Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: “It might have been!”
Never burn your fingers to snuff another’s candle.
From a fallen tree, make kindling.
The mountains will be in labor, and a ridiculous mouse will be born.
It is generally known, that he who expects much will be often disappointed; yet disappointment seldom cures us of expectation, or has any effect other than that of producing a moral sentence or peevish exclamation.
How disappointment tracks the steps of hope.
Should a single disappointed hope make us so hostile towards the world?
Outcome, n. A particular type of disappointment -judged by the outcome, the result. This is immortal nonsense; the wisdom of an act is to be judged by the light that the doer had when he performed it.
It is folly to pretend that one ever wholly recovers from a disappointed passion. Such wounds always leave a scar. There are faces I can never look upon without emotion; there are names I can never hear spoken without almost starting to cry.
The best – laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley, an’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, for promis’d joy!