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I was desperately unhappy trying to adjust to the world. ...
by Al Purdy

I was desperately unhappy trying to adjust to the world.
- Al Purdy

For me, the vast marvel is to be alive.
For man, or for flowers or beast or bird,
the supreme triumph is to be most vividly and perfectly alive.
- Al Purdy

Things were so bad we ate rabbits that neighbours had
run over and gave to us because they knew we were broke.
- Al Purdy

At a certain age you're always uncertain how other people will take you.
- Al Purdy

 

'A collected poems' is either a gravestone or a testimonial to survival.
- Al Purdy

I'm not religious in any formal sense,
not in any God sense.
- Al Purdy

In my own mind, I was sort of a desperate kid.
- Al Purdy

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I started writing when I was about thirteen.
- Al Purdy

I don't think I do have a soul.
- Al Purdy

We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence,
but we cling desperately to our chains.
- Anne Sullivan Macy

Growing up, I wanted desperately to please,
to be a good girl.
- Claire Danes

Jane Austen was writing about boring people with desperately limited lives.
We forget this because we've seen too many of her books on screen.
- Mark Haddon

All my pictures are built around the idea of getting
in trouble and so giving me the chance to be desperately
serious in my attempt to appear as a normal little gentleman.
- Charlie Chaplin

Acting happened to me.
If I had pursued it, I think it would have been like someone going to a bar,
desperately looking for love and not finding anyone.
- Keri Russell

I so desperately wanted to be Mr. Somebody.
Instead, I was the little brother, included to a point.
- Charlie Sheen

The administration is using the devastation of Hurricane
Katrina to cut the wages of people desperately trying
to rebuild their lives and their communities.
- George Miller

What the poor, the weak, and the inarticulate desperately require is power,
organization, and a sense of identity and purpose,
not rarefied advice of political scientists.
- Paul Wellstone

Right now, the Anglo people are desperately trying
to hold on to the United States,
like they tried to hold on to Africa.
- Edward James Olmos

People were desperately trying to fill their seats for the summer.
And so prices are really low right now.
And so they are kept from raising prices to make up for that difference.
- David Neeleman

They're desperately searching for meaning in their
lives but they will not crack the Bible open.
- Victoria Jackson

Even crushed against his brother in the Tube the average
Englishman pretends desperately that he is alone.
- Germaine Greer

Do real life people actually fall in love
with the idea of being in love?
Unfortunately, it is actually quite common.
Someone wants desperately to have
the husband or wife of their dreams.
They visualize the vine-covered cottage
with the white picket fence.
They choose the colors for the nursery.
They design all the aspects of their married life.
A real person stands no chance of measuring up to those fantasies.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When I was about 5 I think, I desperately wanted to
be a pirate and have the hat and everything.
- Keira Knightley

I tried college for three months but I was desperately unhappy.
I just wanted to perform.
I was getting straight As but I had no friends and cried every day.
- Keira Knightley

There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea,
and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.
- James Russell Lowell

When a 12-year-old, a 13-year-old, so desperately wants
a baby what she's looking for is the kind of unconditional
love a child gives a mother and a mother gives a child.
- Ellen Barkin

Education should be one of our top funding priorities;
talking about it does not help the teachers and students
who desperately need promises fulfilled.
- Solomon Ortiz

O Lord, deliver me from the man of excellent intention and impure heart:
for the heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately wicked.
- T. S. Eliot

Some of us might find happiness if we quit struggling so desperately for it.
- William Feather

All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.
- Sean O'Casey

We believe the 36, nearly 40, billion pound discount
given for a right to buy houses took a million houses
out of the public housing sector which is desperately needed for rent.
- John Prescott

Today we ought to be able to see first that Booker
T. Washington faced a situation in which he was seeking
desperately for a way out,
and he could see no way out except capitulation.
- C. L. R. James

I am not for raising taxes in a recession,
especially when it comes to job creators that we need
so desperately to start creating jobs again.
- Eric Cantor

I'm reading scripts, desperately wanting to work.
I've set a couple of things up for next year.
- Charlie Hunnam

As a young teenager I looked desperately for things
to read that might excuse me or assure me I wasn't the only one,
that might confirm an identity I was unhappily piecing together.
- Edmund White

Enough people have now mentioned Bill Nye the Science
Guy to me that I now desperately avoid it all costs.
- Alton Brown

I so desperately hate to end these movies that the
first thing I do when I'm done is write another one.
Then I don't feel sad about having to leave and everybody going away.
- John Hughes

The worlds a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.
- Sean O'Casey

We stand ready to work together, where possible,
in helping rebuild not only homes and businesses,
but most importantly, lives of those who so desperately need our help.
- Marc Morial

I want affection and tenderness desperately,
but there's something in me that prevents me from handing it out.
- Ethel Waters

Is fuel efficiency really what we need most desperately?
I say that what we really need is a car that can be
shot when it breaks down.
- Russell Baker

Some people are desperately looking for scapegoats,
they just don't want to see the truth!
- Jonathan Davis

They forbade me from flying, despite all my protests and arguments.
After being once in space, I was desperately keen to go back there.
But it didn't happen.
- Valentina Tereshkova

I am getting frustrated by the fact that we have been
out of office for eight years.
I desperately want to lead the Conservative Party to
make quicker progress back into power.
- Kenneth Clarke

Television is now so desperately hungry for material
that they're scraping the top of the barrel.
- Gore Vidal

It makes me so desperately sad to witness just how
unforgivably wretched our world has become.
- Ralph Steadman

I think the whole idea of me was that I wasn't going
to be but that I wanted to be,
desperately.
- Chris Elliott

So, I think China desperately needs to legitimize some form of opposition.
- William Kirby

I'm there to make a kind of theatrical music that is
desperately missing in my life.
And if other people don't like it, I'm very unhappy,
but I can't do anything about that.
- Richard Foreman

You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough.
You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts
through the skin and joins the energy that created the world.
- Sheilah Graham

Basically, we are a whole world of people desperately
trying to figure out what is the dark side of our natures
and how much can we explore without becoming something else.
- William Petersen

Several million people inside and outside Afghanistan
are destitute and desperately in need of help.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

I desperately want a dog, but I've been told I travel too much,
and I'm not allowed to have a dog.
- Victoria Pratt

The State Department desperately needs to be vigorously harnessed.
It has too big a role to play in the formulation of foreign policy,
and foreign policy is too important to be left up to
foreign service officers.
- Evan G. Galbraith

That is where the irony of the film comes off,
in terms of the language it employs -
where he tries desperately to be a 'TV Dad,'
to give advice and it's so pat it becomes ridiculous.
- Atom Egoyan

I suppose we all loved those kind of sci-fi movies
where terrible things came out of swamps and came to Mars.
And there's usually some poor girl.
All the guys are trying to desperately handle levers and saying,
go to something or other.
- Neil Innes

I guess I so desperately want to see us put this planet right.
It's so horrifying to me that a fifth of us are starving every night,
and that forty thousand children die every single day.
- Ann Druyan

Still and all, why bother? Here's my answer.
Many people need desperately to receive this message:
I feel and think much as you do,
care about many of the things you care about,
although most people do not care about them.
You are not alone.
- Kurt Vonnegut

I went off to a school with the children of CEOs and diplomats.
To be able to be at home with that group of people
and at home with the desperately poor has been good
for me in preparation for my coming to Washington.
- James Green Somerville

After a month or so in St.
Louis, we were looking around desperately for a way
to draw a few people into the ball park,
it being perfectly clear by that time that the ball
club wasn't going to do it unaided.
- Bill Veeck

Another example of the educational inequality is the
current debate over publicly financed school vouchers
which will provide educational opportunities to a privileged handful,
but deprive public schools of desperately needed resources.
- Bobby Scott

When we're in a peak, we make a ton of money,
and as soon as we make a ton of money,
we're desperately looking for a way to spend it.
And we diversify into areas that, frankly,
we don't know how to run very well.
- Bill Ford

There are no ideas in the Republican Party right now in the Congress.
They're the party of no.
They desperately need some intellectual leadership.
And whatever you think of Newt Gingrich,
he can supply intellectual leadership.
So I hope he does run.
- Howard Dean

My number one goal was not getting 'A's' -
and I proved it.
I was a 'C' student.
You have to be ready to learn.
If you're not interesting in learning,
it doesn't work.
As I grew older and wanted to learn and desperately
wanted inside information,
learning was a lot easier.
- Brian Lamb

I know there's a great deal that Arnold Schwarzenegger
could teach me about making movies.
There's a great deal I could teach him about the fiscal
reforms that are needed -
desperately needed -
to set California back in good order.
- Tom McClintock

I already hated that gray suit and then having to go
through putting on that wig with a false front -
again made me feel so trapped inside this person who
was desperately wanting to break out of it but she
was so caught up in the web of deception that she couldn't.
- Kim Novak

Giving a 10-year mandatory minimum for a second offense
fist fight is not going to reduce the chance that someone
will be stabbed 16 times when you are not funding any
of the programs that are desperately needed to actually reduce juvenile crime.
- Bobby Scott

It is not enough to tackle the mechanics of terror organizations.
We must also tackle the situations that create terrorists.
We desperately need to address the frustration,
the loss and the despair that drive some to these actions.
- King Hussein I

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

Simply put, you believe that things
or people make you unhappy,
but this is not accurate.
You make yourself unhappy.
- Wayne Dyer

Whoever does not regard what he has
as most ample wealth, is unhappy,
though he be master of the world.
- Epictetus


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