Quotes and Sayings about Expectations



"Both expectations and memories are more than mere images founded on previous experience."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Experience, Expectations, Memories)

"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
(Related: Experience, Life, Love, Wisdom, Creativity, Wellness, Day, Expectations, Worth)

"The fewer expectations you have, the better."
- Laurie Anderson
(Related: Expectations)

"It's great being blonde - with such low expectations it's easy to impress."
- Pamela Anderson
(Related: Being, Expectations)

"It is great to be a blonde. With low expectations it's very easy to surprise people."
- Pamela Anderson
(Related: People, Expectations)

"To meet the expectations of the majority of our people, and to open up new vistas of economic opportunity so that the aspirations of Nigerians can stand a fair chance of being fulfilled in a lifetime, there must be a truly committed leadership in a democratic Nigeria."
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Related: Leadership, People, Opportunity, Aspirations, Being, Chance, Expectations, Majority, Open)

"Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations."
- Bob Beauprez
(Related: Education, Commitment, Expectations, Parents, Students, Teachers)

"The position that I take partly as a result of living in Asia is where you stop living according to your expectations and you become available to experience things as they are."
- Martha Beck
(Related: Experience, Expectations, Living, Result)

"So, yeah, I can say I always set my expectations so high that I had a lot to live up to."
- Johnny Bench
(Related: Expectations)

"All clients' needs and expectations are vastly different."
- Bruce Bennett
(Related: Clients, Expectations, Needs)

"People see you as an object, not as a person, and they project a set of expectations onto you. People who don't have it think beauty is a blessing, but actually it sets you apart."
- Candice Bergen
(Related: Beauty, People, Expectations, Project)

"I think some of the pressure comes from the expectations of other people. Like if your father played baseball, they expect you to be the big lifesaver or something when you play a sport."
- Barry Bonds
(Related: Father, People, Baseball, Expectations, Play, Pressure)

"Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations."
- Edward de Bono
(Related: Difference, Expectations, Unhappiness)

"So obviously, any religion embodies some form of rules and expectations for behavior, and even sometimes consequences, and they don't want to hear any of that."
- Pat Boone
(Related: Religion, Behavior, Consequences, Expectations, Rules, Want)

"At MIT, I had the good fortune for seven years to teach network theory, which is basic to many disciplines, to one-third of the undergraduate student body. It was an experiment to see how high we could bring their level of understanding, and it exceeded all of my expectations."
- Amar Bose
(Related: Body, Expectations, Fortune, Network, Theory, Understanding, Years)

"It's a good place when all you have is hope and not expectations."
- Danny Boyle
(Related: Hope, Expectations)

"When you make speeches you elicit expectations against which you will be held accountable."
- Bill Bradley
(Related: Expectations, Will)

"My expectations of other people, I double them on myself."
- James Brown
(Related: People, Expectations)

"Confounding people's expectations was a way to maintain integrity."
- Lindsey Buckingham
(Related: People, Expectations, Integrity)

"I think my expectations for myself are much more severe and much more direct. You can't work on a film for six years without being your own toughest critic. So you can't really be distracted by the expectations based on your previous performance."
- Ken Burns
(Related: Work, Performance, Being, Expectations, Film, Years)

"Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations."
- Leo Buscaglia
(Related: Expectations, Will)

"The Internet has exceeded our collective expectations as a revolutionary spring of information, news, and ideas. It is essential that we keep that spring flowing. We must not thwart the Internet's availability by taxing access to it."
- Chris Cannon
(Related: Ideas, Expectations, Information, Internet, News, Spring)

"Walking into a show when I was 16, at that time when it was the No. 1 hit show, and replacing a character comes with so many expectations. I felt a lot of pressure with that."
- Sarah Chalke
(Related: Time, Character, Expectations, Pressure, Walking)

"I felt trapped and fabricated in the fifties living up to other people's expectations."
- Rosemary Clooney
(Related: People, Expectations, Living)

"When you do a writing job for a studio, one of the things you want to do is satisfy the expectations of your employer. That's a little bit different than when you sit down and write something to satisfy yourself, because then you're the employer."
- Joel Coen
(Related: Expectations, Job, Want, Writing)

"The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools."
- Confucius
(Related: Life, Work, Diligence, Expectations, First, Tools)

"I think the President himself is a remarkably intelligent, decent, ethical man. I think he did very well, but I think the job builds up over expectations which all candidates contribute to including this President that simply cannot be fulfilled."
- Lloyd Cutler
(Related: Expectations, Job, Man, President)

"I don't have any expectations as an actor and being rich and famous is not my driving force."
- James D'arcy
(Related: Actor, Being, Driving, Expectations, Famous, Force)

"She was in a difficult position being the widow of a great American hero, a role that carried high expectations but she did a credible job of continuing Dr King's dream especially in the face of a changing and often hostile American public."
- Morris Dees
(Related: Dream, American, Being, Expectations, Job, Public)

"So I try not to have any actual expectations for myself for any level of success or failure."
- Gavin DeGraw
(Related: Success, Failure, Expectations)

"Life... It tends to respond to our outlook, to shape itself to meet our expectations."
- Richard M. DeVos
(Related: Life, Expectations)

"To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves - there lies the great, singular power of self-respect."
- Joan Didion
(Related: Power, Expectations, Lies, Self)

"I had very low expectations. Honestly, I think I had 11 rounds of golf the entire year in before this tournament, and I had hit balls maybe four or five times."
- Trent Dilfer
(Related: Expectations, Golf)

"Yes, disappointment over perceived unfairness, injustice, promises not kept, tends to go hand in hand with increasing prosperity. Expectations are dashed. What can I say!"
- Mary Douglas
(Related: Disappointment, Expectations, Injustice, Promises, Prosperity)

"Few companies that installed computers to reduce the employment of clerks have realized their expectations... They now need more, and more expensive clerks even though they call them 'operators' or 'programmers.'"
- Peter Drucker
(Related: Computers, Expectations, Now)

"Checking the results of a decision against its expectations shows executives what their strengths are, where they need to improve, and where they lack knowledge or information."
- Peter Drucker
(Related: Knowledge, Decision, Expectations, Information, Results)

"There was expectations that the fights there, the operation there might be extended for several months, even for several years. But within a few weeks it ended, because obviously the Taliban wasn't a real force."
- Bulent Ecevit
(Related: Expectations, Force, Months, Years)

"When you make a film like this, you must have the highest expectations of your audience. Having worked in situations where we have the lowest expectations of our audience."
- Atom Egoyan
(Related: Expectations, Film)

"Thus, after finishing high school, I started with high expectations and enthusiasm to study chemistry at the famous Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich."
- Richard Ernst
(Related: Technology, Enthusiasm, Expectations, Famous, School, Study)

"I can't imagine going on when there are no more expectations."
- Edith Evans
(Related: Expectations)

"I was grateful to have two weeks to shoot this one scene in Harry Potter. It's a big, big scene, but they have to deliver. And they have high expectations."
- Ralph Fiennes
(Related: Expectations)

"No, I don't make my work in order to challenge or confuse other people's expectations - I only do what I find natural."
- Ian Hamilton Finlay
(Related: Work, People, Challenge, Expectations, Order)

"The people who don't like it tend to dislike it intensely. That's unfortunate, but not surprising when one deliberately goes against audience expectations."
- John M. Ford
(Related: People, Expectations)

"Even within the band, if I cannot manage to persuade the members of what I see to be the next course of action, how do you expect the group to deal with the expectations of thousands of people. It is not possible."
- Robert Fripp
(Related: People, Action, Expectations)

"There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started out with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet which fails so regularly, as love."
- Erich Fromm
(Related: Love, Expectations)

"We are Liverpool Football Club and the expectations are so high."
- Steven Gerrard
(Related: Expectations, Football)

"The secret to true happiness is a combination of low expectations and insensitivity."
- Olivia Goldsmith
(Related: Happiness, Expectations)

"I have absolutely no plans and no expectations of ever being a candidate again."
- Al Gore
(Related: Being, Expectations)

"Don't show off every day, or you'll stop surprising people. There must always be some novelty left over. The person who displays a little more of it each day keeps up expectations, and no one ever discovers the limits of his talent."
- Baltasar Gracian
(Related: Talent, People, Day, Expectations, Limits, Novelty)

"We're starting to push the envelope in terms of the expectations, and you can also have your own style, personality and sense of humor, because now we're allowed to."
- Lisa Guerrero
(Related: Humor, Expectations, Now, Personality, Sense, Style)

"We cannot let our respect for the FBI blind us from the fact the FBI has sometimes come up short of our expectations."
- Orrin Hatch
(Related: Blind, Expectations, Fact, Respect)

"Everything this series is being built up to be - I think it's going to live up to those expectations."
- Matthew Hayden
(Related: Being, Expectations)

"The progress of the natural sciences in modern times has of course so much exceeded all expectations that any suggestion that there may be some limits to it is bound to arouse suspicion."
- Friedrich August von Hayek
(Related: Progress, Expectations, Limits, May, Suspicion)

"Ladies and gentlemen, on the occasion of my election I received many letters from people representing all segments of the population and all professions, especially from the younger generation, linking my inauguration with great - far too great - expectations."
- Gustav Heinemann
(Related: People, Expectations, Ladies, Gentlemen, Letters, Population)

"Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life."
- Marilu Henner
(Related: Life, Control, Management, Being, Day, Expectations, Living, Stress)

"It is only through raising expectations and striving for excellence that our children can reach their full potential."
- Brad Henry
(Related: Children, Excellence, Expectations, Potential)

"We don't want people to have expectations of us, but then we have expectations of everybody else."
- Lauryn Hill
(Related: People, Expectations, Want)

"To be successful in real estate, you must always and consistently put your clients' best interests first. When you do, your personal needs will be realized beyond your greatest expectations."
- Anthony Hitt
(Related: Successful, Clients, Expectations, First, Needs, Will)

"I don't think that I want to meet any of the icons. I don't think that anybody can quite live up to your expectations."
- Jane Horrocks
(Related: Expectations, Want)

"It's when ordinary people rise above the expectations and seize the opportunity that milestones truly are reached."
- Mike Huckabee
(Related: People, Opportunity, Expectations)

"If you're not just a little bit nervous before a match, you probably don't have the expectations of yourself that you should have."
- Hale Irwin
(Related: Expectations)

"Reputation is fine but you have to keep justifying it. In a sense, it makes it harder because people's expectations of you are higher. So, you have to fulfill those expectations. Or, try to exceed those expectations. But, it becomes more difficult as time goes on."
- Derek Jacobi
(Related: Time, People, Expectations, Reputation, Sense)

"I try not to have high expectations of people because it just sets you up for disappointment, but it's great to work with actors who are that talented and accomplished."
- Famke Janssen
(Related: Work, People, Actors, Disappointment, Expectations)

"Though, since the first record, I've dramatically changed my expectations for our records."
- Daniel Johns
(Related: Expectations, First)

"You're under pressure when you produce facts. You're working with facts in journalism, but you're under all kinds of formal constraints; there are expectations."
- Denis Johnson
(Related: Expectations, Facts, Journalism, Pressure)

"And indeed if you think you're a genius at something, what you achieve is very much according to your expectations; if you think you're no good, you're not going to get anywhere."
- Diana Wynne Jones
(Related: Genius, Expectations)

"If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome."
- Michael Jordan
(Related: Change, Negative, Expectations, Will)

"I do believe we have to understand why reality turned out to be different than expectations and estimates. But you have more public service - certainly many of you - than I have ever had, and you recognize that this is not unusual."
- David Kay
(Related: Expectations, Public, Reality, Service)

"The best things in life are unexpected - because there were no expectations."
- Eli Khamarov
(Related: Life, Expectations)

"Based on history the expectations are simply the highest, it kind of could become a burden for you or it could be something that you are really proud of, you know so I take the second one."
- Jurgen Klinsmann
(Related: History, Burden, Expectations)

"At this level, the individual perceives the maintenance of the expectations of his family, group, or nation as valuable in its own right, regardless of immediate and obvious consequences."
- Lawrence Kohlberg
(Related: Family, Consequences, Expectations, Nation, Obvious, Right)

"I believe every chess player senses beauty, when he succeeds in creating situations, which contradict the expectations and the rules, and he succeeds in mastering this situation."
- Vladimir Kramnik
(Related: Beauty, Chess, Expectations, Rules, Senses)

"I'd rather play here in this small bar and just do a good show. Because it's fun and there's no expectations, it's encouragement to be different, do something new."
- Bill Kreutzmann
(Related: Encouragement, Expectations, Fun, Play)

"I don't have expectations. Expectations in your life just lead to giant disappointments."
- Michael Landon
(Related: Life, Disappointments, Expectations)

"Dreaming is one thing, and working towards the dream is one thing, but working with expectations in mind is very self-defeating."
- Michael Landon
(Related: Dream, Expectations, Mind, Self)

"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
(Related: Expectations, World)

"I mean, I'm 48 years old and I've been through a lot in my life - you know, loss, whether it be death, illness, separation. I mean, the failed expectations... We all have dreams."
- Annie Lennox
(Related: Dreams, Life, Death, Expectations, Illness, Loss, Old, Separation, Years)

"The satirical direction I have chosen is an indication of my disappointment in man, which is the opposite way of saying that I have high expectations for the human race."
- Jack Levine
(Related: Direction, Disappointment, Expectations, Man, Race, Saying)

"One of the things that's influenced me musically was my experience at Brown University. I was surrounded by musicians that I really admired, and felt challenged to come up with music, lyrics, and recordings that stood up to the expectations of those musicians and myself."
- Lisa Loeb
(Related: Experience, Music, Expectations, Musicians, University)

"Mom was the one who taught me unconditional love. With Dad, I'd always felt there was something to live up to - expectations. But in the last year, we had a wonderful relationship."
- Greg Louganis
(Related: Mom, Dad, Love, Expectations)

"Lower your expectations of earth. This isn't heaven, so don't expect it to be."
- Max Lucado
(Related: Earth, Expectations, Heaven)

"The expectations are that when this investigation is completed, Fitzgerald will make the appropriate decision, which is not to charge Karl with any criminal offenses."
- Robert Luskin
(Related: Decision, Expectations, Investigation, Will)

"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
(Related: Work, Expectation, Expectations, Will)

"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
(Related: Performance, Expectations, Reality)

"Long after Salinger sent me away, I continued to believe his standards and expectations were the best ones."
- Joyce Maynard
(Related: Expectations)

"I had no expectations about fatherhood, really, but it's definitely a journey I'm glad to be taking. Number one, it's a great learning experience. When my mother told me it's a 24/7 job, she wasn't kidding."
- Christopher Meloni
(Related: Experience, Mother, Expectations, Job, Journey, Learning)

"Under the Obama administration, TSA has been operating without an administrator for a year and a half. After the president's first two choices failed to meet expectations, a new administrator, John Pistole, was finally approved on Friday. Unfortunately, it will be the fifth administrator in eight years."
- John Mica
(Related: Choices, Expectations, First, President, Will, Years)

"Other people may not have had high expectations for me... but I had high expectations for myself."
- Shannon Miller
(Related: People, Expectations, May)

"A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations."
- Patricia Neal
(Related: Expectations)

"We tend to live up to our expectations."
- Earl Nightingale
(Related: Expectations)

"Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations."
- Earl Nightingale
(Related: Work, Environment, Expectations, World)

"I think it will be helpful to people because I know the expectations that are put on you as a sex symbol, and how Marilyn Monroe suffered and so on, and I was able to get free of that."
- Kim Novak
(Related: Sex, People, Expectations, Symbol, Will)

"The biggest problems with movies are expectations."
- Frank Oz
(Related: Movies, Expectations, Problems)

"It's always good to have no expectations when you see a film. Then you can be pleasantly disappointed or surprised."
- Bill Paxton
(Related: Expectations, Film)

"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
(Related: Goal, Expectations, Mind)

"I am not in this world to live up to other people's expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine."
- Fritz Perls
(Related: People, Expectations, World)

"Winning a Grand Slam changes everything. There is so much off-court stuff to deal with. And there are expectations of keeping it going that make it tough."
- Mary Pierce
(Related: Winning, Expectations)

"They flooded liquidity in the marketplace but the mortgage rate is based much more on expectations of inflation. So if the average investor believes that there is inflation coming, they'll move that rate up."
- Franklin Raines
(Related: Expectations, Inflation)

"Simplicity is not the goal. It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations."
- Paul Rand
(Related: Idea, Goal, Expectations, Simplicity)

"If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations."
- Nora Roberts
(Related: Expectations)

"Men... are bettered and improved by trial, and refined out of broken hopes and blighted expectations."
- Frederick William Robertson
(Related: Men, Expectations)

"Lucas attended a conference on rational expectations at the University of Minnesota in the spring of 1973. The day after the conference, I received a call from Pittsburgh."
- Thomas J. Sargent
(Related: Day, Expectations, Spring, University)

"The first and most optimistic response was complete rational expectations econometrics. A rational expectations equilibrium is a likelihood function. Maximize it."
- Thomas J. Sargent
(Related: Expectations, First)

"Let your dreams outgrow the shoes of your expectations."
- Ryunosuke Satoro
(Related: Dreams, Expectations)

"Holidays in general breed unrealistic expectations. The minute you start wondering, 'is it going to be wonderful enough?,' it never will be."
- Pepper Schwartz
(Related: Expectations, Holidays, Will)

"I love the idea of stepping out of the band situation into a solo world with no boundaries, no expectations, where nothing is out of bounds."
- Tommy Shaw
(Related: Love, Idea, Expectations, Nothing, World)

"I hate to lull the audience into letting them think that something is something. It's always fun to defy expectations."
- Martin Short
(Related: Expectations, Fun, Hate)

"I don't have high expectations anymore. Maybe they've just been beaten out of me."
- Elisabeth Shue
(Related: Expectations)

"I do my best not to have any expectations when I go into a movie because it's not fair."
- Joel Siegel
(Related: Expectations)

"I've always got such high expectations for myself. I'm aware of them, but I can't relax them."
- Mary Decker Slaney
(Related: Expectations, Relax)

"Segregation was a burden for many blacks, because the end of the civil war and the amendments added to the constitution elevated expectations beyond reality in some respects."
- Ed Smith
(Related: War, Burden, Constitution, End, Expectations, Reality)

"This whole mission has surpassed all of our expectations."
- Steven Squyres
(Related: Expectations, Mission)

"I have a lack of fear, whereas in the past the fear of failure was a powerful motivator. Anyway, I have great expectations for the future, but I just don't know if I'm the monarch of all I survey."
- Sylvester Stallone
(Related: Fear, Failure, Expectations, Future, Past)

"I have great expectations for the future, because the past was highly overrated."
- Sylvester Stallone
(Related: Expectations, Future, Past)

"I think the media makes it tough to play in New York. There are so many papers and TV channels covering the Knicks and the expectations for the Knicks are so high."
- John Starks
(Related: Expectations, Media, Play)

"Keep high aspirations, moderate expectations, and small needs."
- William Howard Stein
(Related: Aspirations, Expectations, Needs)

"But in any case, I did poorly on the tests and so, in the first three years of school, I had teachers who thought I was stupid and when people think you're stupid, they have low expectations for you."
- Robert Sternberg
(Related: Thought, People, Expectations, First, School, Teachers, Tests, Years)

"We live in an era of revolution, the revolution of rising expectations."
- Adlai Stevenson
(Related: Expectations, Revolution)

"I would like to do more dramas when I find a good role that will allow me to politely upset people's expectations of me as a comic actor."
- Ben Stiller
(Related: People, Actor, Expectations, Will)

"My parents had very high expectations. They expected me to get straight A's from the time I was in kindergarten."
- Amy Tan
(Related: Time, Expectations, Parents)

"I want to top expectations. I want to blow you away."
- Quentin Tarantino
(Related: Expectations, Want)

"I'm excited, happy, nervous, anxious, all those feelings about playing for the Jets again. If I didn't have high expectations, I wouldn't come back here."
- Vinny Testaverde
(Related: Feelings, Expectations)

"Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event."
- Brian Tracy
(Related: Habit, Positive, Expectations, Manufacturing)

"Well, for us, it's always better not to have too many expectations and to just go with the flow because then it's always a big plus no matter what happens."
- Ville Valo
(Related: Expectations)

"Nothing seems to come up to your expectations. But nothing I had heard about Hollywood was enough."
- Conrad Veidt
(Related: Expectations, Hollywood, Nothing)

"With a genre like film noir, everyone has these assumptions and expectations. And once all of those things are in place, that's when you can really start to twist it about and mess around with it."
- Larry Wachowski
(Related: Expectations, Film)

"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
(Related: Success, Body, Expectations, Limitations, Mind, Will)

"I think that sometimes when they see me in a movie they expect me to be something nasty. I mean, I play a lot of villains and you show up and they think maybe... That's why it's good to defy expectations sometimes."
- Christopher Walken
(Related: Expectations, Play)

"High expectations are the key to everything."
- Sam Walton
(Related: Expectations, Key)

"Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable."
- Wendy Wasserstein
(Related: Expectations, Remarkable)

"I find my life is a lot easier the lower I keep everyone's expectations."
- Bill Watterson
(Related: Life, Expectations)

"We all participate in weaving the social fabric; we should therefore all participate in patching the fabric when it develops holes mismatches between old expectations and current realities."
- Anne C. Weisberg
(Related: Expectations, Old)

"Many Japanese painters and calligraphers would change their names intentionally to keep their relationship to the art always fresh. This way, others' expectations can be avoided."
- Tina Weymouth
(Related: Art, Change, Expectations, Names)

"It seems we always exceed even our own expectations-after a lot of hard work, though!"
- Roberta Williams
(Related: Work, Expectations, Hard work)

"The first step in exceeding your customer's expectations is to know those expectations."
- Roy H. Williams
(Related: Customer, Expectations, First)

"Have you heard of this new thing called the internet? It's giving people new expectations. It's allowing them to become their own expert. Knowledge lies anxious at their fingertips. Gloss over the truth in your advertising and you'll quickly be dismissed as a poser."
- Roy H. Williams
(Related: Truth, People, Knowledge, Advertising, Expectations, Giving, Internet, Lies)

"What you say about this world I do not quite agree with; I think it a very good world, and only requires a person to be reasonable in his expectations, and not to trust too much to others."
- William John Wills
(Related: Trust, Expectations, World)

"Having that amount of nominations makes me a little nervous, because you feel that the bar is really high, the expectations are really high, but it also feels great."
- Lee Ann Womack
(Related: Expectations)

"You can't base your life on other people's expectations."
- Stevie Wonder
(Related: Life, People, Expectations)

"We all have an equal interest in stability and security throughout Europe. The years the OSCE has existed, and particularly this year, have given rise to great expectations and at the same time to powerful disappointments."
- Boris Yeltsin
(Related: Time, Disappointments, Europe, Expectations, Interest, Security, Stability, Years)

"We will not fail your expectations of us as a new nation dedicated to peace, democracy, and freedom."
- Shigeru Yoshida
(Related: Peace, Democracy, Expectations, Freedom, Nation, Will)