Surprise Quotes

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Mae West
“Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.”
Mae West

Maggie Stiefvater
“I stood on my toes and stole a soft kiss from his lips. "Surprise attack," I said.
Sam leaned down and kissed me back, his mouth lingering on mine, teeth grazing my lower lip, making me shiver. "Surprise attack back."
"Sneaky," I said, my voice breathier than I intended.”
Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver

Sun Tzu
“Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment — that which they cannot anticipate.”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Veronica Roth
“Desperation can make a person do surprising things.”
Veronica Roth, Allegiant

Marcus Aurelius
“How ridiculous and how strange to be surprised at anything which happens in life”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

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

Rick Riordan
“Frank heard a laugh behind him. He glanced back and couldn't believe what he saw. Nico di Angelo was actually smiling.

"That's more like it," Nico said. "Let's turn this tide!”
Rick Riordan, The House of Hades

Cassandra Clare
“Well, hello there, Mother,” Sebastian said in a voice like silk. “Surprised to see me?”
Cassandra Clare, City of Lost Souls

Aristotle
“The secret to humor is surprise.”
Aristotle

Deb Caletti
“The magic of purpose and of love in its purest form. Not televison love, with its glare and hollow and sequined glint; not sex and allure, all high shoes and high drama, everything both too small and in too much excess, but just love. Love like rain, like the smell of a tangerine, like a surprise found in your pocket.”
Deb Caletti, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart

Deb Caletti
“I was like a chocolate in a box, looking well behaved and perfect in place, all the while harboring a secret center.”
Deb Caletti, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart

Gerald Durrell
“I said I *liked* being half-educated; you were so much more *surprised* at everything when you were ignorant.”
Gerald Durrell, My Family and Other Animals

Charles Dickens
“I know enough of the world now to have almost lost the capacity of being much surprised by anything”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

Erma Bombeck
“Humor is a spontaneous, wonderful bit of an outburst that just comes. It's unbridled, its unplanned, it's full of suprises.”
Erma Bombeck

Franz Kafka
“What's happened to me,' he thought. It was no dream.”
Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

Alexander McCall Smith
“That of all people, it should be him; that took her aback. That the heart should settle on somebody like him; that surprised her. But she was so certain about it, so certain.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Dream Angus: The Celtic God of Dreams

Bernard Beckett
“I try not to be surprised. Surprise is the public face of a mind that has been closed.”
Bernard Beckett, Genesis

Samuel Johnson
“Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.”
Samuel Johnson, The Idler; Poems

Lisa Kleypas
“I think in a moment of weakness, you might surprise yourself.”
Lisa Kleypas, Mine Till Midnight

“There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved.”
Charles Morgan

“The rapture of an ‘innocent moment’ or an “unsuspected instant” can overwhelm us at any time, throughout our lives, and surprise us with a storm of liberating waves of good vibrations.( What do they think behind their dirty aprons?)”
Erik Pevernagie

Albert Camus
“Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world; yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky. There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet always plagues and wars take people equally by surprise.”
Albert Camus, The Plague

Dan   Barker
“People are invariably surprised to hear me say I am both an atheist and an agnostic, as if this somehow weakens my certainty. I usually reply with a question like, 'Well, are you a Republican or an American?' The two words serve different concepts and are not mutually exclusive. Agnosticism addresses knowledge; atheism addresses belief. The agnostic says, 'I don't have a knowledge that God exists.' The atheist says, 'I don't have a belief that God exists.' You can say both things at the same time. Some agnostics are atheistic and some are theistic.”
Dan Barker, Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists

Joyce Carol Oates
“Sometimes people surprise us. People we believe we know.”
Joyce Carol Oates, The Falls

Garth Nix
“Nick shook his head and found to his surprise that he did have tears left after all. He wasn't surprised by a talking cat. The world was crumbling around him and anything could happen.”
Garth Nix, Abhorsen

Israelmore Ayivor
“You may pray to God to remove the hills on your way and fill every pothole on your path; but don’t be surprised if God gives you a shovel to do so!”
Israelmore Ayivor

Benedict XVI
“Knowing is not simply a material act, since the object that is known always conceals something beyond the empirical datum. All our knowledge, even the most simple, is always a minor miracle, since it can never be fully explained by the material instruments that we apply to it. In every truth there is something more than we would have expected, in the love that we receive there is always an element that surprises us.”
Pope Benedict XVI, Charity in Truth: Caritas in Veritate

“If you can sustain your interest in what you’re doing, you’re an extremely fortunate person. What you see very frequently in people’s professional lives, and perhaps in their emotional life as well, is that they lose interest in the third act. You sort of get tired, and indifferent, and, sometimes, defensive. And you kind of lose your capacity for astonishment — and that’s a great loss, because the world is a very astonishing place.

What I feel fortunate about is that I’m still astonished, that things still amaze me. And I think that that’s the great benefit of being in the arts, where the possibility for learning never disappears, where you basically have to admit you never learn it.”
Milton Glaser

Mark  Lawrence
“I’ve always found hitting a man from behind to be the best way to go about things. This can sometimes be accomplished by dint of a simple ruse. Classics such as, “What’s that over there?” work surprisingly often, but for truly optimal results it’s best if the person doesn’t ever know you were there.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Fools

Benedict Cumberbatch
“I've been very lucky at what's happened in my career to date, but playing something as far from me as possible is an ambition of mine - anything from a mutated baddy in a comic book action thriller, to a detective. If anything, I'd like Gary Oldman's career: he's the perfect example of it. I've love to have a really broad sweep of characters - to be able to do something edgy, surprising and unfashionable.”
Benedict Cumberbatch

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