Sunday, July 8, 2012 – Disappointment

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

Opportunity is a favorable occasion for grasping a disappointment. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Suspense is worse than disappointment. ~ Robert Burns

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

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

A father’s disappointment can be a very powerful tool. ~ Michael Bergin

A particularly beautiful woman is a source of terror. As a rule, a beautiful woman is a terrible disappointment. ~ Carl Jung

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

Disappointment is an endless wellspring of comedy inspiration. ~ Martin Freeman

Hope is tomorrow’s veneer over today’s disappointment. ~ Evan Esar

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

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

Dreaming about being an actress, is more exciting than being one. ~ Marilyn Monroe

So this was where lust was satisfied. If I’d been an old-time miner I’d have asked for my gold nugget back. ~ Ava Gardner, Ava: My Story

I feel like a human pinata. The disappointing thing is, no candy is going to spill out. ~ Katie Couric

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

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

Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed. ~ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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

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

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

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

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Life is a long preparation for something that never happens. ~ William Butler Yeats

A pier is a disappointed bridge. ~ Julian Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot

I thought I was eating a candy bar, but it turned out to be a yummy burrito. I was both disappointed and appointed at the same time. ~ Jarod Kintz

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

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

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, Winesburg, Ohio

At the top of the slope on the perimeter of the site, overlooking six lanes of motorway, is a diner frequented by lorry drivers who have either just unloaded or or are waiting to pick up their cargo. Anyone nursing a disappointment with domestic life would find relief in this tiled, brightly lit cafeteria with its smells of fries and petrol, for it has the reassuring feel of a place where everyone is just passing through–and which therefore has none of the close-knit or convivial atmosphere which could cast a humiliating light on one’s own alienation. It suggests itself as an ideal location for Christmas lunch for those let down by their families. ~ Alain de Botton, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Life is full of surprises, but never when you need one. ~ Bill Watterson

Disappointments are to the soul what the thunderstorm is to the air. ~ Friedrich von Schiller

Those who never philosophized until they met with disappointments, have mostly become disappointed philosophers. ~ Arthur Helps

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


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