Disappointment Quotes

Disappointments are something that we all go through now and then. As many of these disappointment quotes will tell you, much of this feeling comes not having things turn out the way you expected it to. Whether you expected to reach a goal by a certain time or a relationship to last forever or someone to do something but they didn’t, the sense of pain can be enough to make many people lose hope.

Just remember that what happens, the events and circumstances, has already happened and can’t be changed. What you can do though is to choose how you’re going to react to what happened. Some people use disappointments as fuel to make a change in their life while others use it as an excuse to stop trying.

The following are my hand picked quotes about disappointment. If you have some that you’d like to share, please leave them down at the bottom of this page. Thanks.

“Life is like photography, we develop from the negatives.” – Unknown

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

– Les Brown

“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

“Enthusiasm is followed by disappointment and even depression, and then by renewed enthusiasm.”

– Murray Gell-Mann

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

– Evan Esar

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

– Martin Luther King Jr.

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

– Fred G. Gosman

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

– Eliza Tabor

“One’s best success comes after their greatest disappointments.”

– Henry Ward Beecher

“Disappointment is the nurse of wisdom.”

– Bayle Roche

“Expect nothing and accept everything and you will never be disappointed.”

– Laurence Overmire

“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

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

– Eileen Kennedy

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

– Beverly Sills

“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

“All that weak people learn from disappointment, is less confidence in future enterprise.”

– Norman McDonald

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

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Disappointments usually occur when we attempt to do something great. If you want to avoid being disappointed, don’t attempt anything great.”

– Anonymous

“Disappointments are a result of failed expectations. To have less disappointments, either expect less from other people or demand more from yourself.”

– Kevin Ngo

“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.”

– Mark Twain

“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


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