115 Inspiring Quotes about Disappointment

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Disappointment quotes

I’ve had a lot of disappointments. I think my biggest disappointment is the failure of elected officials to make good on their promises in regards to the environment or anything else, really. I have very little faith in politicians.

— Paul Watson

What New England is, is a state of mind, a place where dry humor and perpetual disappointment blend to produce an ironic pessimism that folks from away find most perplexing

— Willem Lange

It [Foucault’s Pendulum] can be very comforting for people of my generation, who ate disappointment for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

— Umberto Eco, Foucault’s Pendulum

Weigh whatever you are about to say; what will it do to your hearer – encouragement, edification, disappointment or fear? What will it do to your life – glorify, edify, beautify or weigh you down? Speak well and things will go well.

— Jaachynma N.E. Agu, The Prince and the Pauper

The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes.

— Thomas Hardy

I swallowed all the doubt and all the disappointment and all the anger and they were almost too big, like vitamin pills that are difficult to get down even with water.

— Annabel Pitcher, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

You can only kill disappointment with a new try.

— Kim Stanley Robinson, Shaman

There can be no deep disappointment where there in not deep love.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Only a few of us are going to be willing to break our own hearts by trading in the living beauty of imagination for the stark disappointment of words.

— Ann Patchett

I don’t think actors should ever expect to get a role, because the disappointment is too great. You’ve got to think of things as an opportunity. An audition’s an opportunity to have an audience.

— Al Pacino

when you expect something from your self and your own self disappoints you…. this is what i call a real disappointment . The worst disappointments comes from in-within.

— Sameh Elsayed

Sometimes I wake up with such an immense sense of disappointment that I can hardly breathe.

— Scarlett Thomas, The End of Mr. Y

[While] disappointment and failure aren’t identical, they often occur together, and both can hold us back from God’s best for our lives.

— Billy Graham, Billy Graham in Quotes

Expectation and disappointment are far from friends but they are close relations.

— Rasheed Ogunlaru

Hope isn’t destiny. Left passive its nothing more than disappointment deferred

— Bill Willingham, Fables, Vol. 16: Super Team

Lucky that man whose children make his happiness in life and not his grief, the anguished disappointment of his hopes.

— Euripides

Perhaps I didn’t voice my unhappiness soon enough; rather, I spent more time feeling like a disappointment and scrambling to patch our cracks than I did considering whether he required an unreasonable level of tending.

— Padma Lakshmi, Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir

When you say you believe, you allow the possibility of disappointment. And from disappointment or betrayal, there may come despair. Such is the way of the mind.

— Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Sometimes, inflexibility creates a callus, scarring over all the bitterness and disappointment improperly, and there is no honest way to break that silence or that infinite distance, not even in death, not even in memory.

— Víctor del Árbol

There is no disappointment so numbing…as someone no better than you achieving more.

— Joseph Heller

Maturity, ” Bokonontells us, “is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unlesslaughter can be said to remedy anything.

— Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Cat’s Cradle

Every disappointment is a spiritual awakening.

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony.

— Benjamin Britten

I do look for the good in everyone. I also give them a chance to be their best, and I try to cope with my disappointment when they’re not

— Laura Taylor, Intimate Strangers

Failure is a disappointment but not defeat.

— Jeanne Robertson

I may deserve your disappointment as well as a lecture and strict discipline, but what I need is your understanding, your guidance, and your unconditional love.

— Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons

If Jack had followed him instead of trying to reclaim his car, he would undoubtedly have voiced his disappointment that they were not yet shooting laser cannons. Frankly, Richard thought dodging the police’s bullets would be problematic enough.

— Alexander Ferrick, HACK3R

By the time, another disappointment reaches me …. I’ll be buried!

— HarryKrishna

I see disappointment as something small and aggregate rather than something unified or great. With a little effort, every failure can be turned into something good.

— Eleanor Catton

A father’s disappointment can be a very powerful tool.

— Michael Bergin

It was one of those times you feel a sense of loss, even though you didn’t have something in the first place. I guess that’s what disappointment is- a sense of loss for something you never had.

— Deb Caletti, The Nature of Jade

We must accept finite disappointment but we must never lose infinite hope.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Somehow, some way, every person in the arts has to find an accommodation with disappointment and embarrassment. They are the pollen in the air we breathe.

— Joan Rivers, Enter Talking

The expressions of those moving about a picture gallery show ill-concealed disappointment that they only find pictures there.

— Walter Benjamin, One Way Street And Other Writings

Today’s temporary disappointment means tomorrows permanent appointment.

— Auliq-Ice

If you’re betrayed, release disappointment at once.By that way, the bitterness has no time to take root.

— Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

If this constant bitter disappointment was love, then I was perfectly fine not to have anything to do with it.

— Vann Chow, Shanghai Nobody

You’re not looking for perfection in your partner. Perfection is all about the ego. With soulmate love, you know that true love is what happens when disappointment sets in – and you’re willing to deal maturely with these disappointments.

— Karen Salmansohn

Despair and disappointment are the parent of countless inspired, inspiring, triumphant creations

— Rasheed Ogunlaru

I am so glad that God’s disappointment in me is not greater than his love and I still have a Destiny. I am growing in grace and mercy because that is the only soil that can produce the kind of life that God desires.

— Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

Don’t lose heart. Every disappointment is an awakening.

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

We get used to living in a state of mild disappointment with ourselves.

— Kevin DeYoung, Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem

Expectations led to disappointments; in this family, expecting more than disappointment was the first mistake

— Callie Hunter, Shattered

Wet Hot American Summer so far is a financial disappointment and money was lost on it. But perhaps it will find its audience in video, cable, etc, maybe over the course of years.

— David Wain

If I had my way, if I was lucky enough, if I could be on the brink my entire life – that great sense of expectation and excitement without the disappointment – that would be the perfect state.

— Cate Blanchett

I feel like I’m a disappointment to mankind, ” he remarked woefully as he placed the shirt through my arms and began to pull it down over my breasts. “Someone this gorgeous should be on display in a museum.

— Karina Halle, Into the Hollow

…recognizing that there is more heartbreak in continuous disappointment than a void…

— Emily Giffin, Heart of the Matter

There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Buried beneath disappointment and fear, anger and pride, I just might find it in my heart to forgive.

— Emily Giffin, Heart of the Matter

Since graduating from HMS my greatest satisfaction has unequivocally been my family. My main disappointment is that I have wasted too much time in personal pursuits and been less of an influence for good than I might have been.

— Norris B. Finlayson

Niagara … is the first disappointment in the married life of many Americans who spend their honeymoon there.

— Oscar Wilde

The fear of not living is a deep, abiding dread of watching your own potential decompose into irredeemable disappointment when ‘should be’ gets crushed by what is.

— Neal Shusterman, Challenger Deep

According to Sarah, who had gone two years ago, prom was famous for being an overpriced disappointment where most people had no fun.

— Cammie McGovern, Say What You Will

Repeated disappointment almost always triggers a series of other reactions: discouragement, anger, frustration, bitterness, resentment, even depression. Unless we learn to deal with disappointment, it will rob us of joy and poison our souls.

— Billy Graham, Billy Graham in Quotes

I think people would be happier if they admitted things more often. In a sense we are all prisoners of some memory, or fear, or disappointment – we are all defined by something we can’t change.

— Simon Van Booy, The Illusion of Separateness

Parents are sometimes a bit of a disappointment to their children. They don’t fulfill the promise of their early years.

— Anthony Powell

My prayer as you read this book is that you will find comfort for the disappointment of unanswered prayer, but also courage to continue on the epic journey that prayer is.

— Gerald L. Sittser, When God Doesn’t Answer Your Prayer

Guns, she was reminded then, were not for girls. They were for boys. They were invented by boys. They were invented by boys who had never gotten over their disappointment that accompanying their own orgasm there wasn’t a big boom sound.

— Lorrie Moore, Like Life

He opened his mouth, but stopped as he beheld her smile. Though she had no regrets about her choice, she felt something strangely like disappointment when he said, “As you wish.

— Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

She was not granted the luxury of forgetting her lower middle-class existence where life hangs by an unseen thread to every hope and where every slash of disappointment shrinks the life further.

— Madhu Vajpayee, Seeking Redemption

As someone who has faced as much disappointment as most people, I’ve come to trust not that events will always unfold exactly as I want, but that I will be fine either way.

— Marianne Williamson

Like everyone else in this world, I have had struggles. There’s disappointment and obstacles in everybody’s life. I feel like I was writing ‘Second Chance’ not just for myself, but also for the people who have struggled.

— El DeBarge

Nothing to me is unexpected. No disappointment is unexpected – whether it’s movies or people or relationships. I’m always ready for the punch directly between the eyes. So I get hurt, but I never get hurt. Happens all the time.

— Brian Grazer

Your greatest disappointment will often lead you to your greatest appointment.

— Chris Burkmenn

gifts — that strange word, a signifier meaning disappointment you can hold in your hands.

— Jeanette Winterson, Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days

How is it that disappointment arrives as soon as what you have desired for so long steps over the threshold? It’s like finding the end of your wedding train dragging behind in the mud.

— Camilla Gibb, Sweetness in the Belly

It is in the nest of disappointment where depression lays its eggs.

— Chloe Thurlow, Katie in Love

When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.

— Kristin Armstrong

A widely held, but rarely articulated, belief in our society is that the ideal self is bold, alpha, gregarious. Introversion is viewed somewhere between disappointment and pathology.

— Susan Cain

I sit up in bed slowly, feeling the disappointment trickle away like puddles after a rain shower.

— Scarlett Thomas, The End of Mr. Y

At the heart of the matter is a battle between wish and fear. Fear generally proves stronger than a wish, but it leaves a taste of disappointment on the tongue.

— George Packer

The strength of a love is always misjudged if we evaluate it by its immediate cause and not the stress that went before it, the dark and hollow space full of disappointment and loneliness that precedes all the great events in the heart’s history.

— Stefan Zweig, The Burning Secret and other stories

The same numbness and disappointment every day sends some people looking for something tragic for proof of life.

— Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

When we experience dissatisfaction at work, which everyone does we can use our disappointment as fuel to wake up.

— Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace

If you try to hold people to your standard of conduct you will go mad with disappointment and grief.

— Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

Bitter disappointment pushed tears from her eyes.”Now what’s wrong? I said you could wear it.”She drew in a shaky breath.”I w-wanted you to l-like my dreeessssss.”He moved his gaze over her.”The gown makes my mouth water, love.

— Deeanne Gist, A Bride Most Begrudging

She knew the power of bureaucracy well enough to be aware she had to sit and be admonished until this stranger felt she had expressed sufficient disappointment in a girl she would never have to see again.

— Thomm Quackenbush, Danse Macabre (Night’s Dream, #2)

One would think after all the disappointment life offers us unfortunate few we would give up the trifles connected with hope, feeling, belief and optimism in our fellow souls.

— Daleen Van Tonder

When too many Americans don’t vote or participate, some see apathy and despair. I see disappointment and even outrage. And I believe that out of this frustration can come hope and action.

— Paul Wellstone

We cannot protect ourselves from disappointment and still live a fully engaged life.

— Sharon Weil, ChangeAbility: How Artists, Activists, and Awakeners Navigate Change

When things don’t go the way you want them to, sometimes instead of feeling disappointment or heartache, you just become numb.

— April Mae Monterrosa

She wanted none of those days to end, and it was always with disappointment that she watched the darkness stride forward.

— Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

prayer is the one discipline in the Christian faith that makes us feel entirely dependent on God and thus sets us up for profound disappointment when God doesn’t respond to our needs and requests.

— Gerald L. Sittser, When God Doesn’t Answer Your Prayer

Let’s agree to be honest from the start. I would rather feel the disappointment that comes with the realization that we are incompatible than to feel the pain and betrayal that comes with finding out that you’re full of crap.

— Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire the size of your dream and how you handle disappointment along the way.

— Robert Kiyosaki

Present, n. That part of eternity dividing the domain of disappointment from the realm of hope.

— Ambrose Bierce

I am not so sure I should like the facts of life, but I have got over the bitter disappointment I felt when I first heard about them, …

— Dodie Smith

Gratitude turns disappointment into lessons learned, discoveries made, alternatives explored, and new plans set in motion.

— Auliq-Ice

Lanith? Don’t bewitch the Church boys. Their disappointment is a mess to untangle when they follow you home.

— Lita Burke, Wrath, Prequel to Tredan’s Bane

I am often guilty of expecting the worst so as to avoid disappointment and welcome surprise.

— Criss Jami, Healology

The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality.

— Conan O’Brien

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t angry some days. But I really have worked hard to put a lot of the anger and disappointment in the past.

— Monica Lewinsky

It’s impossible to protect your kids against disappointment in life.

— Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle

Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything.

— Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility.

— Thomas S. Monson

My dad never told me that when you audition, you might not get the role. He wanted to wait until my first disappointment to tell me.

— Haley Joel Osment

There is no such thing as disappointment for those who continue to cherish the selflessness of which is born the noblest inner self. There is no such thing as failure for those who invest in the potentialities of the Ideal of the Soul.

— Ameen Rihani

One of the best protections against disappointment is to have a lot going on.

— Alain de Botton

How disappointment tracks the steps of hope.

— Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Don’t let failure or disappointment cut you off from God or make you think the future is hopeless. When God closes one door, He often opens another—if we seek it.

— Billy Graham, Billy Graham in Quotes

Now is the time to realize your potential and look beyond disappointment and focus on blessings. They are all around you, if you only take the time to welcome them into your life.

— Carlos Wallace, The Other 99 T.Y.M.E.S: Train Your Mind to Enjoy Serenity

You are either going to go through the pain of disappointment or discipline in your life. The latter makes the pain worth it.

— Ziad K. Abdelnour

There is no disappointment we endure one-half so great as what we are to ourselves.

— Philip James Bailey

He, who thought it necessary to maintain himself in her good graces, strove to console her under her disappointment by committing a little violence upon truth.

— Matthew Lewis, The Monk

To live greatly, we must develop the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and triumph with humility.

— Thomas S. Monson, Pathways To Perfection: Discourses Of Thomas S. Monson

Never see yourself as a disappointment or failure just because you were fired

— Sunday Adelaja

A principled person’s greatest disappointment will always be his or her own failures to respond to setbacks in a dynamic and positive way.

— Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

I remember thinking as a child that diamonds were stars that fell from the sky as shooting stars. You can only imagine my disappointment at learning the truth of them. I still prefer the stars.

— Barbara Lieberman, To Miss The Stars

The unknown is sexier that the revealed. All magic tricks are a disappointment once you learn how they’re done.

— L.H. Cosway, Still Life with Strings

I want you to see persecution and opposition and slander and misunderstanding and disappointment and self-recrimination and weakness and danger as the normal portion of faithful pastoral ministry.

— John Piper, Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ: The Cost of Bringing the Gospel to the Nations in the Lives of William Tyndale, Adoniram Judson, and John Paton

Life is life, and one has experiences that are painful and some that are very pleasant, and one has reward and sacrifice and more reward and disappointment and joy and happiness, and it’s always going to be the same.

— Mel Gibson

Take life a little more gladly, Every disappointment a little more lightly, Every heartache a little more positively, And you have a little more days to live.

— Boniface Sagini, Thrills and Chills: Trudging Through Life

Sometimes we are so caught up in the disappointment of plans gone astray that we fail to recognize the potentially new options that might now exist.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

Adieu to disappointment and spleen. What are men to rocks and mountains?

— Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

My life was full of drama, with the highs and lows of Tyler’s daily mood swings and my private innuendos with Vandenberg. There’d never been a movie made that could permanently shift my mood away from my disappointment with myself.

— J.C. Patrick, A Hollywood Classic