Expect Quotes

Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect

Margaret Mitchell

While the State may respectfully require obedience on many matters, it cannot violate the moral nature of a man, convert him into a serviceable criminal, and expect his loyalty and devotion.

Liane Norman

So much torture, bloodshed, deceit. You cannot make your young people practice torture twenty-four hours a day and not expect to pay a price for it.

Jean-Paul Sartre

The modern American tourist now fills his experience with pseudo-events. He has come to expect both more strangeness and more familiarity than the world naturally offers. He has come to believe that he can have a lifetime of adventure in two weeks and all the thrills of risking his life without any real risk at all.

Daniel J. Boorstin

In the theater the audience wants to be surprised but by things that they expect.

Tristan Bernard

To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.

Samuel Johnson

Thinking about profound social change, conservatives always expect disaster, while revolutionaries confidentially expect utopia. Both are wrong.

Carolyn Heilbrun

Children have no use for psychology. They detest sociology. They still believe in God, the family, angels, devils, witches, goblins, logic, clarity, punctuation, and other such obsolete stuff. When a book is boring, they yawn openly. They don't expect their writer to redeem humanity, but leave to adults such childish allusions.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.

John Ruskin

But that’s not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have just landed in them, usually - their paths were laid that way, as you put it. But I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn’t. And if they had, we shouldn’t know, because they’d have been forgotten. We hear about those as just went on - and not all to a good end, mind you; at least not to what folk inside a story and not outside it call a good end.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Editors may think of themselves as dignified headwaiters in a well-run restaurant but more often they operate a snack bar and expect you to be grateful that at least they got the food to the table warm.

Thomas Griffith

Some people bear three kinds of trouble - the ones they've had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have.

H. G. Wells

Miracles never cease to amaze me. I expect them, but their consistent arrival is always delightful to experience.

Mark Victor Hansen

A joke is not a thing but a process, a trick you play on the listener's mind. You start him off toward a plausible goal, and then by a sudden twist you land him nowhere at all or just where he didn't expect to go.

Max Eastman

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 carÖ a teaspoon instead of a steam shovel. They expect little and as a result they get little.

Ben Sweetland

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