Wednesday, May 20, 2009



The events we most desire do not happen ; or, if they do, it is neither in the time nor in the circumstances when they would have given us extreme pleasure.—Bruyere.

He who foresees calamities suffers them twice over.—Parteia.

All earthly delights are sweeter in expectation than enjoyment; but all spiritual pleasures more in fruition than expectation.—FeUham.

Suffering itself does less afflict t'r.a senses than the apprehension of suffering.—Quint/Han.

All things that are, are with more spirit chased than enjoyed.—Shakespeare.

We can but ill endure, among so many sad realities, to rob anticipation of its pleasant visions.—Henry Giles.

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 one advantage over every other, it is our own.—Colion.

Oft expectation fails, and most oft there where most it promises.—Shakespeare.

With every one, the expectation of a misfortune constitutes a dreadful punishment. Suffering then assumes the proportions of the unknown, which is the soul s infinite.—Balzac.

Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing.—Shakespeare.

In all worldly things that a man pursues with the greatest eagerness and intention of mind imaginable, he finds not half the pleasure in the actual possession of them, as he proposed to himself in the expectation.—South.

Nothing is so great an adversary to those who make it their business to please as expectation.—Cicero.

The pilot who is always dreading a rock or a tempest must not complain if he remain a poor fisherman. We must at times trust something to fortune, for fortune has often some share in what happens.—Metastasio.

I know that we often tremble at an empty

terror; yet the false fancy brings a real misery.—


There would be few enterprises of great labor or hazard undertaken, if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages which we persuade ourselves to expect from them.—


Thou tremblest before anticipated ills, and still bemoanest what thou never losest.—Goethe.

To despond is to be ungrateful beforehand. Be not looking for evil. Often thou drainest the (jail of fear while evil is passing by thy dwelling.—Tapper.

We expect everything, and are prepared for nothing. —Madame Sioetchine.

Whatever advantage we snatch beyond a certain portion allotted us by nature, is like money spent before it is due, which, at the time of regular payment, will be missed and regretted.—


We part more easily with what we possess, than with our expectations of what we wish for; because expectation always goes beyond enjoyment.—Henry Home.

A man's desires always disappoint him; for though he meets with something that gives him satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers his expectation.—Rochefoucauld.

There is nothing so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it in your expecting evil before it arrives !—Seneca.

What need a man forestall his date of grief,

and run to meet what he would most avoid ? —


It is expectation makes a blessing dear; heaven were not heaven if we knew what it were.—John Suckling.

It is worse to apprehend than to suffer.—


Things temporal are sweeter in the expectation, things eternal are sweeter in the fruition; the first shames thy hope, the second crowns it; it is a vain journey, whose end affords less pleasure than the way.—Quartet.

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