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Quotes About Expectations

“If you expect nothing from somebody you are never disappointed.” 
― Sylvia Plath, 

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”
Steve Jobs

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” Princess Diana

“It is the reformer who is anxious for the reform, and not society, from which he should expect nothing better than opposition, abhorrence and mortal persecution.”
 Gandhi

“Anyone who loves in the expectation of being loved in return is wasting their time.”
 Paulo Coelho

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

“Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations.”
Earl Nightingale

“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” Marston

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

“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”  
Donald Miller

“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

“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

“Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love.”
Leo Buscaglia

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

“The quality of our expectations determines the quality of our action.”
  A. Godin

“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

“The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.”
Confucius

“Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love.”
Leo Buscaglia

“We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.”
 Johnson

“High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.” 
 Charles F. Kettering

“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

“More information is always better than less. When people know the reason things are happening, even if it’s bad news, they can adjust their expectations and react accordingly. Keeping people in the dark only serves to stir negative emotions.”
Simon Sinek

“To work without attachment is to work without the expectation of reward or fear of any punishment in this world or the next. Work so done is a means to the end, and God is the end.”
Ramakrishna

“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.”
 Johnson 

“So the secret to good self-esteem is to lower your expectations to the point where they’re already met?”
Bill Watterson

“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

“More information is always better than less. When people know the reason things are happening, even if it’s bad news, they can adjust their expectations and react accordingly. Keeping people in the dark only serves to stir negative emotions.”
Simon Sinek

“I have a very high expectation for everything I do. And when I go out and compete, I expect myself to make every play.”
Colin Kaepernick

“If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.”
 Shaw

“A life that is burdened with expectations is a heavy life. Its fruit is sorrow and disappointment.”
 Douglas Adams

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

“Many people feel so pressured by the expectations of others that it causes them to be frustrated, miserable and confused about what they should do. But there is a way to live a simple, joy-filled, peaceful life, and the key is learning how to be led by the Holy Spirit, not the traditions or expectations of man.”
Joyce Meyer

“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.”
Henry David Thoreau

“No expectation fails there,No pleasing habit ends,No man grows old, no girl grows cold,But friends walk by friends.”
 Yeats

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

“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,

“More information is always better than less. When people know the reason things are happening, even if it’s bad news, they can adjust their expectations and react accordingly. Keeping people in the dark only serves to stir negative emotions.”
Simon Sinek

“For me, a life without expectation results in a life with inspiration.” Alanis Morissette

“Expect everything so that nothing comes unexpected.”
  Norton Juster

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

“I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values – and follow my own moral compass – then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own.”
Michelle Obama

“Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy – the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.”
Eric Hoffer

“Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing.”
Cowper

“Unhappiness lies in that gap between our talents and our expectations.”
 Sebastian Horsley

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

“In the egoic state, your sense of self, your identity, is derived from your thinking mind – in other words, what your mind tells you about yourself: the storyline of you, the memories, the expectations, all the thoughts that go through your head continuously and the emotions that reflect those thoughts. All those things make up your sense of self.”
Eckhart Tolle

“Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy – the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.”
Eric Hoffer

“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.”
 Holmes

“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

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

“If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.”
Michael Jordan

“A lot of people end up getting married more out of expectation than out of passion for each other, but if your options have ever been, ‘We either get married or break up,’ be careful. Marriage should be a new addition you add to the house that is your relationship, not the structure you impose on the house once it’s already built.”
Emily V. Gordon

“I am open to the guidance of synchronicity, and do not let expectations hinder my path.”
 Lama

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

“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

“It’s when ordinary people rise above the expectations and seize the opportunity that milestones truly are reached.”
Mike Huckabee

“The chief symptom of adolescence is a state of expectation, a tendency towards creative work, and a need for the strengthening of self-confidence. Suddenly, the child becomes very sensitive to the rudeness and humiliations which he had previously suffered with patient indifference.”
Maria Montessori

“Women should not be expected to write, or fight, or build, or compose scores; she does all by inspiring men to do all”
Emerson

“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

“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

“The person who dumps garbage into your mind will do you considerably more harm than the person who dumps garbage on your floor, because each load of mind garbage negatively impacts your possibilities and lowers your expectations.”
Zig Ziglar

“I think I infuse the music with a new passion. Part of this is because I have fallen in love: I am in love with the New York Philharmonic. The chemistry has just been right. Beyond expectation.”
Lorin Maazel

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

“You don’t ask nobody to give what they can’t give, or be what they can’t be. You’ve learnt that, you got a headstart on heartbreak.”
 Jack Farris

“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

“Social media, unfortunately, just makes it a lot easier to be jealous. It sets up false expectations of reality, so it’s really easy to look at someone else’s life online and assume that they have everything going great for them and that their life is perfect.”
Franchesca Ramsey

“A sense of the universe, a sense of the all, the nostalgia which seizes us when confronted by nature, beauty, music – these seem to be an expectation and awareness of a Great Presence.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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

“We must rediscover the distinction between hope and expectation.”
  Ivan Illich

“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 Breathnach

“My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.”
Michael J. Fox

“The main thing in making art often is letting go of your expectation and your idea.”
Agnes Martin

“We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.”
Voltaire

“You can’t expect everyone to have the same dedication as you.”
― Jeff Kinney,

“Thrift shopping is all about going into the thrift shop and having no expectation of what you might find.”
Macklemore

“How much of human life is lost in waiting.” Emerson

“Positive expectations are the mark of the superior personality.” 
― Brian Tracy

“Buying a particular vintage because everyone tips it and then waiting for it to mature is like gambling. The thrill is in placing the bet. Once the race is run or the match is played, you’ll either win or lose. Until that happens, you’re caught in this wonderful, agonising sense of expectation.”
Kenneth Cranham

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”
 Princess Diana

“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, 

“It’s great to be a blonde. With low expectations it’s very easy to surprise people.”
Pamela Anderson

“Kitchen Confidential’ wasn’t a cautionary or an expose. I wrote it as an entertainment for New York tri-state area line cooks and restaurant lifers, basically; I had no expectation that it would move as far west as Philadelphia.”
Anthony Bourdain

“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.”
Orison Swett Marden

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

“My life motto is basically to lower your standards and expectations so you’re never disappointed and never put any trust in anything, and I try to prepare for the day that I wake up, and everyone I know is like, ‘LOL JK best long-running practical joke ever’, so I’ve never really let myself freak out or get too excited about anything.”
Tavi Gevinson

“It’s always been my expectation to be the top guy, the face of the company, the one with all of that responsibility. But that should be everybody’s goal. I didn’t get into this to just be in the middle of the pack. If you want to do that, go work in a different line of work. This isn’t the place to camouflage yourself.”
Roman Reigns

“We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.”    
Samuel Johnson

“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

“I do know one thing about me: I don’t measure myself by others’ expectations or let others define my worth.”
Sonia Sotomayor

“You American people worry too much about the China economy. Every time you think China is a problem, we get better, but when you have a high expectation for China, China is always a problem.”
Jack Ma

“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

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

“It is only through raising expectations and striving for excellence that our children can reach their full potential.”
Brad Henr

“As Long As I Know I’m Getting Paid’ is a satire. Lyrically, I want to be direct. With my history in Fall Out Boy, there’s some expectation that I’m going to be lyrically obtuse. But that song is a straight-faced satire of consumerism.”
Patrick Stump