An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


Let us be about setting high standards for life, love, creativity, and wisdom. If our expectations in these areas are low, we are not likely to experience wellness. Setting high standards makes every day and every decade worth looking forward to.


Greg Anderson (American author, "The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness")


In order to win, you must expect to win.


Richard Bach (1936-, American author)


I long to see everything, to know everything, to learn everything!


Marie Bashkirtseff


You can't expect a person to see eye to eye with you when you're looking down on him.


Best of Bits and Pieces


For people who live on expectations, to face up to their realization is something of an ordeal.


Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973, Anglo-Irish novelist)


Expect victory and you make victory.


Preston Bradley


One gift creates appreciation, many gifts create expectation.


Tony Bright


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


Eileen Caddy (American spiritual writer)


As I grow older, part of my emotional survival plan must be to actively seek inspiration instead of passively waiting for it to find me.


Bebe Moore Campbell


At thirty a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities.... And, above all, accept these things.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


There is only one big thing -- desire. And before it, when it is big, all is little.


Willa Cather (1876-1947, American author)


For, he that expects nothing shall not be disappointed, but he that expects much -- if he lives and uses that in hand day by day -- shall be full to running over.


Edgar Cayce (1877-1945, American psychic medium)


Nobody succeeds beyond his or her wildest expectations unless he or she begins with some wild expectations.


Ralph Charell (American author)


Thousands upon thousands are yearly brought into a state of real poverty by their great anxiety not to be thought poor.


William Cobbett (1762-1835, British journalist, reformer)


Nothing sets a person up more than having something turn out just the way it's supposed to be, like falling into a Swiss snowdrift and seeing a big dog come up with a little cask of brandy round its neck.


Claud Cockburn (1904-1981, British author, journalist)


The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering.


Ram Dass (1931-, American spiritual author, lecturer)


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


Richard M. DeVos (1926-, American businessman, co-founder of Amway Corp.)


Boredom is the fear of self.


Comtesse Diane


What we anticipate seldom occurs, what we least expected generally happens.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle, gathering his like unto him wherever he goes. What you are comes to you.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


How much of human life is lost in waiting.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


It is not opposition but indifference which separates men.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


It is not opposition but indifference which separates men.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative, and the second is disastrous.


Margaret Fontey


Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Good is not good, when better is expected.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Prospect is often better than possession.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


And remember, expect nothing and life will be velvet.


Lisa Gardiner


Persistent prophecy is a familiar way of assuring the event.


George Robert Gissing (1857-1903, British novelist, critic, essayist)


Happy the man who early learns the wide chasm that lies between his wishes and his powers.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


The chief pang of most trials is not so much the actual suffering itself as our own spirit of resistance to it.


Jean Nicholas Grou


The chief pang of most trials is not so much the actual suffering itself as our own spirit of resistance to it.


Jean Nicholas Grou


The best part of our lives we pass in counting on what is to come.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it is.


Wayne Gretzky (1961-, Canadian hockey player)


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


Stephen Hawking (1942-, British theoretical physicist)


Every writer I know has trouble writing.


Joseph Heller (1923-, American author)


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 (BC 535-475, Greek philosopher)


There is no such thing as something for nothing.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


You begin by always expecting good things to happen


Tom Hopkins (1944-, American sales trainer, speaker, author)


Life is largely a matter of expectation.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


We find what we expect to find, and we receive what we ask for.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


A great manager has a knack for making ballplayers think they are better than they think they are. He forces you to have a good opinion of yourself. He lets you know he believes in you. He makes you get more out of yourself. And once you learn how good you really are, you never settle for playing anything less than your very best.


Reggie Jackson (1946-, American baseball player)


Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.


Lady Bird Johnson (1912, Texas' first First Lady)


I know not anything more pleasant, or more instructive, than to compare experience with expectation, or to register from time to time the difference between idea and reality. It is by this kind of observation that we grow daily less liable to be disappointed.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


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


Michael Jordan (1963-, American basketball player, actor)


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


Patricia Neal


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 (1940-1973, Chinese-American martial artist, actor, director, author)

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Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so.


Doris Lessing (1919-, British novelist)


The fastest way to pass your own expectations is to add passion to your labor.


Mike Litman


Your expectations opens or closes the doors of your supply, If you expect grand things, and work honestly for them, they will come to you, your supply will correspond with your expectation.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


I have always had a dread of becoming a passenger in life.


Margareth II


The most important thing in marriage is not happiness, but stability.


Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1928-, Colombian writer)


It's a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


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


Shannon Miller (1977-, American Olympic gymnast)


There is no greater enemy to those who would please than expectation.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


When you expect things to happen -- strangely enough -- they do happen.


John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913, American banker, financier, art collector)


If something can go wrong it will.


(Edward A. Murphy, Jr.) Murphy's Law


Don't try to teach a whole course in one lesson.


Kathryn Murray


We tend to live up to our expectations.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


Anybody can do just about anything with himself that he really wants to and makes up his mind to do. We are all capable of greater things than we realize.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


We tend to get what we expect.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


Life didn't promise to be wonderful.


Teddy Pendergrass


May God... let me strive for attainable things.


Pindar (BC 518?-18438, Greek poet)


Man's real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so.


Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845, American poet, critic, short-story writer)


A cathedral, a wave of storm, a dancer's leap, never turn out to be as high as we had hoped.


Marcel Proust (1871-1922, French novelist)


If it goes, it goes, don't force it.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


If we could learn how to balance rest against effort, calmness against strain, quiet against turmoil, we would assure ourselves of joy in living and psychological health for life.


Josephine Rathbone


Men... are bettered and improved by trial, and refined out of broken hopes and blighted expectations.


Frederick W. Robertson


A hero is a man who does what he can.


Romain Rolland (1866-1944, French writer)


I have no expectation of making a hit every time I come to bat.


Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945, American President (32nd))


I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.


Arthur Rubinstein


We expect everything and are prepared for nothing.


Anne Sophie Swetchine (1782-1857, Russian author)


What is destructive is impatience, haste, expecting too much too fast.


May Sarton (1912-1995, American poet, novelist)


A continued atmosphere of hectic passion is very trying if you haven't got any of your own.


Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957, British author)


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


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


I've always got such high expectations for myself. I'm aware of them, but I can't relax them.


Mary Decker Slaney (1958-, American track athlete)


Think and feel yourself there! To achieve any aim in life, you need to project the end result. Think of the elation, the satisfaction, the joy! Carrying the ecstatic feeling will bring the desired goal into view.


Grace Speare


My expectations -- which I extended whenever I came close to accomplishing my goals -- made it impossible ever to feel satisfied with my success.


Ellen Sue Stern


'Tis expectation makes a blessing dear; heaven were not heaven if we knew what it were.


Sir John Suckling


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.


Ben Sweetland


Men expect too much, do too little.


Allen Tate (1899-1979, American critic, poet)


People expect a certain reaction from a business and when you pleasantly exceed those expectations, you've somehow passed an important psychological threshold.


Richard Thalheimer (American business executive, the Sharper Image)


All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renewed shall be the blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king.


J.R.R. Tolkien


We will always tend to fulfill our own expectation of ourselves.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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I'm not out there just to be dancing around. I expect to win every time I tee up.


Lee Trevino (1939-, American golfer)


An optimist expects his dreams to come true. A pessimist expects his nightmares to come true.


Author Unknown


Don't cross the bridge till you come to it.


Author Unknown


Employees tend to live up to their manager’s expectations. If a manager’s expectations are high, productivity is likely to be excellent.


Author Unknown


Life is a perilous voyage.


Author Unknown


Rarely do the followers exceed the expectations of the leaders.


Author Unknown


So often we search out the impossible, and then throw ourselves into trying to do it.


Author Unknown


There's no map, there's no master plan, there's just people.


Author Unknown


To expect life to be tailored to our specifications is to invite frustration.


Author Unknown


When somebody tells you nothing is impossible, ask him to dribble a football.


Author Unknown


When you expect the best, you release a force in your mind that tends to bring out the best in you.


Author Unknown


Winner expects to win in advance. Life is a self-fulfilling prophesy.


Author Unknown


We should expect the best and the worst of mankind, as from the weather.


Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)


Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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Our limitations and success will be based, most often, on your own expectations for ourselves. What the mind dwells upon, the body acts upon.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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Expect nothing, Live frugally on surprise.


Alice Walker (1944-, American author, critic)


Anyone can cut an apple open and count the number of seeds. But, who can look at a single seed and count the trees and apples?


Dottie Walters (American entrepreneur, speaker, author)


High expectations are the key to everything.


Sam Walton (1918-1992, American businessman, founder of Wal-mart)


It is only fools who keep straining at high C all their lives.


Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900, American author)


Always expect the worst, and you will never be disappointed.


Peter Wastholm


The clue is not to ask in a miserly way -- the key is to ask in a grand manner.


Ann Wigmore


You can't base your life on other people's expectations.


Stevie Wonder (1950-, American musician, singer, songwriter, producer)


You have to expect that if you cuss out the world, The world is going to cuss back.


Andrew Young (1932-, Civil rights activist, protestant minister, public official)


If you don't see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner.


Zig Ziglar (1926-, American sales trainer, author, motivational speaker)

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You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.


Zig Ziglar (1926-, American sales trainer, author, motivational speaker)

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