Surprise Sayings and Quotes

Planning is useful, but the most interesting times in life come from moments that catch you by surprise. Spend less time planning and more time living with the collection of wise and insightful surprise quotes below.

Favorable surprises are easy to handle. It's the unfavorable surprises that cause the trouble. David Clark
What astonishes astonishes once, but what is admirable is more and more admired. Joseph Joubert
Nothing astonishes people so much as common sense and plain dealing. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Always do right, This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest. Mark Twain
All humor needs an element of surprise. Ned Sherrin
An engagement should come on a young girl as a surprise, pleasant or unpleasant, as the case may be. Oscar Wilde
I am grateful for the unexpected--that the day doesn't always follow the night, and that life really does change. Nina Lesowitz, Mary Beth Sammons
Unless you are prepared to expect the unexpected, be prepared to expect the unexpected defeat. Anirudh Sethi
Unearned gifts and unexpected pleasures bring the most joy. Philip Yancey
The fear of burglars in not only the fear of being robbed, but also the fear of a sudden and unexpected clutch out of thr darkness. Crowds and Power
Believe in your program, do what you can, be prepared for life's surprises, expect the unexpected. Lorraine Moller
Behold this midnight glory; worlds on worlds! / Amazing pomp! redouble this amaze / Ten thousand add; and twice ten thousand more / Then weigh the whole: one soul outweighs them all. Horatio Hastings Weld
Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with it's subject. John Bartlett
All things remarkable are surprisingly simple; albeit difficult to find. Criss Jami
Even in the familiar there can be surprise and wonder. Tierney Gearon
There can never be surprises in logic. Ludwig Wittgenstein
It is childish to be surprised by something that you knew exists or is possible. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense. Ralph Waldo Emerson
A leader has the right to be beaten, but never the right to be surprised.  Napoleon Bonaparte
If you weren't surprised by your life you wouldn't be alive. Life is surprise. William S. Burroughs
Perhaps the safest prediction we can make about the future is that it will surprise us. George Leonard
The element of surprise wasn't allowed near the Periodic Table Joseph-Gordon Levitt
Women have become so highly educated... that nothing should surprise us nowadays, except happy marriages Oscar Wilde