Disappointments are an unfortunate but somewhat inevitable part of life. However, there is always a lesson to be learned or new strength to be gained from the situation. Here are 18 quotes about disappointment.
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18 Quotes About Disappointment
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“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
“Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.” – Eliza Tabor
“Use disappointments as material for patience.” – Unknown
“Anytime you suffer a setback or disappointment, put your head down and plow ahead.” – Les Brown
“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
Why You Should Save Space in Your Heart for the Bad Days
When I was in high school I read a book called “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” and I remember that one of the mini-chapters was about saving space in your heart for the really bad times in life. Here’s how to save space in your heart for the bad days.
Although in an ideal world we wouldn’t have any bad days and bad things wouldn’t happen to people, it’s usually a good idea to be prepared in case the worst does happen. That’s not to say that you should live in worry and fear, but just be aware.
Sometimes imagining the worst case scenario – as ironic as it sounds – can actually take some of the fear out of a situation. So, if your fears actually came true, what’s the worst that could happen? Is that actually likely to happen? And if it did, would you be able to recover from it?
When it comes down to it, humans are pretty amazing and have overcome just about every situation imaginable throughout history. So even if your worst case scenario were to come true, you might be able to find an example of someone who has successfully overcome that situation and survived to tell the tale.
Or consider this quote floating around Pinterest:
“So far you’ve survived 100% of your bad days. You’re doing great.”
So it might not be pleasant or comfortable if something bad happens, you are absolutely capable of surviving it. If you’re reading this, you’re still here. You’ve survived every bad thing that’s ever happened to you, and you made it through to the other side.
Save a little space in your heart for that inner wellspring of courage and bravery that everyone has, deep down, when confronted with the worst.
When bad days happen, just put one foot in front of the other and just. keep. going.
You can do this.
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More Disappointment Quotes
“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
“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
“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
“One’s best success comes after their greatest disappointments.” – Henry Ward Beecher
“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
“Sometimes when you get disappointment it makes you stronger.” – David Rudisha
“Disappointments are to the soul what a thunderstorm is to the air.” – Friedrich Schiller
“Disappointments are a result of failed expectations. To have less disappointments, either expect less from other people or demand more from yourself.” – Kevin Ngo
“Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy – the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.” – Eric Hoffer
“See your disappointments as good fortune. One plan’s deflation is another’s inflation.” – Jean Cocteau
“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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