When we're in deep despair, the words of the wise can help us through the confusion and pain. Thankfully, The New Yorker published 16 essays from brilliant writers such as Toni Morrison, Atul Gawande, Jia Tolentino, and our personal favorite, Junot Díaz, to pull us out of our post-election depression. 

Díaz wrote his "Radical Hope" essay after receiving an email from his sister. She asked her politically vocal brother if she should just "give up" after the election.

"I thought about your e-mail all day," Díaz wrote. "I thought about you during my evening class. My students looked rocked. A few spoke about how frightened and betrayed they felt. Two of them wept. No easy task to take in the fact that half the voters—neighbors, friends, family—were willing to elect, to the nation's highest office, a toxic misogynist, a racial demagogue who wants to make America great by destroying the civil-rights gains of the past 50 years."

Díaz admitted that he's lost emotional turmoil — as we all are— but the first thing we must do is accept how we're feeling. 

"First and foremost, we need to feel," Díaz wrote. "We need to connect courageously with the rejection, the fear, the vulnerability that Trump's victory has inflicted on us."

Each of Díaz's moving words helps the pain recede bit by bit. So, here's a roundup of quotes from his essay that will touch those who are frustrated, sad, and angry, after the election.


A better future.


Against all odds.


Connect courageously.


Patriarchal power must always be battled.


"Radical hope is something you practice."


We need hope in order to fight.


Our best weapon is radical hope.


We need to mourn.


We must keep fighting.