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hope deferred makes the heart sick

Waiting for something that one wants can cause distress. The full Biblical phrase is "Hope deferred maketh the heart sick, but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life." A: "Rachel has been so anxious ever since the other kids in her class started hearing back from the colleges they applied to." B: "I'm not surprised—hope deferred makes the heart sick."
See also: heart, hope, make, sick

Hope deferred makes the heart sick,

 and Hope deferred maketh the heart sick.
Prov. If you have to wait a long time for something you want, you will become despairing. (Biblical.) Charlie waited so long for the woman he loved that he decided he didn't want to love anybody. Hope deferred makes the heart sick.
See also: heart, hope, make, sick
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"HOPE deferred maketh the heart sick" and a sense of being let down is worse.
In "Waiting for Godot," Gogo almost remembers Proverbs 13:12--"Hope deferred maketh the heart sick." It takes a uniquely disturbed genius to play that sentiment out in mime in this one-act, with an audience snickering as a carafe of water is pulled away from a man who can only bat at it like an angry kitten.
Why don't they scrap that silly inscription "Prepared" on the logo and substitute whatever is the Latin for "Hope deferred maketh the heart sick".