Disappointment Sayings and Quotes

Disappointment is a fact of life, especially when we aim high. The trick is to not let disappointments discourage you from moving forward. Take life’s setbacks in stride with the list of wise and insightful quotes on disappointment below.

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

Eliza Tabor

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

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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

One's best success comes after their greatest disappointments.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Disappointments are to the soul what a thunderstorm is to the air.     

Friedrich Schiller

Disappointment is a good sign of basic intelligence. It cannot be compared to anything else: it is so sharp, precise, obvious, and direct. If we can open, then we suddenly begin to see that our expectations are irrelevant compared with the reality of the situations we are facing.     

Chogyam Trungpa

What do you do when disappointment comes? When it weighs on you like a rock, you can either let it press you down until you become discouraged, even devastated, or you can use it as a stepping-stone to better things.     

Joyce Meyer

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

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

God makes the life fertile by disappointments, as he makes the ground fertile by frosts.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy - the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.     

Eric Hoffer

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

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

Martin Luther King Jr.

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

Kevin Ngo

Disappointment is nothing but an eye-opening learning process for your future endeavors.      

Edmond Mbiaka

See your disappointments as good fortune. One plan's deflation is another's inflation.     

Jean Cocteau

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

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


Disappointments are just God's way of saying I've got something better Be Patient.. Live Life.. Have Faith..     

Lanette Sem

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

Les Brown

Disappointment is really just a term for our refusal to look on the bright side.     

Richelle E. Goodrich

The simple solution for disappointment depression: Get up and get moving. Physically move. Do. Act. Get going.     

Peter McWilliams

Don't let today's disappointments cast a shadow on tomorrow's dreams.     


Use disappointments as material for patience.     


Every disappointment gives you opportunity to make another appointment.      

B. A. Fajimi

It is through disappointment that I must learn to never accept defeat, but to always come up with a brand new plan and find a solution.     


High expectations lead to higher disappointments.     


Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.     

Alexander Pope

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

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.     

William Blake

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

Longed for him. Got him. Shit.     

Margaret Atwood

There are some things in this world you rely on, like a sure bet. And when they let you down, shifting from where you've carefully placed them, it shakes your faith, right where you stand.     

Sarah Dessen

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

Dreaming about being an actress, is more exciting then being one.     

Marilyn Monroe

Dreaming about being an actress, is more exciting then being one.     

Marilyn Monroe

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

Markus Zusak

Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.     

W.B. Yeats

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.     

Henry David Thoreau

He had the look of one who had drunk the cup of life and found a dead beetle at the bottom.     

P.G. Wodehouse

Never touch your idols: the gilding will stick to your fingers.     

Gustave Flaubert

I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.     

Upton Sinclair

Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.     

Charlotte Brontë

Disappointments in love, even betrayals and losses, serve the soul at the very moment they seem in life to be tragedies. The soul is partly in time and partly in eternity. We might remember the part that resides in eternity when we feel despair over the part that is in life.     

Thomas Moore

But there were worse things than disappointment, and I'd lived through several of them already.     

R.J. Anderson

I embraced a cloud, but when I soared it rained.     

Frank O'Hara

People who don't expect justice don't have to suffer disappointment.     

Isaac Asimov

You can devise all the plans in the world, but if you don’t welcome spontaneity; you will just disappoint yourself.     

Abigail Biddinger

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

Bill Willingham

Expectation has brought me disappointment. Disappointment has brought me wisdom. Acceptance, gratitude and appreciation have brought me joy and fulfillment.     

Rasheed Ogunlaru

Disappointment is the nurse of wisdom.     

Sir Boyle Roche

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

Jim Rohn

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

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

Kurt Vonnegut

Depression begins with disappointment. When disappointment festers in our soul, it leads to discouragement.     

Joyce Meyer

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

Martin Luther King

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

Beverly Sills

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

Thomas Hardy

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

Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.     

Oscar Wilde

Perfectionism rarely begets perfection, or satisfaction – only disappointment.     

Ryan Holiday

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

Conan O’Brien

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

Evan Esar

Blessed is he that expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.     

Benjamin Franklin

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

Thomas S. Monson

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

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

Murray Gell-Mann

Sometimes Good Things Fall Apart So Better Things Can Fall Together.     

Marilyn Monroe

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

Wilferd Peterson

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

Kristin Armstrong

A scheme of which every part promises delight, can never be successful; and general disappointment is only warded off by the defense of some little peculiar vexation.     

Jane Austen

The price of excellence is discipline; the cost of mediocrity is disappointment.     

William Arthur Ward

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you don’t encounter setbacks in your career, if you don’t have doubts and disappointments , let me tell you, you’re not dreaming big enough.     

Michael Bloomberg

Reality is the name we give to our disappointments.     

Mason Cooley

Man alone is born crying, lives complaining, and dies disappointed.     

Samuel Johnson

We are born crying, live complaining, and die disappointed.     

Thomas Fuller

If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.     

Sylvia Plath

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

Martin Luther King Jr.

Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.     

Edmund Burke

Vote for the man who promises least; he’ll be the least disappointing.     

Bernard M. Baruch

I’d rather be pleasantly surprised than fatally disappointed.     

Julia Glass

It is not defeat that destroys you,it is being demoralized by defeat that destroy you.     

Imran Khan

Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment.     

Chogyam Trungpa

The disappointment of manhood succeeds the delusion of youth.     

Benjamin Disraeli

One minute of sincere gratitude can wash away a lifetime’s disappointments.     

Silvia Hartmann

Sometimes when you get disappointment it makes you stronger.     

Daid Rudisha

Blessed is he who expects no gratitude, for he shall not be disappointed.     

W.C. Bennett

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

Alain De Botton

Opportunity is a favorable occasion for grasping a disappointment.     

Ambrose Bierce

The prompter the refusal, the less the disappointment.     

Publilius Syrus

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