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

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