We mount to heaven mostly on tha ruins of our cherished schemes, finding our failures were successes.
The best enjoyment is half disappointment to what we intend or would have in this world.
It is sometimes of God's mercy that men in the eager pursuit of worldly aggrandizement are baffled; for they are very like a train going down an inclined plane—putting on the brake is not pleasant, but it keeps the car on the track and from ruin.
No man, with a man's heart in him, gets far on his way without some bitter, soul-searching disappointment.—Happy he who is brave enough to push on another stage of the journey, and rest where there are "living springs of water, and three-score and ten palms."
Man must be disappointed with the lesser things of life before he can comprehend the full value of the greater.
The disappointment of manhood succeeds to the delusion of youth.
In the light of eternity we shall see that what we desired would have been fatal to us, and that what we would have avoided was essential to our well-being.
An old man once said, "When I was young, I was poor; when old, I became rich; but in each condition I found disappointment.—When I had the faculties for enjoyment, I had not the means; when the means came, the faculties were gone."
He who expects much will be often disappointed; yet disappointment seldom cures us of expectation, or has any other effect than that of producing a moral sentence or peevish exclamation.
How disappointment tracks the steps of hope.
There is many a thing which the world calls disappointment, but there is no such a word in the dictionary of faith. What to others are disappointments are to believers intimations of the way of God.
Mean spirits under disappointment, like small beer in a thunderstorm, always turn sour.
Oft expectation fails, and most oft where most it promises; and oft it hits where hope is coldest, and despair most sits.
Life often seems like a long shipwreck of which the debris are friendship, glory, and love.—The shores of existence are strewn with them.