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desperate times require desperate measures

Extreme and undesirable circumstances or situations can only be resolved by resorting to equally extreme actions. Derived from the proverb, "Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies." I know that the austerity measures introduced by the government during the recession are unpopular, but desperate times require desperate measures.

drastic times require drastic measures

Extreme and undesirable circumstances or situations can only be resolved by resorting to equally extreme actions. Derived from the proverb, "desperate diseases must have desperate remedies." I know that the austerity measures introduced by the government during the recession are unpopular, but drastic times require drastic measures.

*leap of faith

Fig. acceptance of an idea or conclusion largely on faith. (*Typically: be ~; make ~; require ~.) We had to make quite a leap of faith to accept his promise after the last time he let us down.
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require something from someone

to demand something from someone. The telephone company required a deposit from John and Martha before they would install a telephone. They required some help from us.
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require something of someone

to expect or demand someone to give or do something. I require absolute loyalty of my employees. What is required of me in this job?
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leap of faith

A belief or trust in something intangible or incapable of being proved. For example, It required a leap of faith to pursue this unusual step of transplanting an animals' heart into a human patient .
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leap of faith

The act or an instance of believing or trusting in something intangible or incapable of being proved.
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References in classic literature ?
I shall always be glad to see you, sir, at my office (as in duty bound [not that it is obligatory to receive any man within your dwelling (unless so inclined), which is a castle], according to the forms of politeness), or at any other place; but the papers are most strictly confidential (and, as such, cannot be read by any one), unless so directed (by Judge Temple’s solemn injunctions), and are invisible to all eyes; excepting those whose duties (I mean assumed duties) require it of them.
In the first place, I do not require him to be a gentleman.
I should require him to obey me implicitly, whatever I told him to do.
As the world is constituted, the demands of a married state, and the care of posterity, require some little regard to what we call circumstances.
Aloft will it build itself with columns and stairs--life itself: into remote distances would it gaze, and out towards blissful beauties-- THEREFORE doth it require elevation!
And because it requireth elevation, therefore doth it require steps, and variance of steps and climbers
All the above characteristics of instinct can be established by purely external observation, except the fact that instinct does not require prevision.
Similarly, it requires only a very slight expenditure of energy to send a post-card with the words "All is discovered; fly
1) That instinct requires no prevision of the biological end which it serves;
The parts also, with the exception of song and spectacle, are the same; for it requires Reversals of the Situation, Recognitions, and Scenes of Suffering.
It requires great powers, great nicety, to give her playfulness and simplicity without extravagance.
Permit applications will no longer require the owner's signature and will be issued for three-year periods.
In addition, employers still may require employees to supply and maintain their own hand tools as long as the employee makes at least twice the minimum wage.
In addition, the proposed regulations adopt a direct benefit test that will require taxpayers to determine at the inception of any service-offering component the precise identity of the affiliates that will consume that component.
While not required, if a risk-based decision is made to require EVM on cost or incentive contracts valued at less than $20 million, the above paragraph shall also be included in the statement of work.