Quotes and Sayings about Disappointment



"Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures."
- Joseph Addison
(Related: Blessings, Disappointments, Patience)

"I have never won a race, and that is my main disappointment - but you have to be positive."
- Jean Alesi
(Related: Positive, Disappointment, Race)

"I have never described the time I was in Doctor Who as anything except a kind of ecstatic success, but all the rest has been rather a muddle and a disappointment. Compared to Doctor Who, it has been an outrageous failure really - it's so boring."
- Tom Baker
(Related: Time, Success, Failure, Disappointment, Rest)

"No, only disappointment in myself on those occasions I didn't manage to rise to the occasion as I felt I should've done. I can always see how to do it, and then the challenge is, Can I manage that each and every day?"
- Christian Bale
(Related: Challenge, Day, Disappointment)

"Los Angeles was an impression of failure, of disappointment, of despair, and of oddly makeshift lives. This is California? I thought."
- Joseph Barbera
(Related: Thought, Impression, Failure, Despair, Disappointment)

"Music is 10% exhilaration and 90% utter disappointment."
- John Barrow
(Related: Music, Disappointment)

"I feel that these stories are being written to articulate certain confusions and disappointments, and I do mean to shake up the reader, and I do hope they're on target."
- Ann Beattie
(Related: Hope, Being, Disappointments)

"Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Disappointments)

"I'm not in the business of becoming famous. And that's the advice I give to younger aspiring actors. Work onstage and do the little roles. In the end it's not important to be seen. It's important to do. There's a lot of disappointment in this business, but my family keeps me grounded."
- Kristen Bell
(Related: Business, Family, Work, Actors, Advice, Disappointment, End, Famous)

"I'm not in the business of becoming famous. And that's the advice I give to younger aspiring actors. Work onstage and do the little roles. In the end it's not important to be seen. It's important to do. There's a lot of disappointment in this business, but my family keeps me grounded."
- Kristen Bell
(Related: Business, Family, Work, Actors, Advice, Disappointment, End, Famous)

"A father's disappointment can be a very powerful tool."
- Michael Bergin
(Related: Father, Disappointment)

"Not only is our love for our children sometimes tinged with annoyance, discouragement, and disappointment, the same is true for the love our children feel for us."
- Bruno Bettelheim
(Related: Love, Children, Disappointment, Discouragement)

"Present, n. That part of eternity dividing the domain of disappointment from the realm of hope."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Hope, Disappointment, Eternity, Present)

"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
(Related: Life, Disappointment, Excitement, Expectation, Sense, State)

"I have to be happy in the here and now because every time you start focusing on your legacy you're really setting yourself up for disappointment."
- Michael Bolton
(Related: Time, Disappointment, Now)

"The 9/11 Commission recently released their report, citing important changes which need to be made to improve our nation's homeland security. I voiced my disappointment with the House leadership when this report was left until after the August recess for action."
- Leonard Boswell
(Related: Leadership, Action, Disappointment, Nation, Security)

"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
(Related: Disappointment)

"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
(Related: Beauty, Music, Nature, Love, Strength, Disappointment, Freedom, Loneliness)

"Anytime you suffer a setback or disappointment, put your head down and plow ahead."
- Les Brown
(Related: Disappointment)

"Suspense is worse than disappointment."
- Robert Burns
(Related: Disappointment, Suspense)

"I don't feel a lack of hope. It's just disappointment that after all these years we're still fighting meaningless wars for a handful of people."
- Geezer Butler
(Related: People, Hope, Disappointment, Fighting, Years)

"When people get married because they think it's a long-time love affair, they'll be divorced very soon, because all love affairs end in disappointment. But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity."
- Joseph Campbell
(Related: Love, Marriage, People, Disappointment, End, Identity, Spiritual)

"Yet there is disappointment in Washington and in the United States that Canada is not supporting us fully."
- Paul Cellucci
(Related: Canada, Disappointment, states, United, Washington)

"You know, a song is like a kid. You bring it up. And sometimes something you thought was going to be fantastic, by the time it's finished, is a bit of a disappointment."
- Phil Collins
(Related: Time, Thought, Disappointment, Song)

"Reality is the name we give to our disappointments."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Disappointments, Name, Reality)

"Cynicism is full of naive disappointments."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Cynicism, Disappointments)

"I think the intelligent thing about it is that you have to carefully listen to it all to grasp it, and because I'm not in every scene - colossal disappointment to everybody that it may be - I'm not getting the full picture here today while recording it."
- Paul Darrow
(Related: Disappointment, May, Today)

"Usually a feeling of disappointment follows the book, because what I hoped to write is not what I actually accomplished. However, it becomes a motivation to write the next book."
- Anita Desai
(Related: Motivation, Disappointment, Feeling)

"Yes, disappointment over perceived unfairness, injustice, promises not kept, tends to go hand in hand with increasing prosperity. Expectations are dashed. What can I say!"
- Mary Douglas
(Related: Disappointment, Expectations, Injustice, Promises, Prosperity)

"Hope is tomorrow's veneer over today's disappointment."
- Evan Esar
(Related: Hope, Disappointment, Today, Tomorrow)

"Lucky that man whose children make his happiness in life and not his grief, the anguished disappointment of his hopes."
- Euripedes
(Related: Happiness, Life, Children, Disappointment, Grief, Man)

"Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone."
- Jim Fiebig
(Related: Age, Disappointment, Extreme)

"The episodes all blend together for me, so I don't remember. I can't even remember what I had for breakfast this morning. I always feel I must be such a disappointment to them."
- Sarah Michelle Gellar
(Related: Disappointment)

"The biggest disappointment has been seeing the number of people in this business with very shortsighted views."
- Greg Ginn
(Related: Business, People, Disappointment)

"The more we shelter children from every disappointment, the more devastating future disappointments will be."
- Fred G. Gosman
(Related: Children, Disappointment, Disappointments, Future, Will)

"We must return optimism to our parenting. To focus on the joys, not the hassles; the love, not the disappointments; the common sense, not the complexities."
- Fred G. Gosman
(Related: Love, Parenting, Optimism, Common sense, Disappointments, Focus)

"The one major disappointment I have is that I didn't get a hundred against India in India. I got lots of runs against India in England including a double hundred I am very proud of."
- David Gower
(Related: Disappointment, England)

"But when you're a celebrity, you discover that you're no longer the pursuer, but the one being pursued. That's one of the disappointments I have had since becoming a single man."
- Hugh Grant
(Related: Being, Celebrity, Disappointments, Man)

"I think It's a bit of a disappointment that a lot of people's Golden Age of music is still the '60s."
- Jonny Greenwood
(Related: Age, Music, People, Disappointment)

"Disappointment over nationalistic authoritarian regimes may have contributed to the fact that today religion offers a new and subjectively more convincing language for old political orientations."
- Jurgen Habermas
(Related: Religion, Disappointment, Fact, Language, May, Old, Today)

"When I left Van Halen, I went in the studio and made a CD called Marching to Mars with all studio musicians. I did it immediately. With the disappointment riding on my shoulders of the breakup of the band."
- Sammy Hagar
(Related: Disappointment, Musicians)

"A great number of the disappointments and mishaps of the troubled world are the direct result of literature and the allied arts. It is our belief that no human being who devotes his life and energy to the manufacture of fantasies can be anything but fundamentally inadequate."
- Christopher Hampton
(Related: Life, Belief, Being, Disappointments, Energy, Literature, Result, World)

"The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes."
- Thomas Hardy
(Related: Hope, Disappointment, Fulfillment)

"Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy - the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: Soul, Hope, Disappointment, Expectation)

"The natural state of the football fan is bitter disappointment, no matter what the score."
- Nick Hornby
(Related: Disappointment, Football, State)

"My failure, during the first five or six years of my art training, to get set in the right direction, and the disappointment which it caused me, drove me the more persistently into writing as an alternative."
- Laurence Housman
(Related: Art, Failure, Direction, Disappointment, First, Right, Training, Writing, Years)

"Please let me assure you, however, that the keen disappointment and regret which I feel in this regard serve only to enhance my profound appreciation of the great honor which you have done me; and my sincere gratitude for your generous action."
- Cordell Hull
(Related: Gratitude, Action, Appreciation, Disappointment, Honor, Regret)

"I try not to have high expectations of people because it just sets you up for disappointment, but it's great to work with actors who are that talented and accomplished."
- Famke Janssen
(Related: Work, People, Actors, Disappointment, Expectations)

"All have disappointments, all have times when it isn't worthwhile."
- John H. Johnson
(Related: Disappointments)

"A particularly beautiful woman is a source of terror. As a rule, a beautiful woman is a terrible disappointment."
- Carl Jung
(Related: Disappointment, Terror, Woman)

"There was a tremendous amount of disappointment in missing the World Cup finals in 1998, so they're getting excited about this one and I really think we could do well in the Far East."
- Robbie Keane
(Related: Disappointment, World)

"There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Related: Love, Deep, Disappointment)

"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Related: Hope, Disappointment, Infinite)

"I wish I had had a great disappointment, a real one."
- Nastassja Kinski
(Related: Disappointment)

"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
(Related: Success, Dream, Strength, Desire, Disappointment)

"Old age is not a disease - it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses."
- Maggie Kuhn
(Related: Age, Strength, Disappointments, Disease, Old, Trials)

"Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever puts one down without the feeling of disappointment."
- Charles Lamb
(Related: Curiosity, Disappointment, Feeling, Newspapers)

"How disappointment tracks the steps of hope."
- Letitia Landon
(Related: Hope, Disappointment)

"I don't have expectations. Expectations in your life just lead to giant disappointments."
- Michael Landon
(Related: Life, Disappointments, Expectations)

"The satirical direction I have chosen is an indication of my disappointment in man, which is the opposite way of saying that I have high expectations for the human race."
- Jack Levine
(Related: Direction, Disappointment, Expectations, Man, Race, Saying)

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't angry some days. But I really have worked hard to put a lot of the anger and disappointment in the past."
- Monica Lewinsky
(Related: Anger, Disappointment, Lying, Past)

"I shall take all the troubles of the past, all the disappointments, all the headaches, and I shall pack them in a bag and throw them in the East River."
- Trygve Lie
(Related: Disappointments, Past)

"There are people still in the Republican Party that I believe practice the communication of anger, of disappointment, of regret, of pain, of sorrow, of suffering. That's not what the American people want to hear."
- Frank Luntz
(Related: Anger, People, American, Communication, Disappointment, Pain, Party, Practice, Regret, Republican, Sorrow, Suffering, Want)

"I've had disappointments and heartbreaks and setbacks and roles I didn't get, but something always came along that either made me better or was an even better role."
- Lee Majors
(Related: Disappointments)

"Enthusiasm is followed by disappointment and even depression, and then by renewed enthusiasm."
- Murray Gell Mann
(Related: Enthusiasm, Depression, Disappointment)

"While it is important for people to see your promise you must also remember that hope is the keeper of both happiness and disappointment, the father of both progress and failure."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: Happiness, Father, People, Progress, Failure, Hope, Disappointment, Promise)

"The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility."
- Thomas S. Monson
(Related: Courage, Cheerfulness, Disappointment, Humility, Living, Principles, Trouble)

"It's a disappointment to lose key players. On the other hand it creates an opportunity to play other players."
- Tom Moody
(Related: Opportunity, Disappointment, Key, Play)

"There's a disappointment there because I still feel there's an emptiness in my career that just wasn't filled."
- Alonzo Mourning
(Related: Career, Disappointment)

"Alas! Alas! Life is full of disappointments; as one reaches one ridge there is always another and a higher one beyond which blocks the view."
- Fridtjof Nansen
(Related: Life, Disappointments)

"Young alienation, disappointment and heartache is all a part of the first real growing up that we do."
- Judd Nelson
(Related: Alienation, Disappointment, First, Growing up)

"Astronomers are greatly disappointed when, having traveled halfway around the world to see an eclipse, clouds prevent a sight of it; and yet a sense of relief accompanies the disappointment."
- Simon Newcomb
(Related: Clouds, Disappointment, Sense, Sight, World)

"Don't fall in love with politicians, they're all a disappointment. They can't help it, they just are."
- Peggy Noonan
(Related: Love, Disappointment, Help, Politicians)

"Living is strife and torment, disappointment and love and sacrifice, golden sunsets and black storms. I said that some time ago, and today I do not think I would add one word."
- Laurence Olivier
(Related: Love, Time, Sacrifice, Disappointment, Living, Storms, Today, Word)

"What is public history but a register of the successes and disappointments, the vices, the follies and the quarrels of those who engage in contention for power."
- William S. Paley
(Related: History, Power, Contention, Disappointments, Public, Quarrels, Vices)

"Show business is made up of disappointments, and it's through life's disappointments that you grow."
- Minnie Pearl
(Related: Business, Life, Disappointments)

"Of course there will be disappointments and the way will not always be as I expected it. But if it seemed easy, then that would be the time to worry that I am on the wrong path."
- Anne Perry
(Related: Time, Disappointments, Will, Worry, Wrong)

"Parents - especially step-parents - are sometimes a bit of a disappointment to their children. They don't fulfill the promise of their early years."
- Anthony Powell
(Related: Children, Disappointment, Parents, Promise, Years)

"Parents are sometimes a bit of a disappointment to their children. They don't fulfill the promise of their early years."
- Anthony Powell
(Related: Children, Disappointment, Parents, Promise, Years)

"I thought we were going to win the game but we won't take the disappointments, we will take the positives."
- Graham Roberts
(Related: Thought, Disappointments, Will)

"We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment."
- Jim Rohn
(Related: Discipline, Disappointment, Pain, Regret)

"I've run a lot of miles over the years, some fast and some not so fast. I've won some big races and I've had some big disappointments, but I enjoy the freedom of running and the challenge of training and competition as much now as when I first started back in high school."
- Alberto Salazar
(Related: Challenge, Competition, Disappointments, First, Freedom, Now, Running, School, Training, Years)

"First love is first love, first marriage is first marriage, disappointment is disappointment."
- Maximilian Schell
(Related: Love, Marriage, Disappointment, First, First love)

"Disappointments are to the soul what a thunderstorm is to the air."
- Friedrich Schiller
(Related: Soul, Disappointments)

"It is with great disappointment that I call on Representative Anthony Weiner to resign. The behavior he has exhibited is indefensible and Representative Weiner's continued service in Congress is untenable."
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz
(Related: Behavior, Congress, Disappointment, Service)

"Most of us women like men, you know; it's just that we find them a constant disappointment."
- Clare Short
(Related: Women, Disappointment)

"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
(Related: Power, Desire, Disappointment, Reason)

"I don't know what to say to that, but I have to agree with Johnny that, yeah, we do touch upon things that most men would rather not admit: That we feel pain, we cry, get sad and sometimes don't deal well with disappointment."
- Peter Steele
(Related: Men, Disappointment, Pain)

"Kids now are so used to surround sound and the power in theater speakers, that the concert hall is a disappointment to them."
- David Ogden Stiers
(Related: Power, Disappointment, Kids, Now, Sound, Theater)

"I give and give, even when I get nothing back - and that sets me up for disappointment."
- Angie Stone
(Related: Disappointment, Nothing)

"Obviously the first sentiment is disappointment that we didn't get the car home and more disappointment that at the time that it stopped the car was in the lead."
- John Surtees
(Related: Car, Home, Time, Disappointment, First, Sentiment)

"I am afraid I am a constant disappointment to my party. The fact of the matter is, the longer I am president the less of a party man I seem to become."
- William Howard Taft
(Related: Disappointment, Fact, Man, Party, President)

"If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Disappointment, Quiet, Will)

"Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything."
- Kurt Vonnegut
(Related: Disappointment, Laughter, Maturity)

"Wet Hot American Summer so far is a financial disappointment and money was lost on it. But perhaps it will find its audience in video, cable, etc, maybe over the course of years."
- David Wain
(Related: Money, Financial, American, Disappointment, Summer, Will, Years)

"When too many Americans don't vote or participate, some see apathy and despair. I see disappointment and even outrage. And I believe that out of this frustration can come hope and action."
- Paul Wellstone
(Related: Action, Hope, Americans, Apathy, Despair, Disappointment, Frustration, Vote)

"They may turn out to be a great disappointment, or perhaps they may be full of enchanting surprises."
- Mary Wesley
(Related: Disappointment, May, Surprises)

"No, I don't have any problems leaving disappointments behind. I've had lots of good days at golf and a few disappointments, so you never know what's around the corner."
- Lee Westwood
(Related: Disappointments, Golf, Problems)

"The talk of winning our share is not the easy one of disengagement and flight, but the hard one of work, of short as well as long jumps, of disappointments, and of sweet success."
- Roy Wilkins
(Related: Success, Work, Winning, Disappointments, Talk)

"Aware that his disappointment has its source in a defective education, he looks with anxiety on his other daughters, whose minds, like lovely buds, are beginning to open. Where shall he find a genial soil in which he may place them to expand?"
- Emma Willard
(Related: Education, Anxiety, Beginning, Daughters, Disappointment, May, Open)

"But in the next world I shan't be doing music, with all the striving and disappointments. I shall be being it."
- Ralph Vaughan Williams
(Related: Music, Being, Disappointments, World)

"For many my behavior has been a major disappointment, my behavior has caused considerable worry to my business partners, and everyone involved in my business, but most importantly to the young people we influence, I apologize."
- Tiger Woods
(Related: Business, People, Behavior, Disappointment, Influence, Worry)

"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
(Related: Truth, Courage, Disappointment, Ignorance)

"What keeps me going is a constant sense of disappointment with what I've already done."
- Robert Wyatt
(Related: Disappointment, Sense)

"We all have an equal interest in stability and security throughout Europe. The years the OSCE has existed, and particularly this year, have given rise to great expectations and at the same time to powerful disappointments."
- Boris Yeltsin
(Related: Time, Disappointments, Europe, Expectations, Interest, Security, Stability, Years)

"I think making mistakes is as inevitable as receiving disappointments."
- Loretta Young
(Related: Disappointments, Mistakes)

"The disappointment of losing is huge."
- Jack Youngblood
(Related: Disappointment, Losing)

"Today, for a Jew who writes in the German language, it is totally impossible to make a living. In no group do I see as much misery, disappointment, desperation and hopelessness as in Jewish writers who write in German."
- Stefan Zweig
(Related: Desperation, Disappointment, Language, Living, Misery, Today, Writers)