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Expectation Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Expectation

Please enjoy these Expectation Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Disappointment Envy Greed

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Expectation is the root of all heartache.
- William Shakespeare

The Principal Causes of Our Suffering
are Our Expectations and Our Assumptions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

My greatest Power and my greatest Inner Peace come
when I Intend my future, and when I avoid Expecting it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Question every assumption and expectation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you believe that a task will be difficult, it will be -
and you will have suffered with worry beforehand.
Approach life with joy and optimism.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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Our desires always disappoint us;
for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction,
yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation.
- Elbert Hubbard

The more you expect, the more you get disappointed in life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Expectations Diminish Joy.
- Anonymous

I renounce all assumptions and expectations.
I thoughtfully consider all possibilities,
and CHOOSE among them with consciousness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is nearly a certainty that some
of your expectations will not be met today -
choose Joy anyway.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am the master of my emotions -
I transform fear to love, anger to compassion,
pain to comfort, scarcity to abundance,
expectation to gratitude, and jealousy to generosity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Compassion blooms where there is no expectation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

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

Expectation (demand) is always a cause of suffering.
Rather than "expecting" to be repaid
when we "loan" something to someone,
consider the "loans" we make to be forward payments
for the "loans" we received from
our ancestors, nurturers and others.
Request that any "loan" that we make be repaid FORWARD,
when the recipient is able,
and then completely forget about the "loan."
It is no longer our business if, when, or how
the "loan" is repaid - or is not repaid.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Belief transcends ritual, structure and societal expectation.
It is an enlivening, intensely personal
core to our being. Our way of being.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.
- Charles Kettering

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

A youthful mind is seldom totally free from ambition;
to curb that,
is the first step to contentment, since to diminish
expectation is to increase enjoyment.
- Frances Burney

An expectation is a future object, recognised as belonging to me.
- Samuel Alexander

Crim has baggage: expectation, history,
responsibility.
- Pat Mastelotto

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

People should be allowed to document evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
Where is the expectation of privacy if someone is conspiring to commit crime?
- Linda Tripp

The River of Life has no meaning, no good, no bad,
no better, no worse, no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS. There is nothing to do.
There is nothing to say.
There is nothing to think.
There is nothing to feel.
The River just flows. The River is the source of all nourishment -
the source of all obstacles.
The River is the source of all life - the source of all death.
The River is the source of all joy - and the source of all sorrow.
Yet the River has no joy - and the River has no sorrow.
The River is just the River.
One can flow harmoniously with the River -
or one can struggle fearfully against the River -
and the River just flows.
One can accept the River - or one can deny the River -
and the River just flows.
One can worship the River of Life - or one can curse the River of Life -
and the River just flows. There is nothing to do - and the River flows.
There is nothing to say - and the River flows.
There is nothing to think - and the River flows.
There is nothing to feel - and the River flows.
The River flows - and all else is our drama.
The River flows - and all else is our invention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Life is largely a matter of expectation.
- Horace

You know, the men go to tea houses with the expectation
that they will have a nice quiet evening and not read
about it the next morning in the newspaper.
- Arthur Golden

A public expectation, it has to be said,
not of poetry as such but of political positions variously
approvable by mutually disapproving groups.
- Seamus Heaney

I no longer worry whether a painting is about something or not.
I am only concerned with the expectation,
from a flat surface, of an illusion.
- William Scott

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

A desert is a place without expectation.
- Nadine Gordimer

But then, if the war continues after that,
I have no expectation of success.
- Isoroku Yamamoto

The interval between a cold expectation and a warm
desire may be filled by expectations of varying degrees
of warmth or by desires of varying degrees of coldness.
- Samuel Alexander

Let us CHOOSE to bless ALL those around us,
not with an EXPECTATION that they should be more evolved,
but with UNDERSTANDING, and with our INTENTION
for a magnificent future for all humans.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I believe that this is not only the view of the people
on both sides of the Strait.
It is also the common expectation of the US,
Japan and the international community.
- Chen Shui-bian

I had no expectation that the Prince would offer me
the unprecedented and unfettered access to the original
and entirely untapped sources on which this biography is based.
- Jonathan Dimbleby

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The curse of the romantic is a greed for dreams,
an intensity of expectation that, in the end,
diminishes the reality.
- Marya Mannes

A man builds a house in England with the expectation
of living in it and leaving it to his children;
we shed our houses in America as easily as a snail does his shell.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

And I'm working at trying to find a kind of language
where I won't be so easily modulated by expectation.
- Kathy Acker

There is no greater challenge than to have someone relying upon you;
no greater satisfaction than to vindicate his expectation.
- Kingman Brewster, Jr.

Death, after all, is the common expectation from birth.
Neither heroes nor cowards can escape it.
- Ellis Peters

I was always surrounded by expectation from the very
first race I ran as a 5-year-old.
- Cathy Freeman

When hope is not pinned wriggling onto a shiny image or expectation,
it sometimes floats forth and opens.
- Anne Lamott

The only other thing which I think is important is:
Don't write a book or start a book with the expectation
of communicating a message in a very important way.
- Norton Juster

Life was very simple.
My parents had come from the North of England,
which is a fairly rugged, bleak, hard-working part of England,
and so there was not the expectation of luxury.
- Roger Bannister

Letters are expectation packaged in an envelope.
- Shana Alexander

All earthly delights are sweeter in expectation than in enjoyment;
but all spiritual pleasures more in fruition than in expectation.
- Francois Fenelon

Americans have an expectation that the Postal Service
will abide by its well-known,
although unofficial, motto - a commitment to deliver.
- John McHugh

Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life.
Security is an insipid thing.
- William Congreve

In the United States, though power corrupts,
the expectation of power paralyzes.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

There's an expectation these days that novels -
like any other consumer product -
should be made on a production line,
with one dropping from the conveyor belt every couple of years.
- Donna Tartt

That is a good book which is opened with expectation,
and closed with delight and profit.
- Amos Bronson Alcott

I can establish the expectation of retributive justice.
Have we done that? No.
- Paddy Ashdown

Future orientation is combined with a notion and expectation of progress,
and nothing is impossible.
- Alan Dundes

The difference between me and American-born actors
is that I came here with the expectation of not being treated fairly.
- Joan Chen

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

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

Faith is an act of rational choice, which determines
us to act as if certain things were true,
and in the confident expectation that they will prove to be true.
- Dean Inge

It's now expected of me that I will defy expectation,
so I really generally seem to be free to write what I want.
- Jonathan Lethem

Where is the expectation of privacy in the commission of a crime?
- Linda Tripp

Life is so constructed, that the event does not,
cannot, will not, match the expectation.
- Charlotte Bronte

In all worldly things that a man pursues with the greatest
eagerness he finds not half the pleasure in the possession
that he proposed to himself in the expectation.
- Robert South

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

Kids will reach whatever expectation you set for them.
- James Sullivan

I also want to draw attention to the responsibilities
that people have to live up to their election promises
and to live up to the votes that were cast by the people of Wales,
in the General Election, in the expectation that we
would deliver this promise.
- Ron Davies

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

I think ultimately if you have a very high expectation
of your audience and you know exactly what it is you're
trying to express through the medium of film,
there will always be an audience for you.
- Atom Egoyan

I was aware that there is an expectation that writers
inevitably falter at this stage,
that they fail to live up to the promise of their first successful book,
that the next book never pleases the way the prior one did.
It simply increased my sense of being challenged.
- David Guterson


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