Discouraging Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old discouraging quotes, discouraging sayings, and discouraging proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Some people become fully discouraged in life because of their series of mistakes and failures; while others succeed by consistently learning from theirs.     

Edmond Mbiaka

It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.     

Noel Coward

Disappointment focuses on ‘what is not,' and completely misses the far greater reality of ‘what now is.     

Craig D. Lounsbrough

Discouragement is root of distress.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

Lose of hope leads to discouragement.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

Discouragement is the cancer of great things.     

Craig D. Lounsbrough

If you're trying to invent something new, you're going to reach a lot of discouraging points, and most people give up.     

Steve Lacy

Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow even if that someone is yourself!     


Many discouraging hours will arise before the rainbow of accomplished goals will appear on the horizon.     

Haile Selassie

Discouragement comes when things are going great, and it comes when we are already down, but no matter when it comes, it hurts.     

Jennifer Waddle

To be discouraged is to view that which is current as a condition that will always be. The process of turning discouragement into renewal and a vision of accomplishment is to utilize aspects of what didn't yield results into a refined attempt to begin afresh. It is not the world's problem that discouragement is experienced; it is more that one chooses to allow circumstances to dictate one's future.     

Theodore W. Higgingsworth

Do not be discouraged if your plans do not succeed the first time. No one learns to walk by taking only one step.     

Catherine Pulsifer

A discouring teacher is more dangerous than a brainless ignorant.     

Jhilik Chakraborty

No matter how discouraged we get, God has not asked us to do the impossible.     

George Grace

Don't be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some.     

John Keats

Being discouraged is natural but giving up is not an option.     

Court Young

Don't be discouraged if the answer to your prayer does not come immediately. Study, ponder, and pray, sincerely having faith, and live the commandments.     

Joseph B Withrlin

Within the soil of a discouraging season can often be the seeds of incredible blessing, miracles and breakthrough!     

Brian Houston

Don't get discouraged from all the rejection.     

Joey King

Many feel discouraged because they have not measured up to their potential.     

Joseph B. Wirthlin

It's discouraging to make a mistake, but it's humiliating when you find out you're so unimportant that nobody noticed it.     

Chuck Daly

Nothing is more discouraging than unappreciated sarcasm.     


A man can get discouraged many times but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying.     

John Burroughs

Don't be discouraged. It's often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.     


Don't be discouraged by your incapacity to dispel darkness from the world. Light your little candle and step forward.     

Mata Amritanandamayi

Seeds of discouragement will not grow in the thankful heart.     


For every discouragement has been allowed to come to us in order that through it we may be cast in utter helplessness at the Saviour's feet.     

Alan Redpath

Discouragement is simply the despair of wounded self-love.     

Francois Fenelon

Discouragement seizes us only when we can no longer count on chance.     

George Sand

Discouragement is contagious and is easily transmitted to others.     

Max Anders

Discouragement often is a result of listening to people who have their own best interests planned for your life.     

Doug Firebaugh

Discouragement itself is a form of pride.     

Therese of Lisieux

Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage.     

Neal A. Maxwell

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

Dale Carnegie