Expectations Sayings and Quotes

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

When we put down ideas of what life should be like, we are free to wholeheartedly say yes to our life as it is.     

Tara Brach

Do what you can with what you have where you are.

Theodore Roosevelt

The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.

Theodore Rubin

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

Michael Jordan

If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.     

Thomas Alva Edison

Where there is love there are no demands, no expectations, no dependency. I do not demand that you make me happy; my happiness does not lie in you. If you were to leave me, I will not feel sorry for myself; I enjoy your company immensely, But I do not cli     

Anthony De Mello

Creating perfection will also create expectations for the future     

Rick Helders

Expect much from yourself and little from others and you will avoid incurring resentments.     


The universe constantly and obediently answers to our conceptions; whether we travel fast or slow, the track is laid for us.     

Henry David Thoreau

I did what I came here to do. What I've done I've done with sincerity and to the best of my ability. You can't expect much more from life.

Bruce Lee

Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.

Sarah Ban Breathnach

Do everything with a mind that lets go. Do not expect praise or reward.

Achaan Chah

You have to take risks.We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.

Paulo Coelho

To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. To just give. That takes courage, because we don't want to fall on our faces or leave ourselves open to hurt.     


Every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration. Constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought.     

Margaret Chase Smith

If you align expectations with reality, you will never be disappointed.     

Terrell Owens

You can't base your life on other people's expectations.     

Stevie Wonder

Whatever happens in the world is real, what one thinks should have happened is projection. We suffer more from our fictitious illusion and expectations of reality.

Jacque Fresco

We don't want people to have expectations of us, but then we have expectations of everybody else.     

Lauryn Hill

There's a victory in letting go of your expectations.     

Mike White