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.

Anyone who loves in the expectation of being loved in return is wasting their time.     

Paulo Coelho

When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.     

Donald Miller

The quality of our expectations determines the quality of our action.     

A. Godin

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

Charles F. Kettering

Peace begins When expectation ends.     

Sri Chinmoy

So the secret to good self-esteem is to lower your expectations to the point where they're already met?     

Bill Watterson

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

Douglas Adams

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

Alexander Pope

Expect everything so that nothing comes unexpected.     

Norton Juster

Unhappiness lies in that gap between our talents and our expectations.     

Sebastian Horsley

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

You can't expect everyone to have the same dedication as you.     

Jeff Kinney

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

Brandon Sanderson

That was the thing about the world: it wasn't that things were harder than you thought they were going to be, it was that they were hard in ways that you didn't expect.     

Lev Grossman

You don't ask nobody to give what they can't give, or be what they can't be. You've learnt that, you got a headstart on heartbreak.     

Jack Farris

Expectation is the mother of all frustration.     

Antonio Banderas

We must rediscover the distinction between hope and expectation.     

Ivan Illich

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

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

Orison Swett Marden

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

Samuel Johnson

If you do not the expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.     


You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.     

Zig Ziglar

We find what we expect to find, and we receive what we ask for.     

Elbert Hubbard

Good is not good, when better is expected.     

Thomas Fuller

It's a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.     

W. Somerset Maugham

Anger always comes from frustrated expectations     

Elliott Larson

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

Henry David Thoreau

The best things in life are unexpected - because there were no expectations.     

Eli Khamarov

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


Don't lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality.     

Ralph Marston