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[ Also see Ambition Anticipation Apprehension Belief Confidence Desire Despair Doubt Future Futurity Hope Suspense Time Tomorrow Trust Uncertainty ]

If you expect perfection from other people, your whole life is a series of disappointments, grumbling, and complaints. If, on the contrary, you pitch your expectations low, taking folks as the inefficient creatures which they are, you are frequently surprised by having them perform better than you had hoped.
      - Bruce Barton

He who will lose a present good for one in expectation hath some wit, but a small store of wisdom.
      - Bias of Priene

Serene I told my hands and wait,
  Nor care for wind or tide nor sea;
    I rave no more 'gainst time or fate,
      For lo! my own shall come to me.
      - John Burroughs, Waiting

"Yet doth he live!" exclaims th' impatient heir,
  And sighs for sables which he must not wear.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Lara (canto I, st. 3)

Great expectations are better than a poor possession.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

To-day for thee, and to-morrow for me.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

There is one thing which gives radiance to everything. It is the idea of something around the corner.
      - Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Uncertainty and expectation are joys of life. Security is an insipid thing; and the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the folly of the chase.
      - William Congreve

I have known him [Micawber] come home to supper with a flood of tears, and a declaration that nothing was now left but a jail; and go to bed making a calculation of the expense of putting bow-windows to the house, "in case anything turned up," which was his favorite expression.
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Personal History of David Copperfield
         (ch. XI)

Aim high, and you won't shoot your foot off.
      - Phyllis Diller

I suppose, to use our national motto, something will turn up. [Motto of Vraibleusia.]
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Popanilla (ch. VII)

He was fash and full of faith that "something would turn up."
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Tancred (bk. III, ch. VI)

Everything comes if a man will only wait.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Tancred (bk. IV, ch. VIII)

He who makes great demands upon himself is naturally inclined to make great demands upon others.
      - Andre Gide

Every beginning is cheerful; the threshold is the place of expectation.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

How the time
  Loiters in expectation! Then the mind
    Drags the dead burden of a hundred years
      In one short moment's space. The nimble heart
        Beats with impatient throbs,--sick of delay,
          And pants to be at ease.
      - William Havard

If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not find it; for it is hard to be sought out, and difficult.
      - Heraclitus of Ephesus

Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Expectation ends only in heaven.
      - St. Kentigern (nicknamed St. Mungo)

What else remains for me?
  Youth, hope and love;
    To build a new life on a ruined life.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Masque of Pandora--In the Garden
         (pt. VIII)

Since yesterday I have been in Alcala.
  Erelong the time will come, sweet Preciosa,
    When that dull distance shall no more divide us;
      And I no more shall scale thy wall by night
        To steal a kiss from thee, as I do now.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Spanish Student (act I, sc. 3)

With what a heavy and retarding weight does expectation load the wing of time.
      - William Mason

I roll out of my couch every morning with the more agreeable expectations.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect.
      - Margaret Mitchell

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