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Expecting too much from your family or friends? We have rounded up the best collection of expectation quotes, sayings, captions, and status, (with images and pictures) to inspire you to be more realistic in and expect less in life.


  1. “No expectations, No disappointments” – Tony Robbins
  2. “Low expectations are the key to happiness in life.” ― Christopher Miller
  3. “Happiness is there when expectations meet reality.” ― Debasish Mridha
  4. “Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.” ― Margaret Mitchell
  5. “If you want peace, accept. If you want suffering, expect.” ― Maxime Legace
  6. “Positive expectations are the mark of a superior personality.” ― Brian Tracy
  7. “If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.” ― Sylvia Plath
  8. “We live in a world where expectation exceeds inspiration.” ― Louise Philippe Dulay
  9. “Never expect anything from anyone, if you want to live a happy life.” ― Rashid Jorvee
  10. “When you have expectations, you are setting yourself up for disappointment.” ― Ryan Reynolds
  11. “You get what you expect in life. Expect great things in life. Live your best life.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita
  12. “If you want to give yourself a fair chance to succeed, never expect too much too soon.” ― Po Bronson
  13. “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
  14. “Do everything with a good heart and expect nothing in return, and you will never be disappointed.” ― Barbara Lowe
  15. “When one’s expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates everything one does have.” ― Stephen Hawking
  16. “Expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack.” ― Brandon Sanderson


  1. “Hope is a great expectancy.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita
  2. “Peace begins when expectation ends.” ― Sri Chinmoy
  3. “Once you give up expectations, you have learned to live.” ― Osho
  4. “Frustrations come because we impose our illusions on reality.” ― Osho
  5. “I kept my expectations low, which is one of the secrets of life.” ― Anne Lamott
  6. “We must rediscover the distinction between hope and expectation.” ― Ivan Illich
  7. “It’s a good place when all you have is hope and not expectations.” ― Danny Boyle
  8. “I have enough patience to wait for the fulfillment of my wishes.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita
  9. “Do not expect much from humans. Expect much more from God.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita
  10. “If you align expectations with reality, you will never be disappointed.” ― Terrell Owens
  11. “Keep your expectations high on achievement and low on people.” ― Chinmaya Chiranjibi
  12. “Trade your expectations for appreciation and the world changes instantly.” — Tony Robbins
  13. “Whatever it is you’re seeking won’t come in the form you’re expecting.” ― Haruki Murakami
  14. “High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.” ― Charles Kettering
  15. “I hope you do not let anyone else’s expectations direct the course of your life.” ― Julianne Donaldson
  16. “Expectations are like hidden rocks in your path, All they do is trip you up.” — Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  17. “Future orientation is combined with a notion and expectation of progress, and nothing is impossible.” ― Alan Dundes
  18. “If you expect great things of yourself and demand little of others, you’ll keep resentment far away.” ― Confucius
  19. “Sometimes having a big heart sucks, because you expect everyone to care as much as you and they don’t.” ― Unknown
  20. “Expectation wasn’t just about what people expected of you. It was about what you expected of yourself.” ― Brandon Sanderson
  21. “Expectations should not always be taken as reality; because you never know when you will be disappointed.” ― Samuel P. Huntington
  22. “You become a true philanthropist only when you empty yourself to be a blessing to others without expecting anything in return.” ― Topsy Gift
  23. “Expectation feeds frustration. It is an unhealthy attachment to people, things, and outcomes we wish we could control; but don’t.” ― Dr. Steve Maraboli
  24. “Expectations ruin the pleasures of life. To overcome every bad and appreciate every good, consider every day your last and take no one for granted.” ― Nael Gharzeddine
  25. “There is abundant reason to believe that optimism – big, little, and in between – is useful to a person because positive expectations can be self-fulfilling.” ― Christopher Peterson
  26. “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
  27. “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
  28. “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


  1. “Too much expectation leads to sadness.” ― Unknown
  2. “Expectation is the root of all heartache.” ― William Shakespeare
  3. “Frustration is the result of failed expectations.” ― Stuart Kidder
  4. “Your expectations give pain, not people or circumstances.” ― Unknown
  5. “Sometimes the stuff you expect to happen can hurt you.” ― Jennifer Brown
  6. “Sometimes we create our own heartbreaks through expectation.” ― Unknown
  7. “Don’t expect anything from anyone… Expectation is always hurt…” ― Unknown
  8. “Ask no questions, and you’ll be told no lies.” ― Charles Dickens, “Great Expectations”
  9. “Expectations are dangerous when they are both too high and unformed.” ― Lionel Shriver
  10. “Unhappiness lies in that gap between our talents and our expectations.” ― Sebastian Horsley
  11. “Life doesn’t hurt, expectations do. Things don’t happen to us, they happen for us.” ― Unknown
  12. “Expect more, get less, and feel sadness or expect less, get more, and feel happiness.” ― Vijay Dhameliya
  13. “When you no longer care and no longer expect things to get better, life will become easier.” ― Unknown
  14. “Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.” ― Charlotte Bronte
  15. “There are only two possibilities why you’re disappointed: wrong person or wrong expectation.” ― Unknown
  16. “He was swimming in a sea of other people’s expectations. Men had drowned in seas like that.” ― Robert Jordan
  17. “If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.” ― Michael Jordan
  18. “Rejection doesn’t hurt, expectation does. Lying doesn’t kill, denial does. Forgetting doesn’t heal, forgiveness does.” ― Avinash Wandre
  19. “Never get too attached to anyone, unless they also feel the same towards you. One sided expectations can mentally destroy you.” ― Unknown


  1. “Love doesn’t hurt. Expectations do.” ― Pushkaraj Shirke
  2. “The secret of happiness is low expectations.” ― Barry Schwartz
  3. “Expect everything so that nothing comes unexpected.” ― Norton Juster
  4. “I’d rather be pleasantly surprised than fatally disappointed.” ― Julia Glass
  5. “Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself.” ― Oprah Winfrey
  6. “There is no joy involved in following others’ expectations of yourself.” ― Miriam Toews
  7. “I break my own heart by expecting people to be as attached to me as I am to them.” Roshini Cholleti
  8. “Don’t blame people for disappointing you, blame yourself for expecting too much from them.” ― Unknown
  9. “It’s the weight of expectation that’s the hardest to deal with, really, from my point of view.” ― Kevin Pietersen
  10. “Sometimes you need to know your place in someone’s life, because you might get hurt if you expect too much.” ― Unknown
  11. “Girls might have many expectations in a relationship but boys have only one expectation that she shouldn’t leave him.” ― Unknown
  12. “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
  13. “Learn to love without condition. Talk without bad intention. Give without any reason. And most of all, care for people without any expectation.” ― Unknown
  14. “An expectation is a shelter – it gives you a security feeling. So when someone breaks your expectations he is breaking your shelter, making you insecure, fearful.” — Rajneesh
  15. “The law of Love is based on abundance; we are completely filled with Love all the time, and our supply is always full and running over. When we give our Love unconditionally to others with no expectations of return, the Love within us extends, expands, and joins. So by giving our Love away we increase the Love within us and everyone gains.” ― Gerald Jampolsky


  1. “Act without expectation.” ― Lao Tzu
  2. “Expectation is the mother of all frustration.” ― Antonio Banderas
  3. “Hope, but never expect. Look forward, but never wait.” ― Unknown
  4. “Don’t expect too much to everyone, it hurts a lot when it breaks.” ― Unknown
  5. “I find my life is a lot easier the lower I keep my expectations.” ― Bill Watterson
  6. “Life delivers far less disappointment when your expectations are low.” ― Brad Meltzer
  7. “There were two ways to be happy: improve your reality, or lower your expectations.” ― Jodi Picoult
  8. “Life was easier when you stopped caring, when you stopped expecting things to get better.” ― Cora Carmack
  9. “The more you expect in return for what you’re doing, the more your heart feels the loneliness and emptiness.” ― Radhanath Swami
  10. “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


  1. “No expectations mean there is no risk of disappointment.” ― Jude Morgan
  2. “Keep expectations to a minimum… you’ll be less disappointed that way!!” ― Unknown
  3. “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” ― Alexander Pope
  4. “When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.” ― Donald Miller
  5. “I’ve learned to not have expectations. If you don’t expect things from anyone, you can’t get let down.” ― Mickie James
  6. “Look. I have a strategy. Why expect anything? If you don’t expect anything, you don’t get disappointed.” ― Patricia McCormick
  7. “Set the standard! Stop expecting others to show you love, acceptance, commitment, & respect when you don’t even show that to yourself.” ― Steve Maraboli
  8. “Our desires always disappoint us; for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation.” ― Elbert Hubbard


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