39 Quotes About High Expectations and Disappointment

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Aiming for the high bar allows us to set an expectation we are bound to reach. Sometimes we may fall short. Those moments of disappointment help to encourage us to get back up and try again. Here are some great quotes about high expectations and disappointment that remind us to make life better than it is.

“A life that is burdened with expectations is a heavy life. Its fruit is sorrow and disappointment.”

“Anyone who loves in the expectation of being loved in return is wasting their time.”

“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”

“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.”

“Creating perfection will also create expectations for the future”

“Do everything with a mind that lets go. Do not expect praise or reward.”

“Do what you can with what you have where you are.”

“Expect everything so that nothing comes unexpected.”

“Expect much from yourself and little from others and you will avoid incurring resentments.”

“Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.”

“Expectation is the mother of all frustration.”

“Expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack.”

“High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.”

“I did what I came here to do. What I’ve done I’ve done with sincerity and to the best of my ability. You can’t expect much more from life.”

“If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.”

“If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.”

“If you do not the expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.”

“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”

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

“Peace begins When expectation ends.”

“So the secret to good self-esteem is to lower your expectations to the point where they’re already met?”

“That was the thing about the world: it wasn’t that things were harder than you thought they were going to be, it was that they were hard in ways that you didn’t expect.”

“The best things in life are unexpected – because there were no expectations.”

“The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.”

“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.”

“The universe constantly and obediently answers to our conceptions; whether we travel fast or slow, the track is laid for us.”

“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.”

“To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. To just give. That takes courage, because we don’t want to fall on our faces or leave ourselves open to hurt.”

“Unhappiness lies in that gap between our talents and our expectations.”

“We find what we expect to find, and we receive what we ask for.”

“We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.”

“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.”

“We must rediscover the distinction between hope and expectation.”

“When we put down ideas of what life should be like, we are free to wholeheartedly say yes to our life as it is.”

“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”

“You can’t expect everyone to have the same dedication as you.”

“You don’t ask nobody to give what they can’t give, or be what they can’t be. You’ve learnt that, you got a headstart on heartbreak.”

“You have to take risks.We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.”

“You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”

Expectation creates a circle in our lives that bound us and keeps us running on a path in circles. Aiming for more than the standard is what sets you apart from the rest.