40 Expect the Worst Quotes for Unexpected Times

To “expect the worst” is to believe that something negative will occur.


Expect the Worst Quotes


Hope for the Best. Expect the worst. Life is a play. We’re unrehearsed. ~ Mel Brooks.


Expect the worst, and you won’t be disappointed. ~ Helen Clark MacInnes.


If you expect the worst from people, that’s exactly what you’ll get. ~ Michelle Hodkin.


For one to expect or ask things of others that he himself, if asked, would not be willing to do or give, is the worst kind of arrogance. ~ Anthony Beal.


Keep a light, hopeful heart. But expect the worst. ~ Joyce Carol Oates.

When you expect something from yourself and your own self disappoints you…. this is what i call a real disappointment . The worst disappointments comes from in-within. ~ Sameh Elsayed.

Let whatever is going to happen to me happen. I’m expecting the worst for myself and I’m resigned to it. ~ Alexander Dubcek.


Plan for the worst, expect the best. ~ David Gemmell.


I expect the worst both from reviewers and sales and then, with any luck, I may be proved wrong. ~ Antony Beevor.

Best Expect the Worst Quotes

Look, the point is there’s no way to be a hundred percent sure about anyone or anything. So you’re left with a choice. Either hope for the best or just expect the worst. ~ Sarah Dessen.

The worst thing we could do is impose time limits and then expect people to sink or swim once they move off welfare. ~ William Julius Wilson.


Hope for the best, expect the worst. ~ Angela Carter.

If you expect the worst from a person you can never be disappointed. ~ Anthony Burgess.

I am quite a cheerful, dark person. On the outside, I’m optimistic but I expect the worst to happen. ~ Meg Rosoff.


If you expect the worst, you’ll never be disappointed. ~ Sarah Dessen.

I’ve always done the safest thing, which is to assume that it’s going to feel like that, to assume that you’re going to feel like a freshman in a group of seniors – if you expect the worst, then it’s never going to be that bad. ~ Janina Gavankar.

Famous Expect the Worst Quotes

Maybe it was being orphaned and alone all my life, but I always steeled for the worst outcome I could envision. That way I could shrug and be almost happy with anything that fell short of the worst. It was a peculiar life skill and one I had gotten damn good at. ~ James Anderson.

I believe passionately in preemptive pessimism, especially before a book comes out. I expect the worst both from reviewers and sales, and then, with any luck, I may be proved wrong. ~ Antony Beevor.


Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes. ~ Zig Ziglar.

Expect the worst And that’s what You’ll get Only it will be Much worse. ~ J.P. Donleavy.


I think we have every reason to hope for the best but expect and prepare for the worst. ~ Van Jones.

They say ‘expect the worst.’ I say ‘Expect the best and even better will happen.’ ~ Rima Fakih.

Powerful Expect the Worst Quotes

She not only expects the worst, but makes the worst of it when it happens. ~ Michael Arlen.


The worst happens when you least expect it. ~ Dean Koontz.

With total strangers, it had always been my policy to expect the worst. Usually they-and those that you knew best, for that matter-did not disappoint. ~ Sarah Dessen.

I promise, when you always expect the worst, you will not be disappointed. ~ Charles F. Glassman.


We should expect the best and the worst of mankind, as from the weather. ~ Luc de Clapiers.

I think sometimes when we grew up with a parent who is deeply flawed….we learn, subconsciously at least, to expect the worst from everyone else as well….Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way forever. We can learn to see with new eyes if we try. ~ Mindy Starns Clark.


Expect the best, Prepare for the worst. ~ Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes. ~ Hannah Arendt.

Wise Expect the Worst Quotes

Expect the best, not the worst, and you will attain your heart’s desire. ~ Norman Vincent Peale.


Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised. ~ Denis Waitley.

Dictionaries are like watches, the worst is better than none and the best cannot be expected to go quite true. ~ Samuel Johnson.


You know that the best you can expect is to avoid the worst. ~ Italo Calvino.

Your mind creates your reality. If you expect nothing, you open up the universe to give you options. If you expect the worst, you usually get it. ~ James Patterson.

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