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

“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

   
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
  

One of the most delightful things about a
garden is the anticipation it provides.

W. E. Johns

    

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Anticipation was the soul of enjoyment.

Elizabeth Gaskell

   

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

  

Looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them.

Lucy Maud Montgomery

   

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

   

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.

Norman Cousins

   

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

   
  

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What we anticipate seldom occurs, what we least expected generally happens.

Benjamin Disraeli
    

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

Samuel Johnson

     

Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes.
What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.

Seneca

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

Elbert Hubbard
    

No mind is much employed upon the present:
recollection and anticipation fill up almost all our moments.

Samuel Johnson

   

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

    

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Perpetual anticipation is good for the soul but it's bad for the heart.

Stephen Sondheim
  

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

   

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

   

   
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
   

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

   

Our thinking and our behaviour are always in anticipation
of a response.  They are therefore fear-based.

Deepak Chopra

    



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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

  
Hoe while it is spring, and enjoy the best anticipations.
It is not much matter if things do not turn out well.

Charles Dudley Warner
  

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