Disappointment Quotes

disappointment quotes

These disappointment quotes remind me a little of quotes about failure…in the way that failure and disappointment sometimes ends up helping us in some way.  Read on:

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

Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it. -Eliza Tabor

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

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment. -Jim Rohn

People look at you and me to see what they are supposed to be. And, if we don’t disappoint them, maybe, just maybe, they won’t disappoint us. -Walt Disney

Disappointments are to the soul what the thunder-storm is to the air. -Friedrich von Schiller

Disappointment is often the salt of life. -Theodore Parker

Disappointment is the nurse of wisdom. -Sir Boyle Roche

Here’s the main motivational quotes page.

Disappointment weighs heavy on the pride. -Mike Howerton

Man must be disappointed with the lesser things of life before he can comprehend the full value of the greater. -Edward G. Bulwer

The pleasure of expecting enjoyment is often greater than that of obtaining it, and the completion of almost every wish is found a disappointment. -Samuel Johnson

Rigid beliefs make disappointments seem unbearable, whereas realistic beliefs help us to accept disappointment and go on from there. -Eileen Kennedy

The more we shelter children from every disappointment, the more devastating future disappointments will be. -Fred G. Gosman

Disappointment or misfortune don’t last long among us, the poor; we can’t live if we brood on them the whole time. -Viramma Racine

There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. -Beverly Sills

Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments. -Henry Ward Beecher

Opportunity is a favorable occasion for grasping a disappointment. -Ambrose Bierce

The prompter the refusal, the less the disappointment. -Publilius Syrus (85BC-43BC)

In the light of eternity we shall see that what we desired would have been fatal to us, and that what we would have avoided was essential to our well-being. -Fenelon

We mount to heaven mostly on the ruins of our cherished schemes, finding our failures were successes. -A.B. Alcott

It is sometimes of God’s mercy that men in the eager pursuit of worldly aggrandizement are baffled; for they are very like a train going down an inclined plane–putting on the brake is not pleasant, but it keeps the car on the track and from ruin. -H.W. Beecher

Have you ever had a disappointment that ended up helping you in the long-run?  Any of these quotes jump out at you?  Please share your thoughts below.

(btw, here’s a few quote resources that I enjoy: Brainyquote, Quotationspage, Quotegarden. Just sharing the love.)

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    • Akansha Malia
    • February 7, 2011

    Hey Shawn
    Your quotes are too inspiring and help me to get on my toes with a positive outlook

    • Rahi
    • February 8, 2011

    good ones!!

    • Fathi Abdalla
    • February 8, 2011

    Dear Shawn

    This is very beautiful and empowering, we often get so frustrated and feel down when we encounter disappointing incidents not knowing that we shall reap out of it the best of all fruits.
    Thank you.
    Fathi Abdalla

    • Lee
    • February 8, 2011

    Hi Shawn,

    Disappointment in life is directly related to your expectations. When you want something, expect to have it, achieve it or experience it and it doesn’t become a reality, you feel let down, upset and/or disappointed. Why do people set themselves up for disappointment by creating mental expectations for some result that may be in the control of others: parents, a spouse, a company, a boss or a friend?

    It is often natural and/or normal to want something you don’t have. To desire to achieve something you have yet to accomplish. To accomplish some task or enjoy some special status, recognition or power. It is not natural, however, to get everything you want in life. You can have almost anything you want – if you are willing to pay the necessary price (both short and long term) for it. But you can’t have everything you want! It’s just not that kind of world.
    Disappointment is a part of life.

    Thank you for all your wonderful quotes. All your quotes give a great insight into dealing with disappointments that can evolve in our lives.

    Take care always!

      • kaushik nathan
      • February 20, 2011

      hi shawn,

      whatever you wrote is very good. i like it very much your conceptions is very good and very impressive . i am kaushik nathan , and i am requesting you if you have any other inspirational thoughts , poems , speech, views , regarding anything please send me i will welcome all those.

      thanks & regards

      kaushik nathan

        • Lee
        • February 20, 2011

        Thank you Kaushik, whatever thoughts I do have, I express them on this site. It is Shawn’s quotes that seem to inspire my thinking. I do write poetry and enjoy sharing my poems. I was fortunate to have some of my poems published in a book.

        If you go to any of Shawn’s quotes on the varies topics you will probably find I have added my thoughts to the subject matter.

        Wishing you a wonderful day!

    • B Brown
    • February 8, 2011

    Hi Shawn,

    Thanks just what I needed!

    • Amulya Kumar Mishra
    • February 8, 2011

    Dissapointment appears in all human life.He is wise who tackles it with patience and enthusiasm.

    • Chris Pas
    • February 9, 2011

    The more we shelter children from every disappointment, the more devastating future disappointments will be. -Fred G. Gosman

    What an apt quote for today’s age of instant gratification and endless diversions that provide soothing, numbing distraction from the growth associated with disappointment’s pain.

      • shawn
      • February 10, 2011

      Well said, Chris.

    • sundaram kannan
    • February 10, 2011

    Your quotes are quite inspiring. If i have disappointment, I seek god!s appointment.

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