Disappointment Strengthens Us


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When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.

~ Alexander Graham Bell


Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal:  it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.

~ Eliza Tabor


Enthusiasm is followed by disappointment, and even depression, and then by renewed enthusiasm.

~ Murray Gell-Mann


Hope is tomorrow’s veneer over today’s disappointment.

~ Evan Esar


Burning desire to be or do something gives us staying power; a reason to get up every morning or to pick ourselves up and start in again after a disappointment.

~ Marsha Sinetar


Disappointment is the nurse of wisdom.

~ Bayle Roche


When you find your path, you must not be afraid.  You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes.  Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.

~ Paulo Coelho


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These two posters were randomly sourced off the internet through Google.

17 responses to Disappointment Strengthens Us


    well this is timely. today has been very disappointing for me!! I need to read all of those a zillion times. Thank you!


      You and me both! These quotes about disappointment help me remember that we’ve all been through it, and ‘this too shall pass’. Thanks so much for commenting 🙂


    I love the quote by Alexander Graham Bell – ain’t that the truth!


      Thanks 🙂 Mr. Bell’s quote was the one I began the post with. It has always rung true, and when I feel sad or hurt I need to remember to focus on the good – the open door!


    beautiful quotes! i especially like the paul coelho one. man, i love him! 🙂


    Wise and timely reminders for me – thank you!


    Nothing could be truer as I’ve found in my life. I never would have be reunited with the love of my life if I’d let disappointment with love rule. I could never be a writer if I didn’t have the strength to get up out of the mud after a bad review or after a month of virtually no sales of my books. I rise from the ground taller than before ready to make peace with dragons.


      This is so beautifully put! Yes it is the hurts, the disappointments, that build our strength as we rise from the ground, brush it off, and keep on going – stronger than ever! Bless your heart for your wonderful comments. Hugs xo

    MasterMind secret of Law of Attraction 12/05/2012 at 6:43 am

    Hi … your words are healing. Enjoyed what you shared for sometimes even the strong need a hand to lift them up. Thank you


    Thanks for sharing some great quotes! They really are the fuel that keep me going!


    Great quotes! Thank you, Gina.

    It has been my experience that disappointment isn’t the nurse of wisdom, it is the teacher of it.



      Well put! I like that. The teacher rather than the nurse… although both have their roles in guiding our growth. Thanks as always for your thoughtful comments! ~Gina