quotations about anticipation
There is no such joy in the tavern as upon the road thereto.
CORMAC MCCARTHY, Blood Meridian
Anticipation is a gift. Perhaps there is none greater. Anticipation is born of hope. Indeed it is hope's finest expression.
STEVEN L. PECK, A Short Stay in Hell
When I think something nice is going to happen I seem to fly right up on the wings of anticipation; and then the first thing I realize I drop down to earth with a thud.... The flying part is glorious as long as it lasts ... it's like soaring through a sunset. I think it almost pays for the thud.
LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY, Anne of Avonlea
The greatest value of an object lies not in its possession, but anticipation; and the covetousness of all things far exceeds their true worth.
ANTHONY LISLE, The Westminster Review, Jan. 1914
There is nothing so wretched and foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness to expect evil before it arrives.
SENECA, attributed, Day's Collacon
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, The History of Rasselas
The pleasure isn't in doing the thing, the pleasure is in planning it.
JOHN GREEN, Paper Towns
That sanguine expectation of happiness which is happiness itself.
JANE AUSTEN, Sense and Sensibility
The task of the mind is to produce future, as the poet Paul Valery once put it. A mind is fundamentally an anticipator, an expectation-generator. It mines the present for clues, which it refines with the help of the materials it has saved from the past, turning them into anticipations of the future. And then it acts, rationally, on the basis of those hard-won anticipations.
DANIEL DENNETT, Kinds of Minds
Anticipation of pleasure is, in itself, a very considerable pleasure.
DAVID HUME, A Treatise of Human Nature
Best not to anticipate too much ... it jiggles the possibilities.
DONALD BARTHELME, The Dead Father
In our pursuit of the things of this world, we usually prevent enjoyment, by expectation; we anticipate our own happiness, and eat out the heart and sweetness of worldly pleasures, by delightful forethoughts of them; so that when we come to possess them, they do not answer the expectation, nor satisfy the desires which were raised about them, and they vanish into nothing.
JOHN TILLOTSON, The Works of the Most Reverend Dr. John Tillotson
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, Self-Help
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, The Art of War
Happiness lies in the imagination, not the act. Pleasure is found first in anticipation, later in memory.
JULIAN BARNES, Flaubert's Parrot
Men spend their lives in anticipations, in determining to be vastly happy at some period or other, when they have time; but the present time has an advantage over every other--it is our own.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon
Anticipation forward points the view.
ROBERT BURNS, "The Cotter's Saturday Night"
Our worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in anticipation.
HONORE DE BALZAC, attributed, Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern English and Foreign Sources
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, Three Weeks With My Brother
Our mere anticipations of life outrun its realities.
AESOP, "The Seaside Travelers", Aesop's Fables