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Expectation Quotes

Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched.

Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek Fabulist)


Expect nothing, live frugally on surprise.

Alice Walker (1944-, American Author, Critic)


You have to expect that if you cuss out the world, The world is going to cuss back.

Andrew Young (1932-, Civil Rights Activist, Protestant Minister, Public Official)


We expect everything and are prepared for nothing.

Anne Sophie Swetchine (1782-1857, Russian Author)


The world is full of abundance and opportunity, but far too many people come to the fountain of life with a sieve instead of a tank car… a teaspoon instead of a steam shovel. They expect little and as a result they get little.

Ben Sweetland


What we anticipate seldom occurs, what we least expected generally happens.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British Statesman, Prime Minister)


Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat)


You can’t expect a person to see eye to eye with you when you’re looking down on him.

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We will always tend to fulfill our own expectation of ourselves.

Brian Tracy (American Trainer, Speaker, Author, Businessman)


Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy.

Brian Tracy (American Trainer, Speaker, Author, Businessman)


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 (1940-1973, Chinese-American Actor, Director, Author, Martial Artist)


Nothing sets a person up more than having something turn out just the way it’s supposed to be, like falling into a Swiss snowdrift and seeing a big dog come up with a little cask of brandy round its neck.

Claud Cockburn (1904-1981, British Author, Journalist)


Our limitations and success will be based, most often, on your own expectations for ourselves. What the mind dwells upon, the body acts upon.

Denis Waitley (1933-, American Author, Speaker, Trainer, Peak Performance Expert)


Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.

Denis Waitley (1933-, American Author, Speaker, Trainer, Peak Performance Expert)


We tend to live up to our expectations.

Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American Radio Announcer, Author, Motivator, Speaker)


Man’s real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845, American Poet, Critic, short-story Writer)


For, he that expects nothing shall not be disappointed, but he that expects much – – if he lives and uses that in hand day by day — shall be full to running over. 

Edgar Cayce (1877-1945, American Psychic Medium)


Expect your every need to be met. Expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level…

Eileen Caddy (American Spiritual Writer)


We find what we expect to find, and we receive what we ask for.

Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American Author, Publisher)


I have no expectation of making a hit every time I come to bat.

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945, Thirty-second President of the USA)


Men… are bettered and improved by trial, and refined out of broken hopes and blighted expectations.

Frederick W. Robertson


Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.

George Eliot (1819-1880, British Novelist)


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By asking for the impossible we obtain the best possible.

Giovanni Niccolini


Think and feel yourself there! To achieve any aim in life, you need to project the end-result. Think of the elation, the satisfaction, the joy! Carrying the ecstatic feeling will bring the desired goal into view.

Grace Speare


Let us be about setting high standards for life, love, creativity, and wisdom. If our expectations in these areas are low, we are not likely to experience wellness. Setting high standards makes every day and every decade worth looking forward to.

Greg Anderson (American Author of “The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness”)


If you do not the expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.

Heraclitus (535-475 BC, Greek Philosopher)


Life is largely a matter of expectation.

Horace (65-8 BC, Italian Poet)


Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, Thirty-fifth President of the USA)


When you expect things to happen — strangely enough — they do happen.

John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913, American Banker, Financier, Art Collector)


I’m not out there just to be dancing around. I expect to win every time I tee up.

Lee Trevino (1939-, American Golfer)


If you expect nothing, you’re apt to be surprised. You’ll get it.

Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American Publisher, Businessman)


A cathedral, a wave of storm, a dancer’s leap, never turn out to be as high as we had hoped.

Marcel Proust (1871-1922, French Novelist)


We should expect the best and the worst of mankind, as from the weather.

Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French Moralist)


I’ve always got such high expectations for myself. I’m aware of them, but I can’t relax them.

Mary Decker Slaney (American Track Athlete)


You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.

Michael Jordan (1963-, American Basketball Player, Actor)


If something can go wrong it will.

Murphy’s Law (Edward A. Murphy)


We tend to get what we expect.

Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian Reformed Pastor, Speaker, Author)


If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.

Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian Reformed Pastor, Speaker, Author)


Most of the things we do, we do for no better reason than that our father’s have done them or our neighbors do them, and the same is true of a large part than what we suspect of what we think.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841-1935, American Judge)


We advance on our journey only when we face our goal, when we are confident and believe we are going to win out.

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American Author, Founder of Success Magazine)


Your expectations opens or closes the doors of your supply, If you expect grand things, and work honestly for them, they will come to you, your supply will correspond with your expectation.

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American Author, Founder of Success Magazine)


A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.

Patricia Neal



Always expect the worst, and you will never be disappointed.

Peter Wastholm


Expect victory and you make victory.

Preston Bradley


Don’t cross the bridge till you come to it.



Nobody succeeds beyond his or her wildest expectations unless he or she begins with some wild expectations.

Ralph Charell (American Author)


How much of human life is lost in waiting.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist)


In order to win, you must expect to win.

Richard Bach (1936-, American Author)


Life… It tends to respond to our outlook, to shape itself to meet our expectations.

Richard M. DeVos (1926-, American Businessman, Co-founder of Amway Corp.)


People expect a certain reaction from a business and when you pleasantly exceed those 

expectations, you’ve somehow passed an important psychological threshold.

Richard Thalheimer (American Business Executive, The Sharper Image)


High expectations are the key to everything.

Sam Walton (1918-1992, American Businessman, Founder of Wal-Mart Stores)


I know not anything more pleasant, or more instructive, than to compare experience with expectation, or to register from time to time the difference between idea and reality. It is by this kind of observation that we grow daily less liable to be disappointed.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British Author)


Even if it is to be, what end do you serve by running to distress?

Seneca (4 BC-65 AD, Spanish-born Roman Statesman, philosopher)


Other people may not have had high expectations for me… but I had high expectations for myself.

Shannon Miller (American Olympic Gymnast)


You can’t base your life on other people’s expectations.

Stevie Wonder (1950-, American Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Producer)


Good is not good, when better is expected.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British Clergyman, Author)


Prospect is often better than possession.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British Clergyman, Author)


You begin by always expecting good things to happen

Tom Hopkins (American Sales Trainer, Speaker, Author)


One gift creates appreciation, many gifts create expectation.

Tony Bright


It’s a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.

Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British Novelist, Playwright)


I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it is.

Wayne Gretzky (1961-, Canadian Hockey Player)


The best part of our lives we pass in counting on what is to come.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British Essayist)


If you don’t see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner.

Zig Ziglar (American Sales Trainer, Author, Motivational Speaker)


You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.

Zig Ziglar (American Sales Trainer, Author, Motivational Speaker)

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