Uplifting Quotes to Overcome Disappointment and Discouragement

Everyone faces disappointment from time to time. We can feel disappointed about other people, ourselves, circumstances, our work, our families, or the world around us. The trick is to avoid letting that disappointment escalate to discouragement. We might wonder what to say to ourselves to overcome disappointment, or what to say to someone else who is discouraged. This short post offers several uplifting quotes about discouragement to help inspire a positive outlook and focus on God.

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Quotes About Discouragement and Hope


Oswald Chambers

If you are going through a time of discouragement, there is a time or great personal growth ahead.”

Thomas Edison

I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.

 Billy Graham 

“I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.'”

Beth Moore

“I think that what women need to hear is that there is life after failure.” 


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Encouraging Words for the Disappointed


Charles Stanley

“Nobody else can make us discouraged; it is a choice that we alone make when facing disappointments.”     

Warren Wiersbe

“The remedy for discouragement is the Word of God. When you feed your heart and mind with its truth, you regain your perspective and find renewed strength.”    

Dale Carnegie

“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”

Disappointment Quotes from the Bible

There is no better hope for discouragement than the Word of God, which can sustain our hearts in every disappointment of life. Some of my favorite Bible Verses that help me through seasons of disappointment:

Proverbs 16:9 (CSB)

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

Habakkuk 2:2-3 (ESV)

And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. (ESV)

Romans 8:28 (NIV)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines discourage as dishearten; to deprive of courage or confidence; to dissuade from doing something. But Jesus is our Comforter and the lifter of our heads. In Christ we have unimaginable hope, even through difficult situations and circumstances. When we place our focus on Him, we can walk through disappointment with peace and surety. He stands with us no matter what we face. God is for us. He is our ally and no highs or lows or any created thing can separate us from His love (see Romans 8:39). What a tremendous help to overcome discouragement!  



1 Comment

  1. Nancy Ruegg

    I find it encouraging that even Billy Graham became discouraged! Thank you for these uplifting quotes and scriptures, Cathy!


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