Author : A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Total Quotes : 105
Plan Cannot

One cannot plan for the unexpected.

- Aaron Klug

Think Divergent

Procrastination gives you time to consider divergent ideas, to think in nonlinear ways, to make unexpected leaps.

- Adam Grant

Book Study

Being a magician taught me how powerful the element of surprise can be. In each book, I've tried to work that in - an unexpected twist in a story that reveals an insight, a counter intuitive study that turns your beliefs upside-down.

- Adam Grant

Hook Serial

Serial novels have an unexpected effect; they hook the writer as well as the reader.

- Alexander McCall Smith

More Lay

In life there is nothing more unexpected and surprising than the arrivals and departures of pleasure. If we find it in one place today, it is vain to seek it there tomorrow. You can not lay a trap for it.

- Alexander Smith

Length Contain

Different viral species contain nucleic acids that differ not only in length and nucleotide sequence but in many unexpected ways as well.

- Alfred Hershey

I Think Curve

I think 'Sightseers' was a bit of an epiphany, a massive learning curve, and it gave me loads of confidence to go out there, and also to create a female character which is completely unexpected and defies convention.

- Alice Lowe

Other Japan

It turns out that a Nobel is also followed by other recognitions, and perhaps the most unexpected of these is that the Japan Karate Association in Tokyo has now made me an honorary 7th-degree black belt, something that, given my athletic abilities, is even more unimaginable than being an Economic Sciences Laureate.

- Alvin E. Roth

Hope Enjoying

You travel with the hope that something unexpected will happen. It has to do with enjoying being lost and figuring it out and the satisfaction. I always get a little disappointed when I know too well where I'm going, or when I've lived in a place so long that there's no chance I could possibly get lost.

- Andrew Bird

Silly Criterion

It's silly to have a prototype, because one inevitably falls for someone unexpected. My only criterion is she shouldn't just look nice; she must have a personality, too.

- Arjun Kapoor

Always Margin

A first-rate organizer is never in a hurry. He is never late. He always keeps up his sleeve a margin for the unexpected.

- Arnold Bennett

Like Feminine

I like feminine suits with unexpected details.

- Aslaug Magnusdottir

Politics Sure

The one thing we can all be sure about in politics is you are as well to expect the unexpected.

- Charles Kennedy

Routine About

Your house is all about routine, not the unexpected events of your life.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Play Might

When you can type a few words into a search engine and land on your topic - or when you can scan a Shakespeare play for specific words or symbols - what opportunities might you miss to expand your thinking in unexpected ways?

- Christina Baker Kline

Flowers Author

The author O. Henry taught me about the value of the unexpected. He once wrote about the noise of flowers and the smell of birds - the birds were chickens and the flowers dried sunflowers rattling against a wall.

- Chuck Jones

I Am Always

I am always looking for options that yield something unexpected.

- Damian Woetzel

Drop PCs

I haven't heard anything or seen anything out there that would lead me to believe that all of a sudden there's an unexpected drop in PCs.

- Daniel Morgan

Whole Been

The whole experience of 'Eastbound' has been completely unexpected and super-surprising every step of the way.

- Danny McBride


Anything that is unexpected is the X-factor.

- Dante Hall

Emotions Adam

It's fun playing two roles. The roles provide a wonderful range of emotions. Stuart is childlike and sensitive. Adam is ruthless, outrageous. He's flamboyant. He does the unexpected.

- David Canary


Things can turn ugly so quickly in the music business, especially if you have an unexpected success.

- Dean Wareham

Role Bring

All actors bring something unexpected to the role because they have to translate what's on the page and make a real character out of the black-and-white text that's there in the script.

- Joe Johnston


God can cause opportunity to find you. He has unexpected blessings where you suddenly meet the right person, or suddenly your health improves, or suddenly you're able to pay off your house. That's God shifting things in your favor.

- Joel Osteen

Challenges Very

Passion and true passion is actually very unpredictable. It heads in unexpected directions because it's constantly seeking out new challenges. But what's really interesting is that passion ultimately is necessary for sustained extreme performance improvement.

- John Hagel III

Planned Existed

At one level, SXSW exemplifies serendipity, because whenever I come, I get these unexpected meetings with people I never knew existed, and you couldn't have planned it. But by making the choice to come to SXSW, I'm increasing the probability of those encounters.

- John Hagel III

Stubborn Before

There is the morass, wherein you plunge up to your knees, or the walking over the stubborn, dwarfish shrubbery, whereby one treads down the forests of Labrador; and the unexpected bunting or sylvia which perchance, and indeed as if by chance alone, you now and then see flying before you, or hear singing from the ground creeping plant.

- John James Audubon


Numerical quantities focus on expected values, graphical summaries on unexpected values.

- John Tukey

Good Anymore

It's always better to shock people and change people's expectations than to give them exactly what they think you can do. It's not unexpected for me to be in a comedy film anymore; I'm no longer the underdog in that world. Not that I'm great or good at it or anything, it's just that I've done a bunch of them, so you're not shocked.

- Jonah Hill

Always Evolving

For me, fashion should always be evolving so it remains exciting and unexpected.

- Jonathan Anderson

Product Charm

Charm is a product of the unexpected.

- Jose Marti

Humble Release

Spirituality can release blocks, lead you to ideas, and make your life artful. Sometimes when we pray for guidance, we're guided in unexpected directions. We may want a lofty answer and we get the intuition to clean our bedroom. It can seem so humble and picky and that you don't necessarily think of it spiritual guidance.

- Julia Cameron

Best Solutions

The best solutions are often simple, yet unexpected.

- Julian Casablancas

Brave Disturbed

No one is so brave that he is not disturbed by something unexpected.

- Julius Caesar

Love Waves

The inspiration came suddenly again to surrender to the Mother. It was quite unexpected: And so somehow I made a surrender to the Mother. Then I had an experience of overwhelming love. Waves of love sort of flowed into me.

- Bede Griffiths

People Want

All creative people want to do the unexpected.

- Hedy Lamarr

Break Rapid

The cause of the break with the tradition of antiquity was the rapid and unexpected advance of Islam. The result of this advance was the final separation of East from West, and the end of the Mediterranean unity.

- Henri Pirenne

Thought Mandate

On October 18, 1941, I suddenly received a mandate from His Majesty to form a new cabinet. This was completely unexpected, and when I was summoned to the Imperial Palace I thought I would be questioned on the army's point of view.

- Hideki Tojo

About Couple

Well I'm still working on The Incredibles. So I'm going to take a little time off. I've got a couple of tricks up my sleeve. I'm not ready to talk about them yet, but expect the unexpected.

- Brad Bird

Nothing Always

Nothing to me is unexpected. No disappointment is unexpected - whether it's movies or people or relationships. I'm always ready for the punch directly between the eyes. So I get hurt, but I never get hurt. Happens all the time.

- Brian Grazer

Cried Could

Every joke in 'The Office' was unexpected. I cringed; I could hardly look. I cried with laughter.

- Ian Watson

About Show

After 'Life Unexpected' ended, I wanted to do something that was completely different from Lux and that show. I wanted to be able to keep my fans, but not have them confused about who I was or what my character was.

- Britt Robertson

Song Back

The song 'Can't Look Back Now' by the Weepies reminds me of the entire 'Life Unexpected' experience.

- Britt Robertson

Shy Some

People who ask confidently get more than those who are hesitant and uncertain. When you've figured out what you want to ask for, do it with certainty, boldness and confidence. Don't be shy or feel intimidated by the experience. You may face some unexpected criticism, but be prepared for it with confidence.

- Jack Canfield

Design About

Great French design is often about unexpected touches.

- Candice Olson

Life Been

Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.

- Carl Sandburg

Like Go

We should just go back to, like, episode 30 and re-break from there and just make it a spaceship. That would be the unexpected reboot of 'Lost.'

- Carlton Cuse

Goal Able

Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.

- Jamais Cascio

Blind About

Always expect the unexpected. Right around Thanksgiving, when the new Alex Cross will be out. It's called Four Blind Mice and it's a pretty amazing story about several murders inside the military.

- James Patterson

Like Aggressive

This is unexpected... like squirt from aggressive grapefruit.

- Earl Derr Biggers

Clutch Sudden

The fear of burglars is not only the fear of being robbed, but also the fear of a sudden and unexpected clutch out of the darkness.

- Elias Canetti

Father Trained

It was a unique childhood, to say the least. My father was born in Patiala to refugee parents and was a part of the Indian Air Force. The talented few amongst the Air Force pilots are made test pilots. Test pilots are best suited to look at the space programme as they are trained to expect the unexpected.

- Kapil Sharma


Never be so faithful to your plan that you are unwilling to consider the unexpected. Never be so faithful to your plan that you are unwilling to entertain the improbable opportunity that comes looking for you.

- Elizabeth Warren

Love Very

My blog is a celebration of the unexpected, settled, happy life I find myself living in Portland, Maine, at the ripe old age of fifty with someone I deeply love and am very happy with. That's part of why I started the blog.

- Kate Christensen

Like Sort

I like when life is sort of spontaneous. I like the unexpected. I'm comfortable in that!

- Kate Hudson

Mistakes Things

Mistakes can be good things, because it is an unexpected thing.

- Ken Hill

Bad Other

I like to call it nighttime brain: the way your mind seems to function on a different frequency than it does during daylight hours - which can be good or bad but also can lead to unexpected epiphanies or experiences that wouldn't be the same at any other time of day.

- Erin Morgenstern

Perfect Next

The people who watched 'Dawson's Creek' when it originally aired aren't too old to enjoy 'Life Unexpected.' And then you've got the whole next generation that's hooked on the 'Dawson's reruns seeing this show, so it's perfect for them.

- Kerr Smith

Doing Numbers

We try to keep audiences coming back in greater numbers by doing the unexpected and not simply following a pattern or a mold or a formula.

- Kevin Feige

Stupid Thought

Life just doesn't care about our aspirations, or sadness. It's often random, and it's often stupid and it's often completely unexpected, and the closures and the epiphanies and revelations we end up receiving from life, begrudgingly, rarely turn out to be the ones we thought.

- Khaled Hosseini

Expect Viewers

To all of our viewers out there - expect the unexpected.

- Kian Lawley

Love I Think

I think the kind of unexpected I really love is when you open books and the actual way of writing is different and interesting. Like reading Virginia Woolf for the first time or Lawrence Durrell for the first time.

- Lalla Ward


When you face unexpected events, you have to try to overcome those problems, but at the same time, you have to continue working according to the plan that you defined since the beginning. So that's what we have tried to do - not to avoid the urgent responses but to continue the route that we had defined.

- Laura Chinchilla

Prepared Some

Some things are so unexpected that no one is prepared for them.

- Leo Rosten

Winter Been

The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory.

- Gary Zukav

Cycle Classical

In New Classical theory, periods of declining employment - business cycle downturns - may be caused by an unexpected decline in aggregate demand, which leaves workers mistakenly holding out for nominal wages that exceed the new market-clearing level.

- George Akerlof

Courage People

You have to have the courage to face the unexpected. This is the difference between people who do things and people who don't dare, who don't dare to live.

- Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki

Nothing Round

There is nothing that compares to an unexpected round of applause.

- Lynn Abbey

Country I Think

Look at what has occurred in history. When the Berlin Wall fell, it was not surprising, but it was unexpected. Who predicted the Arab Spring? Nobody expected it, but all the ingredients were there. I think all the ingredients are also there for Quebec to become a country. But when? That's another question.

- Gilles Duceppe

Big Constant

If it comes as a constant surprise each and every time something unexpected occurs, you're not only going to be miserable whenever you attempt something big, you're going to have a much harder time accepting it and moving on to attempts two, three, and four.

- Ryan Holiday

Love Here

Even if I never sold another book, I'd keep writing, because the stories are here, in my head. Stories that just need to be told. I love watching a plot unfold, and feeling the surprise when the unexpected happens.

- Tess Gerritsen

Some About

Some of the best moments I've ever written have come about because someone, somewhere, blew my preconceptions out of the water and dropped a detail in passing that took the work in an entirely new, entirely unexpected, direction.

- Greg Rucka

Data Enterprise

Any enterprise CEO really ought to be able to ask a question that involves connecting data across the organization, be able to run a company effectively, and especially to be able to respond to unexpected events. Most organizations are missing this ability to connect all the data together.

- Tim Berners-Lee

Love Brothers

I love the Coen brothers. They're so brilliant, and they always surprise you in one way or another. 'A Serious Man' was awesome. I like stuff like that, that kind of throws you for a loop. It takes you on a journey that is unexpected.

- Malin Akerman

Artist Process

The artist is an educator of artists of the future who are able to understand and in the process of understanding perform unexpected - the best - evolutions.

- Saul Steinberg

Gift Surge

The gift of writing is to be self-forgetful, to get a surge of inner life or inner supply or unexpected sense of empowerment, to be afloat, to be out of yourself.

- Seamus Heaney

My Life Maybe

I've always tried to control everything and every aspect of my life, and this is maybe the biggest lesson I've learnt with motherhood - you just can't control everything, and I'm much more relaxed now about unexpected changes and things that happen.

- Margherita Missoni

I Think Years

My friends say I make them laugh a lot, so I think that somewhere in me is a little comedic ability that comes out in the most inappropriate or unexpected moments. I did a lot of sketch comedy years ago. That's always in me.

- Selenis Leyva

Rather Been

One day I looked at something in myself that I had been avoiding because it was too painful. Yet once I did, I had an unexpected surprise. Rather than self-hatred, I was flooded with compassion for myself because I realized the pain necessary to develop that coping mechanism to begin with.

- Marianne Williamson


I tried out various experiments described in treatises on physics and chemistry, and the results were sometimes unexpected. At times, I would be encouraged by a little unhoped-for success; at others, I would be in the deepest despair because of accidents and failures resulting from my inexperience.

- Marie Curie

Best Very

As a writer, I try to appeal to the 'elusive boy audience' the same way I try to appeal to everyone: I do the very best I can to create interesting characters, addictive plots, tons of conflict, believable settings, unexpected plot twists, intriguing beginnings, and satisfying endings.

- Marie Lu

Young Going

I cannot just write a frivolous book, a la-di-da book. Everything isn't la-di-da. There is something that's going to pull you up short. I want to reassure young readers. I want to comfort them, to not fear the unexpected.

- Sharon Creech

Challenges Some

It is easy to predict that some of the discoveries of research directed towards Grand Challenges - but only the most unexpected ones, and at the most unexpected times - will be the basis of revolutionary improvements in the way that we exploit the power of our future computing devices.

- Tony Hoare


The detail adds an element of unexpected something. All fiction is false; what makes it convincing is that it runs alongside the truth. The real world has lots of incidental details, so a painting also has to have that element of imperfection and irregularity, those incidental details.

- Shaun Tan

Work Biology

We have to pay close attention to what we see, and be ready to work with the unexpected according to the basic principles of systems biology and medicine.

- Mark Hyman

Young Over

Do the unexpected. Take 20 minutes out of your day, do what young people all over the world are dying to do: vote.

- Rick Mercer

Expect Been

One should expect that the expected can be prevented, but the unexpected should have been expected.

- Norman Ralph Augustine

Beauty Through

If you go through life, and you don't find the beauty in an unexpected place, then you really have a sad existence.

- Octavia Spencer

Career Worlds

In terms of negotiating a career - I've always grown up being an insider and an outsider to different worlds, across different classes and cultures, so I have always naturally liked making films or music that puts things in unexpected places.

- Riz Ahmed

Will Some

I am not a total, complete nitwit when it comes to selling books. I promise you there will be unexpected things. Some of them I don't know yet. She's writing it all herself.

- Mary Matalin

Records About

We feel more and more intensely about the music we make. It's unexpected, and not always what you would think of in Beach House. It's all art in the end. We aren't making records because we have to; it's because it's what we want to express.

- Victoria Legrand

Surprise Never

A Scout is never taken by surprise; he knows exactly what to do when anything unexpected happens.

- Robert Baden-Powell

Moments Fast

Feelings come at really unexpected moments to all of us, and they come so fast.

- Vittoria Ceretti

Some Being Rich

Every man should make his son or daughter learn some useful trade or profession, so that in these days of changing fortunes of being rich today and poor tomorrow they may have something tangible to fall back upon. This provision might save many persons from misery, who by some unexpected turn of fortune have lost all their means.

- P. T. Barnum

Lifetime About

For me personally, the technology that has taken the most unexpected turn in my lifetime is what I refer to as 'the device formerly known as the cell phone.' I still remember many predictions that by 2000 there would only be about a million cell phone users. Boy, were they ever wrong!

- Padmasree Warrior

Career Utterly

My literary career was a fluke. Utterly unexpected.

- Robert Harris

Never Before

I'm looking for the unexpected. I'm looking for things I've never seen before.

- Robert Mapplethorpe

Only Else

The only real things in life is the unexpected things. Everything else is just an illusion.

- Watkin Tudor Jones

Career Been

An unexpected benefit of my career in biochemistry has been travel.

- Paul D. Boyer

Kind Mysteries

The life of Dumas is not only a monument of endeavour and success, it is a sort of labyrinth as well. It abounds in pseudonyms and disguises, in sudden and unexpected appearances and retreats as unexpected and sudden, in scandals and in rumours, in mysteries and traps and ambuscades of every kind.

- William Ernest Henley