Desperation Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old desperation quotes, desperation sayings, and desperation proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

In desperate position, you must fight     

Sun Tzu

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

Robert Burns

Desperate times call for desperate measures.     


Mankind at its most desperate is often at its best.     

Bob Geldof

Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.     

Elie Wiesel

When a man is in despair, it means that he still believes in something.     

Dmitri Shostakovich

The desperate usually succeed because they have nothing to lose.     

Jodi Picoult

There is nobody more terrible than the desperate.     

Alexander Suvorov

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


Desperation can make a person do surprising things.     

Veronica Roth

A starving man won't notice a dirty plate.     

Mary Renault

Desperate ills need desperate remedies.     

Agatha Christie

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

Tenzin Gyatso

Desperation is often more powerful than inspiration.     

Debasish Mridha

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

Douglas Horton

Desperate times call for desperate analogies.     

John Diamond

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

Kelli Jae Baeli

Sometimes that's all life is... One desperate act after another.     

Terry Goodkind

There are no desperate situations, there are only desperate people.     

Heinz Guderian

Life begins on the other side of despair.     

Jean-Paul Sartre

When the situation is desperate, it is too late to be serious. Be playful.     

Edward Abbey

Human beings do not readily admit desperation. When they do, the kingdom of heaven draws near.     

Philip Yancey

Beware of desperate steps; the darkest day, lived till tomorrow, will have passed away.     

William Cowper

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

Tempt not a desperate man.     

William Shakespeare

But desperation is the mother-in-law of invention.     

Laura Marney

But a desperate heart will seduce the mind.     

Mitch Albom

Desperation makes men fearless.     

Jocelyn Murray

Like carnivores to carnal pleasures as are we to desperate measures.     

Harvey Danger

When they face desperation... human beings become animals.     

Dan Brown

Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.     

Benjamin Disraeli

Despair makes victims sometimes victors.     

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

A dog in desperation will leap over a wall.     

Chinese Proverbs

Brilliance is born of Desperation.     

Jayanth Komarneni

The greatest inspiration is often born of desperation     

Comer Cotrell

That if desperate times call for desperate measures, then I'm free to act as desperately as I wish.     

Suzanne Collins