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Bitterness Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Bitterness

Please enjoy these Bitterness Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

Related topics: Motivational

Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I wrap the potential for bitterness,
resentment, martyrdom in the blanket of forgiveness
and just set it down.
Then it just melts in the warmth. And goes away.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's
most effective criticism until you provoke him.
Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
- Henry David Thoreau

 

I realize that patriotism is not enough.
I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.
- Edith Cavell

Bitterness is like cancer.
It eats upon the host.
But anger is like fire.
It burns it all clean.
- Maya Angelou

It is a simple but sometimes forgotten truth that the
greatest enemy to present joy and high hopes is the
cultivation of retrospective bitterness.
- Robert G. Menzies

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It is only hope which is real, and reality is a bitterness and a deceit.
- William Makepeace Thackeray

I've purged myself of bitterness and anger and remained open to love.
- Tatum O'Neal

If bitterness wants to get into the act,
I offer it a cookie or a gumdrop.
- James Broughton

Satire is focused bitterness.
- Leo Rosten

From the very fountain of enchantment there arises
a taste of bitterness to spread anguish amongst the flowers.
- Lucretius

Our national history has so often filled us with bitterness
and the feeling of helplessness.
- Lech Walesa

Hurt leads to bitterness, bitterness to anger,
travel too far that road and the way is lost.
- Terry Brooks

Not too much, though there's a certain amount of rancour
and bitterness when someone tries to fire you.
- Donald Sutherland

From the heart of the fountain of delight rises a jet
of bitterness that tortures us among the very flowers.
- Lucretius

If there is anything worse than international warfare,
is civil warfare, and the United States was destined
to experience it in the extreme of bitterness.
- Paul Harris

To expect too much is to have a sentimental view of
life and this is a softness that ends in bitterness.
- Flannery O'Connor

Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick

There's a lot of bitterness, there's a lot of anger out there.
We all have to work hard to heal those wounds.
- Allen Boyd

As for us, during twenty years' reign,
we have known much bitterness.
- Bao Dai

Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow,
half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around.
- Abdul Kalam

Beauty, more than bitterness, makes the heart break.
- Sara Teasdale

My brother and I had a real love-hate relationship with my success.
There was some bitterness there that I didn't understand until recently,
but I told him that if I ever did a record I wanted him to play on it.
- Jimmy Chamberlin

After voluntary exertions on the part of our people
to which the history of the world furnishes no parallel,
is the old root of bitterness still to remain in the ground,
to sprout and bear fruit in the future as it has borne fruit in the past?
- Robert Dale Owen

You can't climb up to the second floor without a ladder.
When you set your aim too high and don't fulfill it,
then your enthusiasm turns to bitterness.
Try for a goal that's reasonable, and then gradually raise it.
- Emil Zatopek

I wouldn't call it bitter.
I think it's just sweet.
I've always believed my life seems like it's gotten
better and better as each decade has gone by.
So I don't see any I don't see any bitterness about it.
- Greg Norman

People can be more forgiving than you can imagine.
But you have to forgive yourself.
Let go of what's bitter and move on.
- Bill Cosby

Experience life in all possible ways -
good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter.
Experience all the dualities.
Don't be afraid of experience,
because the more experience you have,
the more mature you become.
- Osho

I must dedicate my life to teaching my people,
for only education would make their lot less bitter,
their latent power more strong.
- Jimmy Yen

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
- Aristotle

Bitter experience has taught us how fundamental our
values are and how great the mission they represent.
- Jan Peter Balkenende

Your pain is the breaking of the shell
that encloses your understanding.
Much of your pain is self-chosen.
It is the bitter potion by which the
physician within you heals your sick self.
Therefore trust the physician, and drink
his remedy in silence and tranquility.
- Khalil Gibran

Black frost.
The ground is hard, the air tastes bitter.
Your stars cluster in evil signs.
- Georg Trakl

If they are unsuccessful in married life,
who suffers more the bitter consequences of poverty
than the wife? But if successful,
she has not a dollar to call her own.
- Ernestine Rose

I refuse to let what happened to me make me bitter.
- Nicole Kidman

Remorse sleeps during prosperity but awakes bitter
consciousness during adversity.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us,
but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.
- Denis Diderot

With Hitchcock I had little relationship.
I was called to replace Bernard Herrmann,
his favorite composer, in Torn Curtain,
after the bitter fight between them.
- Maurice Jarre

I think you have to pay for love with bitter tears.
- Edith Piaf

I have known the fruits of strikes.
The bitter and the sweet.
Hunger and music.
- Merle Travis

Oh, definitely and you know you take the bitter with
the sweet but the benefits far outweigh the burdens
of what I've been able to do for my family,
my word.
- Star Jones

I think it's your own choice if you turn from an angry young man to a bitter,
old bastard.
- Billie Joe Armstrong

It is bitter to think of one's best years disappearing
in this unpolished country.
- Greta Garbo

When rock came in, I wasn't bitter about it.
I was puzzled.
- Jo Stafford

World's use is cold, world's love is vain,
world's cruelty is bitter bane; but is not the fruit of pain.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Heretics are the only bitter remedy against the entropy of human thought.
- Yevgeny Zamyatin

I have never seen such extreme partisanship,
such bitter partisanship, and such forgetfulness of
the fate of our fathers and of the Constitution.
- Robert Byrd

The sensitive artist knows that a bitter wind is blowing.
- Herbert Read

Death is less bitter punishment than death's delay.
- Ovid

In the midst of the fountain of wit there arises something bitter,
which stings in the very flowers.
- Lucretius

Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists,
unless laughter could be said to remedy anything.
- Kurt Vonnegut

I will see this game of life out to its bitter end.
- Zane Grey

I have sworn to only live free.
Even if I find bitter the taste of death,
I don't want to die humiliated or deceived.
- Osama bin Laden

So rather than face the bitter truth,
China has placed severe restrictions on the Internet
and enlisted America's high-tech companies as their Internet police.
- Tom Lantos

The amazing thing is that I'm sane.
I'm not bitter.
I'm not drugged out.
I'm not broke.
I'm still married to the same guy.
My children don't hate me.
- Brenda Lee

Though bitter, good medicine cures illness.
Though it may hurt, loyal criticism will have beneficial effects.
- Sima Qian

Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.
- Francis Bacon

It would be a bitter cosmic joke if we destroy ourselves
due to atrophy of the imagination.
- Martha Gellhorn

Old friends become bitter enemies on a sudden for toys and small offenses.
- Robert Burton

We wrote verses that condemned us, with no hope of pardon,
to the most bitter solitude.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

We must be part of the general staff at the inception,
rather than the ambulance drivers at the bitter end.
- Lane Kirkland

Life is only a long and bitter suicide,
and faith alone can transform this suicide into a sacrifice.
- Franz Liszt

The natural state of the football fan is bitter disappointment,
no matter what the score.
- Nick Hornby

I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel,
but I am, so that's how it comes out.
- Bill Hicks

O conscience, upright and stainless,
how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault!
- Dante Alighieri

I would wake up in Moscow or somewhere else,
my heart beating fast, feeling bitter and helpless.
- Alfred Schnittke

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

If you look closely enough, amid the merciless and the bitter,
there is always the chance that you may find comfort
and the promise of something good.
- Bob Greene

There is little for the great part of the history of
the world except the bitter tears of pity and the hot tears of wrath.
- Woodrow Wilson

And bitter waxed the fray; Brother with brother spake
no word When they met in the way.
- Jean Ingelow


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