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The PhD journey is a long one where it’s easy and normal to feel unmotivated for certain stretches of time. We all need a little inspiration to perk us up during those days. Jenny Mak offers you four handy motivational quotes for when the going gets tough during your PhD…

“Success requires Action”

We all procrastinate. It’s something that is easy to do especially at the beginning of your PhD when it feels like you have a lot of time. But to be successful—by this I mean successfully finishing and submitting your thesis—it’s not enough to say that you want a PhD, you also have to do the work. Doing the work means sitting down at your desk, butt firmly stuck to chair, and just doing it. It helps to set yourself concrete goals like writing 500 words a day, and trying your best to meet that target every day.

“Progress, not Perfection”

Perfectionism often gets confused with having high standards. For me, this has meant that I’d revised a chapter countless times before sending it to my supervisors for feedback because I felt that it just wasn’t right. But here’s the problem: the “right” version doesn’t exist. It’s an illusion—painfully shattered when you get back said chapter with lots of critical comments from your supervisor. Conversely, something that you think is “average” might actually be good enough for your supervisor. It’s good to have high standards, but don’t kill yourself over them. “Good enough” tends to be good enough. Check out Petra Kolber’s TED talk titled “The Perfection Detox” for some sharp insights into the perils of perfectionism.

“Eat the Elephant one bite at a time”

I don’t remember where I heard this quote. But it came handy in the late stages of my PhD when I felt tired and frustrated that no matter how much and how fast I was writing and revising, there still seemed to be no end in sight. Finishing a thesis can feel like having a huge elephant in front of you that you’re supposed to eat in its entirety. Of course, if you mainly focus on how massive this elephant is and when you can finish eating it up, you will feel overwhelmed. But if you take the elephant bite by bite, and not think about how much of it is left, one day the elephant will be all gone. The same goes for your thesis: break it down to small actionable tasks and do one task after another, until it is done and ready for submission.

“Enjoy Climbing the Mountain”

Doing a PhD is extremely challenging work. While we do it for the intellectual stimulation, sometimes we might wonder: why do we put ourselves through such difficulty? If you need a reminder of why you have chosen to do this, here is a quote by Tadashi Yanai , the founder of Uniqlo, which I have found helpful: “I’m never really satisfied with anything because the world is ever-changing. If you keep climbing up, then you see another, higher mountain. You climb up that peak and see another. I will pass away eventually because that is life. But I am climbing mountains because I enjoy the process of climbing a mountain.”

What challenges have you faced in your PhD so far? What motivational quotes did you find helpful when you had to face these challenges? Tweet us at  @ResearchEx , email us at [email protected], or leave a comment below.

Jenny Mak is a PhD researcher in the English and Comparative Literary Studies department at the University of Warwick. Her research looks at embodied experiences of globalisation in contemporary world literature. She has a background in creative writing, journalism, publishing, and sports training.

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Whenever I feel like want to give up on my PhD, I always remember one beautiful quotes from Alex Wassabi that he mentioned in one of his vlog. His quote sounds like this: ” We know what will happen if we give up, but we don’t know what will happen if we don’t”.

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50 Inspirational Quotes For PhD Students: Nurturing Brilliance on Academic Journey

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Embark on an inspiring journey of academic pursuit with “50 Inspirational Quotes For PhD Students.” This remarkable compilation of unique and original quotes is a source of motivation, resilience, and wisdom for those undertaking the rigorous path of doctoral studies. Let these powerful words of encouragement uplift your spirits, ignite your passion for research, and remind you of the remarkable impact your work can have on the world.

50 Inspirational Quotes For PhD Students

1. “Embrace the challenges of your PhD journey, for they will shape you into a resilient and brilliant scholar.”

2. “In the realm of knowledge, your PhD is the key to unlocking doors of discovery and leaving a lasting legacy.”

3. “Rise above self-doubt and believe in your ability to make a significant contribution to your field through your PhD research.”

4. “Every setback is an opportunity to learn and grow. Keep pushing forward, and success will be your reward.”

5. “The pursuit of knowledge is a noble endeavor, and your PhD is a testament to your dedication and passion.”

6. “Remember, the greatest discoveries often emerge from the moments when you dare to question the status quo.”

7. “Your PhD thesis is not just a document; it is a reflection of your ability to think critically and innovate.”

8. “The path to a PhD may be long and winding, but the destination will be worth every step.”

9. “Stay curious, for curiosity fuels the fires of discovery and fuels the drive to explore uncharted territories.”

10. “When the going gets tough, remember why you started. Your passion will guide you through the darkest of times.”

11. “In the realm of academia, failure is not the end but a stepping stone towards greater success.”

12. “Embrace collaboration and seek the wisdom of fellow scholars, for the collective mind is a force to be reckoned with.”

13. “The impact of your research will transcend the walls of academia, shaping the world for generations to come.”

14. “Celebrate the small victories along your PhD journey, for they are the building blocks of your ultimate triumph.”

15. “Find joy in the pursuit of knowledge, for it is in the process that you truly discover the beauty of learning.”

16. “Remember that every question holds the potential to unravel mysteries and pave the way for groundbreaking discoveries.”

17. “Perseverance is the key to conquering any obstacle on your path to obtaining your PhD.”

18. “Be open to new ideas and perspectives, for it is through diversity that innovation truly thrives.”

19. “Your PhD is not just an academic achievement; it is a testament to your resilience, dedication, and unwavering spirit.”

20. “Embrace failure as a teacher, for it provides invaluable lessons that will propel you closer to success.”

21. “Dare to challenge existing paradigms and forge your own path of discovery in your PhD research.”

22. “Your unique perspective and insights have the power to reshape the world. Believe in your ability to make a difference.”

23. “Embrace the beauty of the unknown, for it is within those uncharted territories that breakthroughs await.”

24. “Through your PhD journey, you are not just a student but a pioneer of knowledge, carving your own intellectual legacy.”

25. “Never forget the transformative power of your PhD. You have the capacity to change lives and make the world a better place.”

26. “As a PhD student, you possess the ability to turn questions into discoveries and uncertainties into knowledge.”

27. “Seek inspiration from the great minds that came before you, but let your own unique voice shine through in your research.”

28. “Remember, the value of your PhD lies not only in the destination but also in the transformative journey you undertake.”

29. “Embrace the interdisciplinary nature of academia, for it is at the intersections that groundbreaking ideas are born.”

30. “Your passion for learning and dedication to your field will guide you through the challenges and propel you towards success.”

31. “A PhD is not just about acquiring expertise; it’s about pushing the boundaries of human understanding.”

32. “In the face of adversity, let perseverance be your fuel and determination be your guiding light.”

33. “Embrace the moments of uncertainty, for it is within those gaps that profound discoveries and insights emerge.”

34. “Remember that failure is not a reflection of your worth but an opportunity to learn, adapt, and grow.”

35. “Your PhD is an opportunity to contribute to the collective wisdom of humanity and leave an indelible mark.”

36. “Never underestimate the power of collaboration and the magic that unfolds when minds come together.”

37. “Celebrate the small victories, for they are stepping stones towards the greater triumphs awaiting you.”

38. “As a PhD student, your thirst for knowledge is a beacon that will guide you towards profound revelations.”

39. “In the pursuit of your PhD, don’t be afraid to challenge convention and explore unconventional paths.”

40. “Every experiment, every failure, and every success brings you one step closer to becoming a true master of your field.”

41. “Let passion be the driving force behind your research, igniting a fire that fuels your intellectual journey.”

42. “Amidst the rigors of academia, remember to nourish your mind, body, and soul. Self-care is essential for success.”

43. “Your PhD journey is a testament to your courage, resilience, and unwavering commitment to the pursuit of knowledge.”

44. “Keep your eyes open to the beauty of the world, for inspiration can often be found in the most unexpected places.”

45. “Your unique perspective and original ideas have the power to reshape paradigms and challenge the status quo.”

46. “Approach each research question with an open mind, for the true essence of learning lies in embracing diverse viewpoints.”

47. “Believe in the transformative potential of your PhD, as it empowers you to make a difference in the lives of others.”

48. “Let curiosity be your guiding compass, leading you to uncharted territories where groundbreaking discoveries await.”

49. “In your pursuit of knowledge, remember that perseverance, resilience, and adaptability are your most valuable companions.”

50. “Your PhD is not the end but the beginning of a lifelong journey dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of your chosen field.”

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Everyone needs some extra motivation from time to time. PhD students are no exception. Here is a list of the 20 best motivational quotes for PhD students.

1. You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.

– Maya Angelo

2. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

– Aristotle

3. Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

4. If you work on something a little bit every day, you end up with something that is massive.

– Kenneth Goldsmith

5. Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

– William James

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6. Everything is hard before it is easy.

7. our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall..

– Confucius

8. If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.

9. i never lose. either i win or learn..

– Nelson Mandela

10. Life is a balance between holding on and letting go.

11. remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. try approving of yourself and see what happens..

– Louise L Hay

12. We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

– Joseph Campbell

13. The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.

– Albert Einstein

14. Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.

– George Eliot

15. If you don’t write, nothing will change.

16. action is the foundational key to all success..

– Pablo Picasso

17. If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.

– Martin Luther King Jr.

18. Done is better than perfect.

– Sheryl Sandberg

19. Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

– Theodore Roosevelt

20. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Inspiring Quotes for Stress Management in PhD Studies

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Stress Management for PhD Students: Finding Inner Peace Through Inspiring Quotes

Pursuing a PhD is no easy feat. It requires a significant amount of time, effort, and dedication. Along with the challenges of coursework and research, PhD students often experience high levels of stress, anxiety, and burnout. However, stress is not an inevitable part of the PhD journey, and it is possible to manage it effectively with the right tools and techniques. In this post, we’ll explore some inspiring quotes that can help PhD students to cope with stress and find inner peace.

  • “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James
“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” William James

One of the most important aspects of stress management is learning to control our thoughts and emotions. We can’t always control the circumstances that cause stress, but we can choose how we react to them. This quote by psychologist William James emphasizes the power of choice and the importance of taking control of our thoughts. When we find ourselves becoming overwhelmed with stress, it can be helpful to pause, take a deep breath, and choose to focus on positive thoughts instead.

  • “Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency.” – Natalie Goldberg
“Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency.” Natalie Goldberg

Stress often arises from a sense of urgency and a feeling that we must constantly be doing something. However, this perspective is not accurate or helpful. Stress is often a result of our own thoughts and beliefs, and it’s important to recognize that not everything is an emergency. This quote by Natalie Goldberg highlights the ignorance of stress and reminds us to step back and evaluate our thoughts and priorities.

  • “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye
“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” Hans Selye

Stress can be harmful to our health, but it is not the stress itself that causes harm. Rather, it’s our reactions to stress that can lead to physical and emotional health problems. This quote by Hans Selye, the father of stress research, reminds us that we have the power to control our reactions to stress. By developing healthy coping mechanisms, we can minimize the harmful effects of stress on our well-being.

  • “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Nelson Mandela

PhD students often experience setbacks and failures during their journey. However, it’s important to remember that these challenges are not permanent and that they can be overcome. This quote by Nelson Mandela highlights the importance of resilience and the ability to bounce back from adversity. When faced with stress or difficult challenges, PhD students can remind themselves of their strength and resilience, and use it as motivation to keep moving forward.

  • “Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.” – Unknown
“Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.” Unknown

Stress is a natural part of life, and it’s important to understand that it is not possible to eliminate it completely. However, what we can do is develop the ability to cope with it effectively. This quote highlights the difference between peace and the absence of conflict and emphasizes the importance of developing the skills to manage stress in a healthy way.

  • “In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” – Lee Iacocca
“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” Lee Iacocca

One of the most effective ways to manage stress is to channel it into productive activities. This quote by Lee Iacocca reminds us that keeping busy with positive activities can help to dissipate stress and provide a sense of accomplishment. Whether it’s exercise, art, volunteering, or other hobbies, finding an outlet for stress can be an effective way to reduce its impact on our well-being.

  • “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Steve Jobs

Finding passion and purpose in our work can go a long way in reducing stress and improving our overall happiness. This quote by Steve Jobs highlights the importance of finding joy in our work and reminds us that when we love what we do, it doesn’t feel like work at all. PhD students can apply this principle by finding ways to connect their research with their personal interests and passions.

  • “Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn
“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.” Jim Rohn

Stress can have a significant impact on our physical health, and it’s important to take care of ourselves in order to manage it effectively. This quote by Jim Rohn emphasizes the importance of self-care and taking care of our bodies. PhD students can practice self-care by getting enough sleep, eating well, and engaging in physical activity.

  • “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” – Dalai Lama
“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” Dalai Lama

Ultimately, the goal of managing stress is to improve our overall happiness and well-being. This quote by the Dalai Lama reminds us that happiness should be our ultimate objective and that we should strive to find it in every aspect of our lives. PhD students can find happiness by prioritizing self-care, maintaining a positive outlook, and finding joy in their work.

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In conclusion, managing stress is a critical part of the PhD journey, and it’s important to have the tools and techniques to do so effectively. By utilizing inspiring quotes, PhD students can find comfort and guidance in the words of great thinkers and leaders, and find the inner peace and happiness they need to succeed. Remember, stress is a natural part of life, but it doesn’t have to control us. With the right approach, we can turn stress into a catalyst for growth and success.

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60 Best Motivational Quotes for PhD Students

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Motivational Quotes for PhD Students: Getting into a PhD program can be one of the most rewarding things that a person will do. A Ph.D. is not for the faint of heart. The degree is earned through long years of research and hard work. Make sure you’re motivated to make it to your goal.

Motivational quotes help us in our difficult moments. They boost and inspire our morale when we are feeling low, desperate, or exhausted. Motivational quotes for Ph.D. students are so important at times as we are overwhelmed. Still, these inspirational words can be that refreshing medicine that helps us fight back and overcome the obstacle.

You know what they say – you must face the music; in life, there comes a time when you must take the bull by the horns. When it comes to studying for Ph.D. exams, you have to put in the time and effort required to succeed. The trick is to remain motivated and focused on your target rather than succumbing to anger or stress. These motivational quotes can help keep you on track.

  • I am bound to succeed, for the harder I work, the luckier I get. – Thomas Jefferson
  • Life is like riding a bicycle; to keep your balance, you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein
  • Live the life you’ve imagined. Imagine the life you now live.
  • Sometimes you just have to go after what you want. – Unknown
  • There is no wealth but life. Life, including all its powers of love, joy, and admiration.
  • Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.
  • To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
  • Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
  • Unstoppable Ph.D.’s take on the fear of failure.
  • Getting motivated to tackle challenging work every day can be tricky. Are you motivated?
  • You can do anything you put your mind to. You will be who you want to be. You can change the world!
  • Dedication. Persistence.” – Dr. Adam Perkins
  • Pursue your dreams, and hard work will pay off—if you want it badly enough, failure won’t stop you. Just keep going.
  • When you’re a Ph.D. student, every day is an accomplishment. Every paper is an adventure. Life’s a journey, not a destination. Stuff happens.
  • A Ph.D. serves as a light during graduate school, but it’s a lantern during the job hunt.
  • Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. – C.P.A. Calvin Walker
  • Sometimes, I need to tap into the courage and motivation to keep going in life, but it never hurts to take a moment to remember how far I’ve come. You got this!
  • You are the person who can do more than you think you can. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • The secret to getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then creating the first one.
  • Sometimes I imagine success as a small, flickering flame. Then, I remember—that spark is a raging fire.
  • Earn it” is not just a locker room saying. It’s something that we should live by every day.
  • Just surround yourself with like-minded people, and you’ll be set. Keep going.
  • Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. -Winston Churchill #phdlife
  • Challenges are what make life enjoyable, and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – Joshua J. Marine
  • Don’t let the past hold you back; your future isn’t written in stone.
  • It’s no use to talk about what you’ll do when you’re successful unless you have a clear idea of where you will end up…
  • It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
  • Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” — George Bernard Shaw.
  • Carol Deitrich once said, “Forget the haters; they’re not worth your time.” We can relate to that.
  • Keep moving forward. Whatever you do, make sure that it pushes you in the right direction to where you want to be.
  • There is no such thing as an unsuccessful life—just unsuccessful people.
  • Fall officially starts tomorrow, but it’s here in spirit today.” ― John Green.
  • Sometimes you just have to treat yourself; we got your favorite smoothie flavors ready for you. Stay on the path to that Ph.D.!
  • Opportunities, like fruit, don’t fall from trees; you create them. Make your opportunities to go places and meet people.
  • Make time for memories. Everyone deserves to spend time with the ones they love.
  • No matter how busy you are, always take the time to say I love you.
  • I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ― Maya Angelou
  • I love that you don’t know what you will become; it’s exciting and terrifying. – Chelsea Manning
  • Turn away from the screen and enjoy these last few moments of summer. These are your days. -author unknown
  • Reach for the moon. If you fall, you’ll land among the stars.
  • Sometimes you just have to make the most of a bad situation. – Dave Ramsey
  • There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.
  • Never stop pushing yourself to achieve what you know you’re capable of achieving. Congratulations on all your hard work and accomplishments so far. You’ve earned it, and we’re proud of you.
  • Never give up on your dreams because it always makes you feel like one day, your number will be up, and you’ll make it.
  • Your heart is your compass.”
  • Either you think you can, or you believe you can’t—either way, you’re right. #grahampearson
  • Work hard, do the best you can, and give it everything you’ve got. You only get to be a Ph.D. candidate for a short time, so live a little!
  • It’s always darkest before the dawn. The night is just a metaphor for life before success. There will be plenty of time to sleep when you are dead. The most painful lessons in life often produce the greatest and most beautiful outcomes. #phD
  • Your margin is my sweet spot; don’t be afraid to share your success. Good luck today, cheers to a smooth day.
  • When life is telling you no, remember that God is telling you YES to something better.
  • If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards. -Paul “Bear” Bryant
  • We’re in it for the long haul. Life is a marathon, not a sprint.
  • No one knows what you can do until you try. So, what’s stopping you?
  • Failure is the stepping stone to success, but at the same time, don’t be afraid of failure. Go for it, again and again.
  • These are for the days you think your thesis will never end # Ph.D. #phdstudent #phdischargenegative
  • The beautiful thing about learning is you never run out of things to learn.💡
  • Pursuing your passion doesn’t mean it will arrive on your doorstep with a big red bow. It means you get to work harder at something you are crazy about. ~Eliza Doolittle
  • Be the change you want to see in the world. Stay focused 🔋 on what you love.
  • Your Ph.D. is an adventure, not a destination.
  • Life reflects the person you are, and that person you are a reflection of what you believe. Make sure your life reflects who YOU want to be.
  • You are kind of beautiful. And you deserve every happiness. -Toni Morrison #theglimpsediary
  • You’re relaxing; you’re studying, you’re having fun with your studies. How? With the perfect balance of fun and excitement. That’s what it is to be a Ph.D. student. 🤓 🎉
  • We know you’ve got it in you. And we’re inspired by the work you do. From lab to life, your curiosity fuels your own. We’re proud to be your partner in exploring all the possibilities of today.
  • We’re constantly chasing the horizon, but we tend to forget what’s right behind us. Remember to enjoy where you are in life and be grateful for every moment!”
  • “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”-Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul #phd
  • You’ve got this, you exceptional Ph.D. candidate!
  • The road of life is long, but it’s really up to you how to get there. – Anonymous #quote
  • You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Celebrate being awesome.
  • Work hard. Be nice to people. Make good art.
  • To be successful, you need to take a lot of things from life. If I am good, it is because there are a thousand men and women who have helped make me so.” (Helen Hayes)
  • I dedicate my success to being persistent, never giving up, and following my heart.
  • The hardest part about succeeding is taking the first step. The second is having confidence in yourself.
  • Don’t just wait for opportunities. Seize them. #phd
  • Fall is officially upon us. Let the crisp air fill you with determination for this upcoming school year. Good luck, future PhDs!
  • Do your own thing! Love your life! Live in the moment! #motivation #quotes
  • May you achieve all the success and happiness you desire.
  • You only fail when you stop trying. So keep trying. ―Dr. Seuss #keepgoing
  • You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Gandhi #phdlife
  • I’m a student studying ph.d. social sciences. Some weeks are better than others, but I’ve always tried to find the good in all situations. Sometimes we’re in the pit, but happiness is a choice, and it’s worth it to.
  • Make the right choice: Be Resourceful.
  • Work hard. There are no shortcuts to accomplishment. – Oleg
  • When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long. – Will Smith
  • Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your inner voice.
  • Being an outsider and feeling alone is a sign, not a problem. It’s a sign that the things you believe in are ahead of their time. It’s a sign that you have new ideas and challenges ahead of you. Being alone doesn’t mean.
  • This summer, I’ll remember that wherever I am, there’s a whole world within me. And if there’s a whole world within me, there must be a whole world out there. #summer #vacation #travel #world
  • It’s not where you start; it’s where you finish.
  • Which quote lights your fire today? Knowledge is power” – Marshawn Lynch #phdquote
  • “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” -Albert Einstein #phdproblems
  • For every 100 hours, you learn, practice, or teach.
  • Hey you, you’re already awesome! If you start each day believing that anything is possible. #alreadyawesome
  • Be your hero; life depends on it. – Norm Paperno
  • Be fearless and know that you can do anything.
  • There is no passion for being found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. -Nelson Mandela
  • If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough. -Les Brown
  • It is hard to soar like an eagle when turkeys surround you. #phd #student
  • Just keep pushing. Keep pushing yourself to be something you are proud of.*
  • Be proud of who you are, and have fun doing it. Everything else will follow.
  • Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed.
  • It wasn’t until I stopped being afraid of what would happen if I tried and fell short when I started getting where I wanted to go. – Dan Gardner
  • If you can dream it, you can do it.
  • Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
  • Keep moving forward. Push yourself beyond your limits. You are capable of more than you think. Remember, you can achieve anything if you set your mind to it. #MotivationalMonday
  • They are inspiring the next generation of divers who will follow in their footsteps into the deep blue. Diving Locker is proud to be partnered with Team Ph.D., and we look forward to watching them grow. ✌🏽
  • Don’t find time to do things. Make time.’ Elan Gale
  • If you are sitting there dreaming of success but can’t seem to get there — you need to take action!
  • Nothing worth having can be easily attained. #phd #study
  • There’s a reason for everything. It is always hard to see on the dark side of things, but it makes you stronger and helps you better understand what you want and why you are here. Live your life fully with no regrets.
  • Turn your past into better days ahead. Move on from yesterday, but don’t forget it.
  • Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all to difference. – Robert Frost
  • It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. Sir Edmund Hillary
  • 30% of your life will be spent on your job. Make sure you’re trying to enjoy it as much as possible.
  • Work hard, Be kind; always remember there is someone in the world that loves you. #backtohuman
  • Be relentless. Everyone knows how to work hard; few people know how to work smart. Be exceptional at everything you do, and all things will be possible. -Hootsuite
  • Choose the path less traveled. And revel in the rewards of those who do.
  • You’ve spent years of your life researching, writing, and rewriting your thesis. The day is finally here. Congratulations, doctor!
  • Love your insecurity. It will never leave you and always keep you searching for more. – Nelson Mandela
  • When you’ve tried and failed again and again, and your self-esteem is shot, and you want to give up… but find that if you just keep going, you can get so much further than you ever thought possible.
  • When you’re trying to do something new, something that’s going to get out there into the real world, you have to focus. You have to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
  • There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results. -Khalil Gibran
  • It’s not that you won’t be scared. You will be. Everyone is. It’s what you do next that counts.
  • The man says, “Give me a fish, and I will eat for a day. Teach me to fish, and I will eat forever.”
  • Don’t be afraid of failure — be afraid of not trying at all.

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35 Helpful Frustration Quotes for When Things Go Wrong

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No one who has been successful has gone through life without getting frustrated.

Did you think Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs had it easy?

Frustration is an inevitable part of success. When you are passionate about something and you fail for the first time, there’s nothing more motivating than the feeling of frustration you get.

There is no shortcut to success. You have to work hard and overcome challenges, but the feeling of reaching a goal is worth it.

In this post, we share with you 35 frustration quotes that you can use to motivate yourself when things go wrong . These quotes are from successful people who, like you, have hit rock bottom more often than you can imagine.

But before we get to our list, let’s discuss a few more reasons why you need to read these frustration quotes.

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Why Read Frustration Quotes?

We are presenting these quotes because we believe that they will help motivate you to face the inevitable frustrations that life will through at you. These quotes can serve as tools to help you keep going, even in the face of life’s uncertainties.

We also want you to realize that you are not alone. We all may face different battles each day, but ultimately we are all fighting similar battles.

Whenever you feel like things are too much to handle, just remember that many people have come before you were able to survive. They felt frustrated, just like you, but they persevered.

Now that we have established why reading these quotes can help motivate you, let’s check them out!

  • “Success is not built on success. It's built on failure. It's built on frustration. Sometimes it’s built on catastrophe.” – Sumner Redstone
  • “Frustration is a very positive sign. It means that the solution to your problem is within range, but what you're currently doing isn't working, and you need to change your approach in order to achieve your goal.” – Anthony Robbins
  • “Frustration is the nagging feeling that tells us we are not listening or following our intuition.” – J.R. Incer
  • “The torment of human frustration, whatever its immediate cause, is the knowledge that the self is in prison, its vital force and ”mangled mind” leaking away in lonely, wasteful self-conflict.” – Elizabeth Drew
  • “Frustration is the fuel that can lead to the development of an innovative and useful idea.” – Marley Dias
  • “The action carries a sense of incompleteness and frustration, but not of guilt. Victorious living does not mean perfect living in the sense of living without flaw, but it does mean adequate living, and that can be consistent with many mistakes.” – E. Stanley Jones
“Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success.” – Bo Bennett
  • “Trying to please everyone is a recipe for stress, misery, and frustration. Be yourself. It’ll be good to know who’s down with that.” – Anonymous
  • “You've done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.” – Ralph Marston
  • “Explain your anger instead of expressing it, and you’ll find solutions instead of arguments.” – Anonymous
  • “Things never go the way you expect them to. That's both the joy and frustration in life. I'm finding as I get older that I don't mind, though. It's the surprises that tickle me the most, the things you don't see coming.” – Michael Stuhlbarg
  • “In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” – Lee Iacocca
  • “Life is not an easy matter. You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness.” – Leon Trotsky
  • “I've come to believe that all my past failure and frustrations were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.” – Anthony Robbins
.ugb-6a21c84 .ugb-blockquote__item{background-color:#fcb900 !important;border-radius:12px !important}.ugb-6a21c84 .ugb-blockquote__item:before{background-color:#fcb900 !important}.ugb-6a21c84 .ugb-blockquote__quote{fill:#1e73be !important;width:70px !important;height:70px !important}.ugb-6a21c84 .ugb-blockquote__text{color:#1e73be} “I've come to believe that all my past failure and frustrations were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.” – Anthony Robbins
  • “People need trouble – a little frustration to sharpen the spirit on, toughen it.” – William Faulkner
  • “It is okay of airing out your frustration, just don’t dwell on them. Find out the cause and find a solution of getting rid of it. If you can’t have the solution much as well accept it.” – Ann Marie Aguilar
  • “Of course everyone has those moments of frustration now and then, when you say, ‘I wish I could play well already – or just stop.' But it's too much trouble to stop just for a moment of frustration. It is when you keep going that you make the most progress.” – Hilary Hahn
  • “Realize that if you have time to whine and complain about something, then you have the time to do something about it.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo
  • “To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not the obstacles.” – T.F. Hodge
  • “You’re frustrated because you keep waiting for the blooming of flowers of which you have yet to sow the seeds.” – Steve Maraboli
  • “It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration. Those emotions are poison to any living goal.” – Steve Maraboli
  • “If you so choose, every mistake can lead to greater understanding and effectiveness. If you so choose, every frustration can help you to be more patient and more persistent.” – Ralph Marston
  • “It is okay of airing out your frustration, just don't dwell on them. Find out the cause and find a solution of getting rid of it. If you can't have the solution much as well accept it.” – Ann Marie Aguilar
  • “No matter what type of anger or frustration we have to struggle with, a clear picture of how our faith in God is the answer to anything we need to overcome.” – Carol Graham
  • “Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh since there is less cleaning do to do afterward.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  • “Looking back at the times where I allowed my work to create stress and frustration in my life, I now realize what I thought was important really was not. I am not saying you should not take your work seriously, what I am saying is that we need to realize that life is all about balance.” – Catherine Pulsifer
  • “I feel like you get more bees with honey. But that doesn’t mean I don’t get frustrated in my life. My way of dealing with frustration is to shut down and to think and speak logically.” – Beyonce Knowles
  • “All successful people learn that success is buried on the other side of frustration.” – Tony Robbins

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  • “Forget perfect on the first try. In the face of frustration, your best tool is a few deep breaths and remembering that you can do anything once you've practiced two hundred times. Seriously.” – Andrea Buchanan
  • “The word “frustration” is defined as the unfortunate tendency of lessening one’s destiny. Rise up and take all frustrations away! Stop squeezing your dreams into a small size… You were not created to settle for less!” – Israelmore Ayivor
  • “A life of frustration is inevitable for any coach whose main enjoyment is winning.” – Chuck Noll
  • “Our frustration is greater when we have much and want more than when we have nothing and want some. We are less dissatisfied when we lack many things than when we seem to lack but one thing.” – Eric Hoffer
  • “Frustration is commonly the difference between what you would like to be and what you are willing to sacrifice to become what you would like to be.” – Anonymous
  • “Frustration is a sign I am acting independently. The more you try your own way, the tighter the doors will stay closed.” – Joyce Meyer
  • “Frustration is the first step toward improvement. It's only when I face frustration and use it to fuel my dedication that I feel myself moving forward.” – John Bingham

Final Thoughts on Frustration Quotes

Life is full of struggles and uncertainties, but isn’t that what makes it fun and exciting? You may fall down, but you can always got back up.

No matter how much you fail and how disappointed you become, there is always something to work toward. Your frustration is what will push you further to achieve your goal.

We hope that the quotes we shared above will inspire and motivate to be the person you were meant to be. It’s okay to fail and fall. Eventually, you will learn to fly.

And if you want more eye-opening quotes, be sure to check out these blog posts:

  • 91 Quotes About Perseverance Through Hard Times
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Finally, if you want to use these quotes to make a lasting change to your life, then check out and recite these 57 affirmations for success .

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17 research quotes to inspire and amuse you

Being a researcher requires dedication, hard work and more than a little inspiration. Here’s something to boost the last item on that list.

We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking research quotes we can find. We hope they’ll leave you feeling inspired and motivated to start – or complete – your best ever research project.

As these quotes show, research is a common thread running through all kinds of professions and pursuits, from Ancient Rome right up to the present day. If you practice research, you’re part of a long list of people throughout history, all dedicated to finding new knowledge and ideas that ultimately make the world a better place.

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1. “No research without action, no action without research”

- Kurt Lewin

Lewin (1890-1947) was a German-American social psychologist. He’s known for his theory that human behavior is a function of our psychological environment.

2. “Research is seeing what everybody else has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought.”

- Albert Szent-Györgyi 

Szent-Györgyi (1893-1986)  was a Hungarian pharmacologist known for his work on vitamins and oxidation. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937.

3. "Bad news sells papers. It also sells market research."

- Byron Sharp 

Sharp is Professor of Marketing Science and Director of the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute, the world’s largest centre for research into marketing.

4. "In fact, the world needs more nerds."

- Ben Bernanke

Bernanke is an American economist and former chair of the board of governors at the United Stares Federal Reserve.

5. "Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing."

- Wernher von Braun

Von Braun (1912-1977) was a German-American physicist and rocket engineer whose team launched the first US satellite into space.

6. "Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose."

- Zora Neale Hurston

Hurston (1891-1960) was an American anthropologist and writer known for her research and writing on slavery, race, folklore and the African-American experience.

7. "Research is creating new knowledge."

- Neil Armstrong

Armstrong (1930-2012) was an American astronaut famed for being the first man to walk on the Moon.

8. "I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts."

- Bill Gates

Gates needs little introduction – he’s an entrepreneur, philanthropist and the founder of Microsoft.

9. “The best research you can do is talk to people”

- Terry Pratchett

Pratchett is an award-winning British science fiction and fantasy author. He was knighted in 2009. He is known for The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the Discworld series.

10. “Research means that you don’t know, but are willing to find out”

- Charles F. Kettering

Kettering (1876-1958) was an American engineer, known for inventing the electric starter used in combustion engines, as well as other automobile technologies.

11. “Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.”

- Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius (121-180) was a Roman Emperor and Stoic philosopher.

12. “It is a good thing for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast.“

- Konrad Lorenz

Lorenz (1903-1989) was an Austrian biologist known for his game-changing research on animal behavior. He was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1973.

13. “Research is something that everyone can do, and everyone ought to do. It is simply collecting information and thinking systematically about it.”

- Raewyn Connell

Connell is an Australian sociologist. She is a former professor of at the University of Sydney and is known for her work on gender and transgender studies.

14. “As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.”

- Antoine de Saint Exupery

De Saint Exupery (1900-1944) was a French aviator, author and poet, best known for his story The Little Prince, one of the best-selling books of all time.

15. “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.”

- Arthur Conan Doyle (writing as Sherlock Holmes)

Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was a British crime writer and creator of the legendary Sherlock Holmes, master of deduction.

16. “If we knew what we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”

- Albert Einstein

Maybe the most famous scientist of all time, Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was a German physicist who came up with the theory of relativity. However, it was his description of the photoelectric effect, the interplay between light and electrically charged atoms, that won him the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921.

17. “The power of statistics and the clean lines of quantitative research appealed to me, but I fell in love with the richness and depth of qualitative research.”

- Brené Brown

Brown is a researcher and storyteller studying courage, shame, empathy and vulnerability. She is a best-selling author and inspirational speaker. She is a research professor at the University of Houston.

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The 200 Best Quotes to Help You Deal With Frustration

Last Updated: March 2, 2023 by Quote.cc Team

No one successful has gone through life without getting frustrated.

Frustration is the feeling of irritability or anger because of the inability to achieve what you want. Frustration is an emotional stress response. Stress at work, home, and in relationships often leads to irritability, and constant frustration can lead to many illnesses like depression .

Frustration is an inevitable part of success in life. When you work on your dreams and passion, there are a lot of struggles and failure which one has to face. With losses come resentment and frustration. But you need to keep yourself positive and overcome frustration to hustle and succeed. There is no shortcut to success. You have to work hard and overcome challenges, but the feeling of reaching a goal is worth it.

We also want you to realize that you are not alone. We all may face different battles each day, but ultimately we are all fighting similar battles. Whenever you feel things are too much to handle, remember that many people have come before you could survive. They felt frustrated, just like you, but they persevered.

In this post, we share with you 200 frustration quotes that you can use to motivate yourself when things go wrong. We are presenting these quotes because they will help you face the inevitable frustrations that life throws at you.

These frustrated life quotes help you acquire new ideas that will make you get the better of being frustrated and be more focused on the things you want to accomplish. To inspire them, share these quotes about being frustrated with your friends, family, and loved ones.

200 Frustration Quotes

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Top 10 Frustration Quotes

“You may grow frustrated and depressed, never realizing that the source of it is your alienation from your own creative potential.” – Robert Greene
“While all the other kids were out playing in the summer evenings, I had to be in bed at six-thirty. They did that to discipline me, but for me it was the wrong way to bring up a child. It gave me a feeling of frustration and of reaching-out-and-trying-to-please. I found the quickest and easiest way to do that was to make people laugh. I suppose you could say it led to my wanting to be an actress.” – Lucille Ball
“We’re at the creek catching fish with a holey net. Understandably, this may take some time. Come join us if you enjoy frustration.” – Glendy Vanderah
“This endless search [for personal fulfillment] leads every ignorant human being to engage in various situations and entanglements, which in the beginning seem to hold the possibility of bringing about a happy circumstance, but which invariably leads to pain, suffering, and frustration.” – Muata Ashby
“The more positive emotions you feel, the happier you are. On the other hand, the more you indulge in negative emotions like anger and frustration, the unhappier you are.” – Maximilian Weigand
“So just what is so fascinating about blame avoidance? … One is that having become alerted to blame avoidance as a phenomenon, you start to see it everywhere… blame avoidance is capable of being discussed at all levels, from abstruse philosophical analysis of the nature of responsibility to everyday conversations on the bus or in the bar that swap battle stories about the frustrations of dealing with big organizations whose systems and structures seem to be carefully designed to make ordinary human communication with them as difficult as possible.” – Christopher Hood
“Our frustration is greater when we have much and want more than when we have nothing and want some. We are less dissatisfied when we lack many things than when we seem to lack but one thing.” – Eric Hoffer
“Producing good stuff can be quite tough, and it involves a lot of frustration, but I always like things to be jolly and happy, and I forget that’s actually not the point at the end of the day.” – Ewan McGregor
“She turned back into the room and began to walk to and fro down its whole length, without stopping, without resting. She carried in her hands a thin handkerchief, which she tore into ribbons, rolled into a ball, and flung from her. Once she stopped, and taking off her wedding ring, flung it upon the carpet. When she saw it lying there, she stamped her heel upon it, striving to crush it. But her small boot heel did not make an indenture, not a mark upon the little glittering circlet. In a sweeping passion she seized a glass vase from the table and flung it upon the tiles of the hearth. She wanted to destroy something. The crash and clatter were what she wanted to hear.” – Kate Chopin
“Some people will always taste like fire and leave the ones that love them tasting like ash.” – Nikita Gill

Frustration, disappointment, and hurt happen when we expect too much back from others, because we know we would do that for them. Stop hanging on so tightly to what you want in return, and give love and kindness with an open hand.

What Is Frustration?

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“Frustrations, work pressure, family issues, emotional wreck! Big words, big problems! A really small solution! A cup of her favorite coffee could momentarily relieve them all!”
“Frustration: In my life, everything is nice, but every now and then people need some spice!! When I get frustrated they are always interested. Just leave me alone for God’s sake. I don’t need any sympathy, which is really fake.”
“Frustration, disillusionment and a profound sense of loss came to characterize the war-weary survivors and influenced their artistic productions.” – Paul Brody
“Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success.” – Bo Bennett
“Frustration smells like air freshener at office.”
“Frustration is the nagging feeling that tells us we are not listening or following our intuition.” – J.R. Incer
“Frustration is the fuel that can lead to the development of an innovative and useful idea.” – Marley Dias
“Frustration is the first step toward improvement. It’s only when I face frustration and use it to fuel my dedication that I feel myself moving forward.” – John Bingham
“Frustration is out of expectation; expectation is our projection. All kinds of love frustrate unless love is based in meditation.” – Rajneesh
“Frustration is fuel that can lead to the development of an innovative and useful idea.” – Marley Dias
“Frustration is commonly the difference between what you would like to be and what you are willing to sacrifice to become what you would like to be.”
“Frustration is an inevitable part of success. When you are passionate about something and you fail for the first time, there’s nothing more motivating than the feeling of frustration you get.”
“Frustration is a very positive sign. It means that the solution to your problem is within range, but what you’re currently doing isn’t working, and you need to change your approach in order to achieve your goal.” – Anthony Robbins
“Frustration is a sign I am acting independently. The more you try your own way, the tighter the doors will stay closed.” – Joyce Meyer
“Frustration always comes before the achievement.”

People staying together for long might stay frustrated with each other but being apart is the last thing they can think of.

Funny Frustration Quotes

“One of my biggest frustrations was watching people not succeeding. As a leader I had a passion to see people grow and develop. I constantly was looking for ways to help people. The other frustration was listening to people complain about not getting ahead yet they didn’t take any steps to help themselves and their career.” – Catherine Pulsifer
“Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations.” – Samuel Ullman
“Nothing frustrates team members more than leaders who can’t make up their minds.” – John Maxwell
“Louis struggled with his temper and went silently back to the wagon. The keys were gone, but the first-aid kit was still in the glove compartment. He got it and came back. When Ellie saw it, she began to scream louder than ever.” – Stephen King
“No one goes into standup to make money. The frustration and rejection are just too much.” – Jim Gaffigan
“Never fret at any imperfections that you fear may impede your progress.” – Og Mandino
“One of the greatest sources of insecurity and frustration is our tendency to try and change things that we don’t have any control of.” – Ryan Help
“Needing to have things perfect is the surest way to immobilize yourself with frustration.” – Wayne Dyer
“The people sometimes who are closest to us are the ones who bear the brunt of our frustration.” – Lynn Nottage
“When a successful man goes to pieces, his frustration engulfs the entire surroundings.” – Dimple Kapadia
“On every front there are clear answers out there that can make this country stronger, but we’re going to break through the fear and the frustration people are feeling. Our job is to make sure that even as we make progress, that we are also giving people a sense of hope and vision for the future.” – Barack Obama
“Of course everyone has those moments of frustration now and then, when you say, ‘I wish I could play well already – or just stop.’ But it’s too much trouble to stop just for a moment of frustration. It is when you keep going that you make the most progress.” – Hilary Hahn
“Nothing is more frustrating than being disappointed by the person you thought would never hurt you.”
“Things never go the way you expect them to. That’s both the joy and frustration in life. I’m finding as I get older that I don’t mind, though. It’s the surprises that tickle me the most, the things you don’t see coming.” – Michael Stuhlbarg
“Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.” – Dale Carnegie
“She had become attached to you both. She worked very hard for you, Henry! I don’t think you quite realize what anything in the nature of brain work means to a girl like that. Well, it seems that when the great day of trial came, and she did this wonderful thing for you without making a single mistake, you two sat there and never said a word to her, but talked together of how glad you were that it was all over and how you had been bored with the whole thing. And then you were surprised because she threw your slippers at you!” – George Bernard Shaw
“The feeling of frustration forces some to seek inspiration.” – Sara Wellington
“We can make ourselves sick, when we try to predict, And, we always end up in frustration, Our minds are so set, that we tend to forget, That it’s God, choosing our destination.” – Jim Thistle

I don't get mad anymore. I just accept it for what it is and move on.

Love Frustration Quotes

“Sometimes I get to the point of frustration, that I just become silent.”
“Love as education is one of the great powers of the world, but it hangs in a delicate suspension; it achieves its harmony as seldom as does love by the senses. Frustrated, it creates even greater havoc, for like all love it is a madness.” – Thornton Wilder
“So now it’s both of you! First it’s all warm, warm, warm. Then it’s all soft, soft, soft. Now it’s all nice, nice, nice!” – Raymond Briggs
“Expectation feeds frustration. It is an unhealthy attachment to people, things, and outcomes as wish we could control; but don’t.” – Dr. Steve Maraboli
“It’s so frustrating to know how terrible, how fake a person actually is, yet everyone loves them because they put on a good show.”
“It’s better to be healthy alone than sick with someone else.” – Phil McGraw
“I can’t stand the sight of them huddled together against the truth, deaf and dumb to anything remotely real.” – Libba Bray
“Exam time:- Day: frustration, headache, irritation. Night: your love with you, holding you close, a gentle kiss on the forehead and silence…”
“Don’t say ka, Roland. If you say ka one more time … my head’ll explode. ” – Stephen King
“She’s standing on the line between giving up and seeing how much more she can take.”
“Realize that if you have time to whine and complain about something, then you have the time to do something about it.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo
“Please don’t expect me to always be good and kind and loving. There are times when I will be cold and thoughtless and hard to understand.”
“People need trouble – a little frustration to sharpen the spirit on, toughen it.” – William Faulkner
“True love is the frustration, the confusion, the blank state of mind one gets into when they know that they can’t be with their loved one.”
“Think! Think! Think! That boy will think himself into an early grave…” – Raymond Briggs
“To live for results would be to sentence myself to continuous frustration. My only sure reward is in my actions and not from them.” – Hugh Prather
“Be patient when you are frustrated. Be silent when you are angry. Be brave when you are confronted with challenges.” – Dr. T.P. Chia
“Apologizing does not always mean that you’re wrong and the other person is right. It just means that you value your relationship more than your ego.”
“All successful people learn that success is buried on the other side of frustration.” – Tony Robbins
“It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration. Those emotions are poison to any living goal.” – Steve Maraboli
“All frustrations are self-induced. The outside world can invite us to become upset, but we ultimately accept the invitation.”

THE EMOTIONAL TRIGGER THAT BEGINS AN ARGUMENT MAY HAVE LITTLE TO DO WITH YOUR PRESENT SITUATION, BUT HAS DUG UP A WOUND.

Anger And Frustration Quotes

“There’s a lot of confusion. There’s a lot of frustration and anger.” – James Roberts
“Thoughts that are powered by fear will cause feelings of anxiety, anger or frustration, which will manifest into your life and create negative or bad experiences.” – Joe Hinchliffe
“The fear really hits you. That’s what you feel first. And then it’s the anger and frustration. Part of the problem is how little we understand about the ultimate betrayal of the body when it rebels against itself.” – Charles Bronson
“The fact of the matter is that anger is unleashed emotions. It is emotions that you cannot handle and thus, the only way forward is to let out all of those feelings of frustration…it’s possible to handle all of your emotions in a positive way, instead of letting anger get the better of you.” – A.C. Drexel
“Take the high road. No matter how much strife, and consternation, frustration and anger you might be confronted with – don’t go to that level.” – Tim Gunn
“It’s better to cry than be angry, because anger hurts others while tears flow silently through the soul and cleanse the heart.” – Pope John Paul 11
“Explain your anger instead of expressing it, and you’ll find solutions instead of arguments.”
“Being alone with fear can rapidly turn into panic. Being alone with frustration can rapidly turn into anger. Being alone with disappointment can rapid turn into discouragement and, even worse, despair.” – Mark Goulston
“Anger is nothing more than an outward expression of hurt fear and frustration.”
“A sense of humor is God’s antidote for anger and frustration.” – Rick Warren
“No matter what type of anger or frustration we have to struggle with, … a clear picture of how our faith in God is the answer to anything we need to overcome.” – Carol Graham
“I am exhausted from trying to be stronger than I feel.”
“How we decide to react to what is thrown at us is what determines our level or happiness or frustration.” – Folorunsho Mejabi
“When you are beat down, frustrated, discouraged and feel like you have nowhere to go, you can still turn to God.”
“To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not the obstacles.” – T.F. Hodge
“Tired of getting my hopes up just to be disappointed again.”
“The whole injury experience was so frustrating. I knew if I could get back I would never take running for granted.” – Cicero
“You must determine where you are going in your life, because you cannot get there unless you move in that direction. Random wandering will not move you forward. It will instead disappoint and frustrate you and make you anxious and unhappy and hard to get along with (and then resentful, and then vengeful, and then worse).” – Jordan B. Peterson
“Tears were coursing down the faces of Kennedy’s moonstruck recruits. John Kennedy had inspired us with his vision. One by one, we left work to grieve in private. The flag was at half-staff in our hearts.” – Gene Kranz

One of the most frustrating moments is when you know something isn't right, but you have no fucking idea what. Shresth

Depression And Frustration Quotes

“You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.” – Ralph Marston
“When there is no understanding to the problem, when your reasoning falls short and in your mind; there is turmoil and unrest and such frustration that no answer to your puzzling you find . . . think of quiet pools and rivers in the bright sun, skies of blue and trees and flowers in the spring, in the garden of the inner heart resplendent, there’s a peace of mind that answers everything!” – John McLeod
“When a woman is frustrated, and it’s your wife, you as the husband get that frustration.” – Magic Johnson
“This is one of the most frustrating things about having an anxiety disorder; knowing as you’re freaking out that there’s no reason to be freaked out, but lacking the ability to shut the emotion down.”
“When you are frustrated with me because of the things I cannot do, just imagine how frustrated I must be because I’m not able.”
“The torment of human frustration, whatever its immediate cause, is the knowledge that the self is in prison, its vital force and ”mangled mind” leaking away in lonely, wasteful self-conflict.” – Elizabeth Drew
“The temptation to quit and start over infects every creative process I’ve ever been in. Frustration and boredom always fuel this self-doubt.” – Robert Lopez
“The prince is never going to come. Everyone knows that; and maybe sleeping beauty’s dead.” – Anne Rice
“It must be frustrating for him to have a son as clever as me. It must be hard knowing that he can never win.” – Andy Griffiths
“Do not be afraid to express your goal to the other person because failure to communicate can be a major cause of frustration.” – Jim Berry
“Did you ever notice how difficult it is to argue with someone who is not obsessed with being right?” – Wayne Dyer
“Customer service skills help you keep your happy customers happy, help prevent customers from becoming unhappy and taking out their frustrations on you, and help you deal effectively and quickly with customers who are upset and unhappy.” – Robert Bacal
“But I remember thinking that learning how to endure your disappointment and frustration is part of the job of a creative person. If you want to be an artist of any sort, it seemed to me, then handling your frustration is a fundamental aspect of the work – perhaps the single most fundamental aspect of the work.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
“Bursting out into tears because you can’t take it anymore.”
“If you care about the relationship, cool down before you speak. Because when you blurt, you hurt.”
“He throws the pot of lemon balm she gave him over the edge of the balcony. No phone call.”
“How many times have we attempted the impossible and tried to change other people. Often this ends up being an exercise of frustration as attempting to change others truly is a waste of time!” – Catherine Pulsifer
“Hope fills the holes of my frustration in my heart.” – Emanuel Cleaver
“Every girl has her unique type of guy, love, story, frustration and heartache. But one thing in common: the way they cry over the wrong guy.”
“During the day, you can go from task to task, to meet each colleague and each person no matter how frustrating without losing your temper, or showing frustration by being arrogant or ignorant. After all, it is only one day.” – Byron Pulsifer
“Don’t take your frustration out on your partner. They should be the one person you can go to and feel at peace.”
“Forget perfect on the first try. In the face of frustration, your best tool is a few deep breaths and remembering that you can do anything once you’ve practiced two hundred times. Seriously.” – Andrea Buchanan
“For me, being upset is different than being frustrated. Frustration, it’s a little more deep inside. Being upset, you can get over it the next day.” – Raphael Assuncao
“Feeling frustrated and disappointed.”
“Expectation is the mother of all frustration.” – Antonio Banderas
“Freedom aggravates at least as much as it alleviates frustration. Freedom of choice places the whole blame of failure on the shoulders of the individual.” – Eric Hoffer
“Four Horsemen–Terror, Bewilderment, Frustration, and Despair.” – Bill Wilson
“I punched the pillow, harder and harder. Then I missed and punched the wall instead.” – Jacqueline Wilson
“All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won’t succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.” – Wayne Dyer
“Leave it to the gods—that is all we can do, leave it to the gods.” – Anita Desai
“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh since there is less cleaning do to do afterward.” – Kurt Vonnegut
“Keep going… Difficult roads can lead to beautiful destinations.”
“I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustrations were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.” – Anthony Robbins

REMEMBER. NO ONE MAKES YOU ANGRY. YOU DECIDED TO USE ANGER AS A RESPONSE.

Frustration Quotes About Life

“A life of frustration is inevitable for any coach whose main enjoyment is winning.” – Chuck Noll
“Controlling your time helps overcome frustration and brings life into balance and order, giving you the feeling of control and poise.” – Bill Newman
“… a huge aspect of the significant life is to stop pretending that somehow this separation of our personal and professional lives is not only possible, but desirable. This, of course, is not true, and continuing our attempts to keep the two distinctly separate often leads to discouragement and frustration.” – Pete Smith
“Mentors provide professional networks, outlets for frustration, college and career counseling, general life advice, and most importantly, an extra voice telling a student they are smart enough and capable enough to cross the stage at graduation and land their first paycheck from a career pathway job.” – Gerald Chertavian
“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” – J.K. Rowling
“We all face similar setbacks and problems in life. How we decide to react to what is thrown at us is what determines our level or happiness or frustration.” – Folorunsho Mejabi
“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein
“There are going to be frustrations in life. The question is not: How do I escape? It is: How can I use this as something positive?” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu
“The worst feeling is feeling unwanted by the person you want the most.”
“Learn how to turn frustration into fascination. You will learn more being fascinated by life than you will by being frustrated by it.” – Jim Rohn
“Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.” – Paulo Coelho
“Looking back at the times where I allowed my work to create stress and frustration in my life, I now realize what I thought was important really was not. I am not saying you should not take your work seriously, what I am saying is that we need to realize that life is all about balance.” – Catherine Pulsifer
“Life is not an easy matter. You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness.” – Leon Trotsky
“It is within your hands to be frustrated in life or not. Just your expectations should become smaller, smaller, smaller, and in the same proportion the frustration will become smaller. A day will come when there will be no expectation; then you will never come across any frustration.” – Rajneesh
“I feel like you get more bees with honey. But that doesn’t mean I don’t get frustrated in my life. My way of dealing with frustration is to shut down and to think and speak logically.” – Beyonce Knowles
“As he plays their relationship over in his mind like a movie, he wonders: What if his heart’s delight doesn’t call? Will life be worth living then? ” – Per Nilsson
“You can’t change someone who doesn’t see an issue in their actions.”
“There is a sense of frustration because we are losing games that we know we are capable of winning.” – Kyle Lowry
“It is okay of airing out your frustration, just don’t dwell on them. Find out the cause and find a solution of getting rid of it. If you can’t have the solution much as well accept it.” – Ann Marie Aguilar
“It is hardly possible to build anything if frustration, bitterness and a mood of helplessness prevail.” – Lech Walesa
“If you so choose, every mistake can lead to greater understanding and effectiveness. If you so choose, every frustration can help you to be more patient and more persistent.” – Ralph Marston
“A wise woman once told me, “when it is sent by God, it comes with conformation. But when it isn’t sent by God, it will come with hesitation, frustration, and confusion”. I felt that deep in my soul.”
“The feeling when you just want to get out and run.”
“A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people’s business.” – Eric Hoffer
“I have moments of huge frustration because of my inability to express myself linguistically as clearly as I would like to.” – David Gilmour
“I have depression, but I prefer to say ‘I battle’ depression. Instead of ‘I suffer’ with it. Because depression hits but I hit back. Battle on.”
“I feel like I’m waiting for something that isn’t going to happen.”

Our generation constantly struggles between the desparation of normalizing a lot of things and the frustration of not being able to do it.

Frustration Quotes About Work

“Change is gradual, trying to change too many things at once is what leads to frustration and failure – instead, pick any one particular trait or characteristic that you would like to change and start working specifically on that.” – Michael Andrews
“After years of frustration, I finally left my corporate job and focused on the websites. With focus and perseverance, I was able to learn and apply many different theories – some worked, others were disastrous, but I never gave up.” – Catherine Pulsifer
“Deal with frustration: 1. Isolate the problem. 2. Reflect on why you are getting so upset. 3. Breathe deeply and tell yourself, “this will ultimately work out.” Now look at the situation in a new way.”
“I understand the family’s frustration, but we’re working on this expeditiously… We’re not going to sacrifice accuracy and thoroughness for speed.” – John Connelly
“I would’ve expected (frustration), but people understand what working with technology is all about. And I think people are helping each other out.” – Pat James
“If you are in a customer service role, your smile makes people a lot more amenable to work with you and you will certainly find a lot fewer people who will take their frustration out on you.” – Byron Pulsifer
“In fact, what do you know that can be done without a bit of struggle? Could it be acquiring an education, or learning a new skill, or developing a successful business, or an accomplished painter, musician, or athlete? Well, the answer is obvious; none of these were acquired without work, effort, struggle, overcoming obstacles, perseverance, giving up free time, or long hours of frustration until a skill was developed.” – Byron Pulsifer
“No matter how much you fail and how disappointed you become, there is always something to work toward. Your frustration is what will push you further to achieve your goal.”
“Our ability to tolerate frustration can be especially low when we are under time pressure or have too many things to do, a significant feature of many modern workplaces.” – Russell Kolts
“One source of frustration in the workplace is the frequent mismatch between what people must do and what people can do. When what they must do exceeds their capabilities, the result is anxiety. When what they must do falls short of their capabilities, the result is boredom. But when the match is just right, the results can be glorious. This is the essence of flow.” – Daniel H. Pink
“Trying to please everyone is a recipe for stress, misery, and frustration. Be yourself. It’ll be good to know who’s down with that.”
“The kind of hope I’m talking about is the belief that something good will come. That everything you’re going through and everything you’ve gone through will be worth the struggles and frustrations. The kind of hope I’m talking about is a deep belief that the world can be changed, that the impossible is possible.” – Ronda Rousey
“The frustration level is very high.”
“When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is!”
“While all the other kids were out p“.” – nings
“If there’s a job that pays you both money and frustration, find another with only the first one.”
“I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustrations were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.” – Anthony Robbins
“I’m sick of a system where the richest man gets the most beautiful girl if he wants her, where the artist without an income has to sell his talents to a button manufacturer.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
“I was very sensitive, so when sensitivity has no place to go, it’s often turned into anger or frustration.” – Sam Levinson

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Frustration Quotes About Relationships

“You don’t have to be positive all the time. It’s perfectly okay to feel sad, angry, annoyed, frustrated, scared, or anxious. Having feelings doesn’t make you a ‘negative person’. It makes you human.” – Lori Deschene
“You can’t stop animals from running away! They’re frightened. They don’t want to be killed and eaten!” – Raymond Briggs
“You are not weak because you feel sad, lonely, or frustrated.”
“With his hands pressed to his chest and his eyes still streaming with forced tears, he ran towards the nestling of lanes about the great cathedral. Softhearted ladies stared as he passed, moved by the sight of the weeping urchin. Then his eyes dried up, his nose recovered- and his grand determination flared anew. He would learn to read!” – Leon Garfield
“You’re frustrated because you keep waiting for the blooming of flowers of which you have yet to sow the seeds.” – Steve Maraboli
“Tears are often a sign of frustration.”
“Talk. I pointed to my board. I hit the word again and again. Talk. Talk. Talk. I have so much to say.” – Sharon M. Draper
“Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes it’s built on catastrophe.” – Sumner Redstone
“You know what I hate most of all, Will? Not being able to run anymore, like you.” – Ray Bradbury
“Stress also stops you from focusing on the good things in life, they only remind you that you are upset.”
“Sometimes, you have to get to a point of total frustration before you’ll be ready to make a big change. Don’t wait for what anyone else should do but hasn’t yet and likely won’t. Instead, look for what you can do to change the situation for the better… Even if it means walking away entirely.” – Doe Zantamata
“You know that when confronted by a particular challenge or obstacle that is far more effective to look for a solution and not to be stuck in the problem. Problems can easily mire you in a complaint cycle where nothing is accomplished except frustration but searching for solutions gives you hope rather than wishing for a way around or through the problem.” – Byron Pulsifer
“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” – Lee Iacocca
“The word “frustration” is defined as the unfortunate tendency of lessening one’s destiny. Rise up and take all frustrations away! Stop squeezing your dreams into a small size… You were not created to settle for less!” – Israelmore Ayivor
“The winds of other people’s demands, and our own inner compulsions, have driven us onto a reef of frustration.” – Charles E. Hummel
“With an outraged groan he tears the coat off again, splitting the shoulder of it, and hurls it across the room. It strikes against the shelf of Laura’s glass collection, and there is a tinkle of shattering glass. Laura cries out as if wounded. ‘My glass!—menagerie…‘” – Tennessee Williams
“Why can’t I ever get you, Polly, when that other wolf managed to get his little girl.” – Catherine Storr
“You have control over you and that is the only person you can change. When you realize this you will save yourself a lot of frustration.” – Catherine Pulsifer
“The action carries a sense of incompleteness and frustration, but not of guilt. Victorious living does not mean perfect living in the sense of living without flaw, but it does mean adequate living, and that can be consistent with many mistakes.” – E. Stanley Jones
“Stress is the reason for crime and all other kinds of frustration. To relieve it will eliminate everything else.” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
“Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand.” – Hayley Williams
“There’s so much frustration.” – Melanie Doane
“Lots of mothers wishing that these days, while their sons walk to California, where rain comes, and the color green doesn’t seem like such a miracle, and hope rises daily, like sap in a stem. And I think, some day I’m going to walk there too, through New Mexico and Arizona and Nevada. Some day, I’ll leave behind the wind, and the dust and walk my way West and make myself to home in that distant place of green vines and promise.” – Karen Hesse
“It is a pity that most of the frustrated are those who dreamed great dreams once, and, lost!” – Johnson. V
“If you’re frustrated because you’re not getting what you want, stop for a second: Have you actually flat-out asked for it? If you haven’t, stop complaining. You can’t expect the world to read your mind. You have to put it out there, and sometimes putting it out there is as simple as saying, ‘Hey, can I have that?‘” – Sophia Amoruso

Sometimes I get to the point of frustration, that I just become silent.

In Conclusion

Frustration is an inevitable part of success. When you are passionate about something and fail for the first time, there’s nothing more motivating than the feeling of frustration you get.

All the above quotes about frustration to read from famous people will surely inspire you. When you want something that isn’t going to your liking, you feel annoyed and upset. Don’t let frustration shake you off; instead, treat it as a challenge that you can overcome, be patient and persevere for the goal you want to achieve.

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Samuel Ullman quote: Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the...

Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations.

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Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.

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At the end of the day, you're responsible for yourself and your actions and that's all you can control. So rather than be frustrated with what you can't control, try to fix the things you can.

Without frustration you will not discover that you might be able to do something on your own. We grow through conflict.

You can ask the people around me. I don't give up. I don't give up. I don't give - and it's not out of frustration and desperation that I say I don't give up. I don't give up because I don't give up. I don't believe in it.

You've done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.

Meet every level of frustration with a greater level of character.

Life is not an easy matter... You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness.

All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won't succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.

All successful people learn that success is buried on the other side of frustration.

Expectation is the mother of all frustration.

The creative person finds himself in a state of turmoil, restlessness, emptiness, and unbearable frustration unless he expresses his inner life in some creative way.

The message of frustration is an exciting signal. it means that your brain beleives you could be doing better than you currently are.

When things are shaky and nothing is working, we might realize that we are on the verge of something.

I grant you that frustration is a very mild form of fear, yet it is fear nonetheless.

It is hardly possible to build anything if frustration, bitterness and a mood of helplessness prevail.

I was an accomplice in my own frustration.

Every day, each of us makes a multitude of choices that will impact our lives...the quality of our choices will dictate whether we will struggle in frustration or live an extraordinary life--the life of our dreams.

To hope is to risk frustration. Make up your mind to risk frustration.

Success is buried on the other side of frustration; unfortunately some people don't do what it takes to get to the other side.

Is there no way out of the mind?

Our frustration is greater when we have much and want more than when we have nothing and want some. We are less dissatisfied when we lack many things than when we seem to lack but one thing.

I know I'm not going to write as well as I used to. I no longer have the stamina to endure the frustration. Writing is frustration - it's daily frustration, not to mention humiliation.

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Microbial ecology & evolution, phd tips – dealing with “failed” experiments.

“PhD tips” is an ongoing series of blog posts written by postdocs and aimed at graduate students at the University of Oxford (Department of Biology). I wrote this in April 2021.

[Update Dec 2022: this article is now published in The Microbiologist ]

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all doing well. This week, I want to talk about dealing with “failed” experiments.* I put “failed” in quotes because, as I will argue below, only a very small fraction of experiments perceived as failed have actually failed in the sense that they were completely pointless.

The first thing to realize is that the core of experimental science is an iterative process: you do a thing, it does something (or not), you think about it, you do it a little different next time. Crucially, this process works the same way whether the results made you happy or not (for whatever reason). You think about what happened, you change stuff, you do it again the same way, you do it again with a twist, or you do something else entirely. A very normal experience as a scientist is to – on average – be a little disappointed in the outcome of your experiment. See below for a list of outcomes that tend to make people unhappy. Again: this is normal and part of the process. The most “successful” projects are built on a foundation of “failed” or semi-failed attempts at doing something.**

The second thing to realize is that learning is at the core of this iterative process: a thing has to happen for us to better understand what we’re dealing with. This means that the essential goal of each experiment is to learn something, anything! And this “lesson” doesn’t usually come in the shape of a perfect plot that’s publication-ready on the first try. Instead, the next learning item usually comes from a mangled mess of an experiment or dataset.

What exactly you are learning from each attempt depends of course on the details of your project, but below I am giving a few real-life examples of typical experimental outcomes that tend to make people unhappy, and some suggestions on what one could learn from them.

  • Not failed at all, this is a valuable negative result.
  • Outcome: solid scientific insight.
  • Not failed at all, this is valuable data we can learn from.
  • Potential next step: figure out if noise is biological variance or technical measurement error, or both.
  • Outcome: a better understanding of your system, solid scientific insight
  • Example: forgot to wash cells before treating them.
  • Semi-failed, this is valuable data we can learn from. By comparing the washed cells with the unwashed cells we can learn how this step in the experiment influences the final results. Can be useful for future troubleshooting.
  • Outcome: an experimental protocol where we understand better what each step does, or where we realize one step is less important than previously thought; honing of lab skills.
  • Example: positive/negative control didn’t yield the expected result, even though it has always worked before and the experiment was (to the best of your knowledge) executed as usual.
  • Semi-failed. An opportunity to evaluate the reliability of the protocol/equipment/material.
  • Potential next steps: introduce checklists and more note-taking to ensure little details are adhered to; evaluate assumptions e.g. is the control genotype actually this genotype, is something contaminated, is the machine still working, etc.
  • Outcome: a more reliable experimental protocol, honing of lab skills
  • Example: algae grow over all your aquatic plants and kill them
  • Semi-failed. An opportunity to evaluate “housing” conditions for your organism.
  • Potential next steps: pilot experiment to optimize housing conditions before doing “actual” experiments; investigate whether the contaminant did something interesting
  • Outcome: a more reliable experimental protocol; chance of a random cool discovery with the contaminant
  • Example: dropped tube with the sample on the floor. Cannot be recovered.
  • Close to “actually failed”, but still an opportunity to introduce better safety measures / risk assessment.
  • Potential next steps: introduce safety procedures to ensure better sample preservation, labelling etc.
  • Outcome: a more reliable experimental protocol

The third thing to realize is that feelings of frustration, anger, sadness, fear, are all very common in the wake of a “failed” experiment, especially if it took a long time. And trying to think about the next steps while still frustrated can turn into a vicious cycle where you make mistakes because frustrated brains are bad at solving problems. So, instead, allow yourself to feel these feelings, get a good night’s sleep, and then start troubleshooting the next day with a fresh and relaxed mind.

So, to summarize: doing your PhD, and science in general, is about learning. Every experiment, no matter the outcome, can teach you something. Some of the lessons are perhaps a bit more appealing and easier to swallow than others, but they are all useful and necessary. So next time an experiment “fails”, try taking a nice little break if you can, and then list all the things you still learned about your experimental setup, or organism of interest.

Finally, I would like to share a little mental trick I developed over the years that has helped me with dealing and accepting experimental setbacks. I like to imagine that any given project will take me X hours to complete, including setbacks, trials by fire, random distractions, dead-ends etc. In science, X is usually unknown. But importantly, there is always an X. Every time I conduct an experiment that “fails”, and let’s say it took me 6 hours, I have now reduced X by 6 hours. Not bad! I am one step closer to finishing the project. It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek of course, but it still helps me see my work for what it is: I gave these 6 hours my best and the outcome doesn’t change that.

*If you work on theory you can probably replace “failed experiments” here with “theoretical approaches that didn’t work out” or something along those lines and maybe some of this might still be helpful.

**This is the science version of “The master has failed more times than the student has even tried”.

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52 Wise Frustration Quotes To Help You Deal With It

A collection of inspiring and thought-provoking frustration quotes that’ll inspire you to not give up and motivate you to keep going.

Frustration is a part of life. We all get frustrated every now and then. But you must not let these frustrations stop you from going after your dreams and from enjoying every moment of your life.

Instead, use these frustrations to fuel your determination for improvement, growth, and success.

May these quotes about frustrations below inspire you to do just that.

Frustration quotes and quotes about frustration

Frustration Quotes and Sayings

Frustration is fuel that can lead to the development of an innovative and useful idea.

— Marley Dias

To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not the obstacles.

— T.F. Hodge

Expectation is the mother of all frustration.

— Antonio Banderas

It is okay of airing out your frustration, just don’t dwell on them. Find out the cause and find a solution of getting rid of it. If you can’t have the solution much as well accept it.

— Ann Marie Aguilar

It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration. Those emotions are poison to any living goal.

— Steve Maraboli

Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success.

— Bo Bennett

I am very frustrated by fear of imagination, I don’t think that’s healthy.

— J.K. Rowling

Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe.

— Sumner Redstone

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning do to do afterward.

— Kurt Vonnegut

You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.

— Ralph Marston

You’re frustrated because you keep waiting for the blooming of flowers of which you have yet to sow the seeds.

Frustration Quotes About Life

For me, being upset is different than being frustrated. Frustration, it’s a little more deep inside. Being upset, you can get over it the next day.

— Raphael Assuncao

Frustration is a sign I am acting independently. The more you try your own way, the tighter the doors will stay closed.

— Joyce Meyer

One of the greatest sources of insecurity and frustration is our tendency to try and change things that we don’t have any control of.

— Ryan Help

I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.

— Tony Robbins

No matter what type of anger or frustration we have to struggle with, … a clear picture of how our faith in God is the answer to anything we need to overcome.

— Carol Graham

Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.

— Dale Carnegie

Expectation feeds frustration. It is an unhealthy attachment to people, things, and outcomes we wish we could control; but don’t.

A sense of humor is God’s antidote for anger and frustration.

— Rick Warren

Frustration is not a good enough reason to stop trying….death is.

— Sameh Elsayed

The feeling of frustration forces some to seek inspiration.

— Sara Wellington

Life is not an easy matter. You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness.

— Leon Trotsky

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Frustration is the compost from which the mushrooms of creativity grow.

Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations.

— Samuel Ullman

When you are angry or frustrated, what comes out? Whatever it is, it’s a good indication of what you’re made of.

— H. Jackson Brown

At the end of the day, you’re responsible for yourself and your actions and that’s all you can control. So rather than be frustrated with what you can’t control, try to fix the things you can.

— Kevin Garnett

Forget perfect on the first try. In the face of frustration, your best tool is a few deep breaths, and remembering that you can do anything once you’ve practiced two hundred times. Seriously.

— Andrea Buchanan

Meet every level of frustration with a greater level of character.

— Wes Fesler

Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.

— Tom Robbins

All successful people learn that success is buried on the other side of frustration.

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In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.

— Lee Iacocca

Without frustration you will not discover that you might be able to do something on your own. We grow through conflict.

— Bruce Lee

Wise Frustration Quotes

Frustration is the wet nurse of violence.

— David Abrahansen

Things never go the way you expect them to. That’s both the joy and frustration in life. I’m finding as I get older that I don’t mind, though. It’s the surprises that tickle me the most, the things you don’t see coming.

— Michael Stuhlbarg

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

— George Grace

I was an accomplice in my own frustration.

— Peter Shaffer

People need trouble — a little frustration to sharpen the spirit on, toughen it.

— William Faulkner

The people sometimes who are closest to us are the ones who bear the brunt of our frustration.

— Lynn Nottage

Frustration is the first step toward improvement…It’s only when I face frustration and use it to fuel my dedication that I feel myself moving forward.

— John Bingham

Of course everyone has those moments of frustration now and then, when you say, ‘I wish I could play well already – or just stop.’ But it’s too much trouble to stop just for a moment of frustration. It is when you keep going that you make the most progress.

— Hilary Hahn

The torment of human frustration, whatever its immediate cause, is the knowledge that the self is in prison, its vital force and ”mangled mind” leaking away in lonely, wasteful self-conflict.

— Elizabeth Drew

Hope fills the holes of my frustration in my heart.

— Emanuel Cleaver

More Quotes About Frustration

There are moments of frustration in life. You must build good relations to support you in these moments. You must also learn to encourage yourself and decide to stay determined in life.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

The message of frustration is an exciting signal. it means that your brain believes you could be doing better than you currently are.

All the energy of their frustration and fear going into their laughter.

— Hubert Selby Jr.

My recipe for dealing with anger and frustration: set the kitchen timer for twenty minutes, cry, rant, and rave, and at the sound of the bell, simmer down and go about business as usual.

— Phyllis Diller

Frustration is an interesting emotional state, because it tends to bring out the worst in whoever is frustrated. Frustrated babies tend to throw food and make a mess. Frustrated citizens tend to execute kings and queens and make a democracy. And frustrated moths tend to bang up against lightbulbs and make light fixtures all dusty.

— Lemony Snicket

All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is to — act as if it were impossible to fail.

— Dorothea Brande

If you’re at the end of your rope . . . untie the knot in your heart.

— Cooper Edens

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.

— Pope John XXIII

Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull.

— Rod Serling

No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.

— George Jean Nathan

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