28 Expectation Quotes

Be encouraged by these expectation quotes to keep your expectations realistic. We all have expectations and sometimes the expectation we have is exceeded and sometimes it falls short. These expectation quotations explore a part of life that is crucial to every person's self-worth. These quotes highlight different authors' interpretations of what it means to live a life filled with expectation or filled with too much expectation from others. Whether it is fate, destiny, objectives or assumptions of things to be or yet to be, there are elements of both joy and dislike.

Too often, we let other people set out what our life should be and should look like. However, true happiness unfolds within one's own desires and personal expressions of what it means to lead a fulfilling life. To each their own choice; to each their own life, and to each the right for personal fulfillment.


  1. Life doesn’t turn out like we expect it to... we have to decide what we will place our hope in.
    Mark Batterson
    Short Quotes



  2. The effect you expect is the effect you get
    Kelly McGonigal, The Upside of Stress
    Cute Quotes



  3. Most people search for a spiritual guide in life... It seems since the dawn of our species this search and attempt to describe the world has been in the forefront of our thoughts.
    Alexander Bearden, Simple Spiritualism
    Spiritual Poems



  4. Positive people have positive expectations in their lives and most of their days are successful. Negative people have negative expectations in their lives and most of their days are unsuccessful.
    Andrii Sedniev
    Positive Quotes



  5. ... we don’t take action until God shows us what to do and when to do it... we wait on Him expectantly... we praise and worship God, fully expecting Him to instruct us, deliver us, and lead us to victory.
    Joyce Meyer, Your Battles Belong to the Lord
    God Has A Plan



  6. Be careful of expectations that you set for others, but more importantly, be careful of the ones you set for yourself. Expectation rarely leaves room for the wonder and magic of the unknown.
    Cyndie Spiegel, A Year of Positive Thinking
    Quotes To Live By



  7. Success is a balance of life where we can meet our own expectations while at the same time achieving success in our commitments to others.
    Byron Pulsifer, How To Succeed When You Already Have
    Positive Thoughts



  8. I believe that every person on this planet is here to make a difference... you can add value to our world ... By living to your full potential, you’ll not only change your world, you’ll change the world around you
    Vex King, Good Vibes, Good Life
    Journey Of Life



  9. The staggering abundance of knowledge has increased expectations for many of us to exploit knowledge to develop our own effectiveness, more effective products, and better solutions for our clients.
    Luc P. Beaudoin, Cognitive Productivity
    Abundance Quotes



  10. ... your own managerial style and ways to establish a motivating environment ....is fostered by a manager who is positive and supportive, sets a good example, clarifies expectations, and is flexible in the face of change.
    Harriet Diamond, Perfect Phrases for Motivating and Rewarding Employees
    Work Ethics Quotes



  11. In a world where despair and anxiety are at epidemic levels ... our sure and certain hope is found in the unchanging promises of God.
    Sheila Walsh
    God's Promises



  12. Only you can define your expectations for what you want to get out of a job, and so only you can know what will make you happy.
    Matthew Oleniuk, Quit Your Job!
    Poems About Happiness



  13. Obsession, perfectionism, hypersensitivity, the need for control, and high expectations are common traits in great artists.
    BradStulberg; Steve Magness, Peak Performance
    Thought Provoking Quotes



  14. Routines seem boring, and the antithesis to what you’re told a “good life" is made of... The point is not what the routine consists of, but how steady and safe your subconscious mind is made through repetitive motions and expected outcomes.
    Brianna Wiest, 101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think
    The Good Life



  15. Expectation is certainly one of the most potent resources that you have. An intense anticipation could transform chance into reality.
    Bob Herring, Live Your Life - Inspiration For A Great Life
    Dare To Be



  16. Our mind is like a garden. Whatever we put into it, we will reap and harvest. If we put positive things into it, in due time we will reap positive rewards.
    Andrian Teodoro, The Power of Positive Energy
    Poems Of Encouragement



  17. As we start to identify and release our expectations, we can take more empowering steps toward achieving our goals, with a clear sense of purpose.
    Christine Hassler, Expectation Hangover
    Poems About Goals



  18. When you place your hopes and expectations on a particular celebration or a special day on the calendar, you'll find yourself disappointed again and again. But when you place your hopes and expectations on the Lord Himself, He will never, never let you down.
    Greg Laurie, Red The Color of Christmas
    Trust In God



  19. When parents are aware in the present moment, learning and growing alongside their children, the entire family thrives ... Empowered with self- awareness ... each feels free to explore, discover, and manifest their authentic being.
    Shefali Tsabary, The Awakened Family
    Short Family Quotes



  20. Each one of us has certain expectations. Each one of us has certain hopes. When we fail to meet those expectations or hopes, this is where disappointment arises.
    Reg Morais, How to Handle Disappointments
    Hope Quotes



  21. Having a baby is stupendously wonderful, but things may not go as planned. If you have no fixed expectations, nothing can surprise or disappoint you. The ideal stance is a kind of gentle wonder, now and again brimming over into radical amazement, as your story unfolds.
    Nina Planck
    Baby Poems



  22. Success in prospecting is more about core principles than it is about memorizing certain words.
    John Rosso, Prospect the Sandler Way
    Success Quotes



  23. Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what’s waiting out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it.
    Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart
    Courage Quotes



  24. The expectation for a future full of accomplishments is the consistent, and dedicated action of today.
    Theodore W. Higgingsworth
    Action Quotes



  25. My expectations of others are grounded in expectation through encouragement - a dedication that believes that every person has self-worth and a purpose.
    Kate Summers
    Positive Poems



  26. Rather than condemning yourself for your mistakes and failures ... You can let go of those unrealistic expectations of perfection that make you so dissatisfied and open the door to real and lasting satisfaction.
    Kristin Neff, Self-Compassion
    Mistake Quotes



  27. Of course, excessive worry about retirement can shorten your life expectancy so much that you need not be concerned about it.
    Ernie Zelinski, How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free
    Retirement Quotes



  28. We would be better off if we lowered our expectations about the results of decisions.
    Barry Schwartz, The Paradox of Choice
    Decision Quotes

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