Resignation Sayings and Quotes

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


Before the word 'resignation' became a euphemism for being fired, it connoted a sense of public integrity and personal honor.     

Bret Stephens

Resignation is the courage of Christian sorrow.     

Alexandre Vinet

What is resignation? It is putting God between one's self and one's grief.     

Madame Swetchine

What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.     

Henry David Thoreau

Resignation, perhaps the most stifling word in the language.     

Caitlin Thomas

Resignation is putting God between ourselves and our troubles.     

Anne Sophie Swetchine

A resignation is a grave act; never performed by a right minded man without forethought or with reserve.     

Salmon P. Chase

Obedience and resignation are our personal offerings upon the altar of duty.     

Hosea Ballou

Resignation is a daily suicide.     

Honoré de Balzac

Just as in the great moment of resignation one does not mediate but chooses, now the task is to gain proficiency in repeating the impassioned choice and, existing, to express it in existence.     

Soren Kierkegaard

Everyone has the revolver of resignation in his pocket.     

Ian Fleming

Resignation is a quality of the saintly souls.     

Hazrat Inayat Khan

A good supply of resignation is of the first importance in providing for the journey of life.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

Insecurity and resignation mingle with the hope for a better order.     

Gustav Heinemann

Resignation is the timid sign of courage.     

James Joyce

We learn resignation not by our own suffering, but by the suffering of others.     

W. Somerset Maugham

Resignation, not mystic, not detached, but resignation open-eyed, conscious, and informed by love, is the only one of our feelings for which it is impossible to become a sham.     

Joseph Conrad

True resignation, which always brings with it the confidence that unchangeable goodness will make even the disappointment of our hopes, and the contradictions of life, conducive to some benefit, casts a grave but tranquil light over the prospect of even a toilsome and troubled life.     

Wilhelm Von Humboldt

Resignation is what kills people. Once they've rejected resignation, humans gain the privilege of making humanity their footpath.     

Kohta Hirano

Humility and resignation are our prime virtues.     

John Dryden