150 Expectations Quotes

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Do you have high expectations for yourself and for those you care about? We are often advised to reduce our expectations to avoid getting hurt. Expectations can lead to disappointments but it is a part of our human nature. For instance, we expect our family and friends to love, trust, respect and care for us as we do for them.

We expect to get positive results when we work hard towards something and we expect tomorrow to be better than today. But then, we may get hurt when things don’t pan out the way we thought they would but we never stop expecting. Expectations are like fuel to our soul.

Expecting things outside of our control is normal but we need to remind ourselves that life doesn’t always the way with want. Sometimes, our expectations are met or exceeded and other times, they fall short.

Expecting too much from life can rob you of your happiness. It is okay to have expectations but set realistic ones. If you expect to achieve certain things at a specific age, you’ll be setting yourself up for disappointment. Instead of expecting, ASPIRE to accomplish a particular goal. Aspire and expect, what is the difference? Aspire means to have a strong desire for something to happen while expect means to believe and anticipate that something will happen.

In this article, we have curated 150 expectation quotes that will inspire you to reduce your expectations. Feel free to share them with others as well!

 

SHORT EXPECTATIONS QUOTES

1. “If you expect nothing from somebody you are never disappointed.”― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

2. “I find my life is a lot easier the lower I keep my expectations.”― Bill Watterson

3. “You can’t expect everyone to have the same dedication as you.”― Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid

4. “Maybe my expectations for honesty are too high.”― Kelley ArmstrongThe Calling

5. “Peace begins when expectation ends.”― Sri Chinmoy, Perfection and transcendence

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6. “In order to win, you must expect to win.” – Richard Bach

7. “Meeting expectations is good. Exceeding expectations is better.” – Ron Kaufman

8. “A wonderful gift may not be wrapped as you expect.”― Jonathan Lockwood Huie

9.  “Expect little and you’ll get little.” – Atlas Rowe

10. “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”― Alexander Pope

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11. “There were two ways to be happy: improve your reality, or lower your expectations”― Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes

12. “No one rises to low expectations.” – Les Brown

13. “Expectations are dangerous when they are both too high and unformed.”― Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin

14. “Mrs. Lynde says, ‘Blessed are they who expect nothing for they shall not be disappointed.”― L. M. Montgomery

15. “I hope you do not let anyone else’s expectations direct the course of your life.”― Julianne Donaldson, Edenbrooke

16. “I wasn’t disappointed. My expectations had been met.”― John Green, Looking for Alaska

17.  “You can’t base your life on other people’s expectations.” – Stevie Wonder

18. “What you expect is what you will get.” – Joel Olsteen

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19. “If you expect nothing, you can never be disappointed.”― Tonya Hurley, Homecoming

20. “Expect everything so that nothing comes unexpected.”― Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

21. “Have high ambition with low expectations.”― Steven Magee

22. “You suffer because you expect.”― Maxime Lagacé

23. “Love should be limitless. But expectations should have a limit.”― Garima Soni 

24. “Do not expect good harvest from bad plant.”― Kamaran Ihsan Salih

25. “Wanting to be loved back isn’t a very high expectation.”― Garima Soni

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26. “Premature expectations are a big hassle for practical life.”― Dax Bamania

27. “You see what you expect to see, Severus.”― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

28. “Expectations hurt more than enemies.”― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

29. “Let expectations die and sensuality flow.”― Lebo Grand

30. “Unfilled expectations lead to disappointment.”― Rupa Mahanti

31. “Expect the unexpected without expectations.”― Pedro Gaspar Fernandes

32. “He who awaits much can expect little.” ― Gabriel García Márquez

33. “A leader fulfills expectations of others.” ― Jeffrey G. Duarte

34. “Maybe that was the problem – Expectations!”― Tina Sequeira

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35. “To wish was to hope, and to hope was to expect”― Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

36. “God always exceed expectations.”― Lailah Gifty Akita

37. “Life becomes wonderful when our expectations embrace reality.”― Debasish Mridha

38. “Keep your expectation with God only, not with Human.”― Rashid Jorvee

39. “The only things that I expect, are miracles.”― Greg Dutilly

40. “Anger always comes from frustrated expectations.” ― Elliott Larson

41. “Life is all about Expectations verses Reality, be in reality.”― Bharath Mamidoju

42. “Expectations are emotional signposts that stunt your growth.”― Balroop Singh

43. “I shall doggedly work, wait and expect the minimum.”― Sylvia Plath

44. “Positive expectations are the mark of the superior personality.”― Brian Tracy

45. “Expectation is the root of all heartache.” – William Shakespeare

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46. “We’re sixteen. People expect us to fuck up.”― Brandy Colbert, Little & Lion

47. “In love, we have high expectations from our partner.”― Junaid Raza

48. “Expect nothing. Everything else is a sweet surprise.”― Lee Tockar

49. “Expecting someone to respect you is the wildest form of ego!”― Vishwanath S J

50. “I lose nothing since I keep a distance from the expectations.” ― Ehsan Sehgal

51. “I am often told I defy expectations.”― Amie Kaufman, Gemina

52. “Life without a plan is a life without expectations.”― RJ Intindola 

53. “Raise the expectations and you continue to raise the results.” – Mike Ferry

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

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55. “One always expects something else.”― Erich Maria Remarque

56. “No expectations mean there is no risk of disappointment.”― Jude Morgan, Indiscretion

57.  “Our expectations drive our performance.” – Robin Sharma

58. “Unhappiness lies in that gap between our talents and our expectations.”― Sebastian Horsley

59. “Where there is no expectations, there is a peace.”― Sonal Takalkar

60. “I cannot meet your expectations that you expect.”― Ehsan Sehgal

 

INSPIRATIONAL EXPECTATIONS QUOTES

61.“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.” ― Donald Miller

62. “Don’t fear high expectations; embrace them. Choose to do hard things.”― Shawn Davis, 

63. “Expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack.”― Brandon SandersonThe Way of Kings

64. “Expectation wasn’t just about what people expected of you. It was about what you expected of yourself.”― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

65. “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” ― Bruce Lee

66. “Expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack.” ― Brandon Sanderson

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67. “Live your life, sing your song. Not full of expectations. Not for the ovations. But for the joy of it.” ― Rasheed Ogunlaru

68. “Always be realistic with your expectations. Too much expectation can only lead to frustration.”― Mouloud Benzadi

69. “My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus.” ― Stephen Hawking [The Science of Second-Guessing (New York Times Magazine Interview, December 12, 2004)]”

70. “Life was easier when you stopped caring, when you stopped expecting things to get better.”― Cora Carmack, Finding It

71. “An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.” – Brian Tracy

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72. “I think sometimes you have high expectations for people because you have high expectations for yourself.” – Gisele Bundchen

73. “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 Jr.

74. “Look. I have a strategy. Why expect anything? If you don’t expect anything, you don’t get disappointed.”― Patricia McCormick, Cut

75. Expect more get less and feel sadness Or expect less get more and feel happiness”― Vijay Dhameliya

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76. “Nowadays, I dont have expectations, and this way she beats them all.”― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

77. “It is only through raising expectations and striving for excellence that our children can reach their full potential.” – Brad Henry

78. “He was swimming in a sea of other people’s expectations. Men had drowned in seas like that.”― Robert Jordan, New Spring

79. “Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.” – Brian Tracy

80. “She was heavier than he expected – women always are.”― Sylvia Townsend WarnerKingdoms of Elfin

81.  “Some people claim that expectations are the reason for unhappiness. However, I can assure you from personal experience that you’ll suffer greatly by setting subpar targets.” – Grant Cardone

82. “I have great expectations for the future, because the past was highly overrated.” – Sylvester Stallone

83. “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”― Bruce Lee

84. “Always fuck with people’s expectations, sunshine. It’s good for their circulation.”― Tana French, The Secret Place

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

86. “The starting point of moving to mastery is to raise the expectations you set for yourself.” – Robin Sharma

87. “The trouble you’re expecting never happens; it’s always something that sneaks up the other way.”― George R. StewartEarth Abides

88. “She was becoming sad. There is no joy involved in following others’ expectations of yourself.”― Miriam Toews

89. “To expect to be kissed having bad breath is the secret of a fool.”― Dejan Stojanovic

90. “I am afraid I shall disappoint people’s expectations dreadfully.”― Jude Morgan, Indiscretion

91. “If you expect great things of yourself and demand little of others, you’ll keep resentment far away.”― ConfuciusThe Analects

92. “A big desire is not enough to meet the expectations of lost dreams.”― Dejan Stojanovic

93. “You might not always get what you want, but you always get what you expect.” – Charles H. Spurgeon

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94. “Your expectations don’t just influence your destiny, they determine it.”
― Frank Sonnenberg, Leadership by Example: Be a role model who inspires greatness in others

95. “We’re wired to expect the world to be brighter and more meaningful and more obviously interesting than it actually is. And when we realize that it isn’t, we start looking around for the real world.” ― Lev Grossman

96. “Set the standard! Stop expecting others to show you love, acceptance, commitment, & respect when you don’t even show that to yourself.” ― Steve Maraboli

97. “The quality of your life is a direct reflection of the expectations of your peer group. Choose your peers wisely.” – Tony Robbins

98. “You are your own worst enemy. If you can learn to stop expecting impossible perfection, in yourself and others, you may find the happiness that has always eluded you.”― Lisa Kleypas, Love in the Afternoon

99. “He expected too much from people, that was the problem, Ethan thought. He expected too much from life.” ― Anne Frasier, Hush

100. “How disappointing, when people succumb to what is expected of them.”― Lauren Groff, Arcadia

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101. There’s no straighter road to success than exceeding expectations on day at a time.” – Robin Crow

102. “We have to live on our own terms, not disappearing into someone else’s expectations for us.”― Lauren Edmondson,

103. “Expectation kills. Just go with the flow, you might be surprised when something better comes along in an unexpected way.”
― Joyram Shaw

104. “Expectations are a cage you build for yourself.”― Garima Soni

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105.  “One of the biggest killers of success is expecting to succeed… rather than working toward it.” – G. Boston

106. “Don’t expect others to be there for you if you haven’t been there for them.” ― Garima Soni 

107. “Do not expect anything from anyone that you are not willing to give to yourself.” ― Wayne Gerard Trotman

108. “With an agreement comes expectations, conditions, benefits, and consequences.” ― David Benedict Zumbo

109. “No one expects perfection, except when they do, which is always.”― Kelli Russell Agodon

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110.  “Expecting an apple from a peach tree is and will always lead to disappointment. As simple as that.” ― Sarvesh Jain

111. “I’d rather be pleasantly surprised than fatally disappointed.”― Julia Glass, I See You Everywhere

112. “A problem is an expectation gone wrong. Expectation is the mother of all problems.”― Live Life Essence

113. “If life doesn’t live up fully to your expectations you need to change your point of view or change your expectations.”
― Steven Redhead, Life Is a Dance

114. “I’ve always said that people have unrealistic expectations.” ― Bette Midler

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115. “There is a correlation between how hard life seems to us and how easy we expected it to be.”― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

116. “We find what we expect to find, and we receive what we ask for.” ― Elbert Hubbard

117. “Do not lower your expectations in order to avoid hurt. Instead, keep your expectations high and learn to tackle with disappointments.” ― Dhaval Gajera

118. “So the secret to good self-esteem is to lower your expectations to the point where they’re already met?” ― Bill Watterson

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119. “We make life even more painful by having expectations and preferences.”― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

120. “The quality of a man is in his expectations.”― Obimuyiwa Gabriel

121. “Joy is not about fulfilling expectations, joy is about learning to live beyond expectations.”― Abhijit Naskar

122. “Just because it’s not what you were expecting, doesn’t mean it’s not everything you need right now.” ― Paulo Coelho

123. “Expectations are emotional signposts that stunt your growth.” ― Balroop Singh

124. “Zero Expectations? What’s that? I believe in Smart Expectations.” ― Ashlecka Aumrivani

125. “When you have expectations, you are setting yourself up for disappointment.” ― Ryan Reynolds

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126. “Expectation and disappointment are far from friends but they are close relations.”― Rasheed Ogunlaru

127. “I am sick and tired of coming good on expectations.”― Parul Wadhwa

128. “The biggest disappointments in life come from having expectations that life will be a certain way and then finding out it isn’t.” ― Kate McGahan

129. “Humanity lives in eager expectation of your products.”― Sunday Adelaja

130. “High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.” ― Charles F. Kettering

131. “I am happy with what comes, I don’t have expectations of any stature.” ― Leon RussellExpectations Quotes quotes about expectationsEXPECTATIONS QUOTES

 

132. “Zero Expectations? What’s that? I believe in Smart Expectations.”― Ashlecka Aumrivani

133. “Right expectations, from the right people at the right time, that’s the art of expecting.”― Ashlecka Aumrivani

134. “What’s happiness for a reader? Be pleasantly surprised by a book from which he expected nothing.”― Gabrielle Dubois

135. “Not having expected an event makes it seem way better or worse than it really is.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

136. “Unless you expect the unexpected, you will not find it, for it is hidden and thickly tangled.”― Heraclitus

137. “You’ll never be enough for those whose expectations and perceptions of you are stagnant.”― Kristin Michelle Elizabeth

138. “We find what we expect to find, and we receive what we ask for.”― Elbert Hubbard

139. “The expectations that others play on us help us form our expectations of ourselves.” ― Wes Moore, The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

140. “Don’t expect anything from anyone in your life! If you will get something then except as a surprise gift.” ― Pranab Jyoti Borah

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141. “I would like my car to fly and make me breakfast, but that’s an unrealistic expectation.” ― Jack Tretton

142. “Expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack.” ― Brandon Sanderson

143. “Sometimes you aren’t listening to your body because you’re listening to everybody else’s expectations.”― Ann Voskamp

144. “One can nothing, attain and win from a person, who lives and breathes, beyond the expectations.”― Ehsan Sehgal

145. “Don’t expect anyone to give you anything. If you really believe in something, then fight for it.” ―Damon Dash

146. “If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not recognize it when it arrives.” ― Heraclitus

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147. “Expectation is the source of all the worries—Bestow without aiming to receive anything in return.”― Mwanandeke Kindembo

148. “It is our expectation of how things should be, it is our anticipation of the future, which puts us in a state of misery.” ― Abhaidev, That Thing About You

149. “If you want to keep expectations, then first learn the acceptance.”― Parth Patel

150. “High expectations and belief in people leads to high performance so very often belief creates fact.” – Paul Hersey

 

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