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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 (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

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 (1934-?) Canadian poet, novelist, and singer-songwriter.

Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) British politician and author.

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.