Anticipation Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old anticipation quotes, anticipation sayings, and anticipation proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.     

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing.     

Samuel Smiles

Anticipation, I suppose, sometimes exceeds realization.     

Amelia Earhart

By anticipation we sugar misery and enjoy happiness before they are in being. We can set the sun and stars forward, or lose sight of them by wandering into those retired parts of eternity when the heavens and earth shall be no more.     

Joseph Addison

Anticipation leads the way to victory, and is the spur to conquest.

Nicolas Chamfort

The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting.

Andy Warhol

Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.     

Lao Tzu

Anticipation was the soul of enjoyment.     

Elizabeth Gaskell

Perpetual anticipation is good for the soul but it's bad for the heart.     

Stephen Joshua Sondheim

Anticipation - It's a ticklish thing really, Quivering, exciting, waiting, Until it dies - Killed by it's own self Lost through virtue of being there     

Dal Perry

Never forget that anticipation is an important part of life. Work's important, family's important, but without excitement, you have nothing. You're cheating yourself if you refuse to enjoy what's coming.     

Nicholas Sparks

Looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them.

Lucy Maud Montgomery

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

Samuel Johnson

We need the sweet pain of anticipation to tell us we are really alive.     

Albert Camus

Oft expectation fails, and most oft there where most it promises; and oft it hits where hope is coldest, and despair most fits.     

William Shakespeare

It is expectation makes a blessing dear; heaven were not heaven if we knew what it were.     

John Suckling

Anticipation is a gift. Perhaps there is none greater. Anticipation is born of hope. Indeed it is hope's finest expression.     

Steven L. Peck

Anticipating pain was like enduring it twice. Why not anticipate pleasure instead?

Robin Hobb

Anticipation is making me late, it's keeping me waiting.

Carly Simon

Anticipation makes pleasure more intense.

Iris Johansen

When you expect things to happen - strangely enough - they do happen.

J. P. Morgan

Live with the anticipation that something incredible might happen at any time.     

Sharon Gannon

Anticipation! It occurred to him that his anticipation was more pleasant to him than the experiencing.     

Patricia Highsmith

Expectation is the mother of all frustration.     

Antonio Banderas

Wait for it, wait for it! Anticipation is half the fun, So I've been told...     

Phil Collins

Anticipation is the greater part of pleasure.

Angela Carter

The excitement of anticipation was *almost* equal to the thrill of lovemaking ...     

John Irving

Never yield to gloomy anticipation. Place your hope and confidence in God. He has no record of failure.     

Lettie Cowman

Anticipation is sometimes more exciting than actual events.     

Ana Monnar

Somehow the anticipation of pain can be even more troubling, more a misery than the pain itself.     

Joanne Harris