As I write this I’m feeling some serious frustration about my business. To be completely blunt, my revenue declined by roughly 25% – 30% overnight from the previous months. I feel like I’m getting close to acceptance and moving ahead, but that’s easier said than done.

Of course, everyone experiences moments of frustration whether at work, in our personal relationships, or just with the world in general. But in the stories we read, the hero always gets back up and keeps pushing ahead despite setups. While those types of stories can be inspiring, it’s not always easy.

To help myself and you, I’ve gathered a number of quotes about frustration that help better understand and navigate this complex emotion. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, comfort, or simply a better understanding of your own emotions these quotes offer perspective and maybe a smile.

Frustration Quotes

105+ Frustration Quotes to Help You Laugh Through the Pain.

Frustration Quotes

Let’s start off with some simple quotes about frustration and how to deal with it.

“Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success.” – Bo Bennett

Insight: Bennett suggests that frustration is an inevitable part of the journey to success. Rather than viewing it negatively, one should see it as a sign of progress and growth. It teaches us that challenges and setbacks can be stepping stones to achieving our goals.

“Frustration is the compost in which the mushrooms of creativity grow.” – Unknown

Insight: This quote likens frustration to compost, a rich and nurturing substance. Just as compost fosters the growth of plants, frustration can be the catalyst for creativity and innovation. It reminds us that sometimes, out of our greatest challenges, the most creative solutions emerge.

“Our frustration is greater when we have much and want more than when we have nothing and want some.” – Eric Hoffer

Insight: Hoffer touches on the human tendency to always want more, even when we already have plenty. The quote teaches us about contentment and the importance of appreciating what we have, rather than constantly seeking more.

“The key to life is resilience, and I’m old enough to make such a bald statement. We will always be knocked down. It’s the getting up that counts.” – Dominique Browning

Insight: Browning emphasizes the importance of resilience in the face of challenges and frustrations. Life will inevitably present obstacles, but our ability to rise after being knocked down determines our success and happiness. This quote encourages perseverance and resilience.

“Transform frustration into fascination. You will switch from a victim to a victor.” – Tony Robbins

Insight: Robbins suggests that by changing our perspective on frustrating situations, we can empower ourselves. Instead of feeling defeated by challenges, we should become curious and seek to understand them. This proactive approach can lead to solutions and personal growth.


This is me being frustrated.

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

Insight: Einstein reminds us that challenges and frustrations often present opportunities for growth, learning, and innovation. When faced with difficulties, instead of succumbing to frustration, we should look for the hidden opportunities they present.

Funny Frustration Quotes

Laughing at your frustrations can help you gain perspective, reduce stress, and even find creative solutions to your problems.

  • You can’t be frustrated all the time.
  • Frustration is breakfast without bacon and eggs.
  • His happiness is my frustration.
  • Think on the bright side: your frustration is making someone happy.
  • Fit a square peg into a round hole then realizing you’ve been given a hexagon. Now that’s frustration.
  • Frustration is about hitting a dead end at every turn.
  • In a personal game versus frustration, frustration has an advantage.
  • You’re watching an amazing YouTube video. Then an unskippable ad comes out.
  • I can’t solve this Rubik’s cube!
  • When it’s incredibly delicious but it’s against your diet.
  • Frustration is like trying to get a toddler to eat their vegetables.
  • Frustration is like a game of Whac-a-Mole. Every time you think you’ve conquered it, it pops up again.
more frustration

My frustrated face.

Frustration Quotes about Work

Frustration is commonplace at work as you try to deal with the challenges of your career.

  • Success often requires hard work, persistence, and resilience in the face of challenges and setbacks. Frustration is part of it.
  • Frustrated? Keep going because you’re on your way there.
  • Work is frustrating only if you let it get to your nerves.
  • Motivate yourself to do better, smarter, and harder.
  • As you overcome business challenges, frustration will naturally happen.
  • All successful businessmen had their own episodes of frustration.
  • No successful person ever quits because they’re frustrated at something.
  • Successful businessmen acknowledge or even welcome frustration.
  • Game changers know that frustration is part of the game.
  • It’s not easy to deal with frustration. But deal with it you must because it’s part of the job description.
  • In order to succeed, you have to fall.
  • Failing, worrying, stress—it’s just a part of business.

Frustration Quotes about Life

Here are some quotes that should help you cope with the frustrations you face in life.

  • Frustration is a reminder that life is not always easy.
  • The nice thing about frustration is that it keeps your feet on the ground.
  • Frustration is a wake-up call that we need to reevaluate our values, goals, and priorities.
  • Make adjustments in order to live a more fulfilling and satisfying life.
  • It’s natural to be frustrated. It’s part of the learning process.

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  • Don’t let frustration win over you. Remember it’s only temporary.
  • Are you frustrated? That’s a sign you’re pushing boundaries.
  • Dedicate yourself to the perfection of whatever you pursue. Frustration is part of it.
  • Frustration is a catalyst for change.
  • Don’t quit. You’re just frustrated.
  • Cry if you must. Be angry if you must. But never quit.
  • By letting frustration get to you, you’re setting yourself up to fail.

How you react will matter.

Mentally Frustrated Quotes

Some situations seem hopelessly frustrating to solve. But remember, you have the power to solve them.

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

Insight: This quote emphasizes the power of our mind and the choices we make. It suggests that even in the face of mental frustration, we have the ability to redirect our thoughts, focusing on the positive or constructive rather than the negative. It teaches us about the importance of perspective and conscious thought selection.

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

Insight: Meyer points out that sometimes our mental frustrations arise from trying to control everything or acting without seeking guidance or collaboration. The quote encourages humility, patience, and the value of seeking external perspectives or higher guidance.

“Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.” – Norman Vincent Peale

Insight: Peale underscores that material setbacks aren’t the true barriers; it’s our mindset and emotions. Mental frustration can be more limiting than any external circumstance. The lesson here is to nurture a rich mind and heart, filled with positivity, hope, and resilience.

“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also harder to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say ‘My tooth is aching’ than to say ‘My heart is broken.'” – C.S. Lewis

Insight: Lewis touches on the often invisible nature of mental struggles, including frustration. He highlights society’s tendency to prioritize physical over mental well-being. The quote teaches us the importance of acknowledging and addressing our mental pains and frustrations, emphasizing the need for understanding and compassion in our interactions with others.

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” – William S. Burroughs

Insight: Burroughs suggests that sometimes, the answers to our mental frustrations lie within us. Instead of constantly seeking external solutions, we should cultivate patience and introspection. The quote teaches the value of inner reflection and the importance of giving our minds the space and time to process and heal.

  • It’s mentally draining, yes. But it can’t be as draining as knowing you allowed yourself to fail.
  • Mental drain can be as severe as physical exhaustion.
  • It’s a heavy burden on your willpower, not on your shoulders.
  • Mental frustration and stress can be prevented by a healthy work-life balance.
  • Listen to good music. It melts away mental frustration.
  • If your frustration doesn’t go away, it’s time to seek professional help.
  • Emotional support from people you trust is important to help you deal with mental frustration.
  • Yoga is a great balm for the mentally frustrated.
  • If you’re mentally frustrated over something, try to look at it from another angle.
  • It’s time to check another approach to how you do things.
  • Dealing with mental frustration can be an opportunity to strengthen your resilience and develop a growth mindset.
  • Being mentally frustrated is like trying to run a race with a heavy backpack, slowing you down and making every step feel like a struggle.

Tired and Frustrated Quotes

"Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight." - Benjamin Franklin

Keep in the sunlight.

Exhaustion and frustration are often paired emotions. Here’s how you should deal with them.

  • Take a break. You’re entitled to do so.
  • No one says you couldn’t take a break when you’re tired and frustrated.
  • Breathe deep. It works.
  • Don’t force yourself when you’re tired and frustrated.
  • It’s okay. Exhaustion and frustration happen to the best of us.
  • It’s okay to be tired and frustrated. It’s not okay to quit.
  • You’d be surprised how motivation comes back to you when you’re well-rested.
  • No effort is wasted even if you feel frustrated and tired.
  • Don’t worry. Hard work will pay off—always.
  • Be tired. Be frustrated. But don’t stop.
  • You’re human. It’s alright to be tired and frustrated.
  • There’s always someone to comfort you when you’re tired and frustrated.

Irritated Quotes

If you’re irritated at something or someone, use these quotes to help deal with that emotion.

  • Being irritated at something is human.
  • I’m not angry. I’m just slightly irritated.
  • Don’t let your irritation permanently destroy your relationship.
  • A hot cup of coffee does wonders for an irritated person.
  • Cool down! You’re just angry.
  • Be irritated about the situation, not the people.
  • A sure way to irritate people is to cross their boundaries.
  • A few deep breaths can soothe away irritation.
  • Irritation is the sound of your patience slowly running out.
  • Some people just have a talent for irritating others.
  • I’m not sure what’s more irritating—the situation or the people causing it.
  • Irritation is like a snowball. It starts small, but it can quickly grow into a massive problem.
You’re human. It’s alright to be tired and frustrated.

It’s alright to be tired and frustrated.

Frustration Slogans

  • Stronger than frustration.
  • Let frustration fuel you.
  • Frustration is my battery. I’m charged to overcome this.
  • Rise above frustration.
  • Keep moving forward.
  • Overcome frustration, and achieve greatness.

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  • Frustration is a stepping stone.
  • Frustrated? Have a coffee.
  • Frustrated? Take a walk.
  • Coffee—and a donut—cures frustration.
  • Beyond Every Frustration Lies a Fresh Perspective.
  • Harness the Heat of Frustration to Ignite Progress.
  • When Frustration Knocks, Answer with Resilience.
  • Frustration: A Stepping Stone, Not a Stumbling Block.
  • Face Frustration with Fortitude and Flourish.
  • From Frustration’s Flames, Forge Forward.
  • Let Frustration Be the Catalyst, Not the Culprit.
  • Frustration Tested, Determination Approved.

Frustration Taglines

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  • Frustration is temporary. Pride is forever.
  • Get tough when the going gets tough.
  • Frustration can be a motivator.
  • Transform frustration into motivation.
  • When in doubt, take a deep breath.
  • Channel frustration into creativity and innovation.
  • Embrace frustration as a sign of progress.
  • The greatest victories come after the most frustrating defeats.
  • Get even with frustration.
  • Frustration is just an obstacle. Jump over it or smash through it.
  • Frustration is annoying, but it can be fixed.
  • When life gives you lemons, make sure you have a lemon squeezer.
Frustrations is annoying, but it can be fixed.

It can be fixed.

My signs of frustration?

Believe it or not, yours truly still gets frustrated about things. Just last week, I was faced with some of my triggers known triggers that came in the form of an unexpected bills and time request.

It was a Monday morning. The sun was already shining promising a day of productivity and progress. I had my to-do list ready, a fresh Starbucks dark roast by my side, and an unwavering determination to get some deep writing done. Little did I know, the universe had other plans for me.

The first sign of trouble came when I tried to access this blog. A glaring error message stared back at me stating the website was not currently available due to server issues. Technical challenges have always been a thorn in my side, and today was no exception. I spent hours on the phone with customer support, only to be met with more questions than answers. The clock was ticking, and my frustration was mounting as I knew loyal readers weren’t able to access the website.

writing down my triggers

Writing down my triggers in an notebook allows me to identify the problem and solution.

Just as I was about to make a breakthrough, my phone buzzed with a text message. It was from my sister, asking if I could watch her kids for the afternoon. Now, don’t get me wrong, I adore my nieces. But the timing couldn’t have been worse. I was already behind schedule, and the thought of adding childcare to my already overflowing plate was overwhelming.

To add to the chaos, an unexpected tax bill arrived in the mail for $5,329. Financial pressures are always a trigger for me, and this was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. I felt a wave of frustration wash over me. It felt like the universe was conspiring against me.

I took a deep breath and decided to step away from it all. I needed a moment. When I feel frustrated, I’ve learned to take a break from it all, get outside, and go for a run to burn off the anxiety. I realized that while I couldn’t control the external challenges that came my way, I could control my response to them.

I decided to make a change. Instead of allowing these triggers to consume me, I would use them as opportunities for growth. First, I asked my wife to watch my sisters kids for the day and explained to her my situation and urgency around solving the website tech issues. This 5-minute conversation immediately took one of the issues off my plate.

Next feeling overwhelmed, I contacted a technical expert to solve the server issue. Fortunately, this person was able to solve the problem within a 3 hours without too much of my own involvement. The tech person also set systems and checks in place to prevent this issue in the future.

After that, the only problem left in my way was to pay off my unexpected tax bill. Fortunately, this didn’t need to be paid for 2 months into the future so I had plenty of time to write out the check and send it off.

Over time, I learned to embrace my triggers, using them as a reminder to pause, reflect, and recalibrate. While I’m not always proud of my initial reactions, I’ve come to understand that it’s okay to feel frustrated. What’s important is how we move forward from those moments of frustration.

How can you react to frustrations in a positive way?

In the tumultuous journey of entrepreneurship and life, frustrations are inevitable. But amidst this chaos, I discovered a powerful tool that transformed my perspective and became my anchor: gratitude.

Now, I know it might sound clichéd or even a tad bit lame. After all, in a world that constantly pushes us to want more, to achieve more, how can something as simple as feeling grateful make a difference? But trust me, it does, and in ways more profound than one can imagine.

Rise above frustration.

Rise above frustration.

Every time I felt overwhelmed, I took a moment to reflect on the blessings in my life. I thought of my incredible wife, who has been my pillar of strength, and my kids, who remind me of the pure joys of life. I remembered the good health that allows me to chase my dreams every day and the privilege of living in a safe place in the United States, where we all have the freedom to pursue our dreams.

To anyone reading this, if you ever find yourself drowning in the sea of frustrations, I urge you to hold onto the lifebuoy of gratitude. It might sound simple, but its impact is transformative. Here are some ways on how you can deal with your frustrations:

  • Take a break. Do something that relaxes you and give your mind a break from the problem.
  • Focus on the present moment. Remember that you can’t control what happens, but you can control how you react to it.
  • Reframe your thoughts by exploring other angles of the situation. If you acknowledge other angles, you might understand and accept the situation better.
  • Seek support from trusted people such as loved ones, mentors, and friends. If the frustration persists, talk to a mental health professional.
  • Take care of your health and well-being. Exercise. Travel. Take time to do the activities that you enjoy doing.

Each of these quotes offers a unique perspective on frustration, emphasizing its role as a catalyst for growth, creativity, and resilience. They teach us to embrace challenges, change our perspectives, and seek opportunities even in the face of adversity.

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