15 Most Powerful & Inspiring Quotes On Expectations

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Whether we like it or not we all have expectations placed on us by our family, relationships, society, and many others. Sometimes we too are unaware of the expectations we set for ourselves.

While it is good that we set expectations for ourselves, it is important to be aware of how your expectations can make you miserable.

In the light of inspiring you to be aware of your expectations in life and the impact it can have on your happiness, here are 15 powerful & inspiring quotes to help manage your expectations.

“If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.” 

― Sylvia Plath

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

― Alexander Pope

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

― Donald Miller

“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

15 Most Powerful & Inspiring Quotes On Expectations

“I find my life is a lot easier the lower I keep my expectations.”

― Bill Watterson

“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

“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” 

― Paulo Coelho

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

-Stephen Hawking

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

― Jeff Kinney

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

― Brandon Sanderson

You are your own worst enemy

“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

“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

“We’re wired to expect the world to be brighter and more meaningful and more obviously interesting than it actually is. And when we realize that it isn’t, we start looking around for the real world.” 

― Lev Grossman

15 Most Powerful & Inspiring Quotes On Expectations

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

― Steve Maraboli

“There were two ways to be happy: improve your reality, or lower your expectations” 

― Jodi Picoult,

“A wonderful gift may not be wrapped as you expect.” 

― Jonathan Lockwood Huie

“I hope you do not let anyone else’s expectations direct the course of your life.” 

― Julianne Donaldson

Take Aways

To put it simply, manage your expectations or they will manage you. Know where the boundaries are, when they are too high, unrealistic, and more importantly how to respond when your expectations aren’t met.

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