65 Dissatisfaction Quotes On Success In Life

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A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging dissatisfaction quotes, dissatisfaction sayings, and dissatisfaction proverbs.

Best Dissatisfaction Quotes

  1. “The weight of the world is love. Under the burden of solitude, under the burden of dissatisfaction.” ~ Allen Ginsberg
  2. “To cure jealousy is to see it for what it is, a dissatisfaction with self.” ~ Joan Didion
  3. “Until you get dissatisfied, you won’t do anything to really move your life to another level. Dissatisfaction is a gem. If you’re totally satisfied, you’re going to get comfortable. And then your life begins to deteriorate.” ~ Tony Robbins
  4. “All of us experience the sad effects of blind submission to consumerism. In the first place it represents crass materialism. At the same time it represents a radical dissatisfaction because one quickly learns that the more one possesses, the more one wants, while deeper aspirations remain unsatisfied and perhaps even stifled.” ~ Pope John Paul II
  5. “We are all more blind to what we have than to what we have not.” ~ Audre Lorde

  6. “Change occurs in direct proportion to dissatisfaction, but dissatisfaction never changes.” ~ Douglas Horton
  7. “The world is nothing but a great desire to live and a great dissatisfaction with living.” ~ Heraclitus
  8. “No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a strange, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” ~ Martha Graham
  9. “Less is even less, and more is still not quite enough.” ~ Faith Ringgold
  10. “The little dissatisfaction which every artist feels at the completion of a work forms the germ of a new work.” ~ Berthold Auerbach

  11. “Much of what we called “depression” was really dissatisfaction, a result of setting a bar impossibly high or expecting treasures we weren’t willing to work for.” ~ Mitch Albom
  12. “Change is the end result of all true learning. Change involves three things: First, a dissatisfaction with self – a felt void or need; second, a decision to change to fill the void or need; and third, a conscious dedication to the process of growth and change – the willful act of making the change, doing something.” ~ Leo Buscaglia
  13. “If there is dissatisfaction with the status quo, good. If there is ferment, so much the better. If there is restlessness, I am pleased. Then let there be ideas, and hard thought, and hard work. If man feels small, let man make himself bigger.” ~ Hubert H. Humphrey
  14. “Chronic dissatisfaction is how you sense that you are living a lie.” ~ David Deida
  15. “I learned long ago to accept the fact that not everything I create will see the light of day.” ~ Joseph Barbera

  16. “The chemistry of dissatisfaction is as the chemistry of some marvelously potent tar. In it are the building stones of explosives, stimulants, poisons, opiates, perfumes and stenches.” ~ Eric Hoffer
  17. “We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” ~ Henry Allen Ironside
  18. “There are three wants which never can be satisfied: that of the rich, who wants something more; that of the sick, who wants something different; and that of the traveler, who says anywhere but here.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  19. “You’re not going to be different … you’re going to be the same as you’ve always been; with doubts, everlasting dissatisfaction with yourself, vain efforts to amend, and falls, and everlasting expectation, of a happiness which you won’t get, and which isn’t possible for you.” ~ Leo Tolstoy
  20. “We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

  21. “The world’s not what I want it to be. But then no one ever said I had the right to design the world.” ~ Norman Mailer
  22. “The superior man will watch over himself when he is alone. He examines his heart that there may be nothing wrong there, and that he may have no cause of dissatisfaction with himself.” ~ Confucius
  23. “Paradoxically, I have found peace because I have always been dissatisfied. My moments of depression and despair turn out to be renewals, new beginnings. If I were once to settle down and be satisfied with the surface of life, with its divisions and its cliches, it would be time to call in the undertaker… So, then, this dissatisfaction which sometimes used to worry me and has certainly, I know, worried others, has helped me in fact to move freely and even gaily with the stream of life.” ~ Thomas Merton , Life dissatisfaction quotes
  24. “Were it not for this [dissatisfaction], the perfect painting might be painted, on the completion of which the painter could retire. It is this great insufficiency that drives him on. The process of creation becomes necessary to the painter perhaps more than it is in the picture. The process is in fact habit-forming.” ~ Lucian Freud
  25. “Painting it was hard graft… in addition red, yellow, brown ochre, black, terra sienna, bistre, and the result is a red-brown that varies from bistre to deep wine-red and to pale, blond reddish.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

  26. “The problem lay buried, unspoken for many years in the minds of American women. It was a strange stirring, a sense of dissatisfaction, a yearning that women suffered in the middle of the twentieth century in the United States. Each suburban housewife struggled with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night, she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question – “Is this all?”” ~ Betty Friedan
  27. “How can we eliminate the deepest source of all unsatisfactory experience? Only by cultivating certain qualities within our mindstream.” ~ Dalai Lama
  28. “Art is basically made by dissatisfied people who are willing to find some means to relieve the dissatisfaction.” ~ John Chamberlain
  29. “I am a person who believes in asking questions, in not conforming for the sake of conforming. I am deeply dissatisfied – about so many things, about injustice, about the way the world works – and in some ways, my dissatisfaction drives my storytelling.” ~ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  30. “If the wine is not good, then throw it out!” ~ Michelangelo

  31. “It takes more time to rework a painting than it takes to fill in the canvas in the first place. I wish I could get them all right with the first coat like many of the old masters could, but seem destined to have to rework to make them even passable.” ~ E. J. Hughes
  32. “The people who do better and better work are people who are never satisfied. Cezanne would say, ‘I think I’ve accomplished something,’ but then he would immediately add, ‘But it’s not enough.” ~ David Galenson
  33. “Made a sketch later on the cabin verandah, but it was impossible to keep up with the changes. Oh the difficulties of mountain art for too little genius.” ~ J. E. H. MacDonald
  34. “Perhaps our originality manifests itself most strikingly in what we do with that which we did not originate. To discover something wholly new can be a matter of chance, of idle tinkering, or even of the chronic dissatisfaction of the untalented.” ~ Eric Hoffer
  35. “I think I have made just one picture that I really like.” ~ Ingmar Bergman

  36. “In a land which is fully settled, most men must accept their local environment or try to change it by political means; only the exceptionally gifted or adventurous can leave to seek his fortune elsewhere. In America, on the other hand, to move on and make a fresh start somewhere else is still the normal reaction to dissatisfaction and failure.” ~ W. H. Auden
  37. “A moment of complete happiness never occurs in the creation of a work of art. The promise of it is felt in the act of creation but disappears towards the completion of the work. For it is then the painter realises that it is only a picture he is painting. Until then he had almost dared to hope the picture might spring to life.” ~ Lucian Freud
  38. “Each suburban wife struggles with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night- she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question– ‘Is this all?” ~ Betty Friedan
  39. “From the moment I start a new novel, life’s just one endless torture. The first few chapters may go fairly well and I may feel there’s still a chance to prove my worth, but that feeling soon disappears and every day I feel less and less satisfied.” ~ Emile Zola
  40. “I’ve been not only articulating the dissatisfaction with Albany, I’ve been acting on it. I’ve been very aggressive in bringing public integrity cases and public corruption cases and bringing cases against sitting legislators” ~ Andrew Cuomo

  41. “There is some other form that you contain within yourself that is not will or purpose and, when applied to art, serves you best. If you systematically apply to the art that you create the aggression of the world that turned you towards art in the first place; if you, in turn, become the aggressor towards your canvas, the thing that you’re doing; if you, in turn, work your will upon this thing that you want – you will then cause a dissatisfaction in this life that you create.” ~ Milton Resnick
  42. “I cannot attain the intensity that is unfolded before my senses. I have not the magnificent richness of colouring that animates nature.” ~ Paul Cezanne
  43. “Sometimes I scrape off a lot. You have on the floor, like cow dung in the field, this big glob of paint… and it’s just a lot of inert matter, inert paint. Then I look back at the canvas, and it’s not inert – it’s active, moving and living.” ~ Philip Guston
  44. “I find that as I get into a painting I have high hopes, then little by little I begin to see that it is not going to be the masterpiece I thought it would be, and I start putting my hopes into the next work.” ~ Robert Genn
  45. “Since the age of six I have had the habit of sketching forms of objects. Although from about fifty I have often published my pictorial works, before the seventieth year none is worthy.” ~ Hokusai

  46. “Another thing that escapes me is HOW to give substance to the forms. One day they look solid and ‘real’ and they seem to hinge upon each other and splinter and creak, fall with a thud to the bottom of the canvas and drag across the surface, and the next day they are like dust, all lightweight and just stuck there.” ~ Paula Rego
  47. “As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
  48. “Much thought has at its root a dissatisfaction with what is. Wanting is the urge for the next moment to contain what this moment does not. When there is wanting in the mind, that moment feels incomplete. Wanting is seeing elsewhere. Completeness is being right here.” ~ Stephen Levine
  49. “If people have some sort of yearning, dissatisfaction or some itching irritability, then it might because they aren’t looking in the right direction for a solution. They aren’t looking within.” ~ Russell Brand
  50. “Throw em a bone and they want a steak.” ~ Drake

  51. “Whether we eat, sleep, work, play, whatever we do life contains dissatisfaction, pain. If we enjoy pleasure, we are afraid to lose it; we strive for more and more pleasure or try to contain it. If we suffer pain we want to escape it. We experience dissatisfaction all the time. All activities contain dissatisfaction or pain, continuously.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa
  52. “Violence among all people is based on dissatisfaction, frustration and crushed ambition and people who don’t know who to strike at and who to blame, and not willing to blame themselves.” ~ John Henrik Clarke
  53. “I’m never content with what I do. I live in a sort of permanent dissatisfaction. I think that’s the secret to doing things well.” ~ Karl Lagerfeld
  54. “I never can satisfy some need in me to achieve something of incredible hight. For my sake. It puzzles me deeply. And it sours my life. So there is a permanent dissatisfaction.” ~ Maurice Sendak
  55. “There is a cosmic law which says that every satisfaction must be paid for with a dissatisfaction.” ~ G. I. Gurdjieff

  56. “It is a curious truth – and yet a truth forced upon us by daily observation – that it is not the women who have suffered most who are the unhappy women. A state of permanent unhappiness – not the morbid, half-cherished melancholy of youth, which generally wears off with wiser years, but that settled, incurable discontent and dissatisfaction with all things and all people, which we see in some women, is, with very rare exceptions, at once the index and the exponent of a thoroughly selfish character.” ~ Dinah Maria Murlock Craik
  57. “One of the most persistent of all delusions is the conviction that the source of our dissatisfaction lies outside ourselves.” ~ B. Alan Wallace
  58. “It is not the pursuit of greater and greater states of happiness and bliss that leads to enlightenment, but the yearning for Reality and the rabid dissatisfaction with living anything less than a fully authentic life.” ~ Adyashanti
  59. “In science, self-satisfaction is death. Personal self-satisfaction is the death of the scientist. Collective self-satisfaction is the death of the research. It is restlessness, anxiety, dissatisfaction, agony of mind that nourish science.” ~ Jacques Monod
  60. “To cure jealousy is to see it for what it is, a dissatisfaction with self, an impossible claim that one should be at once Rose Bowl princess, medieval scholar, Saint Joan, Milly Theale, Temple Drake, Eleanor of Aquitaine, one” ~ Joan Didion

  61. “Oppression costs the oppressor too much if the oppressed stands up and protests. The protest need not be merely physical-the throwing of stones and bullets-if it is mental, spiritual; if it expresses itself in silent, persistent dissatisfaction, the cost to the oppressor is terrific.” ~ W. E. B. Du Bois
  62. “Pause and remember – No one is coming to rescue you from yourself; your inner demons, your lack of confidence, your dissatisfaction with yourself and life. Only self-love and good decisions will rescue you.” ~ Jennifer Young
  63. “Ironically, it is the talented who have high aspirations, which are possible but exceedingly difficult to realize, who are especially vulnerable to self-dissatisfaction despite notable achievements.” ~ Albert Bandura

  64. “A fierce unrest seethes at the core, of all existing things:, it was the eager wish to soar, that gave the gods their wings.” ~ Don Marquis
  65. “Every profound dissatisfaction is of a religious nature: our failures derive from our incapacity to conceive of paradise and to aspire to it, as our discomforts from the fragility of our relations with the absolute.” ~ Emile M. Cioran

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