Expectation Quotes and Sayings

Don’t blame people for disappointing you, blame yourself for expecting too much from them.

No expectations, no disappointments.

Submitted by: mustang 68 on April 18, 2008

Never get too attached to anyone, it will lead to expectations and expectations always lead to disappointments…Anticipate everything and expect nothing.

Expectations may sometimes lead you to disappointments, but the anger of getting disappointment may sometimes lead you to what you expected.

Submitted by: JAIMIN on February 1, 2011

Imagination is your expectation.

Submitted by: RayshellSubejano on December 9, 2012

Less expectation, less hurt.

Submitted by: Cris Joy Uyanguren on September 13, 2013

Cut your expectations short lest you wallow in disappointments. But take time to differentiate b/w dreams n expectations or drown in sorrowful displeasure.

Submitted by: Lake kiel on January 18, 2013

The quality of our expectations determines the quality of our action.
– A. Godin

I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine.

Submitted by: Dimitri on November 30, 2011

All unhappiness is due to wrong expectations. (Buddhist)

Submitted by: "Ann Strickland-Clark on April 19, 2009

I’d rather be pleasantly surprised than fatally disappointed.
– Julia Glass

Rejection doesn’t hurt, expectation does. Lying doesn’t kill, denial does. Forgetting doesn’t heal, forgiveness does.

If you expect nothing, you can never be disappointed.
– Tonya Hurley

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

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


Do not enter where too much is anticipated. It is the misfortune of the over-celebrated that they cannot measure up to excessive expectations. The actual can never attain the imagined: for to think perfection is easy, but to embody it is most difficult. The imagination weds the wish, and together they always conjure up more than reality can furnish. For however great may be a person’s virtues, the will never measure up to what was imagined. When people see themselves cheated in their extravagant anticipations, they turn more quickly to disparagement than to praise. Hope is a great falsifier of the truth; the the intelligence put her right by seeing to it that the fruit is superior to its appetite. You will make a better exit when the actual transcends the imagined, and is more than was expected.
Baltasar Gracian

No expectations mean there is no risk of disappointment.
– Jude Morgan

If you can’t change your fate, change your expectations from fate.

Submitted by: Munish Goel on August 11, 2009

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

You get what you expect and you deserve what you tolerate.
– Mark Graban

Expectations gives us more pain, so don’t expect anything from anyone.

Submitted by: Dhavan Irani on December 6, 2015

Peace begins When expectation ends.
– Sri Chinmoy

An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.
Brian Tracy

Expect nothing and you will never be disappointed.

Submitted by: rozay sethi on July 19, 2013

Expectations should not always be taken as reality; because you never know when you will be disappointed.
– Samuel P. Huntington


You can’t expect everyone to have the same dedication as you.
– Jeff Kinney

Don’t expect things to happen. It’s better to be surprised than to be disappointed.

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

Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.
– J.K. Rowling

To expect nothing is to gain everything.

Submitted by: Nikki B on January 31, 2016

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