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88 Disappointment Quotes

If you’re feeling disappointed by a situation or let down by somebody, read this collection of disappointment quotes to help you to navigate this challenging time. Disappointing outcomes in our lives really do shake us up, but as the quotations and phrases below point out, we can learn valuable lessons in our sadness and troubles.

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

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

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3. “If you are waiting for the perfect spouse, you are waiting for the perfect disappointment.” – Matshona Dhliwayo

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

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

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

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7. “As someone who has dealt with his fair share of disappointment, I’ve learned the best way to cope with trouble is to approach every situation with eyes wide open; focused and determined.” – Carlos Wallace

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8. “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

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

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

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11. “If you want to know the real character of man, intentionally and timely give him the test of 3d’s; delay, denial and disappointment” – Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

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

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

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14. “The simple solution for disappointment depression: Get up and get moving. Physically move. Do. Act. Get going.” – Peter McWilliams

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15. “We are never disappointed with people we think little of, those who disappoint us are thus by definition of importance to us.” – Lamine Pearlheart

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

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17. “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

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

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19. “There comes a time we must rebel against the no’s, rejections, or disappointments we experience so to make things happen in our lives.” – Naide P Obiang

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

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21. “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

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

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23. “Sometimes we create our own heartbreaks through expectation.” – Unknown

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

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25. “Use disappointments as material for patience.” – Unknown

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26. “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

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27. “Sometimes Good Things Fall Apart So Better Things Can Fall Together.” – Marilyn Monroe

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

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29. “The greatest disappointment is winning all the battles then losing the war”– Mouloud Benzadi

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

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

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

33. “Real love sits and waits at the top of disappointments. You just have to keep on climbing.” – Mitta Xinindlu

34. “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

35. “Suspense is worse than disappointment.” – Robert Burns

36. “Disappointment is inevitable. But to become discouraged, there’s a choice I make.” – Charles Stanley

37. “Setbacks and disappointments prepare you for greater success in life. Get ready to rise up out of the ashes. New levels are coming.” – Germany Kent

38. God makes the life fertile by disappointments, as he makes the ground fertile by frosts.” – Henry Ward Beecher

39. “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

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

41. “Those who seek happiness in marriage always come back with disappointments.” –  Mwanandeke Kindembo

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

43. “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

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

45. “Disappointment forever lurked just beyond the edges of her joy, ready to spring like a ravenous cougar.” – Kathleen Rice Adams

46. “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

47. “Nothing hurts more than being disappointed by the single person you thought would never hurt you.” – Unknown

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

49. “When people give you disappointment, don’t worry; they are only showing you this- appointment. Just look and see.” – Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

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

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

52. “If you’re betrayed, release disappointment at once. By that way, the bitterness has no time to take root.” – Toba Beta

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

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

55. “Disappointment is a festering infected disease that takes out the joy from your soul and the smile from your heart.” – Unknown

56. “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

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

58. “It is our fate in life to be disappointed. The human mind is so vast and full of imagination that real life will never live up to its expectations.” – Unknown

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

60. “In that moment of disappointment, pause and remember that GOD has a better plan for you.” – Maria Koszler

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

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

63. “Disappointment is a sticky one, because no one can steal contentment, joy, gratitude, or peace – we have to give it away.” – Kristin Armstrong

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

65. “Sometimes you don’t need to hear their excuses or what they have to say for themselves because their actions already spoke the truth.” – Unknown

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

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

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

69. “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.” – Unknown

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

71. “You can’t please everyone, but you can’t not please everyone either.” – Joyce Rachelle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

82. “Maturity’ really means: being very unsurprised by, and calm around, pain and disappointment.” – Alain de Botton

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

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

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

86. “Evil lurks where disappointment lodges.” – George Foreman

87. “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

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