“Our critics make us strong!
Our fears make us bold!
Our haters make us wise!
Our foes make us active!
Our obstacles make us passionate!
Our losses make us wealthy!
Our disappointments make us appointed!
Our unseen treasures give us a
Whatever is designed against us will work for us!”
– Israelmore Ayivor
“Sadly for my wedding plans, I learned that Nestor is a bardash. I envy the men who enjoy his favors. He has always treated me with friendship which I now value more than my old romantic feelings.”
– Tamora Pierce
Can do a couple things.
It can drop you into a giant
sucking sinkhole of
a place you have to fight
to climb out of. Or it
can trigger an epic
to overcome the odds
and transform failure
into success. Say you
as high as the chains will
take you because you seek
the thrill of flight, and on the
kick, you lose your seat.
Injury is likely. But if you
worry about falling
and never chance “up,”
the sky will remain
forever out of reach.”
– Ellen Hopkins
“What New England is, is a state of mind, a place where dry humor and perpetual disappointment blend to produce an ironic pessimism that folks from away find most perplexing”
– Willem Lange
“When I was a child I truly loved:
Unthinking love as calm and deep
As the North Sea. But I have lived,
And now I do not sleep.”
– John Gardner
“At the heart of the matter is a battle between wish and fear. Fear generally proves stronger than a wish, but it leaves a taste of disappointment on the tongue.”
– George Packer
“Love is like a wind stirring the grass beneath trees on a black night,’ he had said. ‘You must not try to make love definite. It is the divine accident of life. If you try to be definite and sure about it and to live beneath the trees, where soft night winds blow, the long hot day of disappointment comes swiftly and the gritty dust from passing wagons gathers upon lips inflamed and made tender by kisses.”
– Sherwood Anderson
“A pier is a disappointed bridge.”
– Julian Barnes
“…“Oh, Marilla, looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them,” exclaimed Anne. “You mayn’t get the things themselves; but nothing can prevent you from having the fun of looking forward to them. Mrs. Lynde says, ‘Blessed are they who expect nothing for they shall not be disappointed.’ But I think it would be worse to expect nothing than to be disappointed.”…”
– L.M. Montgomery
“He had the look of one who had drunk the cup of life and found a dead beetle at the bottom.”
– P.G. Wodehouse
“I caught myself thinking about falling in love with someone who I hoped was out there right now thinking about the possibility of me, but I quickly banished the notion. It was that kind of thinking that landed me in this situation to begin with. Hope can ruin you.”
– Perry Moore
“One of the best protections against disappointment is to have a lot going on.”
– Alain de Botton
“Why is it so hard to articulate love yet so easy to express disappointment?”
– Kaui Hart Hemmings
“When people change, I’m disappointed they’re not who I remember them being. And when people don’t change, I’m disappointed they still are who they were. All people do is disappoint, and I do mean all people.”
– Jarod Kintz
“Truth is, something that I thought was perfect was taken away from me, and I never wanted perfect again. I wanted middle of the road, stuff I didn’t care about so that I couldn’t lose anything I really loved ever again.”
– Cecelia Ahern
“Betrayed and wronged in everything,
I’ll flee this bitter world where vice is king,
And seek some spot unpeopled and apart
Where I’ll be free to have an honest heart.”
“After some time he felt for his pipe. It was not broken, and that was something. Then he felt for his pouch, and there was some tobacco in it, and that was something more. Then he felt for matches and he could not find any at all, and that shattered his hopes completely.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien
“The snow began to fall again, drifting against the windows, politely begging entrance and then falling with
disappointment to the ground”
– Jamie McGuire
“I’ll say I love you,
Which will lead, of course,
but those words unsaid
poison every next moment.
I will try to disappoint you
better than anyone else has.”
– Stephen Dunn
“Freddie experienced the sort of abysmal soul-sadness which afflicts one of Tolstoy’s Russian peasants when, after putting in a heavy day’s work strangling his father, beating his wife, and dropping the baby into the city’s reservoir, he turns to the cupboards, only to find the vodka bottle empty.”
– P.G. Wodehouse