Things have come to such a pass that hope hath well nigh been banished from the hearts of Thy chosen ones, and the breaths of despair are ready to seize them, by reason of what hath befallen them in Thy days.

Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 335-336

Be joyous while the ugly face of despair grins at you . . . .

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Star of the West, Vol. 9, No. 13, p. 141

Despair, both here and hereafter, is all you will gain from self-indulgence . . . .

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 104-105

If we are not happy and joyous at this season, for what other season shall we wait and for what other time shall we look?

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 351

Know thou that hardship and privation shall increase day by day, and the people shall thereby be afflicted. The doors of joy and happiness shall be closed on all sides, and terrible wars shall occur. Frustration and despair shall encompass the people until they are forced to turn to the One True God. Then will the light of most joyful tidings so illumine the horizons that the cry of 'Yá Bahá’u’l Bahá' will be raised from every direction. This shall come to pass.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Lights of Guidance, p. 130

One must never consider one's own feebleness, it is the strength of the Holy Spirit of Love, which gives the power to teach. The thought of our own weakness could only bring despair.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 39