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Quotes on Expectations


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


“High expectations are the key to everything.”
— Sam Walton


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


“Expectations are dangerous when they are both too high and unformed.”
— Lionel Shriver


“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


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


“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


“When you learn to accept instead of expect. You’ll have few disappointments.”
— Anonymous

“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


“I feel like I’m waiting for something that isn’t going to happen.”
— Anonymous


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


“Peace begins when expectation ends.”
— Sri Chinmoy


“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus."
― Stephen W. Hawking


“Imagination is your expectation.”
— Anonymous


“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


“If you align expectations with reality, you will never be disappointed.”
— Terrell Owens


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