Quotes About Expectations

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Sylvia Plath
“If you expect nothing from somebody you are never disappointed.”
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Alexander Pope
“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”
Alexander Pope

Donald Miller
“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”
Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

Bruce Lee
“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”
Bruce Lee

Jodi Picoult
“If you spent your life concentrating on what everyone else thought of you, would you forget who you really were? What if the face you showed the world turned out to be a mask... with nothing beneath it?”
Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes

Fulton J. Sheen
“It takes three to make love, not two: you, your spouse, and God. Without God people only succeed in bringing out the worst in one another. Lovers who have nothing else to do but love each other soon find there is nothing else. Without a central loyalty life is unfinished.”
Fulton J. Sheen, Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary

Bill Watterson
“I find my life is a lot easier the lower I keep my expectations.”
Bill Watterson

Alison McGhee
“You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No.”
Alison McGhee, All Rivers Flow To The Sea

Patricia McCormick
“Look. I have a strategy. Why expect anything? If you don’t expect anything, you don’t get disappointed.”
Patricia McCormick, Cut

Stephen R. Covey
“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and
he will become as he can and should be.”
Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Charlotte Brontë
“If men could see us as we really are, they would be a little amazed; but the cleverest, the acutest men are often under an illusion about women: they do not read them in a true light: they misapprehend them, both for good and evil: their good woman is a queer thing, half doll, half angel; their bad woman almost always a fiend.”
Charlotte Brontë, Shirley

C.S. Lewis
“We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, 'Blessed are they that mourn,' and I accept it. I've got nothing that I hadn't bargained for. Of course it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination.”
C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

Stephen Hawking
“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus."

[The Science of Second-Guessing (New York Times Magazine Interview, December 12, 2004)]”
Stephen Hawking

Paulo Coelho
“When someone sees the same people every day, as had happened with him at the seminary, they wind up becoming a part of that person's life. And then they want the person to change. If someone isn't what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Sarah Ban Breathnach
“Today expect something good to happen to you no matter what occurred yesterday. Realize the past no longer holds you captive. It can only continue to hurt you if you hold on to it. Let the past go. A simply abundant world awaits. (January 11)”
Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy

Gautama Buddha
“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”
Gautama Buddha

Roberto Bolaño
“If you're going to say what you want to say, you're going to hear what you don't want to hear.”
Roberto Bolaño, The Insufferable Gaucho

Brandon Sanderson
“Expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack.”
Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

Jeff Kinney
“You can't expect everyone to have the same dedication as you.”
Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Brian Tracy
“Positive expectations are the mark of the superior personality.”
Brian Tracy, Maximum Achievement: Strategies and Skills that Will Unlock Your Hidden Powers to Succeed

Rachel Cohn
“I mean, like most guys, you carry around this girl in your head, who is exactly who you want her to be. The person you think you will love the most. And every girl you are with gets measured against this girl in your head.”
Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Lisa Kleypas
“You are your own worst enemy. If you can learn to stop expecting impossible perfection, in yourself and others, you may find the happiness that has always eluded you.”
Lisa Kleypas, Love in the Afternoon

Vladimir Nabokov
“I have often noticed that we are inclined to endow our friends with the stability of type that literary characters acquire in the reader's mind. [...] Whatever evolution this or that popular character has gone through between the book covers, his fate is fixed in our minds, and, similarly, we expect our friends to follow this or that logical and conventional pattern we have fixed for them. Thus X will never compose the immortal music that would clash with the second-rate symphonies he has accustomed us to. Y will never commit murder. Under no circumstances can Z ever betray us. We have it all arranged in our minds, and the less often we see a particular person, the more satisfying it is to check how obediently he conforms to our notion of him every time we hear of him. Any deviation in the fates we have ordained would strike us as not only anomalous but unethical. We could prefer not to have known at all our neighbor, the retired hot-dog stand operator, if it turns out he has just produced the greatest book of poetry his age has seen.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

Sharon Creech
“What I have since realized is that if people expect you to be brave, sometimes you pretend that you are, even when you are frightened down to your very bones. ”
Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons

Lev Grossman
“That was the thing about the world: it wasn't that things were harder than you thought they were going to be, it was that they were hard in ways that you didn't expect.”
Lev Grossman, The Magician King

Tonya Hurley
“If you expect nothing, you can never be disappointed.”
Tonya Hurley, Homecoming

Jane Austen
“To wish was to hope, and to hope was to expect”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Steve Maraboli
“Set the standard! Stop expecting others to show you love, acceptance, commitment, & respect when you don't even show that to yourself.”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Jonathan Lockwood Huie
“A wonderful gift may not be wrapped as you expect.”
Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Julia Glass
“I'd rather be pleasantly surprised than fatally disappointed.”
Julia Glass, I See You Everywhere

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