138+ Best Bitterness Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Bitterness is having a harsh, disagreeably acrid taste, like that of aspirin, quinine, wormwood, or aloes.Inspirational bitterness quotes will help you to feel better and less bitter, so you will feel lighter and brighter.

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Famous Bitter Quotes

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

Only courageous hearts can endure the bitterness of truth. — Michael Bassey Johnson

Bitterness is venom that consumes its host.

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

Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it. Bitterness paralyzes life; love empowers it. Bitterness sours life; love sweetens it. Bitterness sickens life; love heals it. Bitterness blinds life; love anoints its eyes. — Harry Emerson Fosdick

Let your past make you better not bitter.

Part of the problem with the word ‘disabilities’ is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of people who can’t feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of people who aren’t able to form close and strong relationships? And people who cannot find fulfillment in their lives, or those who have lost hope, who live in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no joy, no love? These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities. — Fred Rogers

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible. — Mother Teresa

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

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Love is a hole in the heart. — Ben Hecht

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

Was I bitter? Absolutely. Hurt? You bet your sweet ass I was hurt. Who doesn’t feel a part of their heart break at rejection. You ask yourself every question you can think of, what, why, how come, and then your sadness turns to anger. That’s my favorite part. It drives me, feeds me, and makes one hell of a story. — Jennifer Salaiz

The sweetest joy, the wildest woe is love. — Pearl Bailey

When the root is bitterness, imagine what the fruit might be. — Woodrow Kroll

I want to say somewhere: I’ve tried to be forgiving. And yet. There were times in my life, whole years, when anger got the better of me. Ugliness turned me inside out. There was a certain satisfaction in bitterness. I courted it. It was standing outside, and I invited it in. — Nicole Krauss

The face of a lover is an unknown, precisely because it is invested with so much of oneself. It is a mystery, containing, like all mysteries, the possibility of torment. — James Baldwin

Don’t be so bitter about a bad experience from your past that you miss the opportunities in front of you. —
Robert Kiyosaki

The medical evidence is clear and mounting. It’s no exaggeration to say that bitterness is a dangerous drug in any dosage and that your very health is at risk if you stubbornly persist in being unforgiving. — Lee Strobel

No, I am not bitter, I am not hateful, and I am not unforgiving. I just don’t like you. — C. JoyBell C.

Here is the rule to remember in the future, When anything tempts you to be bitter: not, ‘This is a misfortune’ but ‘To bear this worthily is good fortune.’ — Marcus Aurelius

The pain of love is the pain of being alive. It is a perpetual wound. — Maureen Duffy

A bitter spirit will keep you from being a better person. — Woodrow Kroll

If you’re betrayed, release disappointment at once.

By that way, the bitterness has no time to take root. — Toba Beta

To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best. — William M. Thackeray

Acrid bitterness inevitably seeps into the lives of people who harbor grudges and suppress anger, bitterness is always a poison. It keeps your pain alive instead of letting you deal with it and get beyond it. Bitterness sentences you to relive the hurt over and over. — Lee Strobel

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. — Mark Twain

Is that which rages in the place of dearest love. — Euripides

If I love you, what business is it of yours? — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A boy may be as disagreeable as he pleases, but when a girl refuses to crap sunshine on command, the world mutters darkly about her moods. — Scott Lynch

Can there be a love which does not make demands on its object? — Confucius

Accomplishments don’t erase shame, hatred, cruelty, silence, ignorance, discrimination, low self-esteem or immorality. It covers it up, with a creative version of pride and ego. Only restitution, forgiving yourself and others, compassion, repentance and living with dignity will ever erase the past. — Shannon L. Alder

If I am not worth the wooing, I am surely not worth the winning. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Bitterness is so ugly. I don’t want to go there. — Amy Heckerling

It wasn’t too loo long before I seen something in me, had changed. A bitter seed was planted inside of me. And I just didn’t feel so, accepting, anymore. — Kathryn Stockett

Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise. — S. Johnson

Bitterness is the outcome of a wrong mental movement – the attempt to force external events to conform to internal fantasy. The cure is to see fantasy as fantasy, which will reveal it as neither necessary nor rewarding. — Vernon Howard

Intense, unexpected suffering passes more quickly than suffering that is apparently bearable; the latter goes on for years and, without our noticing, eats away at our souls, until, one day, we are no longer able to free ourselves from the bitterness and it stays with us for the rest of our lives. — Paulo Coelho

Bitterness leads nowhere. It turns back on itself. It is the eternal cul-de-sac. — Agatha Christie

Latent in every man is a venom of amazing bitterness, a black resentment; something that curses and loathes life, a feeling of being trapped, of having trusted and been fooled, of being helpless prey to impotent rage, blind surrender, the victim of a savage, ruthless power that gives and takes away, enlists a man, drops him, promises and betrays, and -crowning injury- inflicts on him the humiliation of feeling sorry for himself. — Paul Valery

Let Go Of Bitterness Quotes

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. — Kahlil Gibran

Bitterness is a greater failure than failure. — James Richardson

There is no disappointment so numbing. — .as someone no better than you achieving more. — Joseph Heller

I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that the mended whole was as good as new. What is broken is broken, and I’d rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken places as I lived. — Margaret Mitchell

Bitterness does more harm to the vessel in which it is stored . . . than the vessel on which it is poured. — Unknown

As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

It always struck me in years after how bizarre it was, how two people could look at one another with such tenderness and complete love, and how quickly that could dissolve into nothing but bitterness. — Hannah Harrington

Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of withering, of tarnishing. — Anais Nin

As we pour out our bitterness, God pours in his peace. — F.B. Meyer

The rain fluctuates between drizzle and torrential. It messes with your mind. It makes you think things will always be like this, never getting better, always letting you down right when you though the worst was over. — Susane Colasanti

He said you were the only one who was bitter about S.’s suicide and the only one who really forgave him for it. The rest of us, he said, were outwardly unbitter and inwardly unforgiving. — J.D. Salinger

Surely if we knew what bitterness fate held in store, we would shrink back in fear and let the cup of life pass us by untasted. — Jacqueline Carey

It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all. — Samuel Butler

Growth in wisdom may be exactly measured by decrease in bitterness. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Any time you are with anyone or think of anyone you must say to yourself: I am dying, and this person too is dying, attempting the while to experience the truth of the words you are saying. If every one of you agrees to practice this, bitterness will die out, harmony will arise. — Anthony de Mello

To fall in love is awfully simple; to fall out of love is simply awful. — Anonymous

Bitterness is like drinking rat poison and waiting for the rat to die. — John Ortberg Jr

Bitterness can be corrosive. It can rewrite your memories as if it were scrubbing a crime scene clean, until in the end you only remember what suits you of its causes. — Fredrik Backman

And there, in that phrase, the bitterness leaks again out of my pen. What a dull lifeless quality this bitterness is. If I could, I would write with love, but if I could write with love, I would be another man; I would never have lost love. — Graham Greene

There’s nothing deeper than love. In fairy tales, the princesses kiss the frogs, and the frogs become princes. In real life, the princesses kiss princes, and the princes turn into frogs. — Paulo Coelho

Love is like heaven, but it can hurt like hell. — Anonymous

Bitterness: anger that forgot where it came from. — Alain De Botton

He remembered how nice the kids at Camp Half-Blood had been to him after the war with Kronos. Great job, Nico! Thanks for bringing the armies of the Underworld to save us! Everybody smiled. They all invited him to sit at their table. After about a week, his welcome wore thin. Campers would jump when he walked up behind them. He would emerge from the shadows at the campfire, startle somebody and see the discomfort in their eyes: Are you still here? Why are you here? It didn’t help that immediately after the war with Kronos, Annabeth and Percy had started dating … Nico set down his fartura. Suddenly it didn’t taste so good. — Rick Riordan

His hatred for all was so intense that it should extinguish the very love from which it was conceived. And thus, he ceased to feel. There was nothing further in which to believe that made the prospect of feeling worthwhile. Daily he woke up and cast downtrodden eyes upon the sea and he would say to himself with a hint of regret at his hitherto lack of indifference, ‘All a dim illusion, was it? Surely it was foolish of me to think any of this had meaning.’ He would then spend hours staring at the sky, wondering how best to pass the time if everything— even the sky itself— were for naught. He arrived at the conclusion that there was no best way to pass the time. The only way to deal with the illusion of time was to endure it, knowing full well, all the while, that one was truly enduring nothing at all. Unfortunately for him, this nihilistic resolution to dispassion didn’t suit him very well and he soon became extremely bored. Faced now with the choice between further boredom and further suffering, he impatiently chose the latter, sailing another few weeks along the coast, and then inland, before finally dropping anchor off the shores of the fishing village of Yami. — Ashim Shanker

Love is like war: easy to begin but hard to end. — Anonymous

There’s no such thing as a bitter person who keeps the bitterness to himself. — Erwin W. Lutzer

That is human nature, that people come after you, willingly enough, provided only that you no longer love or want them. — A.S. Byatt

Certain people, in their eagerness to construct a world no external threat can penetrate build exaggeratedly high defense against the outside world, against new people, new places, different experiences and leave their own world stripped bare. It is there that bitterness begins irrevocable work. — Paulo Coelho

The wind god Favonius had warned him in Croatia: If you let your anger rule you … your fate will be even sadder than mine. But how could his fate be anything but sad? Even if he lived through this quest, he would have to leave both camps forever. That was the only way he would find peace. He wished there was another option – a choice that didn’t hurt like the waters of the Phlegethon – but he couldn’t see one. — Rick Riordan

Everyone is a little bitter. We’re born bitter. The personality itself is really just a very complex defense mechanism. A reaction to the first time someone said, No you can’t. — Marc Maron

Perhaps he simply assumed: a bitterness of habit, of boy after boy trained for music and medicine, and unleashed for murder. — Madeline Miller

I never felt true love until I was with you, and I never felt true sadness until you left me. — Anonymous

Inspirational Quotes On Bitterness

Never trust your tongue when your heart is bitter. — Samuel J. Hurwitt

Beware of those who criticize you when you deserve some praise for an achievement, for it is they who secretly desire to be worshiped. — Suzy Kassem

Few other griefs amid the ill chances of this world have more bitterness and shame for a man’s heart than to behold the love of a lady so fair and brave that cannot be returned. — J.R.R. Tolkien

There is only one way of victory over the bitterness and rage that comes naturally to us–To will what God wills brings peace. — Amy Carmichael

The moon in all her immaculate purity hung in the sky, laughing at this world of dust. She congratulated me for my carefully considered maneuvers and invited me to share in her eternal solitude. — Shan Sa

Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a teardrop. — Anonymous

Never did anybody look so sad. Bitter and black, halfway down, in the darkness, in the shaft which ran from the sunlight to the depths, perhaps a tear formed; a tear fell; the waves swayed this way and that, received it, and were at rest. Never did anybody look so sad. — Virginia Woolf

I no longer believe in love, she said bitterly. When people claim to have lost their heart, it’s usually only their wits that have vanished. — Peter Prange

Stir not the bitterness in the cup that I mixed for myself,’ said Denethor. ‘Have I not tasted it now many nights upon my tongue, foreboding that worse lay in the dregs? — J.R.R. Tolkien

It is okay of talking about the past, as long as there’s no bitterness and anger. It only gives you a heart attack. It won’t change the past either. — Ann Marie Aguilar

No matter how badly your heart is broken, the world does not stop for your grief. — Anonymous

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison. — Nelson Mandela

A bitter man needs to place his troubles on the front of his tongue so that they taste sweeter. — Jay Wickre

Beware of those who are bitter, for they will never allow you to enjoy your fruit. — Suzy Kassem

For a cup brimful of sweet water cannot spill even one drop of bitter water, however suddenly jolted. — Amy Carmichael

I’m pretty lost in becoming all this frost. Bitter, like Winter. Strung-out like a string of pearls. — Ashly Lorenzana

I envied these women I saw before me, their beauty still intact. Life has its revenge of life. Untimely death is the secret of eternal youth. — Shan Sa

Sourness and bitterness come from the interfering and unappreciative mind. Life itself, when understood and utilized for what it is, is sweet. That is the message of The Vinegar Tasters. — Benjamin Hoff

When it comes to world news, attitude is what marks the distinction between justice and vengeance. Justice is pure, but vengeance brings more ruin. — Criss Jami

One who gossips usually carries boredom in one hand and bitterness in the other. — Suzy Kassem

No, I say. I didn’t know that, and as I say it, I feel flooded with bitterness at all the things Ingrid kept secret from me. — Nina LaCour

Ah, how many Marahs have been sweetened by a simple, satisfying glimpse of the Tree and the Love which underwent its worst conflict there. Yes, the Cross is the tree that sweetens the waters. ‘Love never faileth. — Jim Elliot

Better to forget, better to let go of the bitterness. I say bitterness is only good in medicine, or if you fry bitter gourd with egg, then it’s delicious. I told Lan-Lan many times, we have only one life, it’s important to kua kwee, to look spaciously. Not keep the eyes so narrowed down to the small dispairs. Those people who say forgive and forget, I say they not right. Not so simple. I say, find right medicine. Bitterness must be just right for problem. Then swallow it, think of good things can do when no longer sick. — Lydia Kwa

Bitter words normally evaporate with the moisture of breath, after a quarrel. In order to become permanent, they require transcribers, reporters, complicit black hearts. — Barbara Kingsolver

He continued to see inevitable events from the past as avoidable, long after they’d taken their course. — Hugh Howey

Beware of those who are bored and not passionate about life, for they will bore you with reasons for not living. — Suzy Kassem

It’s not just what you eat that matters, it’s what eats you. You can have all the right macrobiotics and organic food, but if your body is filled with resentment, worry, fear, lust, guilt, anger, bitterness, or any other emotional disease, it’s going to shorten your life. — Rick Warren

Hate and bitterness are the only weapons wielded by the blade. — Thomas Gregory

Cynicism is one of the terrible obstacles to progress. — Bryant McGill

If sincere, an apology is strong enough to uproot anger, bitterness, and grudges instantly. Its benefits are unlimited since they tend to set everyone free! — Alis Cerrahyan

Tension, in the long run, is a more dangerous force than any feud known to man. — Criss Jami

If you hold a candle close to you, its flame rises. And if you hold it away from you, its flame shrinks. The same way you hold a candle close to you, keep all your plans, aspirations, projects, and dreams close to you too. Do not share your plans or goals until you complete them, because as you hold your candle away from you — envy, jealousy, and resentment may put out your flame before it grows. — Suzy Kassem

Bitter Quotes About Life

The heart knoweth his own bitterness. — Bible

You haven’t got a clue, Devon. Akira spat out. I would have chosen any life other than the one I have. I envy your naïveté. Your belief in the possibility of love. I know you don’t understand any of this or who I am, but I was like you at one time. I only wanted to see the best in people. To believe this world was filled with hope and kindness. Her bitterness was apparent. I thought compassion came with understanding…with seeing inside a person’s heart and knowing their true mind. But I was wrong. Nothing in this world is what it seems. — Kaylin McFarren

But you can’t start. Only a baby can start. You and me – why, we’re all that’s been. The anger of a moment, the thousand pictures, that’s us. This land, this red land, is us; and the flood years and the dust years and the drought years are us. We can’t start again. The bitterness we sold to the junk man – he got it all right, but we have it still. And when the owner men told us to go, that’s us; and when the tractor hit the house, that’s us until we’re dead. To California or any place – everyone a drum major leading a parade of hurts, marching with our bitterness. And some day – the armies of bitterness will all be going the same way. And they’ll all walk together, and there’ll be a dead terror from it. — John Steinbeck

He never did rid himself of the feeling that he had been denied his rightful place. It kept him from being good-natured and made him unwilling to forget grudges. — Warren Eyster

Never be bitter, become better. A testimony is pain that has been reassigned. — Johnnie Dent Jr.

Up from behind a sand dune close beside her rose the form of her enemy Bitterness. He did not come any nearer, having learned a little more prudence, and was not going to make her call for the Shepherd if he could avoid it, but simply stood and looked at her and laughed and laughed again, the bitterest sound that Much-Afraid had heard in all her life. — Hannah Hurnard

Whenever one finds oneself inclined to bitterness, it is a sign of emotional failure. — Bertrand Russell

Love keeps no record of wrongs, but bitterness keeps detailed accounts. — Craig Groeschel

They had painted a lady leaning her arms on the sill of the window. This lady was waiting for a husband. Her flesh was slack, and she was some forty-five years old. Perhaps she had been waiting since she was fifteen. A rose and mauve lady that had not yet gathered her flesh and her beauty into dark clothes, and still waited, like a rose stripped of its petals, with her faded colors and her artificial smile, bitter as a grimace. — Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio

He’d thought it would be the right thing to say, but she scoffed a little… and that, more than anything— more than the prospect of having his ribs crushed in or his face pulled off or his neck stretched on a rope— scared him out of his wits. — V.S. Carnes

I know I am flaky, I accept that— and I know, as well, that I can mangle the good king’s English like no one else in my or the next ten governesses’ acquaintances, but that will not prevent me from speaking! I may not be as wise as you in the ways of the world, I may not have wounds that run as deeply or scars to wear upon my chest like medals of valor, but at least I don’t retreat and hide the moment a soul comes within reach of my fingers!. — V.S. Carnes

Fighting bitterness can be a full-time job. — Ira Sachs

O Heavenly Children, the stories you have concocted in God’s name have angered Him; for he would never instigate war between brothers or encourage tribes to harbor resentment towards one another. He prefers the man who loves over the one who hates. And the man who spreads kindness, peace and knowledge, over the one who spreads lies, fear and terror — and misuses His name. — Suzy Kassem

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

In my school, he thought, they learn bitterness and frustration and how to grow old. — Graham Greene

The worst enemies one could have are the blood enemies. The very people you called family. — Nurudeen Ushawu

You cannot truly know the sweetness of great joy without the bitterness of great sorrow. — Jeffrey Fry

If I had it my way, I’d slit your throat with the knife that you left in my back. — Oli Sykes

Bitterness and resentment only hurt one person, and it’s not the person we’re resenting – it’s us. — Alana Stewart

Of course, they’ll catch him. I fail to keep the bitterness out of my voice, and Helene gives me a hard look. — Sabaa Tahir

Whoever says sleep equals laziness is probably a bitter insomniac. — Joyce Rachelle

Anger can turn to bitterness. — T.J. Klune

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. — Rajneesh

Well, I may or may not be bitter, but if I were, I would have good reasons for it: chief among them that American blindness, or cowardice, which allows us to pretend that life presents no reasons for being bitter. — James Baldwin

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

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

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

Promise me that you will find happiness in life, Jaron. Don’t give in to bitterness. — Jennifer A. Nielsen

The roar and the whistle. The applause and the adoration- Finished forever. Second best. Forever. — David Peace

How can you sit there and let your friends diss me? Throw me and I won’t come back like a frisbee. — Wiley

Self-hate takes a person only so far. Bitterness and self-loathing might spur a person towards seeking personal improvement. To live productively and happily one must find internal peace. — Kilroy J. Oldst

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

Beware of those around you who subtly sow the seeds of doubt. — Wayne Gerard Trotman

When he died, I had been away from home for a little over a year. In that year I had had time to become aware of the meaning of all my father’s bitter warnings, had discovered the secret of his proudly pursed lips and rigid carriage: I had discovered the weight of white people in the world. I saw that this had been for my ancestors and now would be for me an awful thing to live with and that the bitterness which had helped to kill my father could also kill me. — James Baldwin

People say you should read your criticism because it will make you a better person but it doesn’t. It just makes you a sad bitter old showbiz nightmare. — Jo Brand

Hate is the baseness of our humanity rising against that very humanity. — Craig D. Lounsbrough

Bitter people always want to show you their bitter side in different forms, sometimes gently and sometimes bitterly, as if that is your bitter side, but always remain positive with understanding! — Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

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

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

No mortal ever knows happiness and good fortune all the way to the end. Each one is born with his bitterness waiting for him. — Euripides

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