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The secret to humor is surprise.
Of course, I have given my engineers some headaches over the years, but they go with me. I have always wanted my buildings to be as light as possible, to touch the ground gently, to swoop and soar, and to surprise.
Revolution is as unpredictable as an earthquake and as beautiful as spring. Its coming is always a surprise, but its nature should not be.
The thing I have always tried to do is surprise people: to present them with something they didn't expect.
The biggest threat to a better life is the desire to keep the future under control - to make the world predictable by reining in creativity and enterprise. Progress as a neat blueprint, with no deviations and no surprise, may work in children's cartoons or utopian novels. But it's just a fantasy.
Amsterdam was a great surprise to me. I had always thought of Venice as the city of canals; it had never entered my mind that I should find similar conditions in a Dutch town.
James Weldon Johnson
It's all about creation and surprise. It just needs to be appreciated and watered like flowers. You have to water flowers. These peaks will come again.
Growing old has been the greatest surprise of my life.
The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Man is always more than he can know of himself; consequently, his accomplishments, time and again, will come as a surprise to him.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
To my surprise, my 70s are nicer than my 60s and my 60s than my 50s, and I wouldn't wish my teens and 20s on my enemies.
I worked half my life to be an overnight success, and still it took me by surprise.
The biggest surprise has been making the adjustment after losing a game. In the NBA you could lose tonight and you have to put that game behind you because you have another game the next night.
Wait long enough, and people will surprise and impress you.
Bob Marley performed the 'One Love Peace' concert in Jamaica with the two different warring political sides. There's always been that in black music and culture in general. It's no surprise because black music is such a reflection of what's going on in black life. It's not unusual for hip-hop.
My childhood gave me resilience - and there's little that can surprise me in life.
Surprise is key in all art.
There is no such thing as an average person. They really are guidelines for people to grapple with the unknown, and we can always surprise expectations.
Interventions are really emotionally exhausting and I would never ever want to have one. In the same way, I would never want to have a surprise birthday party. That would be horrible.
I search for surprise in my architecture. A work of art should cause the emotion of newness.
The individual can maintain himself in a society definitely organized only through possessing an equally definite mental and moral constitution. This is what the neuropath lacks. His state of disturbance causes him to be constantly taken by surprise by circumstances.
For me, if you distill comedy down, it is surprise and the unexpected. That has to be it on its most base level, in any form.
America pays its bills. It always has. It always will. The fact that Washington is now debating whether to honor its debts and obligations, then, should come as a surprise. But playing political football with a necessary vote to raise the nation's debt ceiling has become as predictable as a Twitter rant from Charlie Sheen.
Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
John F. Kennedy
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