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50 Inspiring Disappointment Quotes And How To Move Forward



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One of the greatest lessons we can learn in life, is the manner in which we deal with disappointment. No one likes to have things turn out in a way other than what they wanted.

If we truly learn to bounce back from the disappointments that each and every one of us will have to deal with in our lives, we will learn that we can deal with anything that happens or comes our way.

Here are some thoughts from others learning to deal with disappointment, learning, and growing from it.


Disappointment Quotes When You Feel Let Down

“What disappoints us most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be.”Unknown


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


“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


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


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


“If you’re betrayed, release disappointment at once.

By that way, the bitterness has no time to take root.”

― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut


“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.”Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper


“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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“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


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


Inspirational quotes about disappointment


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


“If I had my way, if I was lucky enough, if I could be on the brink my entire life – that great sense of expectation and excitement without the disappointment – that would be the perfect state.” Cate Blanchett   


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


“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


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


“Expectations may sometimes lead you to disappointments, but the anger of getting disappointment may sometimes lead you to what you expected.”Unknown


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


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

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“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



More Inspiring Disappointment Quotes about life

“Sometimes when you get disappointment it makes you stronger.”

David Rudisha


“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

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


“Use disappointments as material for patience.”Unknown


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


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


“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


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


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


More Inspiring Quotes About Being Disappointed


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


“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


“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.”Eleesha


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


“Don’t blame people for disappointing you, blame yourself for expecting too much from them.”Unknown

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“Disappointments are just God’s way of saying I’ve got something better. Be Patient. Live Life. Have Faith.”Lanette Sem


“High expectations lead to higher disappointments.”Unknown


Did these disappointment quotes help inspire you to move forward?

No one likes criticism – even if it is constructive. No one wants to sit by and see things elude them while others celebrate them.

Although unpleasant, learning to deal with disappointment, and the way that we bounce back from it, cannot only be character building, but can make us a stronger and a more successful person for it.