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

ERIC HOFFER, The Passionate State of Mind

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, letter to John Page, Jul. 15, 1763

Disappointment weighs heavy on the pride.

MIKE HOWERTON, Miles to Cross

You know nothing about Hope, that immortal, delicious maiden forever courted forever propitious, whom fools have called deceitful, as if it were Hope that carried the cup of disappointment, whereas it is her deadly enemy, Certainty, whom she only escapes by transformation.

GEORGE ELIOT, Daniel Deronda

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, Viramma: Life of an Untouchable

The Disappointment of Manhood succeeds to the delusion of Youth: let us hope that the heritage of Old Age is not Despair.


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

THOMAS HARDY, James Gibson's Thomas Hardy: A Literary Life

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, Letter to Hester Thrale, Jun. 26, 1775

Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords: but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain; and expectations improperly indulged must end in disappointment.

SAMUEL JOHNSON, Letter, Jun. 8, 1762

We are often less grieved at disappointments than at ourselves for having said much concerning the certainty of our expectations.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

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

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

If we bring not the good courage of minds covetous of truth, and truth only, prepared to hear all things, and decide upon all things, according to evidence, we should do more wisely to sit down contented in ignorance, than to bestir ourselves only to reap disappointment.

FRANCES WRIGHT, Course of Popular Lectures

Toddlers who don’t learn gradually about disappointment lose their resilience through lack of practice in give-and-take with other people’s needs. They can become self-centered, demanding, and difficult to like or to be with.

ALICIA F. LIEBERMAN, The Emotional Life of the Toddler

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

FRED G. GOSMAN, How to Be a Happy Parent ... In Spite of Your Children

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

EILEEN KENNEDY-MOORE, The Unwritten Rules of Friendship

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

JANE AUSTEN, Pride and Prejudice

Most things disappoint till you look deeper.

GRAHAM GREENE, The Comedians

The disappointments of life can never, any more than its pleasures, be estimated singly; and the healthiest and most agreeable of men is exposed to that coincidence of various vexations, each heightening the effect of the other, which may produce in him something corresponding to the spontaneous and externally unaccountable moodiness of the morbid and disagreeable.


These slight disappointments are sent to prepare
For what may hereafter befall;
For seasons of real disappointment and care,
Which commonly happen to all.

JANE TAYLOR, The Disappointment

Men's best successes come after their disappointments.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

For disappointments, that come not by our own folly, they are the trials or corrections of Heaven: and it is our own fault, if they prove not our advantage.

WILLIAM PENN, Some Fruits of Solitude

Those who never philosophized until they met with disappointments, have mostly become disappointed philosophers.

ARTHUR HELPS, Thoughts in the Cloister and the Crowd

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

JEAN COCTEAU, Diary of an Unknown

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

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

Disappointment is the common worm
That feasts on all the fairest!

C. B. LANGSTON, "Disappointment"

There is a certain sort of man whose doom in the world is disappointment, who excels in it, and whose luckless triumphs in his meek career of life, I have often thought, must be regarded by the kind eyes above with as much favor as the splendid successes and achievements of coarser and more prosperous men.

WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY, Notes of a Journey from Cornhill to Grand Cairo

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

ALEXANDER POPE, letter to Mr. Gay, Oct. 6, 1727

My hopes were all dead --- struck with a subtle doom, such as, in one night, fell on all the first-born in the land of Egypt. I looked on my cherished wishes, yesterday so blooming and glowing; they lay stark, chill, livid corpses that could never revive.


In all cases of heart-ache, the application of another man's disappointment draws out the pain and allays the irritation.

EDWARD BULWER LYTTON, The Lady of Lyons; Or, Love and Pride

Admonition never sinks so deeply on the heart as in the hour of trial; young, amiable as you are, life teems, I doubt not, with various blessings for you--blessings which you will know how to value properly, for early disappointment is the nurse of wisdom.

REGINA MARIA ROCHE, The Children of the Abbey

It is a bitter disappointment when you have sown benefits, to reap injuries.

PLAUTUS, Epidicus


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