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Disappointment is the feeling of dissatisfaction that follows the failure of expectations to manifest. Similar to regret, it differs in that the individual feeling regret focuses primarily on the personal choices that contributed to a poor outcome, while the individual feeling disappointment focuses on the outcome itself.


  • The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men,
    Gang aft a-gley,
    And leave us nought but grief and pain,
    For promised joy.
  • The loafer believes he is enjoying life, but sooner or later he must face disillusion.
    • Fausto Cercignani in: Brian Morris, Simply Transcribed. Quotations from Fausto Cercignani, 2014, p. 33.
  • As distant prospects please us, but when near
    We find but desert rocks and fleeting air.
  • To my imagination she is a gracious princess—to my reason, a scullery maid. The artist lets both roles play concurrently. The Philistine is disappointed and retracts the first.
    • Karl Kraus, Dicta and Contradicta, J. McVity, trans. (2001), #503
  • But O! as to embrace me she inclin'd,
    I wak'd, she fled, and day brought back my night.
  • There can be no entire disappointment to a wise man, because he maketh it a cause of succeeding another time. A fool is so unreasonably raised by his hopes, that he is half-dead by a disappointment: his mistaken fancy draweth him so high, that when he falleth, he is sure to break his bones.
  • 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.
  • We may avoid much disappointment and bitterness of soul by learning to understand how little necessary to our joy and peace are the things the multitude most desire and seek.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 195.
  • But evil fortune has decreed,
    (The foe of mice as well as men)
    The royal mouse at last should bleed,
    Should fall—ne'er to arise again.
  • Lightly I sped when hope was high
    And youth beguiled the chase,—
    I follow, follow still: But I
    Shall never see her face.
  • Sed ut acerbum est, pro benefactis quom malis messem metas!
    • It is a bitter disappointment when you have sown benefits, to reap injuries.
    • Plautus, Epidicus, V, 2, 52.

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