Expectations Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Expectations quotes and Expectations sayings, and Expectations proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

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