Anticipation Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old anticipation quotes, anticipation sayings, and anticipation proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing. Samuel Smiles
Anticipation, I suppose, sometimes exceeds realization. Amelia Earhart
By anticipation we sugar misery and enjoy happiness before they are in being. We can set the sun and stars forward, or lose sight of them by wandering into those retired parts of eternity when the heavens and earth shall be no more. Joseph Addison
Anticipation leads the way to victory, and is the spur to conquest. Nicolas Chamfort
The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting. Andy Warhol
Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy. Lao Tzu
Anticipation was the soul of enjoyment. Elizabeth Gaskell
Perpetual anticipation is good for the soul but it's bad for the heart. Stephen Joshua Sondheim
Anticipation - It's a ticklish thing really, Quivering, exciting, waiting, Until it dies - Killed by it's own self Lost through virtue of being there Dal Perry
Never forget that anticipation is an important part of life. Work's important, family's important, but without excitement, you have nothing. You're cheating yourself if you refuse to enjoy what's coming. Nicholas Sparks
Looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them. Lucy Maud Montgomery
We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting. Samuel Johnson
We need the sweet pain of anticipation to tell us we are really alive. Albert Camus
Oft expectation fails, and most oft there where most it promises; and oft it hits where hope is coldest, and despair most fits. William Shakespeare
It is expectation makes a blessing dear; heaven were not heaven if we knew what it were. John Suckling
Anticipation is a gift. Perhaps there is none greater. Anticipation is born of hope. Indeed it is hope's finest expression. Steven L. Peck
Anticipating pain was like enduring it twice. Why not anticipate pleasure instead? Robin Hobb
Anticipation is making me late, it's keeping me waiting. Carly Simon
Anticipation makes pleasure more intense. Iris Johansen
When you expect things to happen - strangely enough - they do happen. J. P. Morgan
Live with the anticipation that something incredible might happen at any time. Sharon Gannon
Anticipation! It occurred to him that his anticipation was more pleasant to him than the experiencing. Patricia Highsmith
Expectation is the mother of all frustration. Antonio Banderas
Wait for it, wait for it! Anticipation is half the fun, So I've been told... Phil Collins
Anticipation is the greater part of pleasure. Angela Carter
The excitement of anticipation was *almost* equal to the thrill of lovemaking ... John Irving
Never yield to gloomy anticipation. Place your hope and confidence in God. He has no record of failure. Lettie Cowman
Anticipation is sometimes more exciting than actual events. Ana Monnar
Somehow the anticipation of pain can be even more troubling, more a misery than the pain itself. Joanne Harris
Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting. Khaled Hosseini
If you come at four in the afternoon, I'll begin to be happy by three. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Engage people with what they expect, it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment that which they cannot anticipate. Sun Tzu
There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. Alfred Hitchcock
The reason why most people face the future with apprehension instead of anticipation is because they don't have it well designed! Jim Rohn
There are two ways to face the future. One way is with apprehension; the other is with anticipation. Jim Rohn
If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. Dale Carnegie
Anticipation of pleasure is, in itself, a very considerable pleasure. David Hume
We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements in life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about. Charles Kingsley
I live in the present. I only remember the past, and anticipate the future. Henry David Thoreau
As Daddy said, life is 95 percent anticipation. Gloria Swanson
Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Having a dream is what keeps you alive. Overcoming the challenges makes life worth living. Mary Tyler Moore
Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences. Norman Cousins
This is the precept by which I have lived. Prepare for the worst; expect the best and take what comes. Hannah Arendt
One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides. W. E. Johns
We usually get what we anticipate. Claude M. Bristol
Anticipation and Hope are born twins. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments. Gustave Flaubert
Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments. Rose Kennedy
People don't realize that now is all there ever is there is no past or future except as memory or anticipation in your mind. Eckhart Tolle
Conscience in most men, is but the anticipation of the opinions of others. Jeremy Taylor
He who matures early lives in anticipation. Theodor Adorno
If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of trouble. Elbert Hubbard
Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change, the change itself is nothing when we have made it, the next wish is to change again. Samuel Johnson
Our desires always disappoint us for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation. Elbert Hubbard
I have good anticipation, and good reaction to the the ball because I've played so many matches in my life. Martina Hingis
The truth is, that no mind is much employed upon the present recollection and anticipation fill up almost all our moments. Samuel Johnson
Successful investing is anticipating the anticipations of others. John Maynard Keynes
Those who are animated by hope can perform what would seem impossibilities to those who are under the depressing influence of fear. Maria Edgeworth