Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.
by Benjamin Disraeli
"Axel," replied the Professor with perfect coolness, "our situation is almost desperate; but there are some chances of deliverance, and it is these that I am considering. If at every instant we may perish, so at every instant we may be saved. Let us then be prepared to seize upon the smallest advantage."
~ Journey to the Center of the Earth
by Jules Verne
Ill armed and half starved, they were still desperate men, to whom danger had lost all fears: for what was death that they should shun it to cling to such a life as theirs?
~ The White Company
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle