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Quotes About Expectations

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Sylvia Plath
“If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.”
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Know that everything is in perfect order whether you understand it or not.”
Valery Satterwhite

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vera Nazarian
“Would you like to know your future?

If your answer is yes, think again. Not knowing is the greatest life motivator.

So enjoy, endure, survive each moment as it comes to you in its proper sequence -- a surprise.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

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

Simone de Beauvoir
“Fathers never have exactly the daughters they want because they invent a notion a them that the daughters have to conform to.”
Simone de Beauvoir, The Woman Destroyed

“When you grow up as a girl, it is like there are faint chalk lines traced approximately three inches around your entire body at all times, drawn by society and often religion and family and particularly other women, who somehow feel invested in how you behave, as if your actions reflect directly on all womanhood.”
M.E. Thomas, Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight

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

Tonya Hurley
“If you expect nothing, you can never be disappointed.
Apart from a few starry-eyed poets or monks living on a mountaintop somewhere, however, we all have expectations. We not only have them, we need them. They fuel our dreams, our hopes, and our lives like some super-caffeinated energy drink.”
Tonya Hurley, Homecoming

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