All futurity seems teeming with endless destruction never to be repelled; Desperate remorse swallows the present in a quenchless rage.

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.

Despair makes victims sometimes victors.

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

When matters are desperate we must put on a desperate face.

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

Despair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle. The modern industrial proletariat does not belong to the category of such classes.

The greatest inspiration is often born of desperation.

Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation

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

A dog in desperation will leap over a wall

The feeling of desperation and unhappiness are more useful to an artist than the feeling of contentment, because desperation and unhappiness stretch your whole sensibility.

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.

What physic, what chirurgery, what wealth, favor, authority can relieve, bear out, assuage, or expel a troubled conscience? A quiet mind cureth all them, but all they cannot comfort a distressed soul: who can put to silence the voice of desperation?

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

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.

I feel ever so strongly that an artist must be nourished by his passions and his despairs. These things alter an artist whether for the good or the better or the worse. It must alter him. The feelings of desperation and unhappiness are more useful to an artist than the feeling of contentment, because desparation and unhappiness stretch your whole sensibility.

Lottery tickets are a surtax on desperation.

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. He does not die with deliberation but from deliberation.

A thing can be true and still be desperate folly.

In life you need either inspiration or desperation

I’m not yet desperate enough to do anything about the conditions that are making me desperate

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

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

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

But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.

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.

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.

Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures

When things are desperate, there is no need to pretend that everything is beautiful.

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

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

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.

A person, who no matter how desperate the situation, gives others hope, is a true leader.

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

When one hits the bottom of the Desperation Barrel, there is always someone down there.

O mischief, thou art swift to enter in the thoughts of desperate men!

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.

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

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

There exists, at the bottom of all abasement and misfortune, a last extreme which rebels and joins battle with the forces of law and respectability in a desperate struggle, waged partly by cunning and partly by violence, at once sick and ferocious, in which it attacks the prevailing social order with the pin-pricks of vice and the hammer-blows of crime.

It’s an idea that was born out of desperation.

This is not desperation. It’s just aggressive competition.