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We must rediscover the distinction between hope and expectation.
Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it.
Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.
We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.
Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.
Expectation is the mother of all frustration.
High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.
Love is always bestowed as a gift - freely, willingly and without expectation. We don't love to be loved; we love to love.
We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.
The best lesson I was given is that all of life teaches, especially if we have that expectation.
Buying a particular vintage because everyone tips it and then waiting for it to mature is like gambling. The thrill is in placing the bet. Once the race is run or the match is played, you'll either win or lose. Until that happens, you're caught in this wonderful, agonising sense of expectation.
Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing.
To work without attachment is to work without the expectation of reward or fear of any punishment in this world or the next. Work so done is a means to the end, and God is the end.
A youthful mind is seldom totally free from ambition; to curb that, is the first step to contentment, since to diminish expectation is to increase enjoyment.
Contrary to popular mythology, the best and most durable relationships are based not on vulnerability or passion but on a conjugation of positive attributes, a meeting of mind, body and soul that is all the more powerful as it is not weighed down with neediness and unreasonable expectation.
Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy - the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.
A desert is a place without expectation.
There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.
Orison Swett Marden
'As Long As I Know I'm Getting Paid' is a satire. Lyrically, I want to be direct. With my history in Fall Out Boy, there's some expectation that I'm going to be lyrically obtuse. But that song is a straight-faced satire of consumerism.
The reason this country continues its drift toward socialism and big nanny government is because too many people vote in the expectation of getting something for nothing, not because they have a concern for what is good for the country.
Confidence isn't optimism or pessimism, and it's not a character attribute. It's the expectation of a positive outcome.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
There's a certain grace in accepting what your life is and embracing all the good things that have been - but there's still an expectation of good things to come. Not necessarily what you expected.
Letters are expectation packaged in an envelope.
I learnt early to have little expectation so I protected myself from ever feeling greatly disappointed.
You are only as beautiful as the many beautiful things you do for others without expectation.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
C. S. Lewis
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