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We advance on our journey only when we face our goal, when we are confident and believe we are going to win out.

Author: Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924)

Profession: American Author, Founder of Success Magazine

It's a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.

Author: W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Profession: British Novelist, Playwright

Other people may not have had high expectations for me... but I had high expectations for myself.

Author: Shannon Miller

Profession: American Olympic Gymnast

When you expect things to happen -- strangely enough -- they do happen.

Author: John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913)

Profession: American Banker, Financier, Art Collector

A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.

Author: Patricia Neal


By asking for the impossible we obtain the best possible.

Author: Giovanni Niccolini


We tend to live up to our expectations.

Author: Earl Nightingale (1921-1989)

Profession: American Radio Announcer, Author, Motivator, Speaker

If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.

Author: Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)

Profession: American Christian Reformed Pastor, Speaker, Author

We tend to get what we expect.

Author: Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)

Profession: American Christian Reformed Pastor, Speaker, Author

Man's real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so.

Author: Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845)

Profession: American Poet, Critic, short-story Writer

A cathedral, a wave of storm, a dancer's leap, never turn out to be as high as we had hoped.

Author: Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

Profession: French Novelist

Don't cross the bridge till you come to it.

Author: Proverb


Men... are bettered and improved by trial, and refined out of broken hopes and blighted expectations.

Author: Frederick W. Robertson


I have no expectation of making a hit every time I come to bat.

Author: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)

Profession: Thirty-second President of the USA

Even if it is to be, what end do you serve by running to distress?

Author: Seneca (4 B.C. 65 A.D.)

Profession: Spanish-born Roman Statesman, philosopher