Expectations are, in the case of uncertainty, things that are considered the most likely to happen. An expectation, which is a belief that is centered on the future, may or may not be realistic. A less advantageous result gives rise to the emotion of disappointment. If something happens that is not at all expected it is a surprise. An expectation about the behavior or performance of another person, expressed to that person, may have the nature of a strong request, or an order.
- "Yet doth he live!" exclaims th' impatient heir,
And sighs for sables which he must not wear.
- Lord Byron, Lara, A Tale (1814), Canto I, Stanza 3.
- I have known him [Micawber] come home to supper with a flood of tears, and a declaration that nothing was now left but a jail; and go to bed making a calculation of the expense of putting bow-windows to the house, "in case anything turned up," which was his favorite expression.
- I suppose, to use our national motto, something will turn up. [Motto of Vraibleusia.]
- Benjamin Disraeli, Popanilla (1827), Chapter VII.
- He was fash and full of faith that "something would turn up."
- Benjamin Disraeli, Tancred (1847), Book III, Chapter VI.
- Everything comes if a man will only wait.
- Benjamin Disraeli, Tancred (1847), Book IV, Chapter VIII.
- Since yesterday I have been in Alcalá.
Erelong the time will come, sweet Preciosa,
When that dull distance shall no more divide us;
And I no more shall scale thy wall by night
To steal a kiss from thee, as I do now.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Spanish Student (1843), Act I, scene 3.
- Oft expectation fails and most oft there
Where most it promises, and oft it hits
Where hope is coldest and despair most fits.
- There have sat
The live-long day, with patient expectation,
To see great Pompey pass the streets of Rome.
- He hath indeed better bettered expectation than you must expect of me to tell you how.
- Promising is the very air o' the time; it opens the eyes of expectation: performance is ever the duller for his act; and, but in the plainer and simpler kind of people, the deed of saying is quite out of use.
- Expectation whirls me round.
The imaginary relish is so sweet
That it enchants my sense.
- 'Tis silence all,
And pleasing expectation.
- James Thomson, The Seasons, Spring (1728), line 160.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 243-44.
- Serene I fold my hands and wait,
Nor care for wind or tide nor sea;
I rave no more 'gainst time or fate,
For lo! my own shall come to me.
- John Burroughs, Waiting.
- What else remains for me?
Youth, hope and love;
To build a new life on a ruined life.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Masque of Pandora, In the Garden, Part VIII.
- Blessed is he who expects nothing for he shall never be disappointed.
- Alexander Pope, letter to Gay (Oct. 6, 1727). Called by Pope and Gay "The Eighth Beatitude." Bishop Heber refers to it as "Swift's Eighth Beatitude." Also called "The Ninth Beatitude".
- 'Tis expectation makes a blessing dear;
Heaven were not Heaven, if we knew what it were.
- Sir John Suckling, Against Fruition.
- Although I enter not,
Yet round about the spot
Ofttimes I hover;
And near the sacred gate,
With longing eyes I wait,
Expectant of her.
- William Makepeace Thackeray, Pendennis, At the Church Gate.
- Blessed are those that nought expect,
For they shall not be disappointed.
- John Walcot, Ode to Pitt.
- It is folly to expect men to do all that they may reasonably be expected to do.
- Richard Whately, Apophthegms.