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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
I worked half my life to be an overnight success, and still it took me by surprise.
Wait long enough, and people will surprise and impress you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Surprise is key in all art.
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.
I search for surprise in my architecture. A work of art should cause the emotion of newness.
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
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.
There is an organic affinity between joyousness and tenderness, and their companionship in the saintly life need in no way occasion surprise.
Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.
The Occupy movement is - it was a big surprise.
Every time I write something, I think, this is the most offensive thing I will ever write. But no. I always surprise myself.
I don't think the government is out to get me or help someone else get me but it wouldn't surprise me if they were out to sell me something or help someone else sell me something. I mean, why else would the Census Bureau want to know my telephone number?
Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.
Jean de La Fontaine
A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.
Charles de Gaulle
The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless. It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves.
Hatred of the mother is familiar, but the mother's hatred still comes as a surprise.
Well, I was already so happy being chosen to do the issue itself, that when I got on the cover, it was even more of a surprise and even more amazing to me.
C. S. Lewis
Leonardo da Vinci
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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