Posted by Masakim on September 02, 2001
In Reply to: Origin of phrase posted by Sharon Wochos on August 28, 2001
: I have a physician who wants to know to whom he can attribute the phrase" desperate times call for desperate measures". He was sure it was from Shakespeare but I have looked through quotes from his plays and cannot find this. Anyone know?
Diseases desperate grown,
By desperate alliances are relieved,
Or not at all.
I do spy a kind of hope,
Which craves as desperate an execution
As that which we would prevent
(Romeo and Juliet, IV.i.)
Guy Fawkes is alleged to have said to King James I on 6 November 1605: "Desperate diseases require desperate measures."