Quotations The Best Quotes About Desperation  

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A list of the best desperation quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous desperation quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic desperation quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational desperation quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about desperation?" and "What are inspirational desperation quotes?"

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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. Victor Hugo

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

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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

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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

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What is most original in a man's nature is often that which is most desperate. Thus new systems are forced on the world by men who simply cannot bear the pain of living with what is. Creators care nothing for their systems except that they be unique. If Hitler had been born in Nazi Germany he wouldn't have been content to enjoy the atmosphere. Leonard Cohen

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

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