
Speak, or thou never hence shalt move,
And tell me if thy name be Love.
"Wrestling Jacob" by Charles Wesley