Best 517 of Surprise quotes - MyQuotes
Joyce Carol Oates
A good, sympathetic review is always a wonderful surprise.
I find life so shocking in general. Everything about it surprises me.
Christina Baker Kline
It's as if she assumes everything will go right, and when it doesn't - which, of course, is pretty often - she is surprised and affronted.
I love you,” Buttercup said. “I know this must come as something of a surprise, since all I’ve ever done is scorn you and degrade you and taunt you, but I have loved you for several hours now, and every second, more.
Innovation has a lot to do with your ability to recognise surprising and unusual phenomena.
There are very few things that surprise me.
To the issues of friendship, love, business and war, "surprise" is the optimistic solution.
They who always expect the worst are almost always pleasantly surprised.
People will always surprise you if you give them a chance.
Life was mostly made up of things you couldn’t control, full of surprises, and they weren’t always good. Life wasn’t what you made it. You were what life made you.
I honestly don't remember the book well enough to register any surprise about anything. I don't remember anything being shocking to me.
Motivations take you there. Tell yourself you are powerful enough to make it, and it will surprise you that.. that power will start manifesting itself.
Humor is based on surprise, and surprise is a milder way of saying shock. It's surprise that makes the joke.
Sometimes you'll remove the log from your own eyes and to your amazement; you will see that your friend has no speck there after all the suspicions. You got to see before you judge!
Truly? That whole determined, dangerous saunter across the room was for me? In that case, would you mind going back and doing it all over again? Slowly this time, and with feeling.
What in the actual hell of all nine circles of Hell was this?
Orson Scott Card
To expect wickedness from human beings is the best way I know of to avoid surprises. And when I am surprised, it's always pleasantly.
John J. Geddes
You are my winter suddenness—a glass of red wine spilt across a white tablecloth
You need to wake yourself up and take a grab at life. No one is going to hand it to you.
I was 15, not 14, when I was inside there [Auschwitz], 15, and for me both were actually a surprise.
As soon as we abandon ourselves to God and do the task He has placed closest to us, He begins to fill our lives with surprises.
We like to kidnap them in a van, and take then somewhere dangerous... SURPRISE!!
Frankly, I couldn't be more astonished that this guy was involved in something like this than if you came riding through my apartment on a hippopotamus.
The attacks of 9/11 were the biggest surprise in American history, and for the past ten years we haven't stopped being surprised. The war on terror has had no discernible trajectory, and, unlike other military conflicts, it's almost impossible to define victory. You can't document the war's progress on a world map or chart it on a historical timetable in a way that makes any sense. A country used to a feeling of being in command and control has been whipsawed into a state of perpetual reaction, swinging wildly between passive fear and fevered, often thoughtless, activity, at a high cost to its self-confidence.
Great thinkers often learn, to their surprise, that new ideas are less than welcome.
She had come into the garden expecting summer roses and had instead been caught in a bank of twisted, thorny, frostbitten vines.
I go to the movies a lot, and I regret when I see some actor that I used to like, to find them offering no more surprises.
Let us accept truth, even when it surprises us and alters our views.
We all understand situations where it's swim or drown. Sometimes we surprise ourselves when we start swimming and see how well we can do it.
Respond to critics with humility. Most people are experts in finding problems with whatever others do. That should not be a surprise to you.
Magic is a very beautiful mystery. Even the ages old magic effects still surprises the most modern men.
There were two unpleasant surprises [about Washington]. One was the inertia of Congress, the length of time it takes to get a complicated piece of legislation through ... and the other was the irresponsibility of the press.
Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.
Genuinely good remarks surprise their author as well as his audience.
The W. M. Keck Observatory is the only employer that has surprise drug tested me during my employment.
I'm in politics. I'm in government, so nothing surprises me
It will probably surprise many who know nothing of Proudhon save his declaration that 'property is robbery' to learn that he was perhaps the most vigorous hater of Communism that ever lived on this planet. But the apparent inconsistency vanishes when you read his book and find that by property he means simply legally privileged wealth or the power of usury, and not at all the possession by the labourer of his products.
That which intoxicates, the sensually ecstatic, the sudden surprise, the urge to be profoundly stirred at any price -- dreadful tendencies!
When it works, anticipation is far more fulfilling than surprise, because we are reminded that a sunrise is precisely as magnificent as it is inevitable.
I love the live cut part of making records the surprises are the prizes.
What is essential is to suddenly make a move totally unexpected by the opponent, pick up on the advantage of fright, and seize the victory right then and there.
Expecting anything, living frugally in surprise.
I put complains aside and replace each of them with trials and to my surprise, some things I see as difficult were not so before! I conclude that "Success resides behind the curtains of complains; tear those pieces of complains away and you will see the stage of your dreams clearly"!
This might surprise you, but I do feel like I have, because the shooting of all these films was spread out, for the most part. They just happen to be coming out at the same time.
How odd, to suddenly glimpse a facet of me I didn't know existed. I guess it really isn't all that unusual to surprise oneself with an ugly bit of ego.
What constitutes the pleasure of the traveler is the obstacle, the fatigue, the peril itself. What pleasure can there be in an excursion where one is always sure of arriving, finding ready horses, a soft bed, an excellent supper, and all the comforts one can enjoy at home. One of the great misfortunes of modern life is the lack of the sudden surprise, the absence of all adventures. Everything is so well regulated, so well meshed, so well labeled, that chance is no longer possible; another century of perfection, and each one will be able to foresee, from the day of his birth, what will happen to him until the day of his death. Human will will be completely annihilated. No more crimes, no more virtues, no more physiognomies, no more originality. It will become impossible to distinguish a Russian from a Spaniard, an Englishman from a Chinese, a Frenchman from an American. People will not even be able to recognize one another, for everyone will be same. Then an immense boredom will seize the universe, and suicide will decimate the population of the globe, for the principal spring of life—curiosity—will have been destroyed forever.
There's no bigger surprise than to be tooling along at 200 MPH and suddenly get hit from the rear
Extinction catches Man by surprise because no one can even imagine that such a catastrophe can happen to an intelligent species.
I don't really like surprises. Not big ones anyway. Just having a pack of Revels holds enough of a surprise for me.
Congress is supposed to fund the IRS, and it has been steadily reducing the number of auditors and tax collectors the IRS has at the very time that the tax system has become vastly more complicated. And of course America continues to grow, so there's an increasing number of tax returns coming in. The IRS responds by doing exactly what Congress expects of them. That shouldn't surprise anyone. All bureaucracies do what they are told.