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'My country, right or wrong' is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying 'My mother, drunk or sober.'
Gilbert K. Chesterton
When people are desperate or wealthy, they turn to socialism; only when they have no other alternative do they embrace the free market. After all, lies about guaranteed security are far more seductive than lectures about personal responsibility.
For-profit higher education is today a booming industry, feeding on the student loans handed out to the desperate.
The more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem desperate to unplug.
I had gotten to a place where I truly believed everything I was called: 'not sexy,' 'not funny,' 'too intense,' desperate.' All those labels they gave me, I took them because there wasn't a trace of my true self left.
It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
Henry David Thoreau
Marriage is a series of desperate arguments people feel passionately about.
For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction.
Nothing is so dangerous for our security as large groups of desperate people.
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.
Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources. In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate the dangers that imperil the brave.
Christian Nestell Bovee
One must always hope when one is desperate, and doubt when one hopes.
If I place love above everything, it is because for me it is the most desperate, the most despairing state of affairs imaginable.
I am desperate to do a comedy now.
In tough economic times, desperate people do desperate things, and the abortion rate goes up.
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
In the not-for-profit world, there can be wastefulness because there's not the desperate urgency of when you're on a clock.
When you come from desperate poverty, and that's exactly what I come from, you know that nonsenses are not to be tolerated. I'm not sure who gains from chaos, but I know it's not the poor folks in the council flats. The politics of vindictiveness is never, ever anything like a solution.
Hype is the awkward and desperate attempt to convince journalists that what you've made is worth the misery of having to review it.
Jumping through any hoop or taking advantage of any desperate situation that comes up just to sell a product is harmful. It is.
When you are desperate to get someone who isn't all that interested in you, you lay siege as hard as you can.
The interesting thing is why we're so desperate for this anesthetic against loneliness.
David Foster Wallace
In New York, everyone's desperate for success, desperate for money and desperate to be accepted, but in London they're more laid back about things like that.
There were only two times in my life when I've actually felt down about things and gotten myself into a full mental mess. One of the times was in 1982. I had a horrible time for a few months and felt pretty desperate. Then again in 1984, for various reasons, not all of them within my control. Since then, I just wander in and out of black moods.
There's always somebody older, richer, more desperate than you.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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