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Desperation Quotes
Inspirational Quotes about Desperation

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Most men lead lives of quiet desperation
and go to the grave with the song still in them.
- Henry David Thoreau

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The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
- Henry David Thoreau

Lottery tickets are a surtax on desperation.
- Doug Coupland

Every age yearns for a more beautiful world.
The deeper the desperation and the depression about the confusing present,
the more intense that yearning.
- Johan Huizinga

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Wheels of fire, cosmic, rich, full-bodied honest victories over desperation.
- Thomas Merton

My hunger and desperation, being an actor,
an out of work actor - my memory of that is as fresh as an open wound.
- Griffin Dunne

If we were really tough on crime, we'd try to save
our children from the desperation and deprivation that
leave them primed for a life of crime.
- Carrie P. Meek


 

If I were a Roman Catholic, I should turn a heretic,
in sheer desperation, because I would rather go to
heaven than go to purgatory.
- Charles Spurgeon

You might as well ask why a middle-aged man with no
criminal record might put a paper bag over his head and rob a bank.
I acted out of personal desperation.
- Aldrich Ames

The tragedy of it is that nobody sees the look of desperation on my face.
Thousands and thousands of us, and we're passing one
another without a look of recognition.
- Henry Miller

Desperation is a necessary ingredient to learning anything,
or creating anything.
Period.
If you ain't desperate at some point,
you ain't interesting.
- Jim Carrey

I like movies about longing and desperation,
and dark and light things, stories about people struggling to raise children,
and to have relationships and be intimate with each other.
- Laura Dern

In life you need either inspiration or desperation.
- Tony Robbins

The abjection of our political situation is the only true challenge today.
Only facing up to this situation in all its desperation
can help us get out of it.
- Jean Baudrillard

Now people want what the movie was about,
which is violent comedy.
And that's really what The Aristocrats is based on -
what will a family do out of desperation.
- Bob Saget

We all need money, but there are degrees of desperation.
- Anthony Burgess

Well, yeah, but I probably wasn't as open about my desperation.
- Edie Falco

Who knows where inspiration comes from.
Perhaps it arises from desperation.
Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe,
the kindness of the muses.
- Amy Tan

I am one of those people who thrive on deadlines,
nothing brings on inspiration more readily than desperation.
- Harry Shearer

Desperation is the raw material of drastic change.
Only those who can leave behind everything they have
ever believed in can hope to escape.
- William S. Burroughs

I have always used the world of make-believe with a certain desperation.
- Ruth Benedict

Desperation is like stealing from the Mafia:
you stand a good chance of attracting the wrong attention.
- Douglas Horton

Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation.
- James Thurber

People need motivation to do anything.
I don't think human beings learn anything without desperation.
- Jim Carrey

Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Men of my age live in a state of continual desperation.
- Vita Sackville-West

I don't think human beings learn anything without desperation.
Desperation is a necessary ingredient to learning anything or creating anything.
Period.
If you ain't desperate at some point,
you ain't interesting.
- Jim Carrey

I do believe that most men live lives of quiet desperation.
For despair, optimism is the only practical solution.
Hope is practical.
Because eliminate that and it's pretty scary.
Hope at least gives you the option of living.
- Harry Nilsson

Killing yourself is a major commitment,
it takes a kind of courage.
Most people just lead lives of cowardly desperation.
It's kinda half suicide where you just dull yourself with substances.
- Robert Crumb

The people at the record company had asked me if I
could write a song about my life,
my relationship with God, and where I'm from.
Well, I can't write a song on purpose,
my songs come in a moment of inspiration or desperation.
- Billy Ray Cyrus

Desperation is the perfume of the young actor.
It's so satisfying to have gotten rid of it.
If you keep smelling it, it can drive you crazy.
In this business a lot of people go nuts,
go eccentric, even end up dead from it.
Not my plan.
- Uma Thurman

Well it's a drastic procedure by your standards and mine,
but for the people who are living in desperation perhaps
the best way to understand it is that it seems no more
drastic to them than circumcision.
- John Money

Today, for a Jew who writes in the German language,
it is totally impossible to make a living.
In no group do I see as much misery,
disappointment,
desperation and hopelessness as in Jewish writers who write in German.
- Stefan Zweig

So, how to stay inside the world of entertainment without
actually getting another job? I felt the only logical
answer was to become a novelist.
So I wrote the first book - driven by some very real
feelings of desperation -
and it worked.
- Lee Child

I sort of got into Westerns...
It was a sort of desperation move, really.
I had several pictures that didn't go very well,
and I just realised that I would have to try something else.
- James Stewart

My interest in desperation lies only in that sometimes
I find myself having become desperate.
Very seldom do I start out that way.
I can see of course that, in the abstract,
thinking and all activity is rather desperate.
- Willem de Kooning

Niger is not an isolated island of desperation.
It lies within a sea of problems across Africa -
particularly the 'forgotten emergencies' in poor countries
or regions with little strategic or material appeal.
- Desmond Tutu

Hold on... Joyfully.
Holding-on does not have to be
a desperate teeth-gritting kind of holding-on.
Holding-on can be a joyful
"this is just the nature of Life,
so I may as well enjoy it"
kind of holding-on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed,
and in such desperate enterprises?
If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

Holding-on does not have to be a desperate
teeth-gritting kind of holding-on.
Holding-on can be a joyful
"this is just the nature of Life,
so I may as well enjoy it"
kind of holding-on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is a characteristic of wisdom
not to do desperate things.
- Henry David Thoreau

If one is desperate for love, I suggest looking at
one's friends and family and see if love is all around.
If not, get a new set of friends, a new family.
- Jasmine Guy

I was desperate really for people not to accuse me of coldness.
It was taboo.
- Thomas Dolby

I nursed men back to sanity who were driven to despair.
I solicited clothes for the ragged children,
for the desperate mothers.
I laid out the dead, the martyrs of the strike.
- Mary Harris Jones

I have a desire to create more film,
more beauty,
more art, more love, but I don't feel desperate.
It's not about creating or building a career.
- Lisa Bonet

Our family has gone through a very difficult time.
My husband and I have taken the brunt of it.
I've never known what it truly felt like to be so sad and desperate inside.
- Tracey Gold

Desperate? That can be a justification for all kinds of behavior.
- Jessica Walter

His style has the desperate jauntiness of an orchestra
fiddling away for dear life on a sinking ship.
- Edmund Wilson

There are no desperate situations, there are only desperate people.
- Heinz Guderian

There's always somebody older, richer,
more desperate than you.
- Kirstie Alley

The agency was desperate to get started with the commercials in 1976,
but I was working on Star Wars.
- David Prowse

Much is forgiven anyone who relieves the desperate
boredom of the working press.
- William Weld

'My country, right or wrong' is a thing no patriot
would ever think of saying except in a desperate case.
It is like saying 'My mother, drunk or sober.'
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

We are in desperate need of a well-done romantic lesbian comedy.
- Jill Bennett

There's this huge number of desperate people.
- Lloyd Alexander

I have been desperate to escape for so many years now,
it is routine for me to try to escape.
- Jack Henry Abbott

We're not on a desperate mission to write chart compatible stuff.
- Stephen Malkmus

It's an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone,
and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience.
That's always been a tug of war for me.
- Jodie Foster

I often think I can see it in myself and in other young writers,
this desperate desire to please coupled with a kind
of hostility to the reader.
- David Foster Wallace

Mankind at its most desperate is often at its best.
- Bob Geldof

When men attempt bold gestures, generally it's considered romantic.
When women do it, it's often considered desperate or psycho.
- Sarah Jessica Parker

To put up a show is to face life's injustices with
one of the few weapons available to a desperate and brave people,
their imagination.
- Luigi Barzini

In my own mind, I was sort of a desperate kid.
- Al Purdy

I'm not different for the sake of being different,
only for the desperate sake of being myself.
I can't join your gang: you'd think I was a phony and I'd know it.
- Vivian Stanshall

People who say they don't care what people think are
usually desperate to have people think they don't care what people think.
- George Carlin

The interesting thing is why we're so desperate for
this anesthetic against loneliness.
- David Foster Wallace

Hype is the awkward and desperate attempt to convince
journalists that what you've made is worth the misery of having to review it.
- Federico Fellini

When I am not desperate, I am worthless.
- Ivo Andric

In difficult and desperate cases, the boldest counsels are the safest.
- Titus Livius

Those two songs condense the two albums.
They also show what the audiences wanted.
I was desperate to keep the band together and find
something that the public would like.
- Randy Bachman

Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources.
In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate
the dangers that imperil the brave.
- Christian Nestell Bovee


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