Inevitable Disappointments

Sunday, November 7, 2010 – Inevitable Disappointments

Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone. ~ Jim Fiebig

Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy – the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation. ~ Eric Hoffer

Present, n. That part of eternity dividing the domain of disappointment from the realm of hope. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever puts one down without the feeling of disappointment. ~ Charles Lamb

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

I wish I had had a great disappointment, a real one. ~ Nastassja Kinski

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Los Angeles was an impression of failure, of disappointment, of despair, and of oddly makeshift lives. “This is California?” I thought. ~ Joseph Barbera

Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything. ~ Kurt Vonnegut

The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes. ~ Thomas Hardy

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

Mean spirits under disappointment, like small beer in a thunderstorm, always turn sour. ~ John Randolph

Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies – but never destroys it. ~ Eliza Tabor

Disappointments are to the soul what the thunder-storm is to the air. ~ Friedrich von Schiller

The pleasure of expecting enjoyment is often greater than that of obtaining it, and the completion of almost every wish is found a disappointment. ~ Samuel Johnson

Behind the complicated details of the world stand the simplicities: God is good, the grown-up man or woman knows the answer to every question, there is such a thing as truth, and justice is as measured and faultless as a clock. Our heroes are simple: they are brave, they tell the truth, they are good swordsmen and they are never in the long run really defeated. That is why no later books satisfy us like those which were read to us in childhood, for those promised a world of great simplicity of which we knew the rules, but the later books are complicated and contradictory with experience; they are formed out of our own disappointing memories. ~ Graham Greene

It’s precisely the disappointing stories, which have no proper ending and therefore no proper meaning, that sound true to life. ~ Max Frisch

You’re always a little disappointing in person because you can’t be the edited essence of yourself. ~ Mel Brooks

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, June 26, 1775

Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing. ~ George Orwell

There’s no disappointment in memory, and one’s exaggerations are always on the good side. ~ George Eliot

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

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

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

Reality is the name we give to our disappointments. ~ Mason Cooley

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, July 15, 1763