We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.
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- Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them.
- I know not anything more pleasant, or more instructive, than to compare experience with expectation, or to register from time to time the difference between idea and reality. It is by this kind of observation that we grow daily less liable to be disappointed.
- Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords: but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain; and expectations improperly indulged must end in disappointment.
- Our desires always disappoint us; for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation.
- Disappointment, when it involves neither shame nor loss, is as good as success; for it supplies as many images to the mind, and as many topics to the tongue.
- Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to be quite true.