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The fewer expectations you have, the better. (Laurie Anderson)

I never have taken a picture I've intended. They're always better or worse. (Diane Arbus)

How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks. (Marcus Aurelius)

Never dull your shine for somebody else. (Tyra Banks)

It helps to know there is going to be continuity. (Tony Bennett)

prospect, n. An outlook, usually forbidding. An expectation, usually forbidden. (Ambrose Bierce)

adore, v.t. To venerate expectantly. (Ambrose Bierce)

So I'm going to take a little time off. I've got a couple of tricks up my sleeve. I'm not ready to talk about them yet, but expect the unexpected. (Brad Bird)

There are quite a lot of people asking for a painting so I'm not able to fulfil all their wishes. And this gives me a lot of freedom, because if I cannot please them at all I don't have to start to try. (Norbert Bisky)

I normally don't do requests. Unless, of course, I have been asked to do so. (Victor Borge)

What am I supposed to do here? What am I supposed to think? (Alain de Botton)

Expectation has the ability to ruin an otherwise good thing. (Lori Pennington Brady)

In a painting, what counts is the unexpected. (Georges Braque)

If you want to give yourself a fair chance to succeed, never expect too much too soon. (Po Bronson)

Don't try to second-guess and paint for other people. Don't do your art through their eyes, as it's quite a waste of your valuable time. (Harley Brown)

My expectations of other people, I double them on myself. (James Brown)

If you expect the worst from a person you can never be disappointed. (Anthony Burgess)

The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want. (Leo Buscaglia)

My worst expectations never happened. (Barbara Bush)

Expect your every need to be met, expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level, expect to grow spiritually. (Eileen Caddy)

If you enjoy depth, don't force yourself to seek breadth. If you prefer single-tasking to multi-tasking, stick to your guns. (Susan Cain)

When an artist explains what he is doing, he usually has to do one of two things: either scrap what he has explained, or make his work fit in with the explanation. (Alexander Calder)

I would like to be able to admire a man's opinions as I would his dog – without being expected to take it home with me. (Frank A. Clark)

Don't let anyone tell you what you ought to like... (John Cleese)

Big things are expected of us, and nothing big ever came of being small. (Bill Clinton)

It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed. (Ram Dass)

Everyone deserves breathing space. (Jeff Davidson)

Anytime I am looking to somebody else as my source, I'm coming from scarcity. (Jan Denise)

As a rule we perceive what we expect to perceive... The unexpected is usually not received at all. (Peter Drucker)

The particular keeps circling back, gathering me up into the universal. (Dave Duncan)

No one expects the days to be gods. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

In order to please others, we loose our hold on our life's purpose. (Epictetus)

As for my dignity... the hell with my dignity. I will get along alright in this world. I don't have to be dignified, professional. (Milton H. Erickson)

Most of us regard good luck as our right, and bad luck as a betrayal of that right. (William Feather)

You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It's their mistake, not my failing. (Richard Feynman)

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)

Don't ever let someone tell you you can't do something. Not even me. (Chris Gardner)

I have had my results for a long time: but I do not yet know how I am to arrive at them. (Karl Freiderich Gauss)

Where there are few expectations, expediency wins. (Robert Genn)

Tis' better to live your own life imperfectly than to imitate someone else's perfectly. (Elizabeth Gilbert)

The threshold is the place of expectation. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

I wish they would only take me as I am. (Vincent van Gogh)

It's kind of ironic - when I broke in at 17, I was told I was too small, too slow and I wouldn't make the NHL... (Wayne Gretzky)

Manet did not do the expected. He was a pioneer. He followed his individual whim. Told the public what he wanted it to know, not the time worn things the public already knew and thought it wanted to hear again. The public was very much offended. (Robert Henri)

If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail. (Heraclitus)

I just do what everybody asks me to do, in terms of media and stuff. (Damien Hirst)

He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away. (Raymond Hull)

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. (Steve Jobs)

We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting. (Samuel Johnson)

The author O. Henry taught me about the value of the unexpected. He once wrote about the noise of flowers and the smell of birds - the birds were chickens and the flowers dried sunflowers rattling against a wall. (Chuck Jones)

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them. (Michael Jorden)

Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race. (James Joyce)

I'm very clear that everyone in the world loves me. I just don't expect them to realize it yet. (Byron Katie)

I have everything I need to enjoy my here and now - unless I am letting my consciousness be dominated by demands and expectations based on the dead past or the imagined future. (Ken S. Keyes Jr.)

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation. (Jack Kinder)

Please yourself, not others... It must first work for you if it is ever to be useful to others. (Paul Laseau)

When I was a boy I used to do what my father wanted. Now I have to do what my boy wants. My problem is: When am I going to do what I want? (Sam Levenson)

It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

They tell me to paint it as it is, but I only can paint it as I see. (Ashgan Makarem)

I'm looking for the unexpected. I'm looking for things I've never seen before. (Robert Mapplethorpe)

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)

Don't lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. (Ralph Marston)

I know what you want. You want a story that won't surprise you. That will confirm what you already know. That won't make you see higher or further or differently. You want a flat story. An immobile story. You want dry, yeastless factuality. (Yann Martel)

When I paint to please other people I tend to lose the free spirit creative edge... (Ted Martinez)

Do not take the agenda that someone else has mapped out for your life. (John C. Maxwell)

Growing up is not being so dead-set on making everybody happy. (Reba McEntire)

At the end of the day, whether or not those people are comfortable with how you're living your life doesn't matter. What matters is whether you're comfortable with it. (Phil McGraw)

If you are brave too often, people will come to expect it of you. (Mignon McLaughlin)

Ever since I began to compose, I have remained true to my starting principle: not to write a page because of what public or what pretty girl wanted it to be thus or thus, but to write solely as I, myself, thought best, and as it gave me pleasure. (Felix Mendelssohn)

We are never prepared for what we expect. (James A. Michener)

Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself. (Michel de Montaigne)

I don't demand that all work be a masterpiece. What I am doing is the right thing for me – that is what I am and this is living. It reflects me and I reflect it. (Louise Nevelson)

We tend to live up to our expectations. (Earl Nightingale)

Your job is to create. Their job is to try to stop you. Don't do both jobs. (Anna Olson)

You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals. (George Smith Patton, Jr.)

We tend to get what we expect. (Norman Vincent Peale)

I do my thing and you do your thing. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, / And you are not in this world to live up to mine. / You are you, and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it's beautiful. / If not, it can't be helped. (Fritz Perls)

Things we do not expect, happen more frequently than we wish. (Plautus)

If you don't know, then it's all right. There need not be any expectations. If there are no expectations, then you are free. If you expect, then you are in bondage. Choose whatever you want. Expectations are never fulfilled. (Poonja)

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed was the ninth beatitude. (Alexander Pope)

It is impossible to work at the same time upon frontispieces of books: a Virgin: at the picture for the congregation of St. Louis, at the designs for the gallery, and for the king's tapestry! I have only a feeble head, and am not aided by anyone! (Nicolas Poussin)

The joys we expect are not so bright, nor the troubles so dark as we fancy they will be. (Charles Reade)

From a slight, undetermined drawing, where the ideas of the composition and character are just touched upon, the imagination supplies more than the painter himself, probably, could produce. And we accordingly often find that the finished work disappoints the expectation that was raised from the sketch... (Sir Joshua Reynolds)

I always appreciate people's opinions, but sometimes I have to take a step back and remember why I'm writing and what I want to do with it. Shutting out the voices is difficult but it's been good for me. (Veronica Roth)

If you have the expectation that I have to be a certain way, then I feel the obligation to be that way. The truth is I am not what you want me to be. (Don Miguel Ruiz)

Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me. (Carl Sandburg)

I live with the certainty of the uncertainty happening in my Art. (Derek A. Fitz Simons)

Some people think or expect that you should make the same kinds of art forever because it creates a convenient narrative... I want my work to embody my inherent contradictions. (Kiki Smith)

When a child, my dreams rode on your wishes, / I was your son, high on your horse, / My mind a top whipped by the lashes / Of your rhetoric, windy of course. (Stephen Spender)

My works are collected messages from the soul, and transferred in image to represent an inside world. I pick up feelings and intuitions to reverse them to the exterior, trying to launch a call in this world. What I expect is a definitive inside awakening of whom picks up the call. (Massimo Taccon)

Gain a modest reputation for being unreliable and you will never be asked to do a thing. (Paul Theroux)

Your success in your career will be in direct proportion to what you do after you've done what you are expected to do. (Brian Tracy)

A thing long expected takes the form of the unexpected when at last it comes. (Mark Twain)

A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape. (Mark Twain)

The snowgoose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself. (Lao Tzu)

We never live; we are always in the expectation of living. (Voltaire)

-b.1794 d.1868...
The English require, above all, in a work of art: effect, a fanciful invention inclining to the melancholy, and topographical truth. (Gustav Friedrich Waagen)

Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised. (Denis Waitley)

Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable. (Wendy Wasserstein)

When I start thinking, 'This one has to count, I've got to hit a home run,' it takes all the fun out of it. In short, it diminishes the work and marginalizes the process. (Skip Whitcomb)

To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect. (Oscar Wilde)

It is always the unreadable that occurs. (Oscar Wilde)

Expect nothing - receive everything. (Sharon Williams)

Our efforts to control can either shut us down, or lead to wild over-correcting that lands us in the ditch. (Liz Wiltzen)

Each painting should be a surprise journey with an unexpected ending. (Robert E. Wood)

One of my principal concerns is the contradiction between appearance and reality – illusion and reality. I try to set up an expectation of sorts and then contradict it. (Stuart Pearson Wright)

-The Tower, 1928...
Never had I more / Excited, passionate, fantastical / Imagination, nor an ear and eye / That more expected the impossible. (William Butler Yeats)

Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes. (Zig Ziglar)


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