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Desperation Quotes

These Motivational Quotes about Desperation are dedicated to your career and personal success in life.

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

Related topics: Sad Feeling-Down Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Spiritual

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

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

 

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

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

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


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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

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

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

Lottery tickets are a surtax on desperation.
- Doug Coupland

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

Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation.
- James Thurber

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in,
and those inside equally desperate to get out.
- Michel de Montaigne

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

Desperate affairs require desperate measures.
- Horatio Nelson

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

The unity in any painter's work arises from the fact that a person,
brought to a desperate situation, will behave in a certain way...
style.
- Frank Auerbach

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

I've worked with the greatest actors,
and they're all gone.
This is what's so desperate to me.
- Angela Lansbury

I'm desperate to start a career in music.
- Katie Price

Restless, and in desperate need of adventure,
I quit my job at an insurance company to travel west
with a couple of guys I smoked pot with,
scandalizing my family.
- Mink Stole

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

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

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

The only people who are desperate to go on the show
are people we're desperate not to have on the show.
- Graham Norton

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

To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born,
and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime.
- Erich Fromm

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

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

I love the script and I just thought it was a great role.
Like I say, it's like this - the script is like this sad,
funny, desperate love song to the lost American man.
- Oliver Platt

Rock 'n Roll: The most brutal, ugly,
desperate,
vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear.
- Frank Sinatra

I like, though, that people have a hunger to connect with other people.
They're desperate to know that you're not lying to them or misleading them.
- Augusten Burroughs

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

Every new baby is a blind desperate vote for survival:
people who find themselves unable to register an effective
political protest against extermination do so by a biological act.
- Lewis Mumford

In LA, I mean, here's this place full of desperate
and sad people who take their only pleasure from destroying
others for the purposes of their own self-aggrandizement.
- Heather Donahue

But what is the use of preaching the Gospel to men
whose whole attention is concentrated upon a mad,
desperate struggle to keep themselves alive?
- William Booth

One must always hope when one is desperate,
and doubt when one hopes.
- Gustave Flaubert

When you are a beginning film maker you are desperate to survive.
The most important thing in the end is survival and
being able to get to your next picture.
- George Lucas

Marriage is a series of desperate arguments people feel passionately about.
- Katharine Hepburn

Now a movie goes out to two, three thousand theaters
and by Friday night at 10 o'clock they know if you are in or out.
That desperate competition is, I think,
horrendous.
It's awful.
- Mark Rydell


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