210 Expectation Quotes on Acceptance and Rejection

We can’t wait to share these expectation quotes with you, which will help you see the benefits and drawbacks of setting expectations.

Expecting something to happen does not guarantee that it will turn out the way you planned. Life does not always go according to what you want, so hoping it always turns out as expected can sometimes lead to disappointment.

People tend to depend on their happiness on their expectations being met, and sometimes, it’s okay, as long as you work hard or put up an effort to reach your goals. But, that’s not always the case. We’ve collected these quotes to give you a better understanding of the pros and cons of setting expectations. 

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Best Expectation Quotes

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

2. “Live your life, sing your song. Not full of expectations. Not for the ovations. But for the joy of it.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru

3. “High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.” – Charles Kettering

4. “Don’t blame people for disappointing you, blame yourself for expecting too much from them.” – Anonymous

5. “I find my life is a lot easier the lower I keep my expectations.” – Bill Watterson

6. “Life is so constructed that an event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.” – Charlotte Bronte

7. “The quality of our expectations determines the quality of our action.” – A. Godin

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

9. “A wonderful gift may not be wrapped as you expect.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

11. “There were two ways to be happy: improve your reality, or lower your expectations.” – Jodi Picoult

12. “Whatever it is you’re seeking won’t come in the form you’re expecting.” – Haruki Murakami

13. “Low expectations are the key to happiness in life.” – Christopher Miller

14. “If you expect nothing from somebody you are never disappointed.” – Sylvia Plath

15. “Positive expectations are the mark of a superior personality.” – Brian Tracy

Famous Expectation Quotes

16. “Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes for you.” – Anthony Robbins

17. “It’s when ordinary people rise above the expectations and seize the opportunity that milestones truly are reached.” – Mike Huckabee

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

19. “When one’s expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates everything one does have.” – Stephen Hawking

20. “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” – Alexander Pope

21. “I’m not perfect, I just do what I think is right. So if I can’t fulfill people’s expectations, I’m sorry, but it’s not my fault.” – Conchita Wurst

22. “You are your own worst enemy. If you can learn to stop expecting impossible perfection, in yourself and others, you may find the happiness that has always eluded you.” – Lisa Kleypas

23. “Do I feel pressure being a young player with high expectations? Nah.” – Landon Donovan

24. “How often we expect big things from God without preparing for big things from him.” – Beth Moore

25. “To wish was to hope, and to hope was to expect.” – Jane Austen

26. “Don’t think small and expect to have a big life.” – Marianne Williamson

27. “Unhappiness lies in that gap between our talents and our expectations.” – Sebastian Horsley

28. “Most things don’t work out as expected, but what happens instead often turns out to be the good stuff.” – Judi Dench

29. “The importance of high expectations plays a big role.” – Wes Moore

30. “All unhappiness is due to wrong expectations.” – Anonymous

Motivational Expectation Quotes to Live By

31. “All of us can meet God’s high expectations.” – D. Todd Christofferson

32. “I have enough patience to wait for the fulfillment of my wishes.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

33. “If you want to give yourself a fair chance to succeed, never expect too much too soon.” – Po Bronson

34. “Do not expect much from humans. Expect much more from God.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

35. “Expectations may sometimes lead you to disappointments, but the anger of getting disappointment may sometimes lead you to what you expected.” – Anonymous

36. “I have high expectations for myself. I’m not out there playing the game just to be playing it. I want to win a championship.” – Albert Belle

37. “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.” – Princess Diana

38. “A lot of people have high expectations. I’m just going to do the best I can.” – Deron Williams

39. “Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy, and rewarding life.” – Marilu Henner

40. “You become a true philanthropist only when you empty yourself to be a blessing to others without expecting anything in return.” – Topsy Gift

41. “Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.” – J.K. Rowling

42. “Don’t join an easy crowd; you won’t grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high.” – Jim Rohn

43. “Expectation is the mother of all frustration.” – Antonio Banderas

44. “To me, crying is not a sign of weakness. She wants it that bad and she puts her whole heart into it. She had really high expectations, and that’s why she’s so good. She just had a bad game.” – Kerri Walsh

45. “To expect nothing is to gain everything.” – Anonymous

Quotes to Remind You of Your Own Expectations

46. “Expect the unexpected. And whenever possible, be the unexpected.” – Jack Dorsey

47. “I’m not fun to bowl with. I take it way too seriously. I have high expectations for myself.” – Chris Hardwick

48. “You should have high expectations for yourself and others should come second.” – Florence Welch

49. “I don’t use the word ‘pressure.’ I use the word ‘expectation.’ I have very high expectations of myself. It starts with me.” – Daunte Culpepper

50. “I have a lot of expectations from myself.” – Bhuvneshwar Kumar

51. “Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.” – Claude Bissell

52. “Set your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way.” – Eileen Caddy

53. “Other people may not have had high expectations for me, but I had high expectations for myself.” – Shannon Miller

54. “When you have big dreams, you’re going to have big challenges. If you were an average person you would have average problems.” – Joel Osteen

55. “There are two ways to be happy; improve your reality, or lower your expectations.” – Jodi Picoult

56. “I think sometimes you have high expectations for people because you have high expectations for yourself.” – Gisele Bundchen

57. “I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values, and follow my own moral compass―then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own.” – Michelle Obama

58. “I’ve always got such high expectations for myself. I’m aware of them, but I can’t relax them.” – Mary Decker

59. “I have high expectations of myself. I always have, always will. That will never waver. I always believe in my talent―always have.” – Russell Wilson

60. “I do know one thing about me; I don’t measure myself by others’ expectations or let others define my worth.” – Sonia Sotomayor

Powerful Quotes About How Having Expectations Can Lead to a Better Life

61. “I kept my expectations low, which is one of the secrets of life.” – Anne Lamott

62. “You get what you expect in life. Expect great things in life. Live your best life.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

63. “When life hands us a beautiful bouquet of flowers we stare at it in cautious expectation of a bee.” – Dean Koontz

64. “Happiness is there when expectations meet reality.” – Debasish Mridha

65. “Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.” – Margaret Mitchell

66. “Man is a tragic animal. Not because of his smallness, but because he is too well endowed. Man has longings and spiritual demands that reality cannot fulfill. We have expectations of a just and moral world. Man requires meaning in a meaningless world.” – Peter Wessel Zapffe

67. “My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus.” – Stephen W. Hawking

68. “High expectations weren’t nurtured in my neck of nowhere back then―children weren’t fawned over from an early age as ‘gifted’ and groomed for a prize-winning future; self-esteem was considered something you had to pick from the garden yourself.” – James Wolcott

69. “If you’re going to say what you want to say, you’re going to hear what you don’t want to hear.” – Roberto Bolaño

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

71. “I kind of―I like my life, I feel I have lots of opportunities. And my parents actually have had such high expectations for me―I would say it’s the greatest gift that anyone has ever given me. I complained a lot when I was little, but that’s how I feel now. And that’s why I tried to do the same with my two daughters.” – Amy Chua

72. “I’d rather be pleasantly surprised than fatally disappointed.” – Julia Glass

73. “Expectations should not always be taken as reality; because you never know when you will be disappointed.” – Samuel P. Huntington

74. “I don’t expect from people, but I just want a bit of respect for what I served to them.” – Anonymous

75. “Expectations don’t magically change reality. Expectations do something even more powerful. They change the way you deal with reality.” – Anonymous

Profound Quotes That Relate Expectations to What We Face in Reality

76. “Be realistic with your expectations. I’d like to cuddle a unicorn, but it ain’t going to happen.” – India Knight

77. “He was swimming in a sea of other people’s expectations. Men had drowned in seas like that.” – Robert Jordan

78. “Know that everything is in perfect order whether you understand it or not.” – Valery Satterwhite

79. “What I have since realized is that if people expect you to be brave, sometimes you pretend that you are, even when you are frightened down to your very bones.” – Sharon Creech

80. “If you spent your life concentrating on what everyone else thought of you, would you forget who you really were? What if the face you showed the world turned out to be a mask―with nothing beneath it?” – Jodi Picoult

81. “We were promised suffering. They were part of the program. We were even told, ‘Blessed are they that mourn,’ and I accept it. I’ve got nothing that I hadn’t bargained for. Of course, it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination.” – C.S. Lewis

82. “Look. I have a strategy. Why expect anything? If you don’t expect anything, you don’t get disappointed.” – Patricia McCormick

83. “When someone sees the same people every day, as had happened with him at the seminary, they wind up becoming a part of that person’s life. And then they want the person to change. If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” – Paulo Coelho

84. “High expectations don’t bother me at all.” – Miguel Cabrera

85. “High expectations and belief in people leads to high performance so very often belief creates fact.” – Paul Hersey

86. “Life was easier when you stopped caring―when you stopped expecting things to get better.” – Cora Carmack

87. “I am happy with what comes, I don’t have expectations of any stature.” – Leon Russell

88. “We look at science as something very elite, which only a few people can learn. That’s just not true. You just have to start early and give kids a foundation. Kids live up, or down, to expectations.” – Mae Jemison

89. “If you align expectations with reality, you will never be disappointed.” – Terrell Owens

Quotes Showing the Positive Side of Expectations When It Comes to Love

90. “Love is always bestowed as a gift—freely, willingly, and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved, we love to love.” – Dr. Leo Buscaglia

91. “Keep your standards high, and any guy who is worth it will rise to meet them.” – Ed Westwick

92. “I was raised, myself, by extremely strict but also extremely loving Chinese immigrant parents. To this day, I believe that their having high expectations for me, coupled with love, was the greatest gift that anyone’s ever given me. And so that’s why, even though my husband is not Chinese, I try to raise my own two daughters the same way.” – Amy Chua

93. “John and I were lucky because our mother was a strong woman with high expectations and a strong sense of values. She encouraged us to pursue things we were interested in and not think about what other people wanted us to do.” – Caroline Kennedy

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

95. “All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is humanitarian.” – Rihanna

96. “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.” – Madonna

97. “Help others without any reason and give without the expectation of receiving anything in return.” – Roy Bennett

98. “True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations. Time and love are the most valuable possession you can share.” – Suze Orman

Expectation Quotes That’ll Help You Be Accepting and Content

99. “My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.” – Michael J. Fox

100. “It’s great to be a blonde. With low expectations it’s very easy to surprise people.” – Pamela Anderson

101. “Many people feel so pressured by the expectations of others that it causes them to be frustrated, miserable, and confused about what they should do. But there is a way to live a simple, joy-filled, peaceful life, and the key is learning how to be led by the Holy Spirit, not the traditions or expectations of man.” – Joyce Meyer

102. “Set the standard! Stop expecting others to show you love, acceptance, commitment, and respect when you don’t even show that to yourself.” – Steve Maraboli

103. “I don’t think intimidated is the word. I definitely get excited by it. I don’t want to let anybody down. I’ve always been the type of person to make everybody happy and get things done. I want everything to be 100% perfect. I do feel it when people hold me to high expectations.” – Nicki Minaj

104. “The key in letting go is practice. Each time we let go, we disentangle ourselves from our expectations and begin to experience things as they are.” – Sharon Salzberg

Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Expectations and Dreams in Life

105. “My expectations are sky low because I’m standing on a mountaintop.” – Jarod Kint

106. “I can’t imagine going on when there are no more expectations.” – Dame Edith Evans

107. “Our desires always disappoint us; for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectations.” – Elbert Hubbard

108. “You may want to prove that you’re worthy of other kids or neighbors who were wealthier than you and teased you. You may want to prove that you’re worthy of high expectations. But I do think that there is a youthful ambition that very much has to do with making your mark in the world. And I think that cuts across the experiences of a lot of people who end up achieving something significant in their field.” – Barack Obama

109. “A big desire is not enough to meet the expectations of lost dreams.” – Anonymous

110. “Never expect to arrive if you don’t move.” – Anonymous

111. “Many things have been written and will be written for a dream. Dreams are nothing but our unclear expectations.” – Santosh Kalwar

Wise Quotes to Show How Having Great Expectations Can Lead to Success in Life

112. “Our children can achieve great things when we set high expectations for them.” – Jeb Bush

113. “The first discipline modernity’s originators imposed upon themselves was that of self-restraint, learning to live with vulgarity. Their high expectations for effectiveness were made possible by low expectations of what was to be.” – Allan Bloom

114. “I have very high expectations of myself. I’m a very competitive person but competitive with myself. I want to be the best that I can be and if that means that I’m eventually better than everyone else then so be it.” – Wentworth Miller

115. “You get what you expect and you deserve what you tolerate.” – Mark Graban

116. “To succeed in life and achieve results, you must understand and master three mighty forces―desire, belief, and expectation.” – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

117. “Life is an experiment in which you may fail or succeed. Explore more, expect least.” – Santosh Kalwar

118. “You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No.” – Alison McGhee

119. “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential―these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” – Confucius

120. “We live in a world where expectation exceeds inspiration.” – Louise Philippe Dulay

121. “High expectations are the key to everything.” – Sam Walton

Expectation Quotes to Help You Have a Better Work Ethic

122. “I was grateful to have two weeks to shoot this one scene in Harry Potter. It’s a big, big scene, but they have to deliver. And they have high expectations.” – Ralph Fiennes

123. “I do have high expectations for Alex Riley. He seems athletic, articulate, and intelligent. Only time will tell how far he goes, but Riley has bonafide potential. FCW did a nice job of preparing Alex for WWE. Alex’s future success is largely up to Alex.” – Jim Ross

124. “I do have high expectations as anyone does. I expect myself to do well. It comes with all of the work I’ve put in and what I expect from that work.” – J. J. Hardy

125. “I have great confidence in Rene and high expectations for our squad to respond.” – Shahid Khan

126. “I think, ultimately, if you have a very high expectation of your audience and you know exactly what it is you’re trying to express through the medium of film, there will always be an audience for you.” – Atom Egoyan

127. “I’ve never had high expectations of my work and I certainly am not going to let that plague my thoughts. I’m just going to continue to choose what feels right for me at the time and go with it.” – Heath Ledger

128. “Fans have a constitutional right to expect success and have high expectations.” – Jim Harbaugh

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

130. “Coach Morris wasn’t too hard on me, not at all. Being drafted where I was at, there were high expectations for me. I still have high expectations for myself.” – Gaines Adams

131. “As soon as that little ‘ba-da-da-dink-dink’ at the beginning of ‘Under the Sea,’ starts I think to myself, ‘Here we go! Let’s do it!’ When I first got the role, I was very intimidated because people have high expectations. But I have nothing to prove, only to share. I’ll do my best interpretation of what these songs should sound like in their current incarnations and it’s quite an honor.” – Tituss Burgess

132. “Mr. Bucchino occupies a special niche. His flowing, finely made piano ballads describe an urban single life in which relationships come and go―with high expectations, high anxiety, and open hearts.” – Stephen Holden

133. “On the New England Patriots losing the Super Bowl after going 18-0: We set high expectations, now we go down as 18-1, and that is one big zit. It is one big blemish. We choked.” – Ellis Hobbs

134. “I think the reason I’ve published so few books is that I have a pretty high expectation of self-reinvention between books and I would prefer to have been in this world and published fewer works than I would publishing the books that would reveal the process of the changes.” – Lucie Brock-Broido

135. “Man, there’s a lot of pressure when you put on that Kansas uniform with the high expectations everyone has.” – Paul Pierce

136. “It seems to me that at 19 or 20, a young man is burning to be great at something. I was. You have a vision that’s beyond the neighborhood. You want to make a mark while you’re alive. You don’t know exactly your future, but you want to be great at it. And greatness is an important word. And you dare not tell anybody how extreme and how burning are your visions, because you don’t want anybody to mess with them.” – Art Garfunkel

137. “If you were easier on yourself, you wouldn’t be so tough on everyone else.” – Kate McGahan

138. “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.” – Lev Grossman

Quotes About One’s Expectations in a Relationship

139. “It takes three to make love, not two: you, your spouse, and God. Without God, people only succeed in bringing out the worst in one another. Lovers who have nothing else to do but love each other soon find there is nothing else. Without a central loyalty life is unfinished.” – Fulton J. Sheen

140. “Never expect anything from anyone, if you want to live a happy life.” – Rashid Jorvee

141. “The good thing is that women have such high expectations of men that it inspires us to live up to them. That’s what I learned about male-female relationships.” – Neil Strauss

142. “Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed.” – Albert Einstein

Quotes on the Negative Effects of Having High Expectations

143. “With the MacArthur grant, I realized that people have high expectations of me, that they were placing me in this group of achievers. I compared what I’d actually achieved in my life with what I would like to achieve and what other people have achieved, and I found that comparison depressing.” – Jared Diamond

144. “So sometimes the expectation of the female by a high expectation. Because people think that females were weak in terms of, like, of the physically and compared to the men.” – Yingluck Shinawatra

145. “Never get too attached to anyone, it will lead to expectations and expectations always lead to disappointments. Anticipate everything and expect nothing.” – Anonymous

146. “Expectations give us more pain, so don’t expect anything from anyone.” – Anonymous

147. “Don’t expect things to happen. It’s better to be surprised than to be disappointed.” – Anonymous

148. “Disappointment will come when your effort does not give you the expected return.” – Chetan Bhagat

149. “I suffer because my interactions with others do not meet the expectations I did not know I had.” – Jim McDonald

150. “Just because it’s not what you were expecting, doesn’t mean it’s not everything you need right now.” – Paulo Coelho

151. “Expectations are dangerous when they are both too high and unformed.” – Lionel Shriver

152. “I had such high expectations of myself. I was going to be the best mother, the best housewife, the best entertainer, the best nurse, you know―what it was, I was going to be the best. And I could never live up to my expectations.” – Ann Richards

153. “Frustrations come because we impose our illusions on reality.” – Osho

154. “Maybe my expectations for honesty are too high.” – Kelley Armstrong

155. “If you have high expectations you’re going to get resentments and all kinds of tension.” – Anthony Hopkins

156. “When everyone has high expectations for you, it can attack your insecurities.” – Bryan Cranston

157. “But I think it is always difficult to have high expectations of yourself or anyone else.” – Uma Thurman

Quotes That Will Make You Think About How Expectations Can Lead to Disappointment

158. “I’ve learned to not have expectations. If you don’t expect things from anyone, you can’t get let down.” – Mickie James

159. “Sometimes, despite your best efforts, the end result does not match the expectations.” – Vikram

160. “A great obstacle to happiness is the expectation of too great happiness.” – Fontenelle

161. “I try not to have high expectations of people because it just sets you up for disappointment, but it’s great to work with actors who are that talented and accomplished.” – Famke Janssen

162. “I hate high expectations because they’re hard to beat.” – Neal H. Moritz

163. “In Texas, we do not hold high expectations for the governor’s office; it’s mostly been occupied by crooks, dorks, and the comatose.” – Molly Ivins

164. “I keep my expectations low, so nobody disappoints me. Yeah, well, I have high expectations. I look toward Miranda. ‘I guess my friends do, too.’ ‘Expectations make people miserable, so whatever yours are, lower them. You’ll definitely be happier.’” – Simone Elkeles

165. “The satirical direction I have chosen is an indication of my disappointment in man, which is the opposite way of saying that I have high expectations for the human race.” – Jack Levine

166. “If you expect nothing, you can never be disappointed.” – Tonya Hurley

167. “It is easier to make our wishes conform to our means than to make our means conform to our wishes.” – Robert E. Lee

168. “Cut your expectations short lest you wallow in disappointments. But take time to differentiate b/w dreams and expectations or drown in sorrowful displeasure.” – Anonymous

169. “Rejection doesn’t hurt, expectation does. Lying doesn’t kill, denial does. Forgetting doesn’t heal, forgiveness does.” – Anonymous

170. “No expectations mean there is no risk of disappointment.” – Jude Morgan

171. “Sometimes the stuff you expect to happen can hurt you.” – Jennifer Brown

172. “When you have expectations, you are setting yourself up for disappointment.” – Ryan Reynolds

Quotes to Elaborate on What Expectations We Should Have on Education

173. “The key is to really have tremendously high expectations and to teach kids how to be self-sufficient and confident and give them the skills that they need to succeed.” – Erik Weihenmayer

174. “The teacher not only shapes the expectations and ambitions of her pupils, but she also influences their attitudes toward their future and themselves. If she is unskilled, she leaves scars on the lives of youth, cuts deeply into their self-esteem, and distorts their image of themselves as human beings. But if she loves her students and has high expectations of them, their self-confidence will grow, their capabilities will develop, and their future will be assured.” – Thomas S. Monson

175. “Great teachers have high expectations for their students, but higher expectations for themselves.” – Todd Whitaker

176. “Creating a high-functioning education system requires all the strategies involved in building high-functioning organisations anywhere. It requires a deliberate and aggressive strategy to ensure extraordinary talent at every level of the system, from the superintendency to district offices to principalships to classrooms. It requires building systems for accountability; offering parents the ability to choose their public schools is the ultimate form of this. It requires building a strong culture at the system and school levels based on high expectations for student achievement.” – Wendy Kopp

177. “My parents had very high expectations. They expected me to get straight A’s from the time I was in kindergarten.” – Amy Tan

178. “There is actually a huge suicide problem in Palo Alto schools, so obviously not all is well in paradise. High expectations and the pressure to achieve in a highly competitive world are too much for a lot of very promising young people. There have been something like ten youth suicides in Palo Alto in the past 10 years. They usually step in front of the train that runs by the high school.” – James Franco

179. “I have an absolutely unshakable faith in kids, grounded in the fact that I worked for three years in one of the worst public schools in Baltimore, with kids most people would write off because of their backgrounds. But, when I set high expectations, at the end of the day, these kids went from scoring at the bottom on standardized tests to scoring at the top, despite their unfortunate circumstances.” – Michelle Rhee

180. “Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations.” – Bob Beauprez

181. “We should have high expectations of our children, but politicians should not tell teachers how to meet them.” – Charles Kennedy

182. “Thus, after finishing high school, I started with high expectations and enthusiasm to study chemistry at the famous Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.” – Richard Ernst

Quotes to Get Insight on Society’s Expectations on Gender and Capabilities

183. “It makes me sad to hear girls constantly putting themselves down. We have these unbelievably high expectations of ourselves when actually we’re human beings and our bodies have a function.” – Emma Watson

184. “If men could see us as we really are, they would be a little amazed; but the cleverest, the acutest men are often under an illusion about women: they do not read them in a true light: they misapprehend them, both for good and evil: their good woman is a queer thing, half doll, half angel; their bad woman almost always a fiend.” – Charlotte Brontë

185. “I mean, like most guys, you carry around this girl in your head, who is exactly who you want her to be. The person you think you will love the most. And every girl you are with gets measured against this girl in your head.” – Rachel Cohn

186. “We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents, and interests.” – Sheryl Sandberg

Quotes That Display How Expectations Can Bring Out the Best in You

187. “I think, as most of us do, I put such high expectations on myself that this spills over onto other people. And not everyone is wired this way. Some people can shrug expectations off their shoulders like a cardigan, remaining cool and breezy. Others wear them like a parka with a stuck zipper, hot and stifling.” – Kristin Armstrong

188. “My mother has a very chic sense of style, but she also has high expectations for her clothes to be functional and practical.” – Joseph Altuzarra

189. “Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.” – Stephen R. Covey

190. “To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves – there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.” – Joan Didion

Expectation Quotes That Make Us Yearn for Hope and Peace

191. “It’s a good place when all you have is hope and not expectations.” – Danny Boyle

192. “When you create hope in people, you create expectations. When you do not fulfill those expectations, when the change becomes more of the same old, same old, the Hope that was created can only turn to anger, frustration, and bitter disappointment.” – Vermin Supreme

193. “We must rediscover the distinction between hope and expectation.” – Ivan Illich

194. “Peace begins when expectation ends.” – Sri Chinmoy

195. “Hope is a great expectancy.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

196. “With the kinds of progress we’re seeing in Africa, we have people who have a very high expectation, and often people think that, you know, things would happen overnight. But I want people to understand that sometimes it even gets worse before it gets better.” – John Dramani Mahama

197. “Muslims all over the world are looking with high expectations toward the ummah community in the United States and Canada. Its dynamism, fresh approach, enlightened scholarship and sheer growth is their hope for an Islamic renaissance worldwide.” – Murad Wilfried Hofmann

Quotes About the Contradiction of People’s Expectations

198. “It’s the weight of expectation that’s the hardest to deal with, really, from my point of view.” – Kevin Pietersen

199. “What makes earth feel like hell is our expectation that it should feel like heaven.” – Chuck Palahniuk

200. “Expectation is another word for disappointment.” – Anonymous

201. “It’s no use going the extra mile if people don’t expect it. You will never get extra credit for it. Just invest it in something else.” – Sartika Kurniali

202. “Expectations are premeditated resentments.” – Anonymous

203. “More information is always better than less. When people know the reason things are happening, even if it’s bad news, they can adjust their expectations and react accordingly. Keeping people in the dark only serves to stir negative emotions.” – Simon Sinek

More Expectation Quotes You’ll Love

204. “Expectations are a form of first-class truth: if people believe it, it’s true.” – Bill Gates

205. “I’m excited, happy, nervous, anxious, all those feelings about playing for the Jets again. If I didn’t have high expectations, I wouldn’t come back here.” – Vinny Testaverde

206. “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything―all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure―these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.” – Steve Jobs

207. “We feel pressure from every angle to meet expectations, but the pressure also pushes us in a positive way as well.” – Momo Hirai

208. “I’m not interested in meeting people’s expectations, and I’m not interested in pleasing people.” – John Frusciante

209. “So often when seen from behind, a female body is so desirable until she turns back.” – Boghos L. Artinian

210. “You are one of the rare people who can separate your observation from your perception. You see what is, where most people see what they expect.” – Tsitsi Dangarembga

Do You Also Set Expectations for Yourself?

We expect our environment and the people around us to behave the way we want them to be. That is why when the expectation is unmet, we feel disappointed. 

Moreover, people have different upbringing and principles in life. One person might behave differently from others. So, don’t expect people to act the same way as others or act the way you want them to be. 

We hope you gained a better understanding of what it means to set expectations. There will always be two sides to one coin, and this is the same with expectations as well. So, manage your plans and goals well because you’re never sure how things will turn out.

Which expectation quotes are your favorites? Are there any other quotes you’d like us to add? Let’s discuss in the comments area below.


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