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

The path to realizing our dreams is never smooth.  Invariably we encounter bends, turns, detours, and roadblocks.  Sometimes our frustrations make us want to give up the journey, but frustrations signal the need to pause for introspection and redirection.  Frustrations are promptings from God to search our souls even more deeply to find our power and purpose, and to live it.  Frustrations tell us that our thoughts and actions are not yet in harmony with our desires.

Susan L. Taylor

One of the things that adds tension to our lives is small frustrations.  Losing car keys can give you a panic attack.  Not being able to find a comb when you get out of the shower, losing scissors and nail clippers, can make you fight with your roommate.  The problem is that we think that these things are not supposed to happen to us.  And that's what makes us tense.  We think we can avoid these frustrations by making ourselves and others be more careful.  I like to take the opposite tack--to assume that these things are a part of life and that they will happen no matter what.

Jennifer James
Success Is the Quality of Your Journey
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
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.

Miriam Peskowitz
The Daring Book for Girls

As common sense and initiative becomes less common in Australia,
I tend to advise people frustrated by  feeling surrounded by ineptness
and mediocrity that they should instead try thinking of it as "I am a
genius amongst zombies," when I tell people this
they look really very suddenly relieved.



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

Steve Maraboli
Life, the Truth, and Being Free


People who fail to achieve their goals usually get stopped by frustration.
They allow frustration to keep them from taking the necessary actions
that would support them in achieving their desire. You get through this
roadblock by plowing through frustration, taking each setback as
feedback you can learn from, and pushing ahead. I doubt you'll find
many successful people who have not experienced this. All successful
people learn that success is buried on the other side of frustration.

Tony Robbins


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.


In my experience, anger and frustration are the result of you not being
authentic somewhere in your life or with someone in your life. Being
fake about anything creates a block inside of you. Life canít
work for you if you donít show up as you.

Jason Mraz

Fears, indecision, and frustration feed on words. Without words they
usually stop. . . . Words are at times good for looking back, but
they are confining when I need to act in the present.

Hugh Prather


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


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.

Anthony Robbins


People need trouble--a little frustration to sharpen the spirit on, toughen it.
Artists do; I don't mean you need to live in a rat hole or gutter,
but you have to learn fortitude, endurance.

William Faulkner


Success is not built on success.  It's built on failure.  It's built on
frustration.  Sometimes it's built on catastrophe.

Sumner Redstone


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



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


Frustration is the first step toward improvement.  I have no incentive
to improve if I'm content with what I can do and if I'm completely
satisfied with my pace, distance, and form as a runner.  It's only when
I face frustration and use it to fuel my dedication
that I feel myself moving forward.

John Bingham


If we like what we do, if we always do our best, then we are really
enjoying life.  We are having fun, we don't get bored,
we don't have frustrations.

Don Miguel Ruiz


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

Look at the stream, there are rocks in its way.  Does it slam into them
out of frustration?  It simply flows over and around them and
moves on!  Be like the water and you will know what harmony is.

Zen saying


Frustration is the wet nurse of violence.

David Abrahansen

We solidify our projected reality and endlessly create a world of confusion,
struggle, and limitation. Perhaps the most common experience of this occurs
when we exaggerate and fantasize the qualities of something. It leads to
disappointment and frustration when the object is unattainable, and
disillusionment when its actual nature shows through the veneer of our fantasy.

Rob Preece

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

Wes Fessler


Frustration can be a sign that you've been doing too much, giving too much,
working too hard, and lost your center.  Take some time to be alone, to be
in nature, and walk or sit quietly for a while and remember to care
for yourself, pace yourself, and regain your inner peace.