Quotes of Desperation

“ Most of them lead lives of unquiet desperation, continually seeking, in sex they wish was love and in the love they suspect is only sex, a center for their worlds to turn on. ”

- David Dempsey

“ We all need money, but there are degrees of desperation. ”

- Anthony Burgess

“ More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly. ”

- Woody Allen

“ What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ Black men who have succeeded have an obligation to serve as role models for young men entrapped by a vicious cycle of poverty, despair, and hopelessness. ”

- Benjamin L. Hooks

“ That's what happens when a team plays with some desperation. ”

- Phil Jackson

“ In total desperation, I called over to the engineering building, and I said, Please cut off a nanosecond and send it over to me. ”

- Grace Murray Hopper

“ We just have to win it for personal pride. I know there'll be enormous desperation not just from us but from the Force as well. ”

- Jeff Miller

“ The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation. ”

- James Thurber

“ Desperation is like stealing from the mafia: you stand a good chance of attracting the wrong attention. ”

- Doug Horton

“ Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius. ”

- Benjamin Disraeli

“ 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

“ Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ I think we're a kind of desperation. We're sort of a maddening luxury. The basic and essential human is the woman, and all that we're doing is trying to brighten up the place. That's why all the birds who belong to our sex have prettier feathers — because males have got to try and justify their existence. ”

- Orson Welles

“ She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman. ”

- Oscar Wilde

“ They were a step ahead of us because of their effort and their energy and their absolute desperation to make the playoffs. When you get a team with that frame of mind, they are going to be a step ahead of you. ”

- Pat Riley

“ That is what happens when teams play with desperation and the other team comes out and doesn't play at the same level. We just got beat to the ball too many times and they were active and aggressive. They beat us with the nature of the play. ”

- Phil Jackson

“ I think having those no-bumping zones out there did make a difference. There was certainly some desperation for the guys who had to race their way into the 500, but I think we saw a heck of lot less crashes than we would have seen without NASCAR making that change. ”

- Jeff Gordon

“ Nowadays not even a suicide kills himself in desperation. Before taking the step he deliberates so long and so carefully that he literally chokes with thought. It is even questionable whether he ought to be called a suicide, since it is really thought which takes his life… ”

- Soren Kierkegaard

“ 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

“ Love me, I'll be anyobdy you want me to be. Use me. Change me. I can be thin with big breasts and big hair. Take me apart. Make me into anything, but just love me. ”

- Chuck Palahniuk

“ The Christian's chief occupational hazards are depression and discouragement. ”

- John R. Stott

“ We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings. ”

- Abraham Maslow

“ Fear is a habit; so is self-pity, defeat, anxiety, despair, hopelessness and resignation. You can eliminate all of these negative habits with two simple resolves: I can!! and I will!! ”

- Unknown

“ Defeat should never be a source of discouragement, but rather a fresh stimulus. ”

- Bishop Robert South

“ Fear is a habit; so is self-pity, defeat, anxiety, despair, hopelessness and resignation. You can eliminate all of these negative habits with two simple resolves: I can!! and I will!! ”

- Unknown

“ In total desperation, I called over to the engineering building, and I said, "Please cut off a nanosecond and send it over to me.". ”

- Grace Hopper

“ It's shocking, it's heartbreaking. It is a coincidence, but it reflects the level of stress and desperation of some people in the community. ”

- Susan Lee

“ Many books today suggest that the mass of women lead lives of noisy desperation. ”

- Peter S. Prescott
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