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"Expect nothing. Live frugally On surprise." ~ Alice Walker

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Keep high aspirations, moderate expectations and small needs. ~ H. Stein

If you think it's going to rain, it will. ~ Clint Eastwood

A keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerate the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected, and outlast the unbearable. ~ Billy Graham

A pint can’t hold a quart—if it holds a pint it is doing all that can be expected of it. ~ Margaret Deland

A book is a mirror: If an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out. ~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

I base my calculation on the expectation that luck will be against me. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was and never will be. ~ Thomas Jefferson

If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome. ~ Michael Jordan

A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations. ~ Patricia Neal

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn. ~ Henry David Thoreau

One of the things that my parents have taught me is never listen to other people's expectations. You should live your own life and live up to your own expectations, and those are the only things I really care about it. ~ Tiger Woods, IBD, 3/26/04

Always expect the best. Then if you have to hurdle a few tough problems, you will have generated the strength and courage to do so. ~ George Matthew Adams

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

When one's expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates everything one does have. ~ Stephen Hawking

A fool or idiot is one who expects things to happen than never can happen. ~ George Eliot

A great obstacle to happiness is the expectation of too great a happiness. ~ Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle

Expectant waiting is the foundation of the spiritual life. ~ Simone Weil

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