104+ Best Desperate Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Desperate is feeling, showing, or involving a hopeless sense that a situation is so bad as to be impossible to deal with. Profoundly inspirational desperate quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Famous Desperate Quotes

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

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. – Helen Keller

In desperate position, you must fight. – Sun Tzu

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. – Emily Dickinson

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

Love yourself enough to not come off desperate.

We’re all so desperate to be understood, we forget to be understanding. – Beau Taplin

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The desperate usually succeed because they have nothing to lose. – Jodi Picoult

I think I’m probably a little too desperate to be successful. – Howard Stern

I’m in desperate need of a 6-month vacation… twice a year. – Unknown

In difficult and desperate cases, the boldest counsels are the safest. – Unknown

Desperate affairs require desperate measures. – Horatio Nelson

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

popular desperate quotes

Desperate people are the most dangerous. – Frank Herbert

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

Desperate love is always the toughest way to do it. – Elizabeth Gilbert

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’m not sure what the future holds but I do know that I’m going to be positive and not wake up feeling desperate. As my dad said ‘Nic, it is what it is, it’s not what it should have been, not what it could have been, it is what it is.’ – Nicole Kidman

Don’t let desperate situations make you do desperate things. – Unknown

When people get desperate, they get very creative. – Jeff Smoller

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

To be desperate in your search for something is to get it. – Sunday Adelaja

It’s heartbreaking that so many hundreds of millions of people around the world are desperate for the right to vote, but here in America people stay home on election day. – Moby

Inspirational Desperate Quotes

If you are curious, you will learn. If you are desperate, you will discover. – Mooji

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

Falling in love does not mean you’re desperate. – Tanaz Bhathena

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

The end of a dissolute life is most commonly a desperate death. – Bion Smyma

Never underestimate desperate people. You never know how far they will go to get what they want. – Unknown

famous desperate quotes

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

Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate. – G.K. Chesterton

Desperate remorse swallows the present in a quenchless rage. – William Blake

Marriage is a series of desperate arguments people feel passionately about. – Unknown

There is nothing more dangerous than a desperate man who has nothing to loose. – Rafay Baloch

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

You’re desperate, and so am I,’ I said. ‘Desperate people make stupid decisions all the time. – Veronica Rot

There was always an opportunity in crisis, however desperate things seemed. – Gemma Malley

If I place love above everything, it is because for me it is the most desperate, the most despairing state of affairs imaginable. – Andre Breton

Writers are desperate people and when they stop being desperate they stop being writers. – Charles Bukowski

I believe that human beings are desperate, always, to belong to something larger than themselves. – David Whyte

I learnt not to be desperate in bad times and am learning not to be bullish when times are good. – John Elkann

I want to feel embarrassed by my desperation but I’m too busy feeling desperate. – Marley Jacobs

It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate. – Thomas Jefferson

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

You seemed so desperate, like you might drown if someone didn’t save you. – Arthur Golden

I don’t like the clean-shaven boy with the necktie and the good job. I like desperate men, men with broken teeth and broken minds and broken ways. They interest me. They are full of surprises and explosions. – Charles Bukowski

Some situations may push you to become desperate but don’t forget the virtue of patience. Keep practicing it. – Terry Mark

Better be a desperate single with many options than a desperate married with no option. – Amen Muffler

People always are desperate to have others acknowledge that they are different. – Adam Driver

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

It’s so important to say these things when you can because when it’s over, it’s over. – Roy

top desperate quotes

Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light. – Madeleine L’Engle

Once you choose hope, anything is possible. – Christopher Reeve

There was always an opportunity in crisis, however desperate things seemed. – Gemma Malley

In barely one generation, we’ve moved from exulting in the time-saving devices that have so expanded our lives to trying to get away from them – often in order to make more time. The more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem desperate to unplug. – Pico Iyer

Desperate Quotes About life

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

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you will start having positive results. – Willie Nelson

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know that just to be alive is a grand thing. Agatha Christie

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. Richard Bach

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – St. Francis of Assisi

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

A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you. – Joyce Meyer

I learned not to be desperate in bad times and am learning not to be bullish when times are good. – John Elkann

If you are in a bad mood go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk. – Hippocrates

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

There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind. – C. S. Lewis

If you’re going through Hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly. – Isaac Asimov

When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don’t see the one that has opened for us. – Alexander Graham Bell

Nothing is impossible; the word itself says I’m possible! – Audrey Hepburn

Desperate measures call for desperate times. – John Alejandro King

If you have to beg someone to be in your life, they don’t belong there. – Mandy Hale

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

I really feel like life will dictate itself. You should allow it to unfold as naturally as possible. Just go with the flow. When you’re really desperate, you say a few prayers and hope for the best. That’s the way I’ve always lived my life. – Shania Twain

Never allow yourself to be so desperate that you end up settling for far less than what you deserve. – Anonymous

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

The number of chances you give someone doesn’t tell the world how loving you are without telling them how desperate you are to believe they care as much as you. True love resides in the first chance, stupidity in the second, opportunists in the third and scoundrels in the fourth. – Shannon L. Alder

Don’t dare a person who has nothing else left to lose. – Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Desperate people lose the thing that makes them human beings. They lose their heart. Anger and hate fill them so that they act like animals. – Arlene J. Chai

The more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem desperate to unplug. – Pico Iyer

A thing can be true and still be desperate folly. – Richard Adams

A person in desperate need of help does not get the support of even one guy often, then wondering from where all these people come together in a big lot for a big cause. – Anuj Somany

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But 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

In your most desperate moments where you crawl on the ground like worms, sometimes you suddenly hear the voice of a savior, the voice of the Music which immediately carries you away to the stars! – Mehmet Murat ildan

I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person. But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really. – Tennessee Williams

Short Desperate Quotes

Don’t let desperate situations make you do desperate things. – Anonymous

You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens. – Louise L. Hay

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

In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. – Albert Camus

Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget about everything except what you’re going to do now and do it. – William Durant

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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

The more desperate you are, the more mistakes you make. – Canelo Alvarez

At this crucial time in our lives, when everything is so desperate, when every day is a matter of survival, I don’t think you can help but be involved. – Nina Simone

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

There’s always somebody older, richer, more desperate than you. – Kirstie Alley

Desperate people can make themselves believe anything. – Candice Poarch

Desperation is not an evidence of hard work, it’s a sign of lack of faith. Constance Friday

A desperate disease requires a dangerous remedy. – Guy Fawkes

Hope is believing in something that eludes you. It’s a desperate feeling in a desperate situation. – Carroll Bryant

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

You may be desperate, but never let anyone see you as anything less than a cultivated woman. – Lisa See