Expectations Proverbs

Sayings about Expectations

Low is the mountain, high the expectations. ~ Malawian Proverbs

He who inherits a penny is expected to spend a dollar. ~ German Proverbs

When we least expect it, the hare darts out of the ditch. ~ Dutch Proverbs

When you have an ass for a friend, expect nothing but kicks. ~ Indian Proverbs

Don’t expect from others what you can’t promise them yourself. ~ Chinese Proverbs

He who has done evil, expects evil. ~ Guinean Proverb

Don’t expect. Inspect. ~ American Proverbs

From lean meat do not expect fat broth. ~ Turkish Proverbs

If a poor man gives to you, he expects more in return. ~ Portuguese Proverbs

Proportion your expenses to what you have, not what you expect. ~ English Proverb

You can’t expect both ends of a sugar cane to be as sweet. ~ Chinese Proverb

A gift long expected is sold, not given. ~ Italian Proverbs

He that plants thorns must never expect to gather roses. ~ Arabian Proverbs

Don’t expect to be offered a chair when you visit a place where the chief himself sits on the floor. ~ Ghanaian Proverb

You cannot fill your belly by painting pictures of bread. ~ Chinese proverb

How can you expect to find ivory in a dog’s mouth?. ~ Chinese Proverb

Expect trust from a dog but not from a woman. ~ Iranian Proverbs

From a broken violin do not expect fine music. ~ Greek Proverbs

You must not expect old heads upon young shoulders. ~ English Proverbs

Small gifts go to places where men expect bigger ones. ~ Russian Proverb

Expectations Quotes

In a little place is hid a great treasure, and in a small hope a boundless expectation.~ J. Bodenham

Hope is the expectation that something outside of ourselves, something or someone external, is going to come to our rescue and we will live happily ever after.~ Dr. Robert Anthony

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

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. ~ Llisa Kleypas

Consciously or unconsciously, you always get what you expect. ~ Robert Anthony

We expect more of ourselves than we have any right to. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed. ~ Sylvia Plath

Expectations are blossoms; few only mature in fruit. ~ Emperor Ye-Wang

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

Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. ~ Calvin Coolidge

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

Here is the simple but powerful rule… always give people more than they expect to get. ~ Nelson Boswell

Do a little more every day than you are expected to do, and soon you will be expected to do more. ~ Evan Esar

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

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. ~ John Ruskin

Expectation ends only in heaven. ~ Kentijern

High expectations are the key to everything. ~ Sam Walton

People live up to your expectations, not their potential. ~ Stephen Young

He who awaits much can expect little. ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Expect everything so that nothing comes unexpected. ~ Norton Juster

In expectation there is happiness. ~ Shi-Ka-Shiu

A thing long expected takes the form of the unexpected when at last it comes. ~ Mark Twain

We part more easily with what we possess, than with the expectation of what we wish for; and the reason of it is, that what we expect is always greater than what we enjoy. ~ G. E. Ayscough

Life is largely a matter of expectation. ~ Horace

Nothing in this world is so fatal to the development of the intellectual powers of the young, as what are commonly called expectations. ~ Arster

Those who’ll play with cats must expect to be scratched. ~ Miguel De Cervantes

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

All earthy delights are sweeter in expectation than enjoyment; but all spiritual pleasures more in fruition than expectation. ~ Owen Felltham

With every one, the expectation of a misfortune constitutes a dreadful, punishment. Suffering then assumes the proportions of the unknown, which is the soul’s infinite. ~ Honore de Balzac

A good expectation is better than a bad possession. ~ Ibn-Hafsoon-Omar

The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better. ~ Barbara Pletcher

The wise don’t expect to find life worth living; they make it that way. ~ Author Unknown

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

Plan for this world as if you expect to live forever; but plan for the hereafter as if you expect to die tomorrow. ~ Ibn Gabirol

We love to expect, and when expectation is disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.~ Samuel johnson

Ican’t imagine going on when there are no more expectations. ~ Dame E. Evans

Expect nothing, live frugally on surprise. ~ Alice Walker

One gift creates appreciation, many gifts create expectation. ~ Tony Bright

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. ~ Sarah Breathnach

There would be few enterprises of great labor or hazard undertaken, if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages which we persuade ourselves to expect from them. ~ Samuel Johnson

In all worldly things that a man pursues with the greatest eagerness and intention of mind imaginable, he finds not half the pleasure in the actual possession of them, as he proposed to himself in the expectation. ~ Bishop Robert South

Nothing is so great an adversary to those who make it their business to please as expectation. ~ Cicero

We part more easily with what we possess, than with our expectations of what we wish for; because expectation always goes beyond enjoyment. ~ Henry Home

Our desires always disappoint us; for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation. ~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

It is a great obstacle to happiness to expect too much. ~ Bernard de Bovier de Fontenelle

Those who live on expectations are sure to be disappointed.~ Joachim Murat

Expect no more from the world than it is able to afford; it promises more than it bestows. ~ Joseph Guy

If you expect to have it all, you will have nothing. Learn to be happy with nothing — and you will have it all! ~ EernieJ. Zelinski

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

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

We ought not to speculate on the future as if it were already past, nor build expectations on events which may eventually turn out very differently from what they seemed at first to promise. ~ Polybius

Some people expect the door of opportunity to be opened with an electric eye. ~ Howard Hendricks

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. ~ Nelson Henderson

He was swimming in a sea of other people’s expectations. Men had drowned in seas like that. ~ Robert Jordon

You can’t expect to meet the challenges of today with yesterday’s tools and expect to be in business tomorrow. ~ Author Unknown

Sometimes the unexpected happens when you don’t expect a person to come up to expectations. ~ Evan Esar

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 are dangerous when they are both too high and unformed. ~ Lionel Shriver

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

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

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation. ~ Jack Kinder

Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. ~ William Congreve

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

Some people bear three kinds of trouble — the ones they’ve had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have. ~ Edward Everett Hale

Those who live in expectation of an inheritance, must expect to receive the evil as well as the good therewith. ~ Lord Norbury

Expect problems and eat them for breakfast. ~ Alfred A. Montapert

Expect victory and you make victory. ~ Preston Bradley

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

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

Expect poison from standing water. ~ William Blake

We tend to get what we expect. ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Positive expectations are the mark of the superior personality. ~ Brian Tracy

We expect everything and are prepared for nothing. ~ Anne Sophie Swetchine

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

I think it would be worse to expect nothing than to be disappointed. ~ l. M. Montgomery

Promising is the very air o’ the time; it opens the eyes of expectation. ~ William Shakespeare

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