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DISAPPOINTMENT
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[ Also see Adversity Defeat Delight Despair Despondency Discontent Dissatisfaction Failure Loss Regret Sorrow Unhappiness ]

Disappointment is the nurse of wisdom.
      - Sir Boyle Roche

Disappointments are to the soul what a thunder-storm is to the air.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

He that will do no good offices after a disappointment must stand still, and do just nothing at all. The plough goes on after a barren year; and while the ashes are yet warm, we raise a new house upon the ruins of a former.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Had I but died an hour before this chance,
  I had lived a blessed time; for from this instant
    There's nothing serious in mortality:
      All is but toys. Renown and grace is dead,
        The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees
          Is left this vault to brag of.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at II, iii)

Life often seems like a long shipwreck, of which the debris are friendship, glory, and love; the shores of existence are strewn with them.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein)

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

Of all the uses of adversity which are sweet, none are sweeter than those which grow out of disappointed love.
      - Sir Henry Taylor (2)

Bearing a life-long hunger in his heart.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Young ladies may have been crossed in love, and have had their sufferings, their frantic moments of grief and tears, their wakeful nights, and so forth; but it is only in very sentimental novels that people occupy themselves perpetually with that passion, and I believe what are called broken hearts are a very rare article indeed.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Women suffer more from disappointment than men, because they have more of faith and are naturally more credulous.
      - Marguerite de Valois

When we meet with better fare than was expected, the disappointment is overlooked even by the unscrupulous. When we meet with worse than was expected, philosophers alone know how to make it better.
      - Johann Georg von Zimmermann


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