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Prospect is often better than possession.

- Fuller, Thomas

Oft expectations fails, and most oft there Where most it promises; and oft it hits Where hope is coldest, and despair most fits.

- William Shakespeare

Life... It tends to respond to our outlook, to shape itself to meet our expectations.

- DeVos, Richard M.

Perhaps we're too embarrassed to change or too frightened of the consequences of showing that we actually care. But why not risk it anyway? Begin Today. Carry out a random act of seemingly senseless kindness, with no expectation or reward or punishment. Safe in the knowledge that one day, someone somewhere might do the same for you.

- Diana, Princess of Wales

PROSPECT, n. An outlook, usually forbidding. An expectation, usually forbidden. Blow, blow, ye spicy breezes -- O'er Ceylon blow your breath , Where every prospect pleases, Save only that of death. Bishop Sheber

- Ambrose Bierce

RESPITE, n. A suspension of hostilities against a sentenced assassin, to enable the Executive to determine whether the murder may not have been done by the prosecuting attorney. Any break in the continuity of a disagreeable expectation. Altgeld upon his incandescend bed Lay, an attendant demon at his head. "O cruel cook, pray grant me some relief -- Some respite from the roast, however brief." "Remember how on earth I pardoned all Your friends in Illinois when held in thrall." "Unhappy soul! for that alone you squirm O'er fire unquenched, a never-dying worm. "Yet, for I pity your uneasy state, Your doom I'll mollify and pains abate. "Naught, for a season, shall your comfort mar, Not even the memory of who you are." Throughout eternal space dread silence fell; Heaven trembled as Compassion entered Hell. "As long, sweet demon, let my respite be As, governing down here, I'd respite thee." "As long, poor soul, as any of the pack You thrust from jail consumed in getting back." A genial chill affected Altgeld's hide While they were turning him on t'other side. Joel Spate Woop

- Ambrose Bierce

Life is largely a matter of expectation.

- Horace

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

- Heraclitus

Even if it is to be, what end do you serve by running to distress?

- Seneca

Most of the things we do, we do for no better reason than that our father's have done them or our neighbors do them, and the same is true of a large part than what we suspect of what we think.

- Holmes Jr., Oliver Wendell

That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit.

- Amos Bronson Alcott

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.

- Jordan, Michael

Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.

- Tracy, Brian

Hope is the expectation that something outside of ourselves, something or someone external, is going to come to our rescue and we will live happily ever after.

- Anthony, Dr. Robert

With children... it is a fact that most parents criticize children more than they laud or congratulate them. We tend to be quick to criticize, slow to praise. We should be careful to keep the praise and the expectations far ahead of the criticism.


The world is full of abundance and opportunity, but far too many people come to the fountain of life with a sieve instead of a tank car a teaspoon instead of a steam shovel. They expect little and as a result they get little.

- Sweetland, Ben

Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations.

- Bono, Edward De

Expect your every need to be met. Expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level...

- Caddy, Eileen

Other people may not have had high expectations for me... but I had high expectations for myself.

- Miller, Shannon

Expect nothing, live frugally on surprise.

- Walker, Alice

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