pleasures are greatest in
anticipation, just remember
this is also true of trouble.
love to expect, and when expectation is either
disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.
how to keep anticipation
alive: always strive to feed it,
by letting the much promise more,
and the one achievement
be the announcement only of
a greater. Put not all
reserves into the first throw;
the great trick is to dole
strength, and to dole out mind,
in such a fashion as to
forward increasingly the fulfillment of what was expected of
intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into
our desires being often but precursors of the things
which we are capable of performing.
needs mystery or else everything else flattens into a
so familiar you wonder if you will ever get out of the rut.
the sweet pain of anticipation to tell us we are really
alive. -Dave Kindred
is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes.
What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.
delight in looking forward to and hoping for some particular
is a part of the pleasure flowing out of it, enjoyed in
advance. But this is
afterward deducted, for the more we look forward to anything
the less we enjoy it when it comes.
we anticipate seldom occurs, what we least expected
generally happens. -Benjamin Disraeli
The charm of a woodland road lies
not only in
its beauty but in
anticipation. Around each bend may
be a discovery, an adventure.
-Dale Rex Coman
forward to things is half the pleasure of them.
-Lucy Maud Montgomery
of the most delightful things about a garden is the
anticipation it provides. -W.
was the soul of enjoyment. -Elizabeth
is a gift. Perhaps there is none greater. Anticipation
is born of hope. Indeed it is hope’s finest expression.
In hope’s loss, however, is the greatest
despair. -Steven L. Peck, A Short
Stay in Hell
We need the
sweet pain of anticipation to tell us we are really alive.
worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in
anticipation. -Honoré de Balzac
said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop
and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good
thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it
which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it
was called. -A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
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
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. But really, Marilla, 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
and our behaviour are always in anticipation of a response.
They are therefore fear-based. -Deepak
spend their lives in anticipation, in determining to be vastly
happy at some period when they have time. But the present
time has one advantage over every other--it is our own. . . . We
may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of
wine; but if we defer the tasting of them too long, we shall find
that both are soured by age. -Charles
live in dread of what is coming. Why should we? The unknown puts
adventure into life. . . . The unexpected around the corner gives
a sense of anticipation and surprise. Thank God for the unknown
future. -E. Stanley Jones
greater part of our lives is spent in dreaming over the morrow,
and when it comes, it, too, is consumed in the anticipation of a
brighter morrow, and so the cheat is prolonged, even to the
grave. -Mark Rutherford
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. The world is not yet exhausted; let
me see something tomorrow which I never saw
before. -Samuel Johnson
Perpetual anticipation is good
for the soul but it's bad for the heart. -Stephen
only the external form of what happens. Form carries with it
no particular content. Because I once enjoyed myself during
a Super Bowl, I have concluded that watching Super Bowls causes
enjoyment. Or I went to several cocktail parties and did not
enjoy myself and have concluded that cocktail parties cause
boredom. Anticipation is always the exercise of such
illogical connections. Otherwise I would feel no urge to
picture the form of future events, realizing that content, not
form, is the determiner of happiness, and content is always within
No mind is much employed upon
the present: recollection and anticipation fill up almost
all our moments.