Disappointment Quotes

“He looked so profoundly disappointed in me that I wondered for a moment if he was someone I knew.”

– Michael Chabon

“…they say if you don’t vote, you get the government you deserve, and if you do, you never get the results you expected.”

– E.A. Bucchianeri

“It’s common to reject or punish yourself when you’ve been rejected by others. When you experience disappointment from the way your family or others treat you, that’s the time to take special care of yourself. What are you doing to nurture yourself? What are you doing to protect yourself? Find a healthy way to express your pain.”

– Christina Enevoldsen

“When your mother is made out of your dreams, anything real is bound to disappoint you.”

– Jodi Picoult

“The fruition of the year had come and the night should have been fine with a moon in the sky and the crisp sharp promise of frost in the air, but it wasn’t that way. It rained and little puddles of water shone under the street lamps on Main Street. In the woods in the darkness beyond the Fair Ground water dripped from the black trees.”

– Sherwood Anderson

“Only a few of us are going to be willing to break our own hearts by trading in the living beauty of imagination for the stark disappointment of words.”

– Ann Patchett

“If while alive you hurt or disappoint people you love, there’s no use continuing such behavior when you’re dead.”

– Anthony Swofford

“I was a veritable Johnny Appleseed of grand expectations, and all I reaped for my trouble was a harvest of bitter fruit.”

– Elizabeth Gilbert

“I felt overstuffed and dull and disappointed, the way I always do the day after Christmas, as if whatever it was the pine boughs and the candles and the silver and gilt-ribboned presents and the birch-log fires and the Christmas turkey and the carols at the piano promised never came to pass.”

– Sylvia Plath

“(On getting married at 19)
We told ourselves we had forever and we never looked back. The problem was that we never really looked ahead.”

– Crystal Woods

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

– Upton Sinclair

“The person you hurt the most in this world was the person that brought you into it.”

– Vannary Rang

“My mother gave me a disappointed look. Then I gave her one back. Mine was for everything, not just the sandwich.”

– Carol Rifka Brunt

“The study of mathematics is apt to commence in disappointment… We are told that by its aid the stars are weighed and the billions of molecules in a drop of water are counted. Yet, like the ghost of Hamlet’s father, this great science eludes the efforts of our mental weapons to grasp it.”

– Alfred North Whitehead

“In this world, who can do a thing, will not;
And who would do it, cannot, I perceive:
Yet the will’s somewhat — somewhat, too, the power —
And thus we half-men struggle.”

– Robert Browning

“…recognizing that there is more heartbreak in continuous disappointment than a void…”

– Emily Giffin

“What hurts so bad about youth isn’t the actual butt whippings the world delivers. It’s the stupid hopes playacting like certainties.”

– Mary Karr

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

– Abigail Biddinger

“What have we all got to expect that we allow ourselves to be so lined with disappointment?”

– Graham Greene

“You said you were a fairy princess
You said you were a shooting star
You said we’d go to Bora Bora
Now look at where the fuck we are”

– Jennifer Egan