Expectation Quotes

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  • “Act without expectation.” ― Lao Tzu

Act without expectatio


  • “We tend to get what we expect.” ― Norman Vincent Peale

We tend to get what we expect.


  • “Who hurt you? My own expectations.”

Who hurt you? My own expectations.


  • “Life is largely a matter of expectation.” ―Horace

Life is largely a matter of expectation.


  • “Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.” ―Alice Walker

Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.


  • “Peace begins When expectation ends.” ―Sri Chinmay

Peace begins When expectation ends.


  • “Frustration is the result of failed expectations.” ― Stuart Kidder
  • “Put your expectations on God, not on people.” – Joyce Meyer
  • “Ask no questions, and you’ll be told no lies.” ― Charles Dickens
  • “Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.“— George Eliot

Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.


  • “Expectation is the mother of all frustration.” ― Antonio Banderas
  • “All expectation hath something of torment.“— Benjamin Whichcote
  • “The secret of happiness is low expectations.” – Barry Schwartz
  • “Don’t believe in miracles – depend on them.” ― Laurence J. Peter

Don’t believe in miracles – depend on them.


  • “Expecting too much can lead to so much disappointment.“
  • “Anger always comes from frustrated expectations.“
  • “The quality of our expectations determines the quality of our action.” ― Godin
  • “Lower your expectations of earth. This isn’t heaven, so don’t expect it to be.” ― Max Lucado
  • “We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.” ― Voltaire
  • “Once you give up expectations, you have learned to live.” – Osho
  • “I blame movies for my high expectations in relationships.“
  • “A relationship requires a lot of work and commitment.“

A relationship requires a lot of work and commitment.


  • “Sometimes the stuff you expect to happen can hurt you.” ― Jennifer Brown
  • “We find what we expect to find, and we receive what we ask for.” ― Elbert Hubbard
  • “Your expectations give pain, not people or circumstances.” ― Unknown
  • “I’d rather be pleasantly surprised than fatally disappointed.” ― Julia Glass
  • “When you have expectations, you are setting yourself up for disappointment.” ― Ryan Reynolds
  • “You can’t base your life on other people’s expectations.” ― Stevie Wonder
  • “I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.” ―Charles Dickens
  • “Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.” ― Margaret Mitchell

Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.


  • “The secret to happiness is having low expectations.” – Warren Buffett
  • “If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.“– Sylvia Plath
  • “Sometimes your perfect mate does not come in the package you are expecting.“
  • “It’s a good place when all you have is hope and not expectations.” ― Danny Boyle
  • “Whatever it is you’re seeking won’t come in the form you’re expecting.” ― Haruki Murakami
  • “Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself.” ― Oprah Winfrey
  • “I am happy with what comes, I don’t have expectations of any stature.” Leon Russell
  • “To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves – there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.” –Joan Didion
  • “You get what you expect and you deserve what you tolerate.“– Mark Graban
  • “I think a relationship is like a shark. It has to constantly move forward or it dies.“
  • “Never expect anything from anyone, if you want to live a happy life.” ― Rashid Jorvee
  • “Do not expect much from humans. Expect much more from God.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita
  • “I hope you do not let anyone else’s expectations direct the course of your life.” ― Julianne Donaldson
  • “Unhappiness lies in that gap between our talents and our expectations.” ― Sebastian Horsley
  • “Expectations are disappointments under construction.“— Anonymous

Expectations are disappointments under construction.


  • “Women run on expectations, the way a car is fueled by gas.“— Amy Lindgren
  • “High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.” –Charles F. Kettering
  • “Just because it’s not what you were expecting, doesn’t mean it’s not everything you need right now.” –Paulo Coelho
  • “I am open to the guidance of synchronicity, and do not let expectations hinder my path.” – Dalai Lama
  • “Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations.” – Leo Buscaglia
  • “Life delivers far less disappointment when your expectations are low.” – Brad Meltzer
  • “I really don’t ask or expect much from people, just loyalty and honesty.“
  • “If you want peace, accept. If you want suffering, expect.” ― Maxime Legace
  • “Expectations are resentments waiting to happen.“— Anne Lamott

Expectations are resentments waiting to happen.


  • “Now I’m just not surprised when people leave, but I’m actually more surprised when they stay.“
  • “I kept my expectations low, which is one of the secrets of life.” ― Anne Lamott
  • “Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.” ― Charlotte Bronte
  • “How tedious is time, when his wings are loaded with expectation!“— Mary Collyer
  • “I find my life is a lot easier the lower I keep my expectations.” –Bill Watterson
  • “Most things don’t work out as expected, but what happens instead often turns out to be the good stuff.” – Judi Dench
  • “My expectations were reduced to zero when I was Everything since then has been a bonus.” – Stephen Hawking
  • “We live in a world where expectation exceeds inspiration.” ― Louise Philippe Dulay
  • “High expectations are the key to everything.“— Sam Walton

High expectations are the key to everything.


  • “What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s suppose to be.”
  • “I have enough patience to wait for the fulfillment of my wishes.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita
  • “He was swimming in a sea of other people’s expectations. Men had drowned in seas like that.” ― Robert Jordan
  • “There were two ways to be happy: improve your reality or lower your expectations.” – Jodi Picoult
  • “Expectations are like hidden rocks in your path, All they do is trip you up.” — Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • “Nobody seems to care that with every push to live up to their expectations, my own dreams vaporize.” – Elen Hopkins
  • “Expect more, get less, and feel sadness or expect less, get more, and feel happiness.” ― Vijay Dhameliya
  • “Events never arrive as we fear they will, nor as we hope they will.“— Comtesse Diane de Beausacq
  • “Always make your needs and expectations known, she used to say. That way no one gets hurt.” –Sarah Addison Allen
  • “No expectations, No disappointments.“ – Tony Robbins

No expectations, No disappointments.


  • “To halve the number of times that other people hurt you: halve the number of expectations that you have from other people.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  • “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
  • “Future orientation is combined with a notion and expectation of progress, and nothing is impossible.” ― Alan Dundes
  • “There is no joy involved in following others’ expectations of yourself.” ― Miriam Toews
  • “We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.” –Johnson
  • “Unrealistic expectations are often the seeds of bitterly stuffed emotions.” – Lisa TerKeurst
  • “The more I expect, the more unhappy I am going to be. The more I accept, the more serene I am.” – Michael J. Fox
  • “There are two ways to be happy: improve your reality, or lower your expectations.” – Jodi Picoult , Realistic expectations quotes
  • “Expectation is hope colored by fancy.“— Lady Morgan

Expectation is hope colored by fancy.


  • “Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations.” –Edward de Bono
  • “Live your life, sing your song. Not full of expectations. Not for the ovations. But for the joy of it.” –Rasheed Ogunlaru