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Quotes to Cheer up and Encourage Someone Who's Disappointed

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Emdi has been an online writer for more than ten years and enjoys sharing inspirational quotes.

Get some encouraging words to offer those struggling with feelings of failure, disappointment, and depression.

Get some encouraging words to offer those struggling with feelings of failure, disappointment, and depression.

We all pass through various difficulties in life. We fail many times. Sometimes, we get totally disappointed and we don’t know what to do next. Failures in life may even force us to think that our entire life is a complete failure. During times of disappointment and depression, these quotes will remind us that life is not going to end today.

  • As Henry Ford once said, "Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."
  • Kenneth Boulding rightly said, "Nothing fails like success because we don't learn from it. We learn only from failure."
  • And Robert Schuller once said, "Failure doesn't mean you are a failure . . . it just means you haven't succeeded yet."

It is a mistake to suppose that people succeed through success; they often succeed through failures. I have included some interesting quotes that may inspire you during times of disappointment and depression—times when you feel the whole world is against you.

Quotes to Help You Deal With Failure and Disappointment

  • “The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” —Sven Goran Eriksson
  • "Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing." —Denis Waitley
  • "When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal." —Napoleon Hill
  • "The wisest person is not the one who has the fewest failures but the one who turns failures to best account." —Richard R. Grant
  • "People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure." —Lao-Tzu
  • "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." —Colin Powell
  • "Success and failure. We think of them as opposites, but they are really not. There are companions. the hero and the sidekick." —Laurence Shames
  • "There are no failures - just experiences and your reactions to them." —Tom Krause
  • "Success builds character, failure reveals it."
  • "Try to fail, but don't fail to try."
  • "I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” —Benjamin Franklin
  • "Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm." —Sir Winston Churchill
  • "If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down." —Mary Pickford
  • "I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." —Michael Jordan
  • "Our greatest glory is not in ever failing, but in rising every time we fail." —Confucius
  • "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
  • "Don't be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, in as much as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall after wards carefully avoid." —John Keats
  • "Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure."

So, cheer up and let not the small failures in life kill your enthusiasm. Try again, start fresh, and you will succeed next time. As Thomas A. Edison once said, "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

Have a nice day!

© 2009 emdi


Lindiwe Moapesi on June 24, 2020:

I'm inspired bythis words thank you

sanskruti hangekar on September 16, 2018:


emdi (author) on December 17, 2010:

Thank you ladybird for the comments

Ladybird33 from Fabulous USA on March 21, 2010:

I love quotes and these are some great ones!!! My fav is "Our greatest glory is not in ever failing, but in rising every time we fail."~ Confucius so good!

sophs on March 19, 2010:

Great hub Emdi, I am now smiling :)

emdi (author) on March 17, 2010:

LeonJane: As Edison once said when asked 'what it was like to have 10,000 failed inventions' (he failed around 10,000 times before he could discover the material for the filament in the bulb)-

"I haven't failed 10,000 times, I've successfully found 10,000 ways that don't work.

LeonJane from Australia on March 17, 2010:

I remember a quote very similar to the examples that you have in your hub, and it goes like this, "I haven't failed yet I have successfully found a result that doesn't work. Great hub and nice avatar btw.

emdi (author) on September 28, 2009:

Thanks Ivorwen for the comments

Ivorwen from Hither and Yonder on September 28, 2009:

These are wonderful quotes! So often, when things don't go the way I think they ought to I get so discouraged, but then I remember that if I hadn't tried in the first place, I would never know, and that always encourages me to keep trying.

Thanks for posting these quotes.

emdi (author) on September 28, 2009:

Thanks Carmen for the comments.

Carmen Borthwick from Maple Ridge, B.C. on September 28, 2009:

Great quotes and good advice. Two of my favourites are; 'If its in your way climb over it' and 'You never fail until you stop trying'. As far as I know they're both anonymous. Thanks for the inspiration.