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If pleasures are greatest in
anticipation, just remember
that this is also true of trouble.

Elbert Hubbard

We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.       -Samuel Johnson


Know 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 your reserves into the first throw; the great trick is to dole out strength, and to dole out mind, in such a fashion as to bring forward increasingly the fulfillment of what was expected of you.       -Baltasar Gracián


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

Life needs mystery or else everything else flattens into a routine so familiar you wonder if you will ever get out of the rut.  We need the sweet pain of anticipation to tell us we are really alive.      -Dave Kindred
Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes.  What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.      -Seneca

One's delight in looking forward to and hoping for some particular satisfaction 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.       -Arthur Schopenhauer

What 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

Looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them.      -Lucy Maud Montgomery
Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.      -Norman Cousins

One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.      -W. E. Johns


Anticipation was the soul of enjoyment.      -Elizabeth Gaskell


Anticipation 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.     -Albert Camus
Our worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in anticipation.     -Honoré de Balzac
“Well," 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 Avonlea
Our thinking and our behaviour are always in anticipation of a response.  They are therefore fear-based.     -Deepak Chopra

People 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 Caleb Colton
Many 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
The 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
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. 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 Sondheim
Events are 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 me.
-Hugh Prather
No mind is much employed upon the present:  recollection and anticipation fill up almost all our moments.
-Samuel Johnson


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