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

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 desperate quote

My country, right or wrong is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying My mother, drunk or sober.
— G. K. Chesterton

Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside desperate to get out.
— Michel de Montaigne

The most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear.
— Frank Sinatra