Selected Quotes about Expectations

Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway. -- Mary Kay Ash

People see you as an object, not as a person, and they project a set of expectations onto you. People who don't have it think beauty is a blessing, but actually it sets you apart. -- Candace Bergen

You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there. -- Yogi Berra

Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations. -- Edward de Bono

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

Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. -- Leo Buscaglia

Those who will play with cats must expect to be scratched. -- Cervantes

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

If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves. -- Thomas Alva Edison

I can't imagine going on when there are no more expectations. -- Dame Edith Evans

If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right. -- Henry Ford

A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the "why" for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any "how." -- Victor Frankl

Cultural expectations shade and color the images that parents-to-be form. The baby product ads, showing a woman serenely holding her child, looking blissfully and mysteriously contented, or the television parents, wisely and humorously solving problems, influence parents-to-be. -- Ellen Galinsky

Treat a man as he is, he will remain so. Treat a man the way he can be and ought to be, and he will become as he can be and should be." -- Goethe

I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. -- Thomas Jefferson

As I know more of mankind I expect less of them, and am ready now to call a man a good man, upon easier terms than I was formerly. -- Samuel Johnson

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

The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time. -- Abraham Lincoln

What we see depends mainly on what we look for. -- John Lubbock

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

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

Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed' was the ninth beatitude. -- Alexander Pope

It's important to remember that feminism is no longer a group of organizations or leaders. It's the expectations that parents have for their daughters, and their sons, too. It's the way we talk about and treat one another. It's who makes the money and who makes the compromises and who makes the dinner. It's a state of mind. It's the way we live now. -- Anna Quindlen

I've always got such high expectations for myself. I'm aware of them, but I can't relax them. -- Mary Decker Stanley

Our circumstances answer to our expectations and the demand of our natures. -- Henry David Thoreau

We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect. -- Henry David Thoreau

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

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

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

Always do right--this will gratify some and astonish the rest. -- Mark Twain

Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get. -- Mark Twain

Expect nothing, live frugally on surprise. -- Alice Walker

Reexamine all that you have been told in school, or in church or in any book. Dismiss whatever insults your soul. -- Walt Whitman

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