concept

desperation Quotes

22 of the best book quotes about desperation
01
Share
“In desperate situations, people could live for three minutes without oxygen, three hours without warmth, three days without water, three weeks without food.”
Ben Sherwood
author
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud
book
Charlie St. Cloud
character
survival
living
desperation
concepts
02
Share
“It was flight now, a desperate, hopeless flight, that carried him on for some hours.”
03
Share
“He just screamed and screamed and all that time we didn’t know that he was screaming because he hurt.”
04
Share
“I see the damage and pain of hard years. I see the emptiness and desperation of existence without hope. I see a young life that has been too long.”
05
Share
“Hunger makes thief of any man.”
06
Share
“Jess drew the way some people drank whiskey. The peace would start at the top of his muddled brain and seep down through his tired and tensed-up body. Lord, he loved to draw.”
07
Share
“In war, when soldiers come, they take everything. You must bury anything to save it. You must hide your childrens, also.”
08
Share
“Jesus!” the old lady cried. “You’ve got good blood! I know you wouldn’t shoot a lady! I know you come from nice people! Pray! Jesus, you ought not to shoot a lady. I’ll give you all the money I’ve got!”
09
Share
“Endurance is not a desperate hanging on but a traveling from strength to strength.”
10
Share
“The worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it. That makes the other guy smell blood, and then you’re dead.”
11
Share
“He came from a large family—thirteen, fourteen, fifteen: I don’t know how many—and he had to fight for every crumb of food he got.”
12
Share
“I drink out of desperation. Life is too dreary to endure. The misery, loneliness, crampedness - they’re heartbreaking.”
13
Share
“Crazy to live without a wall to protect you. Even in Robledo, most of the street poor—squatters, winos, junkies, homeless people in general—are dangerous. They’re desperate or crazy or both. That’s enough to make anyone dangerous.”
14
Share
“The woman says: We have your son in Texas, but $1,200 is not enough. $1,700.”
15
Share
“Two hundred yards further the full force of the fire, artillery, Maxims and rifles, had burst on them. In places desperate rushes to get on at all costs, had been made by devoted, fearless men. In such places the bodies lay so thickly as to hide the ground. Occasionally there were double layers of this hideous covering.”
16
Share
“Bringing desperate men in alive, is a good way to get yourself dead.”
17
Share
“In desperation Bruce scrunched himself up into a ball, hoping the witch would mistake him for part of the rock. But there was no chance of fooling old Roxy, and holding her lantern out over the creek she spotted the bear in a flash.”
18
Share
“And while he sought, he cried and prayed and promised everything he could think of.”
19
Share
“But then a sudden terrible silence like suffocation came, blotting out all sound of the storm. In the moment of its last desperate chance, breaking across the barrier that had been holding it at bay, the Dark came for Will. Shutting out the sky and the earth, the deadly spinning pillar came at him, dreadful in its furious whirling energy and utter quiet. There was no time for fear. Will stood alone. ”
20
Share
“I was so mad I smashed up the bike so I don’t even have that anymore. And now I’m in a new children’s home and they’ve advertised me in the papers but there weren’t many takers and now I think they’re getting a bit desperate.”
21
Share
“Now, in a moment, all control vanished. The sight of spilt food was too much for the orderly queue. They burst their ranks and sprang upon it, a rabble of wildly hungry children.”
22
Share
“The situation was desperate, but with each narrow escape I was getting more and more weary of the whole business. I just wanted this wild adventure to end, even if it ended in capture.”

Recommended quote pages

View All Quotes

Bookroo

Book Clubs

Follow Bookroo