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360 Disappointment Quotes To Inspire You To Bounce Back

Last Updated: February 12, 2023 by Team

These disappointing quotes will give you perspective on dealing with things that don’t go your way.

Disappointing can refer to feeling let down or unsatisfied by an outcome or experience that did not meet expectations. Disappointments can come in many forms, ranging from minor setbacks to significant events that cause emotional distress. They can result from various causes, such as unfulfilled promises, unmet expectations, broken trust, or failed plans.

Experiencing disappointment can be challenging, but it is a normal part of life. It can help to remember that everyone experiences disappointment at some point and that it is a common and universal emotion. Additionally, it can be helpful to reframe your thinking, focus on the positives, and understand that setbacks and failures can be opportunities for growth and learning.

It can also be helpful to talk to someone you trust about your feelings and to seek support when dealing with disappointment. Practicing self-care and engaging in activities that bring you joy and satisfaction are also beneficial. Finally, being patient and giving yourself time to process and move through disappointment is essential.

So here are the very best quotes about disappointment and overcoming it to help you feel good again. Whatever brought you to this page will pass, and brighter days will come.

360 Disappointment Quotes

Top 10 Disappointment Quotes

“You start at a young age, going on auditions, and you think you did a good job and expect to get that role, and you don’t, and it’s a letdown, a disappointment. So you tell yourself to just do the work and disconnect, because you have no control over the outcome.” – Michael B. Jordan

“When suffering a blow of disappointment, take time to heal one’s wounds. One can go on, surely, but without the strength necessary to succeed.”

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – H. Jackson Brown

“See your disappointments as good fortune. One plan’s deflation is another’s inflation.” – Jean Cocteau

“Sometimes when you get disappointment it makes you stronger.” – David Rudisha

“One day my mother sat me down and explained that I couldn’t become an explorer because everything in the world had already been discovered.” – Ransom Riggs

“My dad encouraged us to fail. Growing up, he would ask us what we failed at that week. If we didn’t have something, he would be disappointed. It changed my mindset at an early age that failure is not the outcome, failure is not trying. Don’t be afraid to fail.” – Sara Blakely

“Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“In the midst of my disappointment I am never defeated. Only given the opportunity to rise again willing to take on new challenges.” – Eleesha

“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.” – Henry David Thoreau

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“Disappointments pile up. And then you have to throw them out with the rest of the trash.” – Marty Rubin

“Disappointments can have a negative effect and can be difficult to rise above. However, by the grace of God, we can move from that place of brokenness to peace and wholeness where there is nothing missing, and nothing broken!!!” – Linda Chapman

“Disappointments are to the soul what a thunderstorm is to the air.” – Friedrich Schiller

“Disappointments are not meant to destroy you; they are meant to strengthen you.”

“Disappointments are inevitable; discouragement is a choice.” – Charles Stanley

“Disappointment, when it involves neither shame nor loss, is as good as success; for it supplies as many images to the mind, and as many topics to the tongue.” – Samuel Johnson

“Disappointment will come when your effort does not give you the expected return.” – Chetan Bhagat

“Disappointment was never a thing you looked for, but it had a wonderful way of clearing the mind.” – Stephen King

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

“Disappointment is the nurse of wisdom.” – Sir Bayle Roche

“Disappointment is simply a dream that doesn’t want to become a reality.” – Richard Wilkins

“Disappointment is really just a term for our refusal to look on the bright side.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

“Disappointment is preferable to being kept in suspense for it is the start of healing.”

“Disappointment is often the salt of life.” – Theodore Parker

“Disappointment is nothing but an eye-opening learning process for your future endeavors.” – Edmond Mbiaka

“Disappointment is just the action of your brain readjusting itself to reality after discovering things are not the way you thought they were.” – Brad Warner

“Disappointment is inevitable. But to become discouraged, there’s a choice I make. God would never discourage me. He would always point me to himself to trust him. Therefore, my discouragement is from Satan. As you go through the emotions that we have, hostility is not from God, bitterness, unforgiveness, all of these are attacks from Satan.” – Charles Stanley

“Disappointment is an ominous cloud of self-doubt and fear which must be broken through at all costs.”

“Disappointment is an endless wellspring of comedy inspiration.” – Martin Freeman

“Disappointment is a troll that follows you around the house, cluttering things you have put in order, moving the things you need around, and generally disrupting life. Best way to get rid of this pest is to face it head on and tell it to go away before it multiplies.”

“Disappointment is a tiny sign that leads you to an evil path.”

“Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy- the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.” – Eric Hoffer

“Disappointment is a quicksand of unreality which does not sink in until you have been sucked in.”

“Disappointment is a disease that starts with malaise in one’s heart and spreads to those around them.”

“Disappointment is a blessing. If you were never disappointed, you’d never know what was important to you.” – Kamand Kojouri

“Disappointment is a beautiful sadness, a fitting end to a tragic tale of expectation.”

“Disappointment has quite a penchant for taking one by surprise.” – Pawan Mishra

“Disappointment has no place in a heart full of gratitude.”

“Disappointment had to be postponed, hope kept alive as long as possible.” – Graham Greene

“Disappointment gives you Fear. Credence gives you Strength.” – Mohith Agadi

“Disappointment focuses on ‘what is not,’ and completely misses the far greater reality of ‘what now is.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Disappointment builds character and strength.” – Nafessa Williams

Love Disappointment Quotes

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“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

“Why is it so hard to articulate love yet so easy to express disappointment?” – Kaui Hart Hemmings

“When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.” – Kristin Armstrong

“When we are staggered by the chilly winds of adversity and battered by the raging storms of disappointment and when through our folly and sin we stray into some destructive far country and are frustrated because of the strange feeling of homesickness, we need to know that there is Someone who loves us, cares for us, understands us, and will give us another chance.” – Marthin Luther King Jr.

“When people get married because they think it’s a long-time love affair, they’ll be divorced very soon, because all love affairs end in disappointment. But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity.” – Joseph Campbell

“There were so many things mingled in his expression–yearning, disappointment, and yes, love.” – Claire Cross

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

“The depth of the love of parents for their children cannot be measured. It is like no other relationship. It exceeds concern for life itself. The love of a parent for a child is continuous and transcends heartbreak and disappointment.” – James E. Faust

“Sometimes we love our children too much that we try protect them from all the hurts in the world, including disappointment. This is often a disappointment in itself.”

“No matter how much in love you are, in the end, you are disappointed by either a flamed out affair or until death does you part.”

“Look deeply into your disappointments, examine your heartache, interrogate your longing, probe your loneliness, meditate honestly on the elements of love of which you are still ignorant, and you will discover that the void within you is already filled with the desire for fulfillment. Your yearning itself is an internal guidance system that is moving you to become a lover.” – Sam Keen

“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

“If my attitude is one of fear, not faith, about one who has disappointed me; if I say, ‘Just what I expected,” if a fall occurs, then I know nothing of Calvary love.” – Amy Carmichael

“I swear to God. Sometimes you men are complete idiots. We love you, and you just screw everything up.” – J. Daniels

“I signed up to protect this country. I do not choose the wars. It happens that I love to fight. But I do not choose which battles I go to. Y’all send me to them. I had to wonder why these people weren’t protesting at their congressional offices or in Washington. Protesting the people who were ordered to protect them—let’s just say it put a bad taste in my mouth.” – Chris Kyle

“Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.” – Jane Austen

“Do not believe others when they say they love you. If you do not see the actions with your own eyes, you shall experience disappointment.”

“At the end of a love affair or a job, test how deep your disappointment is and be merry. For if it is deep, it means you have invested in it fully, and if it is shallow, you can easily move on.”

“When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.” – Paulo Coelho

“Yes, we are going to suffer, we will have difficult times, and we will experience many disappointments — but all of this is transitory it leaves no permanent mark. And one day we will look back with pride and faith at the journey we have taken.” – Paulo Coelho

“Without transformation, you can assume you’re at a high moral, spiritual level just because you call yourself Lutheran or Methodist or Catholic. I think my great disappointment as a priest has been to see how little actual spiritual curiosity there is in so many people.” – Richard Rohr

“You can never put it back together like it was.” – Haruki Murakami

“Yes, years of compromise and disappointment have added depth to my acting.” – Rufus Sewell

“When your day is a museum of disappointments, hanging from events that were outside of your control, when you feel like your guardian angel put in his two weeks notice two months ago and just decided not to tell you..” – Rudy Francisco

Family Disappointment Quotes

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“It would be easy to forget about the demands of a new business and take that vacation but that absence could turn out to be costly…. Does the owner disappoint his family or disappoint his clients? This is the point at which the owner has to weigh perseverance, dedication and smart business practice against what his family wants. Is there a solution? Probably there is.” – Catherine Pulsifer

“Success at anything requires two vital ingredients: enthusiasm and perseverance. Both can be helped by the broad view that looks beyond temporary difficulties and disappointments to a great goal.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality.” – Conan O’Brien

“Starting a business and building a product are not for the faint of heart. You have to learn to not let little disappointments get you down and to stay focused on the big picture.” – Gillian Tans

“There is an unfair responsibility that comes with being an only child – you grow up knowing you aren’t allowed to disappoint, you’re not even allowed to die. There isn’t a replacement toddling around; you’re it. It makes you desperate to be flawless, and it also makes you drunk with the power. In such ways are despots made.” – Gillian Flynn

“To courageously straighten up again after our heads have been bowed by defeat, disappointment and suffering is a supreme test of character.” – Wilferd Peterson

“We deal with disappointing and depressing experiences each day of our lives. Rest assured that these difficult times are your opportunity to grow and to learn more advanced strategies in order scale your next mountain more quickly.” – Michelle C. Ustaszeski

“When things are a disappointment, try not to be so discouraged.” – Carol Burnett

“You cannot be disappointed by something that doesn’t exist.”

“When you go through a disappointment, when you go through a loss, don’t stop on that page. Keep moving forward. There’s another chapter in front of you, but you have to be willing to walk into it.” – Joel Osteen

“We all know intuitively that we’re more productive in our careers when we are feeling emotions like happiness, appreciation, enthusiasm and excitement. But if you try to jump from feeling anxious with your current career to being ecstatic about it, then you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.” – Karen Kelloway

“Understanding is the key to getting over disappointment.”

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Children will always be a disappointment for parents who are never satisfied even with themselves.”

“By identifying with our desires and taking them too seriously, we not only increase our susceptibility to disappointment, we actually create a climate inhospitable to the free and easy fulfillment of those desires.” – Tom Robbins

“But still there was nothing.” – Michael Foreman

“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

“Blessed is he that expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” – Benjamin Franklin

“As much as a disappointment this was, I can only learn from it and become a better fighter.” – Alexis Davis

“Beware of wallowing in disappointment for it is in this state that depression creeps from behind.”

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.” – Ansel Adams

“Kids now are so used to surround sound and the power in theater speakers, that the concert hall is a disappointment to them.” – David Ogden Stiers

“Despair and disappointment are the parents of countless inspired, inspiring, triumphant creations” – Rasheed Ogunlaru

“Hope, but never expect. Look forward, but never wait.”

“Greet disappointment with cheerfulness. There is nothing like a spring in your step to dispel the ugly gloom.”

“God is the only source of hope that’ll never disappoint. When we place our faith in him, he provides joy, peace, and hope that overflows.” – Rick Warren

“Give thanks to God in all things; the happy times, the good, as well in disappointments, when you’re misunderstood.” – Greta Zwaan

“And the five little Stigginses sat up in the big bed and howled horribly with disappointment.” – Constance Heward

“Evil lurks where disappointment lodges.” – George Foreman

“As a rule, a beautiful woman is a terrible disappointment.” – Carl Jung

“Some of my “best friends” never say a word to me.” – Emily Smallmon

“The natural state of the football fan is bitter disappointment, no matter what the score.” – Nick Hornby

“One suffers from disappointment, which is to say like every pain, it may be cured.”

“No. About… Oh hell, don’t you understand? I didn’t even realize I was talking. It’s the beginning of the end. It’s all downhill from here, and I didn’t have very far to go. But I was really hoping to hang on to my brains. I really was.” – Sara Gruen

Disappointment Trust Broken Quotes

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“Nothing out there will ever satisfy you except temporarily and superficially, but you may need to experience many disillusionments before you realize that truth.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Now it’s time to get over our past and the disappointments that came with it. Now it’s about making the rest of our lives the best of our live’s. Not only do we all have the potential to be Great, Greatness is upon you.” – Eric Thomas

“Never trust a person that has let you down more than twice. Once was a warning, twice was a lesson, and anything more than that is simply taking advantage.”

“Nobody likes being alone that much. I don’t go out of my way to make friends, that’s all. It just leads to disappointment.” – Haruki Murakami

“Our role as leaders is to turn away from our disappointment and abandonment, and give ourselves to those with whom we still have influence.” – Costa Mitchell

“Perfectionism rarely begets perfection, or satisfaction – only disappointment.” – Ryan Holiday

“Regrets are something you can’t really have as an actor, because ultimately you’ll end up destroying yourself… there’s a lot of disappointment in this business.” – Henry Cavill

“That’s the worst of growing up, and I’m beginning to realize it. The things you wanted so much when you were a child don’t seem half so wonderful to you when you get them.” – L. M. Montgomery

“You can’t dwell on disappointment. You’ve got to take the positives and keep looking ahead.” – AJ Tracey

“When something different happened, we either expressed our joy or voiced our disappointment at the way things turned out.” – Brian F. Reynolds

“Trust turns rejection, abandonment, disappointment, and loneliness into motivations rather than a deterrents.” – Iyanla Vanzant

“To suffer some anxiety, some depression, some disappointment, even some failure is normal.” – Boyd K. Packer

“The disappointment of getting relegated from the Premier League is an awful time for anybody as a footballer.” – Harry Maguire

“Parents ought to teach children how to deal with disappointment and stress. I think the world would be better off full of dysfunctional happy people than those who become disruptive.”

“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.” – David Richo

“The crushing disappointments that are so often part of the human condition have sometimes led to crises of confidence in the future, replacing hope with despair.” – Al Gore

“The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.” – William Arthur Ward

“We run with the desire to fulfill that which is written in our destinies with the spikes and warnings of disappointment and regret lurking beneath.”

“This place I am hoping to get to is so marvelous that if I described it to you now you would go crazy with excitement. And then, if we failed to get there (which is very possible), you would die of disappointment. I don’t want to raise your hopes too much, my darlings.” – Roald Dahl

“That’s one of the disappointments. I thought you’d meet interesting historical characters. But you don’t: they’re too far away. ” – C. S. Lewis

“Suspense is worse than disappointment.” – Robert Burns

“No bad break, no disappointment, no accident can shorten one second of my divine destiny.” – Joel Osteen

“Getting disappointed is like becoming broke. You invested so much in something and end up with nothing for your troubles.”

“A particularly beautiful woman is a source of terror. As a rule, a beautiful woman is a terrible disappointment.” – Carl Jung

“It’s easy not to be disappointed when you’re always wading in the shallow end of feelings.” – Maurene Goo

“If you want one thing too much it’s likely to be a disappointment. The healthy way is to learn to like the everyday things, like soft beds and buttermilk—and feisty gentlemen.” – Larry McMurtry

“Every disappointment gives you an opportunity to make another appointment.” – B. A. Fajimi

“Enthusiasm is followed by disappointment and even depression, and then by renewed enthusiasm.” – Murray Gell-Mann

“Don’t let today’s disappointments cast a shadow on tomorrow’s dreams.” – Unknown

“All those years I served him, I trusted I was doing something worthwhile.” – Kazuo Ishiguro

“A pier is a disappointed bridge.” – Julian Barnes

“My greatest disappointment is that I believe that those of us who went through the war and tried to write about it, about their experience, became messengers. We have given the message, and nothing changed.” – Elie Wiesel

“Don’t go into the new year holding a grudge from last year. Leave the hurts and disappointments behind.” – Joel Osteen

“If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.” – John Wooden

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

“You have to learn to not let little disappointments get you down and to stay focused on the big picture.” – Gillan Tans

“When disappointment festers in our soul, it leads to discouragement.” – Joyce Meyer

“To grow up is a disappointment, to make the best of it is maturity.”

“I’d rather be pleasantly surprised than fatally disappointed.” – Julia Glass

“Always give but never expect. Giving is happiness; disappointment is sadness.” – Debasish Mridha

“It was obvious to everyone that Mafatu was useless upon the sea. He would never earn his proper place in the tribe. Stout Heart- how bitter the name must taste upon his father’s lips!” – Armstrong Sperry

“Leonardo tried very hard to be scary.” – Mo Willems

Disappointment Friendship Betrayal Quotes

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“Friendship is delicate as a glass, once broken it can be fixed but there will always be cracks.” – Waqar Ahmed

“Each pain makes you stronger, each betrayal more intelligent, every disappointment more skillful and each experience wiser.”

“The hard work of sowing seed in what looks like perfectly empty earth has, as every farmer knows, a time of harvest. All suffering, all pain, all emptiness, all disappointment is seed: sow it in God and he will, finally, bring a crop of joy from it.” – Eugene Peterson

“The disappointment of manhood succeeds the delusion of youth.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“People ask me, ‘Don’t you ever run out of ideas?’ Well, on the first place, I don’t use ideas. Every time I have an idea, it’s too limiting and usually turns out to be a disappointment. But I haven’t run out of curiosity.” – Robert Rauschenberg

“Patience produces character, and character produces hope. And this hope will never disappoint us.” – Romans 5:4

“Part of the challenge that comes with striving for success is how the entire journey comes with its own fair share of failures and disappointments.” – Rupert Johnson

“Only the fear of disappointment will keep one from following through their goals.”

“There is no rush to acquire success. Do not be disappointed that you have not yet reached your potential.”

“When someone disappoints you, there is nothing that can be done but to accept it.”

“Trying to design the perfect plan is the perfect recipe for disappointment.” – Patrick Lencioni

“To lean one’s hopes on anything other than God and His wondrous grace, is to set oneself up for disappointment and despair.” – John Krohn PhD

“You can’t really disappoint yourself. You can do stupid stuff that can lead you to bad consequences, but knowing that you are who you are can ease the pain.”

“When presenting yourself to the world, always show confidence. People are more excited with the prospect of something curious than be turned off by a forecasted disappointment.”

“The best way to deal with disappointment is to acknowledge and work through the feelings it induces.” – Noaman Kaysingwala

“Nothing annoys me more than when someone expects you to be okay with something that they wouldn’t be okay with if you did it.”

“I was glad to see other faces and at the same time disappointed that the war had destroyed the enjoyment of the very experience of meeting people. Even a twelve-year-old couldn’t be trusted anymore.” – Ishmael Beah

“My, what a greedy little trinity you are: king, king, king. Two of you must learn to live with disappointment.” – James Goldman

“There’s only so many times you can allow someone to let you down before you will no longer tolerate being disappointed. When things go wrong between two people, something has got to give. You get to the point where you get tired of being the only one trying to fix things, it’s not giving up, it’s realizing you had enough. You’ve got to do what’s right for you, even if it hurts.” – Brigitte Nicole

“You really didn’t see the sadness or the longing unless you already knew it was there. But that was the trick, wasn’t it? Everyone had their disappointment and their baggage; only, some people carried it in their inside pockets and not on their backs.” – Maggie Stiefvater

“There’s always failure. And there’s always disappointment. And there’s always loss. But the secret is learning from the loss, and realizing that none of those holes are vacuums.” – Michael J. Fox

“They may turn out to be a great disappointment, or perhaps they may be full of enchanting surprises.” – Mary Wesley

“I looked at myself in the mirror of the big armoire beside the bed . . . Of all the ways to be wounded. I suppose it was funny.” – Ernest Hemingway

“You have to think positively. Most of your fears, like thinking that people will be disappointed in you, are just self-created.” – Matthew Lewis Browne

“Sometimes disappointing other people is the only way you can be yourself.” – Nitya Prakash

“If you put in little effort and expect big returns, you will be deeply disappointed. You don’t get apples by planting lemon seeds.” – Catherine Pulsifer

“The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility.” – Thomas S. Monson

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

“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 T. Kiyosaki

“Anytime you suffer a setback or disappointment, put your head down and plow ahead.” – Les Brown

“Save the excuses. It’s not about ‘having time’ it’s about making time. If it matters, you will make time.”

“Regret is not a proactive feeling. It is situated in disappointment, sorrow, even remorse. It merely wishes things were different without an act to cause a difference. However, repentance is different. Repentance is an admission of, hatred of, and turning away from sin before God.” – Monica Johnson

“Friends who tell you that you cannot are a disappointment and should be kept away from as they are not friends, but doubts in human form.”

“Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.” – Oscar Wilde

“I couldn’t understand why he was home all day, when Mama had to go out working. I was ashamed of him for that and, in a deeper way, for being what had led to our imprisonment, that is, for being so unalterably Japanese.” – Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

“I can’t stand the sight of them huddled together against the truth, deaf and dumb to anything remotely real.” – Libba Bray

“How disappointment tracks the steps of hope.” – Letitia Elizabeth Landon

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“You live with life’s disappointments and learn from them. At seventy-eight, I know it all.” – Rodney Dangerfield

“You can hate life and be done with it, but it is an underlying fear of disappointment that causes you to do so. Look for the light in your soul to free you from this prison.”

“Whenever I experienced some disappointment in my life, it was always laughter that came to my rescue.” – Marty Rubin

“You must determine where you are going in your life, because you cannot get there unless you move in that direction. Random wandering will not move you forward. It will instead disappoint and frustrate you and make you anxious and unhappy and hard to get along with (and then resentful, and then vengeful, and then worse).” – Jordan B. Peterson

“You say you are disappointed with life. But maybe it is life that’ is disappointed with you.” – Marty Rubin

“You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.” – Joel Osteen

“You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It wont happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.” – Joel Osteen

“When you work so hard and get back so little is a soul crushing disappointment that must be shelved in order to make life go on.”

“When life disappoints – when it batters and bruises us; when we batter and bruise ourselves – God places us in the shadow of his hand to quiet, succor, and strengthen us.” – Judith Couchman

“We do not become masters of our own destiny in a day, nor do we develop the kind of outlook where we can turn negatives into positives, or disappointments into valuable lessons of life, or change adversity into opportunities.” – Catherine Pulsifer

“We are our own sculptors. We chisel away to create our life’s work but sit down in disappointment when a part is not properly done. Remember, it is a work in progress, there is still much to do.”

“Unfortunately, there are many things in life that hold us back like agonizing personal experiences, hurts, disappointments and major setbacks that form in us limiting beliefs about ourselves.” – Clarence Chan

“There will be times when your journey will take you off course. Hopefully the fortitude you possess by your self-belief will convert those valleys of disappointment to mountains of satisfaction and be consistent with your personal life objectives.” – Daniel Kulick

“There are two pains in life. There is the pain of discipline and the pain of disappointment. If you can handle the pain of discipline, then you’ll never have to deal with the pain of disappointment.” – Nick Saban

“The Bible is full of stories about everyday men and women whose plans didn’t work out. It’s full of people who were trying to figure out what to do with a life that wasn’t turning out the way they expected.” – Pete Wilson

“One minute of sincere gratitude can wash away a lifetime’s disappointments.” – Silvia Hartmann

“On a larger scale, focus can be seen as a person’s ability to achieve their life goals without falling prey to pitfalls like disappointment, internal and external criticism, and the everyday obstacles that are presented through chance.” – Justin Byers

“Nothing in life has happened to you. It’s happened for you. Every disappointment. Every wrong. Even every closed door has helped make you into who you are.” – Joel Osteen

“My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes.” – L. M. Montgomery

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

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

“Life’s too tough to get to the top without passion. You’re going to fail, be taken advantage of, be disappointed by people you trust, disappoint yourself, run out of resources – almost every day you’re going to encounter a good, solid, logical reason why you ought to give up. And without passion, you just might.” – Zig Ziglar

“Life will throw many obstacles onto our life path that will make us sad or disappointed at times. Dealing positively with these obstacles is what makes the difference between them turning into worse states or being overcome.” – Jonny Oates

“Life is not always a celebration; so be ready to courageously face disappointments when they come, and be sure to grow stronger and wiser from them.” – Edmond Mbiaka

“Life is all about setbacks. A life lived without disappointment is a life lived in a cocoon. People have recovered from far worse setbacks.” – Tony Clark

“Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.” – W.B. Yeats

“Life has too many disappointments to make room for negativity.” – Daniel Willey

“Life has its ups and downs, so to expect otherwise is setting yourself up for disappointment.” – Tim Matheson

“Let’s face it: None of us are ever going to get to the place in life where we have no more disappointments. We can’t expect to be sheltered from every little thing. Disappointment is a fact of life–one that must be dealt with.” – Joyce Meyer

“Laughter is a cure to the bitter disappointments in life. When you are sad, look for laughter to ease the pain.”

“It’s impossible to protect your kids against disappointment in life.” – Nicholas Sparks

“It is the fear to cause disappointments that leads to it. Such is the irony of life.”

“It can be very hard to accept how disappointing life is, Harper, because that’s what it is, and you have to accept it. With faith and time and hard work you reach a point where . . . where the disappointment doesn’t hurt as much, and then it gets easy to live with. Quite easy. Which . . . is in its own way a disappointment. But. There.” – Tony Kushner

“If the only dream we have is of a perfect life, we are doomed to disappointment since such dreams simply cannot come true in the real world.” – Tal Ben-Shahar

“If I am to meet with a disappointment, the sooner I know it, the more of life I shall have to wear it off.” – Thomas Jefferson

“If you are waiting for something to bring balance to your life, you’ll be sourly disappointed because it will not happen. In fact, quite the opposite will occur. Whether you realize it or not, you are the very one who is setting the tone for lack of balance.” – Byron Pulsifer

“If you are someone who is in constant doubt and your life thus far has been a constant string of disappointments, it’s time you stop fixating on doubt and spend your valuable time on building a list of things that make you feel confident and assertive.” – Zak Frazer

“I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together’.” – Mark Twain

“He’s right. It’s cruel to give hope where none should be. It only turns into disappointment, resentment, rage—all the things that make this life more difficult than it already is.” – Victoria Aveyard

“How disappointing would it be get to heaven and find out God created life to be enjoyed while all we did was worry?” – Donald Miller

“Everything you do in life takes you higher. That is why a disappointment of having less than the best hurts like a fall.”

“Dwelling on a disappointing situation is like walking through drying cement; eventually you will get stuck. Instead make a mental note, picked yourself up and continued living life.” – Carlos Wallace

“Children are often disappointed with their lot in life and suffer the injustice at living when they did not ask to be born.”

“Ambition is a very dangerous thing because either you achieve it and your life ends prematurely, or you don’t, in which case your life is a constant source of disappointment. You must never have ambition.” – Jeremy Clarkson

“A disappointment is merely an assignment for your next appointment.” – Kayambila Mpulamasaka

“Depression begins with disappointment. When disappointment festers in our soul, it leads to discouragement.” – Joyce Meyer

“Forget yesterday and last month and last year, with their gloomy diary of failures and disappointments. All that is in the past.” – Og Mandino

“For a man who had two religions – God and the land – he was dying a little each day, disappointed by them both.” – Kristin Hannah

“Failure is a disappointment, but not defeat.” – Jeanne Robertson

“Don’t be shaped by regret, disappointment, fear of the future, resentment and the like. The Lord’s joy is your strength. Enjoy it.” – Terry Virgo

“Do not make a person wait for a decision. To wait forever is a more cruel fate than to be disappointed.”

“Mean spirits under disappointment, like small beer in a thunder-storm, always turn sour.” – Randolph

“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

“Never give your attention to someone who deserves your silence.”

“If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.” – Sylvia Plath

“One of the worst feelings in the world is having to doubt something you thought was unquestionable.”

“The importance we give our disappointment is what turns it into a tragedy.” – Nitya Prakash

“We can be disappointed with the world but it does us no good as the world will revolve despite us not moving.”

“You can’t please everyone, but you can’t not please everyone either.”

Disappointment Quotes In Relationships

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“Beauty can cause disappointment for if there is no substance beneath, the image becomes nothing but an empty picture.”

“Assuming is the root of all disappointments.” – Rogienel Reyes

“As you work towards your goals, disappointments may slow you down, but they don’t have to keep you down.” – Catherine Pulsifer

“Choosing a path to follow and getting lost is a common occurrence for people. Do not be disappointed with your human frailty.”

“Regret is a bedmate of disappointment and is a lethal combination.”

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

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

“To eliminate the agitation and disappointment of desire, we need but awaken to the fact that we have everything we want and need right now.” – Tom Robbins

“Time doesn’t heal emotional pain, you need to learn how to let go.” – Roy T. Bennett

“That’s what my dad is like-he really disappeared a long time ago, which is maybe why it didn’t bother me much.” – John Green

“One thing that we can determine is how we handle disappointments.” – Reg Morais

“Behind every beautiful thing, there’s some kind of pain.” – Bob Dylan

“As I look back and connect the dots, all I want to do is go back and hug my scared young self, who took a lot of steps out of impulse not knowing what will happen. So many nights of disappointment, so many others of being disillusioned where I would have just gone ahead and quit it all – I still do not know what kept me hanging in there.” – Arfi Lamba

“I despise you and everything you stand for.” – Harper Lee

“Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever puts one down without the feeling of disappointment.” – Charles Lamb

“Never stop building toward your dreams. Should there be any disappointments along the way, use them for a sturdier foundation.”

“The only way I know to get out of disappointment is to work hard, keep doing the right things, and don’t make any rash decisions.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

“Struggle and disappointment are necessary ingredients to success both in the present and in the future.” – Britney Watkins

“My father took one look at me when I was born and must have thought I had the face of someone dignified and sad like an old-fashioned queen or a dead person, but what I turned out like in plain, not much there to notice.”

“Most things disappoint till you look deeper.” – Graham Greene

“Men’s best successes come after their disappointments.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“You just cannot have the same thing twice without being disappointed.” – Vann Chow

“You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.” – Paulo Coelho

“You need to keep your emotions in balance, treading that fine line between commitment to your goals and disappointment when they do not come to fruition, whilst still being optimistic and positive about the future.” – Tom Laurie

“The prompter the refusal, the less the disappointment.” – Publilius Syrus

“It was a disappointment that all men know —the artist most of all. The disappointment of reaching for the flower and having it fade the moment your fingers touch it.” – Thomas Wolfe

“We’re both leftovers” – Alan Moore

“Sometimes, when something you dreamed of doesn’t happen, a sigh of relief is in order rather than disappointment.”

“You may encounter many disappointments. Be strong. Tell yourself, “I am good enough, I will try again.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

“If your purpose is just discovery, never commit. This is a path that would lead to disappointment.”

“This is a day of little faith – of few convictions – a day when men seem to have no great causes and no great passions. So in frustration, in disappointment, they are inclined to say, ‘You can’t change human nature.’ It is true that we cannot change human nature. But God can.” – Peter Marshall

“Things are as they are, we suffer because we imagined different.”

“If you trust, you will be disappointed occasionally, but if you mistrust, you will be miserable all the time.” – Abraham Lincoln

“We simultaneously feel relieved and disappointed when someone sees through our facade and sets us straight.”

“This is a fine place to keep a youngster of quiet tastes. With all this yelling and howling, I haven’t been able to get a wink of sleep. I asked for something to eat . . . and they brought me a bottle of milk!” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“It was better to live with disappointment and frustration than to live without hope.” – Robert A. Heinlein

“It was hard to beg humbly from a witch; and when she answered, ‘No, dear, I’m not going out this afternoon,’ harder still to conceal hot tears of rage- rage and disappointment.” – Nan Chauncy

“What she did not want was the embarrassment of someone trying to make friends with her. It was easier to stay out of it from the beginning, rather than face the disappointment which inevitably followed.” – Kate Thompson

“We’ve all experienced change for a moment, only to feel let down and disappointed in the end.” – Tony Robbins

“It’s amazing how quickly your mood can change, how deep your heart can sink, and how much one person can affect you.”

“It’s a beautiful building, but there’s something rotten at its heart. Now he’s discovered it he can smell the stench of it everywhere.” – Lucy Foley

“A lack of sleep causes stress on our bodies and will eventually lead to burn out or disappointment.” – Josh Austin

“In England, an inventor is regarded almost as a crazy man, and in too many instances, invention ends in disappointment and poverty. In America, an inventor is honored, help is forthcoming, and the exercise of ingenuity, the application of science to the work of man, is there the shortest road to wealth.” – Oscar Wilde

“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“If you think one day you will get it all done, and then you can relax, you are bound to be disappointed.” – Christina Winsey-Rudd

“I find that many people are afraid to dream big. They are reluctant to hope for too much because they don’t want to be disappointed. As a result, they satisfy themselves with the mundane.” – John C. Maxwell

Expectation And Disappointment Quotes

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“When you have no expectations, you’ll never have disappointments.”

“When you have expectations, you are setting yourself up for disappointment.” – Ryan Reynolds

“When you depend on another’s perceptions to match your expectations, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.” – David Cottrell

“When you create Hope in people, you create expectations. When you do not fulfill those expectations, when the change becomes more of the same old, same old, the Hope that was created can only turn to anger, frustration and bitter disappointment.” – Vermin Supreme

“Sometimes we create our own heartbreaks through expectation.”

“It’s your own expectations that hurt you. Not the world you live in. Whatever happens in the world is real. What you think should happen is unreal. So people are hurt by their expectations. You know , you’re not disappointed by the world, you are disappointed by your own projections.” – Jacque Fresco

“Marriages that end in disappointment happens when each other’s expectations are not put on the table.”

“It is well to pitch one’s expectations low, and so stave off disappointment.” – Percy Fitzpatrick

“I try not to have high expectations of people because it just sets you up for disappointment, but it’s great to work with actors who are that talented and accomplished.” – Famke Janssen

“Hope and expectations are different names for the first part of the path to disappointment.”

“Expectations are dangerous. I recommend not having any, if only to avoid disappointment.” – Conchita Wurst

“Expectation is the root of all heartache.” – William Shakespeare

“Expectation is the only seed of disappointment.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Don’t care for the expectations of others on yourself for their disappointment will unfairly weigh on you.”

“Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.” – Charlotte Brontë

“As she’s laying it out on the tissue paper, I take out my purse, open it up, and reach for my VISA card in one seamless, automatic action–but my fingers hit bare leather. I stop in surprise and start to rummage through all the pockets of my purse, wondering if I stuffed my card back in somewhere with a receipt or if it’s hidden underneath a business card…and them with a sickening thud, I remember. It’s on my desk.” – Sophie Kinsella

“But a frantic inspection of the boys’ department revealed no suits to fit the new-born Button. He blamed the store, of course – in such cases it is the thing to blame the store.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Burning desire to be or do something gives us staying power – a reason to get up every morning or to pick ourselves up and start in again after a disappointment.” – Marsha Sinetar

“Blessed is he who expects no gratitude, for he shall not be disappointed.” – W.C. Bennett

“Do not dwell on your loss. Look forward with bright new hopes.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

“Disenchantment, whether it is a minor disappointment or a major shock, is the signal that things are moving into transition in our lives.” – William Throsby Bridges

“Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment.” – Chogyam Trungpa

“Fake friends are with you today and against you tomorrow.” – Shizra

“Destroying the seeds of disappointment requires you to unexpect the expected.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Hope is tomorrow’s veneer over today’s disappointment.” – Evan Esar

“I’m sure I was a huge disappointment. I’m not pretty or smart or athletic. I’m just like them – an ordinary drone dressed in secrets and lies.” – Laurie Halse Anderson

“It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.” – William Blake

“Let all your moments of self-doubt, fear or disappointment fuel your drive to be great. Because it will be in those moments of fear that we have to realize we must redefine success and what it means to us.” – Jason McCourty

“Convince people that you need them, and watch what they do.” – Wayne Gerard Trotman

“A cynic is someone who’s had his dreams shattered by the realities of disappointment.”

“But you know that disappointment is just the action of your brain readjusting itself to reality after discovering things are not the way you thought they were.” – Brad Warner

“Don’t let disappointment be the measure of your relationship with a person. Let trust be the measure.” – Nicole Williams

“Every little girl knows how dreadful it is to find a room empty where she thought somebody was.” – George Macdonald

“I had been rather pleased with my witticism when it had first come into my head, and I must confess I was slightly disappointed it had not been better received than it was.” – Kazuo Ishiguro

“If you so choose, the challenges can make you stronger. If you so choose, the disappointments can make you more determined.” – Ralph Marston

“It is a gift when someone shares your disappointment. Often, the mere listening of one’s woes is enough to dispel it.”

“Like a mortal wound, getting over a disappointment will only make you stronger.”

“Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious both are disappointed.” – Oscar Wilde

“One of the best protections against disappointment is to have a lot going on.” – Alain de Botton

“Once cannot feel true disappointment until the very end, and even then, it is only another beginning.”

“Nothing hurts more than being disappointed by the one person who you thought would never hurt you.” – Gugu Mofokeng

“Reality is the name we give to our disappointments.” – Mason Cooley

“Puddleglum’s question annoyed her because, deep down inside her, she was already annoyed with herself for not knowing the Lion’s lesson quite so well as she felt she ought to have known it. This annoyance, added to the misery of being very cold and tired, made her say, ‘Bother the signs.’ She didn’t perhaps quite mean it.” – C.S. Lewis

“Present, n. That part of eternity dividing the domain of disappointment from the realm of hope.” – Ambrose Bierce

“McHarg, it is true, was a great man, a man famous throughout the world, a man who had now attained the highest pinnacle of success to which a writer could aspire. But on just this account his disillusionment and disappointment must have been so much the greater and the more crushing.” – Thomas Wolfe

“Many of our disappointments and much of our unhappiness arise from our forming false notions of things and persons.” – Abigail Adams

“Look. I have a strategy. Why expect anything? If you don’t expect anything, you don’t get disappointed.” – Patricia McCormick

“Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”

“One’s best success comes after their greatest disappointments.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Your experiences will be yours alone. But truth and best friendship will rarely if ever disappoint you.” – Anne Lamott

“It is better to know and be disappointed, than to not know and always wonder.” – Oscar Wilde

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

“You tell your friends your most personal secrets, and they use them against you.” – Sophie Kinsella

“It is no good wishing for what was not to be.” – Celia Rees

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

“I don’t feel a lack of hope. It’s just disappointment that after all these years we’re still fighting meaningless wars for a handful of people.” – Geezer Butler

“There is space within sisterhood for likeness and differences, for the subtle differences that challenge and delight; there is space for disappointment – and surprise.” – Christine Downing

“I don’t hate you. I’m just disappointed you turned into everything you said you’d never be.”

“There’s always a failure. And there’s always a disappointment. But the secret is learning from failure, and realizing that none of those holes are vacuums.” – Michael J. Fox

“Young alienation, disappointment and heartache is all a part of the first real growing up that we do.” – Judd Nelson

“You’d think solving mysteries would bring you closure, that closing the loop would comfort and quiet your mind. But it never does. The truth always disappoints.” – John Green

“You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy.”

“You will end up really disappointed if you think people will do for you as you do for them. Not everyone has the same heart as you.”

“There is just so much hurt, disappointment, and oppression one can take… The line between reason and madness grows thinner.” – Rosa Parks

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